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CLOSURES OF ABORTION CLINICS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 162: tabled on 22 June 2015

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 42 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 is deeply concerned that anti-abortion clinic protests are escalating and having a significant impact on women's ability to access safe, legal reproductive healthcare services and advice; is alarmed to hear that one abortion clinic is to close due to intimidating protests and others have been unable to open due to local fears about anti-abortion activity; notes that groups of threatening protesters continue to harass and film women on a regular basis across the country, displaying graphic banners, and distributing medically inaccurate and deliberately distressing material; further notes that police have stated they are unable to use existing legislation to protect women, clinic staff, and local residents in response to these protests; recognises the right to protest peacefully but asks that this is balanced against women's legal right to access medical care free from intimidation; and calls on the Government to establish abortion clinic buffer zones only to be used in cases where women are being forcefully prevented from accessing treatment, to ensure women are able to access healthcare free from intimidation, and to issue national guidance to local police forces to provide clear advice about dealing with intimidating protesters whose aim is to prevent women from exercising their legal right to access medical treatment.

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.

Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2015
Blaydon
Black, Ms Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 13 July 2015
Sheffield Central
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 25 June 2015
The Cotswolds
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2015
Leyton and Wanstead
Debbonaire, Thangam
Labour
Signed on 2 July 2015
Bristol West
Docherty, Martin John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 October 2015
West Dunbartonshire
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2015
Lewisham West and Penge
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2015
Ilford South
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2015
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2015
Leeds North East
Kinnock, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2015
Aberavon
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 7 July 2015
Norwich South
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 29 June 2015
Brighton, Pavilion
Lucas, Ian C.
Labour
Signed on 29 October 2015
Wrexham
Mactaggart, Fiona
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2015
Slough
McCaig, Callum
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 January 2016
Aberdeen South
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 July 2015
Glasgow South
McGovern, Alison
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2015
Wirral South
McInnes, Liz
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2015
Heywood and Middleton
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 November 2015
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Paterson, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 November 2015
Stirling
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 29 February 2016
Belfast East
Robinson, Mr Geoffrey
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2015
Coventry North West
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 6 July 2015
Ealing, Southall
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 July 2015
Edinburgh East
Smith, Cat
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2015
Lancaster and Fleetwood
Smith, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2015
Manchester, Withington
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2015
Blackley and Broughton
Thornberry, Emily
Labour
Signed on 8 September 2015
Islington South and Finsbury
Turley, Anna
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2015
Redcar
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2015
Walsall South
West, Catherine
Labour
Signed on 6 July 2015
Hornsey and Wood Green
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 15 July 2015
Arfon
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 November 2015
East Antrim

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.