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Notices of Amendments


given on


Thursday 12th June 2008


Consideration of Bill


Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords], As Amended


Amendment of the Abortion Act 1967; medical approval


Dr Evan Harris


Chris McCafferty




To move the following Clause:—



The Abortion Act 1967 (c.87) is amended as follows.



In section 1(1) omit from first “if” to end of paragraph (1) and insert—



“a registered medical practitioner is of the opinion, formed in good





that the pregnancy has not exceeded its twenty-fourth week and


that the termination would be carried out in accordance with the


conditions and principles of good medical practice, or



that one or more of the following grounds applies—



the termination is necessary to prevent grave permanent


injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant


woman; or



the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to


the life of the pregnant woman, greater than if the


pregnancy were terminated; or



there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it


would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities


as to be seriously handicapped.” ’.


Amendment of the Abortion Act 1967: role of health care professionals


Frank Dobson


Dr Evan Harris




To move the following Clause:—



The Abortion Act 1967 (c.87) is amended as follows.


Notices of Amendments: 12th June 2008                  



Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] continued



In section 1(1) for first “medical” substitute “health care”.



In section 6, after “them:—” insert


“ “registered health care practitioner” means a “registered medical


practitioner” as defined in Schedule 1 to the Interpretation Act 1978


(c.30) or a nurse or midwife registered in the register maintained under


article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 by virtue of


qualifications in nursing or midwifery, as the case may be.” ’.


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