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Notices of Amendments: 12th May 2008                  



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No treatment for the termination of pregnancy shall be carried out under


subsection (1) of this section on the grounds of the gender, race or


(should it become identifiable before birth) sexual orientation of the





In section 5 of that Act (supplementary provisions) omit subsection (2)(a).’.


Amendment of the law relating to abortion: (No. 6)


Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas


Daniel Kawczynski




To move the following Clause:—


‘After section 2 of the Abortion Act 1967 (c.87) insert—



Informed Consent



Subsections (2), (3) and (4) of this section shall not apply in the case of a


medical emergency under section 1(4) of this Act.



At an appointment with a registered medical practitioner, on receipt of an


initial request for a termination of pregnancy from a pregnant woman, or


for initial advice regarding the potential termination of a pregnancy, a


registered medical practitioner shall, as soon as reasonably practical, and


in any event at least five calendar days prior to a termination of


pregnancy taking place (where such a terminatation of pregnancy is


applicable), fulfil the following informed consent requirements—



offer the pregnant woman counselling from a suitably qualified


health professional; and



provide the pregnant woman with the following information:—



the embryonic and foetal development at two weekly





the physical, psychological and psychiatric risks


associated with the termination of pregnancy, including


a description of the methods of termination at different


stages of pregnancy and any risks associated with such


methods; and



the contact details of adoption services and other sources


of help and advice, (including information on any


disability or abnormality that the pregnant woman’s


embryo or foetus is at risk of suffering from if born).



A registered medical practitioner must provide the pregnant woman with


a written form, of which he must retain a copy, as soon as is reasonably


practicable, certifying the date upon which paragraphs (2)(a) and (2)(b)


of this section were complied with, and in the case of a termination of the


pregnancy, the form must be completed prior to any such termination.



Any persons who wilfully contravenes or fails to comply with the


requirements of informed consent under subsections (2) or (3) of this


section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding


level 5 on the standard scale.



The Secretary of State shall by statutory instrument make regulations to


provide for informed consent as specified in subsections (1) to (4) of this


section and shall make provisions concerning the procedure, the


Notices of Amendments: 12th May 2008                  



Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] continued


requirement for date certification by a practitioner or practitioners, the


information requirements and any other ancillary matters as are


necessary to ensure the fulfilment of the informed consent requirements.



Any statutory instrument made by virtue of this seciton shall be subject


to annulment in pursuance of a resolution by either House of




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