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ABORTION RIGHTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

EDM (Early Day Motion) 625: tabled on 28 January 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 63 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 supports safe, legal abortion for women, within existing time limits, no matter where they live in the United Kingdom; notes that because the Abortion Act 1967 was never extended to Northern Ireland, women in Northern Ireland do not have the same access to abortion as women in the rest of the United Kingdom; further notes that as a consequence women who are for example the victims of rape or incest or who are carrying a severely abnormal foetus are forced to continue their pregnancy against their will or to travel to England and pay for a private abortion, which can cost up to £2,000 and takes place later in gestation than necessary because of the burden on women to raise significant sums of money at short notice and to organise travel to Britain; condemns the inequity that this causes by its impact on poorer, younger and other vulnerable women; deplores the fact that thousands of women are forced into motherhood, illegal abortion or debt each year because they do not have the same reproductive rights as women in other parts of the UK; and calls on the Government to relieve this burden and provide funding for women in Northern Ireland to access NHS abortion services in Britain.

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.

Atkins, Charlotte
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Staffordshire Moorlands
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Erith and Thamesmead
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2009
Kingswood
Blunt, Mr Crispin
Conservative
Signed on 31 March 2009
Reigate
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Morley and Rothwell
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2009
Bury North
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Cynon Valley
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2009
Leyton and Wanstead
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2009
Keighley
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Glasgow South West
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Burton
Dobson, Frank
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Holborn and St Pancras
Dorrell, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 8 May 2009
Charnwood
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 26 March 2009
Lewisham West
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Sunderland North
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 March 2009
Hornsey and Wood Green
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Newport West
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Walthamstow
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2009
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 February 2009
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 January 2009
North Devon
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 2009
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Hampstead and Highgate
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2009
Clwyd South
Key, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 2009
Salisbury
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2009
Richmond Park
Lait, Mrs Jacqui
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 2009
Beckenham
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 2009
Manchester, Withington
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Brighton, Pavilion
Mallaber, Judy
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Amber Valley
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Calder Valley
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Hayes and Harlington
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Crawley
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Cardiff North
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2009
Bristol North West
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2009
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 4 February 2009
Croydon Central
Prosser, Gwyn
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2009
Dover
Salter, Martin
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Reading West
Sharma, Virendra
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Ealing, Southall
Short, Clare
Independent Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Birmingham, Ladywood
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2009
Bradford West
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2009
Milton Keynes South West
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Islington South and Finsbury
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Conwy

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.