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BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION AND EUTHANASIA AND ABORTION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 767: tabled on 11 February 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 35 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 regrets the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC's) practice of using drama to promote euthanasia and abortion; notes that the play, Hunter, presents those opposing abortion as violent activists prepared to kill to raise awareness of their views, contrary to the respect for human life which characterises the UK pro-life movement; further notes that the pro-life movement has frequently been the victim of violent attacks by pro-abortion activists, including violent assaults upon hon. Members of this House such as the late right hon. Bernard Braine, and forced entry to offices leaving premises so badly damaged as to be reported as a major item on BBC News; further notes that while pro-life groups demonstrating against abortion have always walked in silence they have often been physically attacked by pro-abortionists; further notes with regret that in the BBC film of Dr Ann Turner's assisted suicide the only reference to palliative care was utterly derogatory and completely ignored the fact that treatment could have prevented Dr Turner from choking or from suffering pain, contrary to the erroneous claims by the pro-euthanasia lobby; calls on the BBC Trust to ensure that the management of the BBC upholds the duty of impartiality and fairness enshrined in its codes; and suggests that if these principles are being abandoned then the BBC is undermining its case for continuing to enjoy the privileges of licence fee funding.

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 11 February 2009
Southend West
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Blaydon
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 26 February 2009
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 February 2009
South East Cornwall
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 25 February 2009
East Londonderry
Crabb, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 11 February 2009
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Bolton North East
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2009
Heywood and Middleton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 March 2009
Belfast North
Donaldson, Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 March 2009
Lagan Valley
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 24 February 2009
Foyle
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 11 February 2009
Ribble Valley
Evennett, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 12 February 2009
Bexleyheath and Crayford
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 23 February 2009
North Wiltshire
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 2009
Hammersmith and Fulham
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 February 2009
Birmingham, Yardley
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 19 March 2009
Chorley
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Bolton South East
Jackson, Mr Stewart
Conservative
Signed on 12 February 2009
Peterborough
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Liverpool, Walton
Lilley, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 5 March 2009
Hitchin and Harpenden
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 26 February 2009
South Antrim
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 20 March 2009
South Down
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 5 March 2009
The Wrekin
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 March 2009
Strangford
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 23 June 2009
North Dorset
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 11 February 2009
Maidstone and The Weald
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 11 February 2009
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 12 February 2009
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.