In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Jim Dowd voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
Jim Dowd signed the February 2009 Early Day Motion 754: MMR Vaccine and the Media supporting the use of the MMR vaccine. The motion expressed disappointment with the reporting of the vaccine by Jeni Barnett on her LBC radio show in January 2009, and expressed the hope that future reporting of the issue of MMR would be less sensationalist and more evidence-based.
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. Jim Dowd replied:
- "I believe that climate change is an extremely important and pressing issue and I support the Government's attempts to both draw attention to and push for action on it prominence given to during our presidencies of both G8 & EU last year, response to today's report from Sir Nicholas Stern, etc."
In October 2010, Jim Dowd signed Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign. The motion stated that the house "believes that continued investment in research is vital in order to meet the technological and social challenges of the 21st century, and to continue to attract high-tech industries to invest here; further believes that large cuts to science funding are a false economy, due to evidence that research investment fuels economic growth".
Libel Law Reform
In February 2010, Jim Dowd signed the amended Early Day Motion 423A1 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. The amended version added a statement of the belief that "libel laws discriminate against average and low paid people when victims of defamatory comment in the pages of national publications".