Michael Howard was the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe from 1983 until standing down at the 2010 general election. He served as leader of the Conservative Party from November 2003 until December 2005.
In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Michael Howard 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.
- "I have accepted the science ever since I was environment secretary and attended Rio back in 1992. I have not changed my mind."