In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Andrew Smith voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
Libel Law Reform
In response to an inquiry from a constituent about his stance on libel law reform, Mr Smith wrote:
- "I very much share your concern about the exploitation of the UK libel laws and the inhibiting impact this is having in medicine, science, journalism and literature.
- "Some of the stories which have been reported in the press really do give huge grounds for concern.
- "I shall be pleased to support this campaign for libel law reform, and have written to Justice Secretary Jack Straw in support of the points you make, I shall let you know when I receive a reply."