In an interview with The Guardian in 2008, asked about whether he thought the 24 week abortion limit should be reduced Mr Percy replied:
- "I would like to see a reduction in abortion to 20 weeks as I believe medical advances now mean that we need to reduce the time limits. I personally do not have some moral view about abortion as I accept that it is a woman's right to choose. However, I am moved by some of the graphic accounts of late-term abortions, where the gruesome process involved is not something we should be asking doctors to routinely undertake.
- "As such I favour a reduction in the time limit to 20 weeks. That of course does not mean there should be any change to abortions which are undertaken to protect the health of the mother etc."
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007 had found no good evidence of change since the 24 week limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction (issues included foetal viability and perception of pain).
In September 2011 Andrew Percy voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes. This amendment would have stopped BPAS and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed ‘independent’ counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.
In February 2015 Andrew Percy voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease. If allowed, mitochondrial donation would be regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) meaning that there would be ongoing assessment of the safety and efficacy of such procedures. An October 2014 briefing report by the HFEA, which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.
Percy appears to be broadly in agreement with the scientific consensus on Climate Change that recent global warming has anthropogenic causes:
- "Climate change matters: The Government should make an annual statement on climate change adaptation, which would include evaluation of flood defences."
University Tuition Fees
In December 2010 Andrew Percy voted against increasing the upper limit on university tuition fees from £3290 per year to £9000 per year. The proposed increase was a response to the Browne Report, published in October of that year, which had proposed a complete removal of any upper limit on fees, together with other measures (largely adopted by the coalition government) to ease the burden of repayment.
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