Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill — First Reading — Decrimialisation of Abortion — 13 Mar 2017 at 15:49
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted against decriminalising abortion and against new regulation on the termination of pregnancies by medical practitioners.
The majority of MPs voted to decriminalise abortion and for new regulation on the termination of pregnancies by medical practitioners.
MPs were considering the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That leave be given to bring in a Bill to regulate the termination of pregnancies by medical practitioners and to repeal certain criminal offences relating to such terminations; and for connected purposes.
The Bill had not been published at the time of the vote.
The intent of the "Bill" can be inferred from a contribution to the debate from Diana R. Johnson MP, who moved the motion to bring the Bill in. The following is an excerpt from Johnson's speech::
- Due to the accessibility of medication now available online, women are more than ever before at risk of breaking the law, and a few prosecutions have already happened. I wonder if any of us truly believe that those women, in such difficult circumstances, really should be seen as criminals. Let me be clear that decriminalisation will not mean deregulation.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill
-  Diana R. Johnson MP (Labour, Kingston upon Hull North), House of Commons, 13 March 2017
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||17||123 (+2 tell)||0||43.0%|
|Lab||147 (+2 tell)||6||0||67.4%|