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Abortion Of Infants With Disabilities

EDM number 2363 in 2005-06, proposed by Claire Curtis-Thomas on 14/06/2006.

That this House notes statements from the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) that people with disabilities regard themselves as `different' and find it offensive to be set aside in the classification of handicapped; further notes that this is reflected in the DRC's opposition to abortion on the grounds of disability which implies that people with disabilities are of lesser worth than others; notes with regret however that the Office of National Statistics reported over 20 late abortions between 1996 and 2004 on the grounds of club foot that is easily corrected by surgery or physiotherapy; further notes that in the same period a further four infants were aborted because they had webbed fingers or extra digits which are also easily correctable; further notes that the bias against infants with mental disabilities is even stronger and that 92 per cent. of cases where Down's Syndrome is detected in the womb result in abortion; further notes with deep regret that a report from the Down's Syndrome Association (DSA) states that health professionals often hold outdated or prejudiced views about people with Down's Syndrome and parents are frequently given only negative information despite the fact that people with Down's Syndrome can and do lead fulfilling lives and are of great value to society; and calls on the Government to give greater support to the DSA and similar groups which seek to ensure that appropriate support and accurate information is provided to all parents facing a pre-natal diagnosis of disability in an unborn infant.

This motion has been signed by a total of 66 MPs.

Claire Curtis-Thomas14/06/2006CrosbyLabourProposed
David Crausby14/06/2006Bolton North EastLabourSeconded
Jim Dobbin14/06/2006Heywood and MiddletonLabourSeconded
Paul Rowen14/06/2006RochdaleLiberal DemocratSeconded
Nigel Evans14/06/2006Ribble ValleyConservativeSeconded
Lindsay Hoyle14/06/2006ChorleyLabourSeconded
Bob Russell14/06/2006ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Bob Spink14/06/2006Castle PointConservativeSigned
Tom Clarke14/06/2006Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabourSigned
Michael Connarty14/06/2006Linlithgow and East FalkirkLabourSigned
Angela Watkinson14/06/2006UpminsterConservativeSigned
Peter Bottomley15/06/2006Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Stewart Jackson15/06/2006PeterboroughConservativeSigned
Nigel Waterson15/06/2006EastbourneConservativeSigned
David Taylor15/06/2006North West LeicestershireLabourSigned
Mike Hancock15/06/2006Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Winterton16/06/2006CongletonConservativeSigned
Vincent Cable19/06/2006TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Stephen Crabb19/06/2006Preseli PembrokeshireConservativeSigned
Betty Williams19/06/2006ConwyLabourSigned
Robert Wareing19/06/2006Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Paul Goodman19/06/2006WycombeConservativeSigned
Hywel Francis19/06/2006AberavonLabourSigned
Edward Leigh19/06/2006GainsboroughConservativeSigned
Brian Jenkins19/06/2006TamworthLabourSigned
John Pugh20/06/2006SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian Iddon20/06/2006Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd20/06/2006Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Edward O'Hara20/06/2006Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Nigel Dodds20/06/2006Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Mark Durkan20/06/2006FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Michael Weir20/06/2006AngusScottish National PartySigned
Phil Willis21/06/2006Harrogate and KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
David Drew21/06/2006StroudLabourSigned
Gregory Campbell21/06/2006East LondonderryDUPSigned
Julian Brazier22/06/2006CanterburyConservativeSigned
Janet Anderson22/06/2006Rossendale and DarwenLabourSigned
John Hemming22/06/2006Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
John Leech22/06/2006Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Ben Chapman26/06/2006Wirral SouthLabourSigned
David Borrow27/06/2006South RibbleLabourSigned
Richard Younger-Ross27/06/2006TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
David Simpson28/06/2006Upper BannDUPSigned
John McFall28/06/2006West DunbartonshireLabourSigned
Joe Benton28/06/2006BootleLabourSigned
Brian Binley28/06/2006Northampton SouthConservativeSigned
Alasdair McDonnell29/06/2006Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Tim Farron04/07/2006Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Philip Davies05/07/2006ShipleyConservativeSigned
Greg Hands05/07/2006Hammersmith and FulhamConservativeSigned
Jeffrey M Donaldson05/07/2006Lagan ValleyDUPSigned
Andrew Rosindell05/07/2006RomfordConservativeSigned
Andrew Selous06/07/2006South West BedfordshireConservativeSigned
John Hayes06/07/2006South Holland and The DeepingsConservativeSigned
David Burrowes06/07/2006Enfield, SouthgateConservativeSigned
David Amess11/07/2006Southend WestConservativeSigned
David Davies12/07/2006MonmouthConservativeSigned
Jim McGovern20/07/2006Dundee WestLabourSigned
Michael Jabez Foster09/10/2006Hastings and RyeLabourSigned
Peter Bone09/10/2006WellingboroughConservativeSigned
Dai Davies09/10/2006Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
Natascha Engel10/10/2006North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Anne Milton10/10/2006GuildfordConservativeSigned
Alan Reid11/10/2006Argyll and ButeLiberal DemocratSigned
John Robertson01/11/2006Glasgow North WestLabourSigned
Mark Hendrick02/11/2006PrestonLabourSigned

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