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ACCESS TO ABORTION SERVICES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 206: tabled on 18 November 1996

Tabled in the 1996-97 session.

This motion has been signed by 45 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House notes that a Mori poll commissioned by Marie Stopes International and the National Abortion Campaign has found that 60 per cent. of the British public are unaware that the permission of two doctors is required to make an abortion legal; believes that the result of the poll indicates a need for the public, and especially women seeking termination of a pregnancy, to be informed of the procedures involved; further believes that if women seeking termination are unaware of the legal requirements of the Abortion Act 1967, this may unnecessarily delay their access to abortion services and lead to more terminations after 12 weeks; and calls upon the Government to do all it can to ensure the public are better educated about the legal requirements for termination of pregnancy.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Boyes, Roland
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1996
Houghton and Washington
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 20 November 1996
Birmingham, Northfield
Campbell, Mrs Anne
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Cambridge
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Cynon Valley
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Falkirk East
Corston, Jean
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Bristol East
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Tooting
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1996
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Sunderland North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Newport West
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 20 November 1996
Glasgow, Maryhill
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 19 November 1996
Walthamstow
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 18 November 1996
Billericay
Gunnell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 15 January 1997
Morley and Leeds South
Hall, Mr Mike
Labour
Signed on 20 November 1996
Warrington South
Hill, Keith
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Streatham
Hodge, Margaret
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1996
Barking
Howells, Dr Kim
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Pontypridd
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1996
Barnsley Central
Ingram, Mr Adam
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1996
East Kilbride
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 20 November 1996
Hampstead and Highgate
Jackson, Helen
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Sheffield, Hillsborough
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1996
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Knox, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 19 November 1996
Staffordshire Moorlands
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Brent East
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 November 1996
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Halifax
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Mansfield
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Sheffield, Heeley
Pickthall, Mr Colin
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
West Lancashire
Primarolo, Dawn
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Bristol South
Quin, Joyce
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Gateshead East
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Nottingham South
Steel, Sir David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 November 1996
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1996
Wolverhampton South East
Vaughan, Sir Gerard
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 1997
Reading East
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1996
Preston

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

ACCESS TO ABORTION SERVICES (Amendment 1)
leave out from `believes' to end and add `notes that as many cases (including the Queen Charlotte's Hospital twin case) have demonstrated abortion on demand is widely available in NHS hospitals and in the private sector; notes therefore that it is of no surprise to learn that a major proportion of the public do not know that two doctors are supposedly required to agree an abortion as the second signature is so often simply a formality; notes that the Abortion Act 1967 was never intended to allow abortion on demand (as a woman's choice); and calls on the Government to do all it can to require hospitals and private clinics to stop such pracitces and ensure that the public are better educated about the realities of abortion, the possible physical and psychological effects on the mother, the humanity of the unborn child and the legal requirements for the termination of a pregnancy.'.
Conservative, Batley and Spen
34
signatures
EDM 206A1: tabled on 20 November 1996