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ACCESS TO ABORTION SERVICES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 206A1: tabled on 20 November 1996

Tabled in the 1996-97 session.

This motion has been signed by 34 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

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

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr John Heppell on 18 November 1996. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

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.'.

Original 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.

Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1996
Bootle
Clark, Dr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 25 November 1996
Rochford
Day, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1996
Cheadle
Dixon, Don
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1996
Jarrow
Dunn, Mr Bob
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Dartford
Gallie, Mr Phil
Conservative
Signed on 2 December 1996
Ayr
Hamilton, Neil
Conservative
Signed on 10 December 1996
Tatton
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 December 1996
North Devon
Hughes, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1996
Harrow West
Jessel, Toby
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1996
Twickenham
Mallon, Mr Seamus
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 4 December 1996
Newry and Armagh
Marshall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 12 December 1996
Hendon South
Martin, Mr Michael J.
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1996
Glasgow, Springburn
Mates, Lt Col Michael
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1997
East Hampshire
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 March 1997
Mid Ulster
McFall, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1996
Dumbarton
Nicholson, David
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Taunton
Parry, Robert
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1996
Liverpool, Riverside
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 10 December 1996
Corby
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 25 November 1996
Broxbourne
Shepherd, Sir Colin
Conservative
Signed on 18 December 1996
Hereford
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 21 November 1996
South Belfast
Spicer, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1996
West Dorset
Sweeney, Walter
Conservative
Signed on 17 December 1996
Vale of Glamorgan
Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1996
Crosby
Touhig, Mr Don
Labour
Signed on 9 December 1996
Islwyn
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 December 1996
North Cornwall
Wardle, Mr Charles
Conservative
Signed on 12 March 1997
Bexhill and Battle

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.