In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Tim Loughton voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 22 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.
In September 2011 Tim Loughton voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes. This amendment would have stopped BPAS and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed ‘independent’ counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.
In February 2015 Tim Loughton 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 June 2007, Tim Loughton proposed Early Day Motion 1784: Childhood Leukaemia and SAGE (Power Lines).
- "...my instinct is not to support these proposals and, as it stands, I intend to vote against measures to legalise gay marriage. However, it is right that we should take soundings from our constituents on this sensitive issue and I certainly welcome your representations, as I will any other constituent with whatever viewpoint.
- "In coming to this view, it in no way diminishes my passionate support for sexual equality and that everyone of whatever sexuality should have equal opportunities and rights in our society. That is why I supported the creation of civil partnerships which put gay couples on an absolute equal footing with heterosexual couples in the eyes of the law. That was, and remains, the right thing to do."
- "From my personal perspective, when I entered into a Church of England marriage with my wife 20 years ago this July, and with my father presiding as the local rector, it was a tremendously special and solemn occasion. It was characterised by the part of the Church of England marriage service which defines marriage as:
- "‘a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God.
- "It is given as the foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured.’
- "I hope you will see, therefore, why it is difficult for me to accept that the solemnity of marriage as a religious institution can be anything other than between a man and a woman, and particularly where all the rights and responsibilities of marriage are now available to non-heterosexual couples through civil partnerships. I do not see why we need to change the law and I also do not see why we need to change the law at this time when there are so many other important matters for the Government to be addressing."
Mr Loughton voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February 2013.
When the bill returned to the Commons in May 2013, Mr Loughton introduced an amendment, widely viewed as a "wrecking" amendment, to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. It was thought that the additional time required by the amendment would mean that that Bill would be less likely to complete its passage through Parliament before the next election. The amendment was eventually rejected as Labour instead supported their own amendment to consult on changing civil partnerships.
Mr Loughton again voted against the Bill.
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