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UK law on disability-selective abortion

EDM (Early Day Motion) 521: tabled on 02 June 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 38 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern the discrimination inherent in current UK abortion law that allows abortion up to birth for children diagnosed with cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot; that such disability-selective abortion up to birth is underreported according to the Department for Health and Social Care; recognises that cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot are treatable after birth and are not life-limiting disabilities and thus a primary diagnosis of any of the aforementioned should not qualify as a grounds for abortion under the Abortion Act 1967; that the many testimonies of individuals and celebrities born with cleft lip, cleft palate or clubfoot demonstrate that these conditions do not hold people back in life; that allowing such individuals to be aborted up to birth is contrary to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Equality Act 2010; that UK abortion law does not reflect the positive change in societal attitudes towards disability in the anti-discriminatory, disability progressive culture of 2020; and recognises that UK abortion law must be changed to provide a person diagnosed with cleft lip, cleft palate or clubfoot with the same legal protections as any other person.

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.

Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 June 2020
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Swayne, Sir Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 3 June 2020
New Forest West
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 June 2020
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2020
West Lancashire
Stafford, Alexander
Conservative
Signed on 3 June 2020
Rother Valley
Paisley, Ian
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 June 2020
North Antrim
Blackman, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 3 June 2020
Harrow East
Benton, Scott
Conservative
Signed on 3 June 2020
Blackpool South
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 June 2020
Glasgow North West
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 June 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 June 2020
South Antrim
Wragg, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 4 June 2020
Hazel Grove
Henderson, Gordon
Conservative
Signed on 4 June 2020
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 June 2020
Strangford
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 June 2020
North Ayrshire and Arran
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 4 June 2020
Romford
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 June 2020
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 June 2020
Twickenham
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 June 2020
Bath
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 June 2020
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
Ochil and South Perthshire
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 June 2020
East Antrim
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2020
South Shields
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 15 June 2020
South West Bedfordshire
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 June 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2020
Dagenham and Rainham
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2020
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Vickers, Martin
Conservative
Signed on 13 July 2020
Cleethorpes
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 July 2020
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 September 2020
Angus
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 October 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.