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Fetal pain

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1340: tabled on 12 January 2021

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 28 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House welcomes the report on Foetal Sentience and Pain commissioned by the all-party Parliamentary pro-life group; recognises that recent research by Dr Stuart WG Derbyshire and John C Bockmann PA in the Journal of Medical Ethics supports the view that babies in the womb may feel pain from as early as 12 weeks’ gestation; welcomes the provision of pain relief for babies in the womb undergoing surgery for spina bifida between 20 and 26 weeks’ gestation; regrets the inconsistency in NHS practice that recommends pain relief for spina bifida surgery from 20 weeks’ gestation but not for abortion at the same gestation; notes that the killing of protected animals from two-thirds of gestation is subject to tighter legal regulation than unborn humans being aborted from the same stage of development; and calls on the Government to review its official guidance on fetal pain, requiring that pain relief be provided from at least 12 weeks’ gestation for all invasive medical procedures involving babies in the womb, including abortion.

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.

Blackman, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 18 January 2021
Harrow East
Swayne, Sir Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2021
New Forest West
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 January 2021
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 26 January 2021
East Antrim
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 January 2021
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 January 2021
Glasgow North West
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 January 2021
East Lothian
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 January 2021
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2021
South West Bedfordshire
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2021
Romford
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
East Londonderry
Penning, Sir Mike
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 2021
Hemel Hempstead
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 January 2021
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
Benton, Scott
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2021
Blackpool South
Whittaker, Craig
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2021
Calder Valley
Vickers, Martin
Conservative
Signed on 8 February 2021
Cleethorpes
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2021
North Ayrshire and Arran
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2021
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Wragg, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 12 February 2021
Hazel Grove
Stafford, Alexander
Conservative
Signed on 15 February 2021
Rother Valley
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 February 2021
Twickenham

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.