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A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 83: tabled on 06 June 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 51 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 deplores the recent attempt brought before the courts in Scotland to overturn a woman's right to decide for herself whether she wants to become a mother; and, in order to avoid the risk to a woman's health caused by the delay and the distress which such actions bring, calls for clarification to reaffirm the legal position which allows for termination in well defined circumstances.

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.

Campbell, Mrs Anne
Labour
Signed on 1 July 1997
Cambridge
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 17 June 1997
Cynon Valley
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 17 June 1997
Leyton and Wanstead
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 17 June 1997
Romsey
Cooper, Yvette
Labour
Signed on 31 July 1997
Pontefract and Castleford
Corston, Jean
Labour
Signed on 2 July 1997
Bristol East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1997
Keighley
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 17 July 1997
Glasgow, Pollok
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1997
Burton
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 19 June 1997
Sunderland North
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Labour
Signed on 18 June 1997
Poplar and Canning Town
Follett, Barbara
Labour
Signed on 18 June 1997
Stevenage
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 10 June 1997
Glasgow, Maryhill
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1997
Greenock and Inverclyde
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 July 1997
Edinburgh West
Griffiths, Jane
Labour
Signed on 12 June 1997
Reading East
Gunnell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 9 June 1997
Morley and Rothwell
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 19 June 1997
Leeds North East
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 June 1997
Oxford West and Abingdon
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1997
Luton North
Johnson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 19 June 1997
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 9 June 1997
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 18 June 1997
Clwyd South
King, Ms Oona
Labour
Signed on 20 June 1997
Bethnal Green and Bow
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 10 June 1997
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1997
Brighton, Pavilion
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 17 June 1997
Brent East
Mactaggart, Fiona
Labour
Signed on 18 June 1997
Slough
McCabe, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 19 June 1997
Birmingham, Hall Green
McDonagh, Siobhain
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1997
Mitcham and Morden
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 18 June 1997
Sheffield, Heeley
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1997
Ochil
Organ, Diana
Labour
Signed on 20 June 1997
Forest of Dean
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 27 June 1997
Ayr
Plaskitt, Mr James
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1997
Warwick and Leamington
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1997
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1997
Nottingham South
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1997
Milton Keynes South West
Ward, Claire
Labour
Signed on 10 July 1997
Watford
Williams, Dr Alan
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1997
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1997
Preston
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 18 June 1997
Batley and Spen

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.

A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'House' to end and add 'sympathises with all women experiencing difficulties in their pregnancies, whether these be social, economic or emotional and makes no criticism of those who have for whatever reason felt it appropriate to seek an abortion; nonetheless notes that the Abortion Act does not confer on a woman the right to have an abortion, but further notes that since the implementation of that law there have been about 4.5 million abortions in the United Kingdom of which over 95 per cent. have been performed for reasons essentially of social convenience; observes that abortion has demonstrably failed to solve the social problems for wnich it was hailed as the panacea and that it has done nothing to liberate women, instead providing men with the oppertunity to refuse to face the consequences of their actions; notes that opinion polls regularly show considerable opposition to social abortion and the killing of unborn children, including a Daily Mirror poll on the recent case in Scotland, in which 80 per cent. of the respondents felt it wrong for the mother concerned to have an abortion; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to promote instead practical alternatives to abortion, including adoption to help women under stress.'.
Conservative, Congleton
35
signatures
EDM 83A1: tabled on 11 June 1997