In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Kim Howells voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
Kim Howells was one of 79 MPs who signed Early Day Motion 377 noting the achievements of Charles Darwin, and calling for Darwin's birthday to be designated a public holiday to honour "one of the fathers of modern science and one of Britain's greatest, if not the greatest, scientific minds."
Libel Law Reform
In January 2010, Kim Howells 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.