In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Shailesh Vara 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.
Breast Cancer Screening
Soon after entering Parliament in 2005 Shailesh Vara introduced a Private Members Bill to expand the age range for NHS breast cancer screenings from the current 50–70 age range to 45–75. The bill was not supported by the Labour government and was talked out, never becoming legislation. However, recent thoughts on breast cancer screening suggest the topic is a complex one, and routine (i.e. asymptomatic) screening of women under 50 is not necessarily beneficial.
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