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Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: Perhaps my hon. Friend is not aware of the recent National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on scans, which are quite clear. The recent guidelines, in "Antenatal care: Routine care for the healthy pregnant woman", from March 2008—

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: No, I will not give way. [Hon. Members: "Ah!"] I will not give way—it is important to make this point. Those guidelines say: "Pregnant women should be offered an ultrasound scan to screen for structural anomalies, ideally between 18 and 20 weeks' gestation", which is medical speak for up to 21 weeks, with the emphasis on "ideally". We all routinely campaign for NICE guidelines to be...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: No; I want to make some progress. Illegal abortion is extremely risky. It is usually performed late and is frequently performed by an untrained person. Besides the medical risks, abortions performed under illegal conditions are socially unjust, because women with means can and will pay for safe abortions, leaving poor women at the mercy of illegal settings and the high risk that they bring....

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: No, I am not giving way. The pregnant woman is the only person who can make a responsible decision in the best interests of herself, her family and her foetus. Abortion should be a private decision, between the patient and her doctor, just like any other medical treatment. Why is it so difficult for societies, even those such as ours, to give the power to decide to those who carry the...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: No, we cannot say that a child of 12 is a woman.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: She could be pregnant; but I would like to think that she would not be. If we had compulsory sexual health and relationship education in all our schools, there might be a better chance of that child not being pregnant. However, I accept that that does not preclude rape, incest or the unfortunate situations in which young girls can find themselves. I would hope that such a young person would...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: No, I am not giving way again. Restrictions may be well intended. I understand about the religious views of many hon. Members speaking in this debate and I know that they are well intentioned, but obviously I take a different view. The problem with restrictions, however well intended, is that they do not lead to a reduced frequency of unwanted pregnancies or abortions.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: No, I am not giving way. Restrictions do not even lead to an improvement in the quality of care, and they certainly do not lead to an increase in the birth of wanted children. What restrictions do is delay gestational age at abortion, increase the risks to the physical and psychological health of the woman and increase the costs, but without any obvious benefits.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: I do not recall having said that. What I am saying is that putting restrictions in the way of women who have already made a difficult and, as my hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mrs. Curtis-Thomas) said, traumatic decision—she used that word about three times—is just prolonging the agony. Doing so is cruel and unnecessary. There are increased costs to society, but no benefits. Mr....

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: Because the hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mark Pritchard) made some political points, may I say at the outset how sad I am that the former hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich, the late Gwyneth Dunwoody, cannot be here to speak in this debate? Gwyneth was a great champion of women's rights. I think that she would have been disappointed, as I am, that this debate is, with some very honourable...

Orders of the Day: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (12 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: I am delighted to be able to speak in this debate on a Bill that I very much welcome. I believe that the Bill will strengthen regulation in important areas of scientific research, including embryo and stem cell research. That is a very grey area at the moment. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Barron) said, a lengthy process of review has taken place since the Human...

Orders of the Day: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (12 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: No. I have only 10 minutes. In particular, I support the retention of the requirement for medical practitioners to consider the welfare of the child before treatment is offered. There has been a great deal of debate about the replacement of the reference to the child's need for a father with one to the child's need for supportive parenting. My personal view is that a child benefits from...

Orders of the Day: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (12 May 2008)

Chris McCafferty: The hon. Gentleman makes a valuable contribution to the debate. I sincerely hope that we get our opportunity to improve the legislation on behalf of women. When the 24-week limit was approved in Parliament in 1990, the key argument was that that was the stage at which the foetus was considered viable. It is the considered view of the British Medical Association, the Royal College of...

Written Answers — International Development: Constella Group: HIV Infection (28 Apr 2008)

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of Constella's compliance with the UN Aids guidelines on criminalisation, disclosure and testing in relation to HIV.

Written Answers — Justice: Euthanasia (24 Apr 2008)

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to the Law Commission's recommendations relating to recognition in law of mercy killing as (a) an offence and (b) a partial defence; and what plans he has to consult the public on these matters.

Written Answers — Justice: Homicide (24 Apr 2008)

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his timetable is for the introduction of legislative proposals to amend the law of homicide; (2) what his timetable is for launching a consultation on potential changes to the law of homicide.

Written Answers — International Development: HIV Infection: Overseas Aid (21 Apr 2008)

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will ensure greater involvement of HIV-positive people in the development of his Department's HIV/Aids policies and practices.

Written Answers — Justice: Bereavement Counselling (3 Apr 2008)

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he will take into account (a) commitments made in the Department of Health's Action Plan in response to the National Audit of Epilepsy Related Death 2003 and (b) the recommended good practice of support to the suddenly bereaved in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guideline on the Epilepsies 2004 in providing a...

Written Answers — Health: Epilepsy: Death (3 Apr 2008)

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has monitored progress on the commitments to improve the investigation of epilepsy-related death and the support to bereaved families made by the Department of Health's Action Plan 2003 in response to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical audit of epilepsy-related deaths in 2002; (2) whether...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Carers (31 Mar 2008)

Chris McCafferty: Does the Minister accept that many carers can and wish to work only part time, and that those for whom they care would often prefer to be cared for in-house when their permanent carer is out at work? During the review, will she look carefully at enabling long-term carers to afford such provision?


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