New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Phil Willis Phil Willis Chair, Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee 7:30 pm, 20th May 2008

I am very grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way. I hope that she will agree that it is important early in this debate for us to put the science before the Committee and agree on some of the facts. The two major reports that look at viability—the EPICure 1 and EPICure 2 studies, the latter of which came out this year—confirmed that very few pre-term babies of less than 23 weeks come out of hospital and that virtually none at 22 weeks do. The Trent study, which has just been published, also says that no babies came out of hospital at 22 weeks. Is the hon. Lady saying that that body of evidence—the largest studies of the issue in this country, and among the largest in the world—should be disregarded? Does she not feel that all the people involved actually want—

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