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24-WEEK ABORTION TIME LIMIT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1598: tabled on 16 May 2008

Tabled in the 2007-08 session.

This motion has been signed by 105 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House notes that reducing the abortion time-limit from 24 weeks would force some women to continue a pregnancy and give birth against their will; further notes that the time-limit is considered by many people to be set on the basis of when the foetus would be viable; further notes the findings of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's recent report Scientific Developments relating to the Abortion Act 1967, and its conclusion that below 24 weeks they `have seen no good evidence to suggest that the foetal viability has improved significantly since the abortion time-limit was last set, and seen some good evidence to suggest that it has not'; further notes that this view, that there is no medical or scientific justification for a reduction in the current abortion time limit, is shared by the BMA, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, the RCN, the FPA and Antenatal Results and Choices; observes that less than 2 per cent. of abortions take place above 20 weeks gestation and involve the most vulnerable women in the most difficult personal circumstances who are not undertaking abortion lightly; believes that the best way to reduce the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies by improving sex and relationships education, and improving access to effective contraception; and therefore supports women's access to safe legal abortion, within the current ethically and scientifically justified time-limit of 24 weeks.

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.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Allen, Mr Graham
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Nottingham North
Atkins, Charlotte
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Staffordshire Moorlands
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Erith and Thamesmead
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Kingswood
Brown, Lyn
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
West Ham
Brown, Mr Russell
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Dumfries and Galloway
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Taunton
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Regent's Park and Kensington North
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Birmingham, Northfield
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Elmet
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
North East Fife
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2008
Gower
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Bury North
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 2 June 2008
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Cynon Valley
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Islington North
Creagh, Mary
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Wakefield
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Keighley
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 May 2008
Kingston and Surbiton
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Glasgow South West
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2008
Burton
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Livingston
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2008
Hendon
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Aberdeen North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Lewisham West
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 2 June 2008
Sunderland North
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Hornsey and Wood Green
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Newport West
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Aberavon
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Ilford South
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Norwich North
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Romsey
Gilroy, Linda
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Plymouth, Sutton
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 21 May 2008
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Griffith, Nia
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Llanelli
Hall, Patrick
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Bedford
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Leeds North East
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
North Devon
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Birmingham, Yardley
Heppell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Nottingham East
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hodgson, Mrs Sharon
Labour
Signed on 22 May 2008
Gateshead East and Washington West
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Cheltenham
Huhne, Chris
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Eastleigh
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2008
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2008
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Hampstead and Highgate
James, Mrs Siân C.
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Swansea East
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2008
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Clwyd South
Keeble, Ms Sally
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Northampton North
Lait, Mrs Jacqui
Conservative
Signed on 16 May 2008
Beckenham
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
North Norfolk
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Derby North
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 May 2008
Manchester, Withington
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2008
Brighton, Pavilion
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Manchester Central
Mackay, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 19 May 2008
Bracknell
Mallaber, Judy
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Amber Valley
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Hayes and Harlington
McIsaac, Shona
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Cleethorpes
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Great Grimsby
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Bridgend
Moran, Margaret
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Luton South
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Cardiff North
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Bristol North West
Norris, Dan
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Wansdyke
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Pendle
Rennie, Willie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Dunfermline and West Fife
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Halifax
Robertson, John
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Glasgow North West
Salter, Martin
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Reading West
Sharma, Virendra
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Ealing, Southall
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2008
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2008
Bradford West
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Bolsover
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2008
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush
Smith, Ms Angela C.
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Sheffield, Hillsborough
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Milton Keynes South West
Stoate, Dr Howard
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Dartford
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
East Dunbartonshire
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Islington South and Finsbury
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2008
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2008
Bristol West
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 June 2008
Cardiff Central
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2008
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.