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Ruling On Abortion

EDM number 454 in 1989-90, proposed by Ann Widdecombe on 06/02/1990.

That this House applauds the ruling by Mr Justice Brooke that the abortion of a handicapped boy of 27 weeks' gestation would have been illegal; welcomes the long-overdue clarification he has provided of the Infant Preservation Act 1929; notes that the learned Judge rules that the words, 'capable of being born alive', meant that a child is capable of existing independently of its mother, if only for a short time; notes that this description would have applied to the Carlisle baby, who survived for three hours at 21 weeks' gestation; and concludes that under the terms of the learned Judge's ruling thousands of late abortions in this country are illegal under the terms of the Infant Life Preservation Act 1929.

This motion has been signed by a total of 39 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Ann Widdecombe06/02/1990MaidstoneProposed
Edward Leigh06/02/1990Gainsborough and HorncastleSigned
Humfrey Malins06/02/1990Croydon North WestSigned
David Alton06/02/1990Liverpool Mossley HillSigned
Ann Winterton06/02/1990CongletonSigned
Nicholas Winterton06/02/1990MacclesfieldSigned
David Evennett08/02/1990Erith and CrayfordSigned
Peggy Fenner08/02/1990MedwaySigned
Den Dover08/02/1990ChorleySigned
Gordon Oakes08/02/1990HaltonSigned
Thomas McAvoy08/02/1990Glasgow, RutherglenSigned
Martin Smyth08/02/1990Belfast SouthSigned
James Pawsey08/02/1990Rugby & KenilworthSigned
Vivian Bendall12/02/1990Ilford NorthSigned
William Powell13/02/1990CorbySigned
Michael Alison13/02/1990SelbySigned
Seamus Mallon14/02/1990Newry & ArmaghSigned
Bill Cash14/02/1990StaffordSigned
Peter Griffiths14/02/1990Portsmouth NorthSigned
Willie Ross15/02/1990East LondonderrySigned
John Watts15/02/1990SloughSigned
Jacques Arnold15/02/1990GraveshamSigned
Timothy Devlin15/02/1990Stockton SouthSigned
Julian Brazier15/02/1990CanterburySigned
Jill Knight15/02/1990Birmingham, EdgbastonSigned
Robert Hughes15/02/1990Harrow WestSigned
Marion Roe16/02/1990BroxbourneSigned
Roger Knapman16/02/1990StroudSigned
Fergus Montgomery16/02/1990Altrincham and SaleSigned
Ian Paisley16/02/1990North AntrimSigned
Janet Fookes16/02/1990Plymouth DrakeSigned
William McCrea16/02/1990Mid UlsterSigned
Toby Jessel19/02/1990TwickenhamSigned
Harry Greenway21/02/1990Ealing NorthSigned
Winston Churchill27/02/1990DavyhulmeSigned
Henry Bellingham28/02/1990North West NorfolkSigned
John Hume02/03/1990FoyleSigned
David Atkinson06/03/1990Bournemouth EastSigned
Neil HamiltonUnknownWithdrawn

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