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ABORTION, COUNSELLING AND INFORMED CONSENT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2065: tabled on 16 July 2008

Tabled in the 2007-08 session.

This motion has been signed by 40 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 with concern that there were 198,500 abortions in England and Wales in 2007, a rise of 2.5 per cent. on 2006 and the highest total ever; notes that this represents a rate of 18.6 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years and that this is comparable to the average rate of 18.8 in European countries which allow abortion on demand; further notes that European countries that have informed consent legislation (offering counselling, provision of information and/or a cooling off period) have an equivalent average rate of 11.9; further notes the Royal College of Psychiatrists' recommendation on 14th March that good practice in relation to abortion will include informed consent and that consent cannot be informed without the provision of adequate and appropriate information regarding the possible risks and benefits to physical and mental health; acknowledges that the Annual Representative Meeting of the British Medical Association (BMA) on 10th July passed a motion (545) acknowledging that abortion can be a psychologically traumatic process for women, and urges the BMA to campaign for increased counselling and support for women before and after abortion and that this is therefore now official BMA policy; and commends the amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill seeking to ensure that women considering abortion are offered counselling and are also adequately informed about the health consequences of abortion, of alternatives to abortion, including adoption, and of help available should they decide to continue with their pregnancies.

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.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2008
Southend West
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2008
Leeds West
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2008
Bootle
Burrowes, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2008
Enfield, Southgate
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2008
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Crabb, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2008
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 21 July 2008
Shipley
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 July 2008
Belfast North
Donaldson, Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 July 2008
Lagan Valley
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2008
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 21 July 2008
Foyle
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 16 July 2008
Ribble Valley
Evennett, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 21 July 2008
Bexleyheath and Crayford
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2008
North Wiltshire
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 21 July 2008
Hammersmith and Fulham
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 October 2008
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Jackson, Mr Stewart
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2008
Peterborough
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2008
Tamworth
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 22 July 2008
Gainsborough
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 22 July 2008
Thurrock
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 22 July 2008
St Albans
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 21 July 2008
East Hampshire
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 6 October 2008
North East Cambridgeshire
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 7 October 2008
The Wrekin
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 21 July 2008
Strangford
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2008
Romford
Scott, Mr Lee
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2008
Ilford North
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 16 July 2008
South West Bedfordshire
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 July 2008
Upper Bann
Spink, Bob
UK Independence Party
Signed on 5 November 2008
Castle Point
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 22 July 2008
South West Devon
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2008
North West Leicestershire
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 21 July 2008
Eastbourne
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2008
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.