In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Huw Irranca-Davies voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks. After four separate parliamentary votes on varying time limits, the majority of MPs voted to keep the abortion time limit at 24 weeks, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.
In September 2014, Mr Irranca-Davies spoke in the parliamentary debate on Mitochondrial Replacement, a medical process which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to have genetically related children who would not inherit the disease. He also tweeted in support of contributions from Sarah Wollaston, Frank Dobson and Madeleine Moon. The full debate including all these contributions can be read at: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2014-09-01a.93.0 or http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm140901/debtext/140901-0003.htm#column_93
In February 2015, following another House of Commons debate on the topic, Mr Irranca-Davies voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation. 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.
Nomination of David Tredinnick for Health Committee Chair
In June 2015 Huw Irranca-Davies nominated David Tredinnick for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee. However within a few days (during which time Mr Tredinnick's nomination had received some attention) he had withdrawn his nomination.
Huw Irranca-Davies is a Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group whose purpose is "To raise awareness of the threat of climate change and to promote policies to counter that threat".
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