In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Hurd voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 22 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks.
In February 2015 Nick Hurd 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.
Animals in Medical Research
In 2006, Nick Hurd signed Early Day Motion 1850: Animals in Medical Research which noted that "animal research is only permitted where there is no better alternative and that pain and suffering are minimised and balanced against the potential benefit to humans and animals", supported "the building of the new state of the art biomedical research laboratory at Oxford University", condemned "unlawful animal rights extremism, including any violence, harassment or intimidation of those associated with lawful animal research", and supported "the well-regulated use of animals in medical research".
In 2006 Mr Hurd wrote a response to Nigel Lawson on the issue of climate change for Conservative Home: http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2006/11/nick_hurd_mp.html A representative quote: "The modern policy maker, faced with an overwhelming scientific consensus about the scale of risk attached to carrying on as we are cannot afford to be quite so complacent."
Mr Hurd has signed a number of Early Day Motions related to the environment, many of which touch on, or are directly concerned with, climate change. Examples since autumn 2007 include:
- EDM 1010: Green Energy Bill (signed March 2009)
- EDM 2190: Living Landscape Schemes (seconded October 2008)
- EDM 1222: Action On Government Carbon Pollution (signed March 2008)
- EDM 890: Feed-In Tariffs for Renewable Electricity (signed March 2008)
- EDM 1019: Climate Change and Energy Production (signed March 2008)
- EDM 98: Climate Change (signed November 2007)
- EDM 89: Biodiversity (signed November 2007)
- EDM 83: Climate Change and Biodiversity (signed November 2007)
- EDM 81: Measurement of Carbon Emissions (signed November 2007)
- EDM 80: Local Government and The Merton Rule (signed November 2007)
- EDM 76: UN Conference on Climate Change at Bali (signed November 2007)
- EDM 75: Combined Heat and Power (signed November 2007)
- EDM 17: Bioenergy (signed November 2007)
- EDM 344: Chair of Climate Change Committee (seconded November 2007)
- EDM 175: Public Sector Carbon Emissions (signed November 2007)
Statement on Mr Hurd's website from during the consultation period: http://www.nickhurd.com/issues/equal-marriage/
Local news report of Mr Hurd's reasons for not voting at the Second Reading: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/nick-hurd-abstains-voting-gay-5969355
Questions from a Constituent
On 5 May 2010, Nick Hurd was e-mailed a short set of questions by a constituent. His responses below:
1. Abortion. Is the number of abortions taking place of concern to you? Would you change the current abortion laws? If so how? And what factors have you taken into account to reach this decision?
- 1. Yes i am very concerned about number of abortions. In the last Parliament I did vote for a slight reduction in the time threshold in light of latest science on survival rates . I would like to see more counselling available for girls in that position.
2. Faith schools. What is your stance on faith schools? Should public money be used to fund schools which select by religion? Should they have the freedom to determine their curriculum based on their faith?
- 2. Many faith schools do a very good job and I have no philosophical opposition to them. Parent choice
3. Complementary and alternative medicine. How should we decide what treatments are available on the NHS? Should the government be funding research into non-conventional treatments?
- 3. Whatever works. I am a believer in alternative medecine.
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