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ACCESS TO ABORTION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1247: tabled on 27 April 1998

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 72 Members. It has received 3 amendments.

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

Amendments to this motion

There have been 3 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House notes that it is 30 years since the Abortion Act took effect on 27th April 1968; expresses concern about the continuing difficulties some women face in obtaining compassionate, prompt abortion services; further notes that women are often delayed or refused help by their general practitioners or hospital doctors; recognises that in England and Wales only 72 per cent of abortions for resident women are provided by the NHS and that in certain areas this figure falls to below 50 per cent compared with 99 per cent in the whole of Scotland; believes that inequalities in access to abortion within the NHS are unacceptable; and agrees with the recommendations of the Voice of Choice campaign that doctors with an ethical objection to abortion should be obliged to declare it and that abortion should be available on the request of the woman in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy throughout the UK.

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.

Benn, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 10 June 1998
Chesterfield
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Kingswood
Blunt, Mr Crispin
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Reigate
Bradley, Peter
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
The Wrekin
Brinton, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Peterborough
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 9 June 1998
Elmet
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Cynon Valley
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 13 May 1998
Leyton and Wanstead
Coleman, Mr Iain
Labour
Signed on 6 May 1998
Hammersmith and Fulham
Cooper, Yvette
Labour
Signed on 4 June 1998
Pontefract and Castleford
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 17 June 1998
Islington North
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1998
Tooting
Dafis, Cynog
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 April 1998
Ceredigion
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 29 April 1998
Glasgow, Pollok
Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Crewe and Nantwich
Eagle, Maria
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Liverpool, Garston
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 18 June 1998
Eltham
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 30 April 1998
Sunderland North
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 28 April 1998
Glasgow, Maryhill
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 28 April 1998
Norwich North
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 29 April 1998
Billericay
Griffiths, Jane
Labour
Signed on 8 June 1998
Reading East
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 June 1998
Portsmouth South
Hope, Phil
Labour
Signed on 30 April 1998
Corby
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 28 April 1998
Luton North
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 30 July 1998
Basingstoke
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 29 April 1998
Barnsley Central
Jones, Ms Jenny
Labour
Signed on 30 April 1998
Wolverhampton South West
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 2 June 1998
Clwyd South
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Ealing, Southall
King, Ms Oona
Labour
Signed on 14 May 1998
Bethnal Green and Bow
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 28 April 1998
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 6 May 1998
Brighton, Pavilion
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Brent East
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 5 May 1998
Halifax
Mallaber, Judy
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Amber Valley
Marek, Dr John
Labour
Signed on 10 June 1998
Wrexham
Maxton, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 30 April 1998
Glasgow, Cathcart
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Calder Valley
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 10 June 1998
Hayes and Harlington
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 11 June 1998
Sheffield, Heeley
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Crawley
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Cardiff North
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 15 June 1998
Sunderland South
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Ochil
Organ, Diana
Labour
Signed on 28 April 1998
Forest of Dean
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 2 September 1998
Ayr
Russell, Christine
Labour
Signed on 1 July 1998
City of Chester
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 12 May 1998
Kettering
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 28 April 1998
Nottingham South
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1998
Milton Keynes South West
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Manchester, Blackley
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 April 1998
Richmond Park
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 13 May 1998
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 27 April 1998
Finchley and Golders Green
Wigley, Mr Dafydd
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 April 1998
Caernarfon
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 28 April 1998
Preston
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 28 April 1998
Batley and Spen

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

ACCESS TO ABORTION (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'unacceptable' to end.
Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon
2
signatures
EDM 1247A1: tabled on 28 April 1998
ACCESS TO ABORTION (Amendment 2)
leave out from 'effect' to end and add 'expresses, yet again, serious concern at the manner in which abortion virtually on demand is practised under the present law contrary to the promises of its sponsors; notes that two successive Gallup polls among gynaecologists have shown that about 72 per cent. stated that NHS hospitals in which they work or had worked practised abortion on demand thus creating "inequalities" through doctors flouting the law; notes that complaints about inequalities in the NHS have been persistently used by private abortion clinics to justify the enormous numbers of abortions carried out by their doctors practising abortion on demand; recalls the motion passed by a recent BMA junior doctors conference condemning the harrassment of junior doctors exercising their legal right not to be involved in abortion and asking for action to protect them; further notes that as the Social Services Select Committee reported in 1991 many young doctors have had their careers in gynaecology destroyed as a result of their objections to abortion-particularly on demand; and condemns the call for it to be mandatory for all doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion to register thus strengthening the legal framework for a witch-hunt against those opposed to abortion in principle as well as against those doctors who would accept some abortions but, acting responsibly, would object in other cases, such as where the operation could cause damage to the physical or mental health of their patients.'.
Labour, Bootle
32
signatures
EDM 1247A2: tabled on 29 April 1998
ACCESS TO ABORTION (Amendment 3)
leave out from 'it' to end.
Liberal Democrat, Isle of Wight
1
signature
EDM 1247A3: tabled on 1 June 1998