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30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1967 ABORTION ACT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 344: tabled on 27 October 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 139 Members. It has received 2 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.

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Motion text

That this House expresses its continued support for the Abortion Act 1967 as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 and notes that in the 30 years since the1967 Act received Royal Assent on 27th October almost five million women have been able to end unwanted pregnanices safety; further notes that recent opinion polls show majority public support for safe and legal abortion as permitted by this legislation; believes that this law has been of great benefit to women's health; and notes that restrictive abortion laws cause extreme misery and hardship and are damaging to the well-being of women and their families.

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 27 October 1997
Chesterfield
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Kingswood
Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Leeds North West
Blunt, Mr Crispin
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 1997
Reigate
Bradley, Peter
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
The Wrekin
Brand, Dr Peter
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 November 1997
Isle of Wight
Brinton, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Peterborough
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Regent's Park and Kensington North
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Birmingham, Northfield
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Elmet
Campbell, Mrs Anne
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Cambridge
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Gower
Cawsey, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Brigg and Goole
Church, Ms Judith
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Dagenham
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Cynon Valley
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Leyton and Wanstead
Coleman, Mr Iain
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Hammersmith and Fulham
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 28 October 1997
Romsey
Cooper, Yvette
Labour
Signed on 13 November 1997
Pontefract and Castleford
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Islington North
Corston, Jean
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Bristol East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Keighley
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Hornchurch
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Coventry South
Dafis, Cynog
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 October 1997
Ceredigion
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 March 1998
Kingston and Surbiton
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Glasgow, Pollok
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Hendon
Drown, Julia
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
South Swindon
Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Crewe and Nantwich
Eagle, Maria
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Liverpool, Garston
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Eltham
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Sunderland North
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Poplar and Canning Town
Fitzsimons, Mrs Lorna
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1997
Rochdale
Flint, Caroline
Labour
Signed on 30 October 1997
Don Valley
Follett, Barbara
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Stevenage
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Glasgow, Maryhill
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Ilford South
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Norwich North
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 29 October 1997
Greenock and Inverclyde
Gordon, Mrs Eileen
Labour
Signed on 30 October 1997
Romford
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 1997
Billericay
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 1997
Edinburgh West
Grant, Bernie
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Tottenham
Griffiths, Jane
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Reading East
Gunnell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Morley and Rothwell
Hall, Patrick
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Bedford
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 October 1997
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 1997
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 December 1997
North Devon
Heppell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 4 November 1997
Nottingham East
Hesford, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 30 October 1997
Wirral West
Hope, Phil
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Corby
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Luton North
Hughes, Beverley
Labour
Signed on 4 November 1997
Stretford and Urmston
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Helen
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Sheffield, Hillsborough
Johnson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Johnson, Miss Melanie
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Welwyn Hatfield
Jones, Ms Jenny
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Wolverhampton South West
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Clwyd South
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Ealing, Southall
Kidney, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1997
Stafford
King, Ms Oona
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Bethnal Green and Bow
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 30 October 1997
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Brighton, Pavilion
Levitt, Tom
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
High Peak
Lewis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Worsley
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Brent East
Mactaggart, Fiona
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Slough
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Halifax
Mallaber, Judy
Labour
Signed on 2 April 1998
Amber Valley
Maxton, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Glasgow, Cathcart
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Dundee East
McCabe, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Birmingham, Hall Green
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 30 October 1997
Calder Valley
McDonagh, Siobhain
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Mitcham and Morden
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Hayes and Harlington
McNulty, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Harrow East
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Sheffield, Heeley
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Crawley
Moonie, Dr Lewis
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Kirkcaldy
Moore, Mr Michael
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 1997
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Morgan, Mr Alasdair
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 October 1997
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1997
Cardiff North
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1997
Bristol North West
Norris, Dan
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Wansdyke
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Ochil
Organ, Diana
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Forest of Dean
Perham, Linda
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Ilford North
Plaskitt, Mr James
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Warwick and Leamington
Primarolo, Dawn
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Bristol South
Radice, Mr Giles
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
North Durham
Rendel, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 1997
Newbury
Rogers, Mr Allan
Labour
Signed on 19 January 1998
Rhondda
Ross, Mr Ernie
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Dundee West
Ryan, Joan
Labour
Signed on 7 November 1997
Enfield North
Salter, Martin
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Reading West
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 3 November 1997
Kettering
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Shaw, Jonathan
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Chatham and Aylesford
Shipley, Ms Debra
Labour
Signed on 20 November 1997
Stourbridge
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Nottingham South
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Bolsover
Angela Smith,
Signed on 27 October 1997
Smith, Jacqui
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Redditch
Soley, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 3 November 1997
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Milton Keynes South West
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Manchester, Blackley
Thomas, Mr Gareth
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Harrow West
Tipping, Paddy
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Sherwood
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
South Derbyshire
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 1997
Richmond Park
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Hemsworth
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 20 January 1998
Brighton, Kemptown
Twigg, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Enfield, Southgate
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Finchley and Golders Green
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 9 December 1997
Stoke-on-Trent North
White, Brian
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
North East Milton Keynes
Whitehead, Dr Alan
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Southampton, Test
Wigley, Mr Dafydd
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 October 1997
Caernarfon
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 26 March 1998
Preston
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Batley and Spen
Wright, Dr Tony
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Cannock Chase

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.

30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1967 ABORTION ACT (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'House' to end and add 'regrets the passing of the Abortion Act 1967 which has resulted in the termination of the lives of nearly 5,000,000 human beings; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to increase expenditure on health, housing, education, and employment support and welfare services, particularly for single women and to reduce the pressure on those women who see in the death of their unborn child the only solution to their social and personal problems.'.
Labour, Kingston upon Hull North
9
signatures
EDM 344A1: tabled on 29 October 1997
30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1967 ABORTION ACT (Amendment 2)
leave out from 'House' to end and add 'expresses its sadness that in the 30 years since the introduction of the Abortion Act 1967 as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embroyology Act 1990 over 4.5 million unborn children have been aborted; notes that in a significant percentage of cases psychological or psychiatric disturbances occur in women who have had an induced abortion; further notes that from the outset the Act has allowed abortion virtually on demand despite opinion poll evidence that the majority of the public are opposed to such a policy; and further notes that laws protecting unborn children are no bar to the well being of women and familiesas can be clearly seen in Northern Ireland where maternal mortality and child death rates resulting from violence (including terrorist activities) are the lowest of any region in the United Kingdom.'.
Conservative, Congleton
26
signatures
EDM 344A2: tabled on 30 October 1997