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18 Week Limit For Abortion

EDM number 874 in 2004-05, proposed by Geraldine Smith on 09/03/2005.

That this House notes the report in the journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Vol.25.No.1200) of the survival of a 24 week infant following repeated abortion attempts; further notes that the 24-year-old mother opted for abortion because she had a 19-month old infant and felt unable to cope with a second child; further notes that on the fourth day in the BPAS abortion clinic she was informed that the baby was dead and discharged with instructions to return four days later; further notes that during the three hour train journey home she changed her mind when she felt foetal movements and when admitted to hospital as an emergency insisted that her baby boy be resuscitated although warned of his poor prognosis; further notes that the baby required intensive treatment and could not be discharged until he was seven months old and still needed special care; regrets the self-evident and lamentable lack of counselling given to the mother before the abortion attempts; further notes the comment in the medical journal that the number of infants who survive late abortions is not known because `there is no official mechanism by which to report such cases'; and the further comment that `the dilemma of being telephoned about an infant born, showing signs of life following termination of pregnancy is one that many paediatricians have faced'; and calls on the Government immediately to limit licences for abortions after the 18th week of pregnancy to NHS hospitals where greater controls on counselling and care can be maintained.

This motion has been signed by a total of 25 MPs.

Geraldine Smith09/03/2005Morecambe & LunesdaleLabourProposed
Kerry Pollard09/03/2005St AlbansLabourSigned
Helen Jones09/03/2005Warrington NorthLabourSigned
Claire Curtis-Thomas09/03/2005CrosbyLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin09/03/2005Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
David Amess09/03/2005Southend WestConservativeSigned
Joe Benton09/03/2005BootleLabourSigned
Ann Widdecombe09/03/2005Maidstone & The WealdConservativeSigned
Ann Winterton09/03/2005CongletonConservativeSigned
Colin Breed10/03/2005South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Nicholas Winterton10/03/2005MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
David Taylor10/03/2005North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Nigel Dodds10/03/2005Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Lindsay Hoyle10/03/2005ChorleyLabourSigned
Bob Spink10/03/2005Castle PointConservativeSigned
Martin Smyth10/03/2005Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Marion Roe14/03/2005BroxbourneConservativeSigned
Tony Colman14/03/2005PutneyLabourSigned
David Drew14/03/2005StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
John Battle14/03/2005Leeds WestLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara15/03/2005Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
David Crausby16/03/2005Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Roy Beggs16/03/2005East AntrimUUPSigned
Bob Russell17/03/2005ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
David Borrow17/03/2005South RibbleLabourSigned

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