In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Clive Betts voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
In February 2015 Clive Betts voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (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. After clearing both Houses, mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Clive Betts replied:
- "1: It is the most important long term issue facing us.
- 2: The Government should act domestically , including educating individuals to change there life styles, and take the lead internationally.
- 3: I have argued for bus regulation and congestion charging to encourage a switch to public transport, and am pressing for a range of measures to improve energy efficiency of homes."
In February 2010, Clive Betts signed Early Day Motion 524: Recognising Climate Change which states that "this House agrees that climate change is happening and is man-made" and calls this statement a "fact, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the scientific community".
Libel Law Reform
In March 2010, Clive Betts signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law.
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