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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1826: tabled on 28 October 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 12 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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Motion text

That this House notes the 35th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act 1967; records that of 37 world-wide studies since 1957, 28 have shown a positive association between abortion and breast cancer; notes that data indicates that girls of under 18 who have abortions double their risk of breast cancer; further notes that of 15 major American projects, funded at least in part by the US National Cancer Institute, 13 showed an increased risk; regrets the tragic dearth of such work in the United Kingdom despite strong statistical evidence indicating the need for research; notes the work of the British actuary Patrick Carroll, suggesting statistical links between abortion and breast cancer and forecasting a rise from 40,000 cases to over 77,000 in 2023 if current fertility and abortion patterns continue; further notes an American study on mental health in the British Medical Journal in January 2002 indicated that women who abort a first pregnancy are at greater risk of subsequent long-term clinical depression compared to women who carry an unintended first pregnancy to term; notes many other world-wide research projects affirming post-abortion syndrome as a clinical condition; regrets the lack of such research in the United Kingdom; recognises that women who have the right to choose also have the right to know what they are choosing; and calls on the Government to further research by circulating hospitals to check on abortion histories of women suffering from breast cancer, clinical depression and other relevant psychiatric illness.

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leave out from '1967' to end and add 'notes that 6,000 people each week in the United Kingdom contribute to a conception that is later terminated; recognises that those of many ages who are sexually active can choose between the embarrassment of an unintended conception or of discussing, before sexual activity, choice or control.'.
Conservative, Worthing West
EDM 1826A1: tabled on 29 October 2002