In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Karen Buck voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
In February 2015 Karen Buck 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 March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Ms Buck signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report.
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. Karen Buck replied:
- "1: Climate change is probably the greatest challenge facing the human race. If we fail to raise to the challenge in the next twenty years, the implications for our children and grandchildren will be too appalling to contemplate.
- 2: Britain and other leading developed countries must lead the way. We are the fourth largest economy in the world, so we have both the opportunities and the responsibility. The opportunity lies in the scope for developing technological responses to global warming, We also have the responsibility to change our behaviour, to conserve energy and reduce emissions.
- 3: I don't drive, and travel mostly by public transport. Our family car has been converted to LPG and we recycle as much as possible, As an MP, I see my main task in raising awareness and promoting debate- I am about to launch a major consultation on the Climate Change Bill, directed at constituents and at school."
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