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In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Jim McGovern voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 12 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.
Faith based Adoption Agencies
In 2007, Jim McGovern signed Early Day Motion 742 calling on the government to exclude "faith based" adoption agencies from the Equality Act to avoid such agencies being forced to consider gay couples.
Libel Law Reform
In January 2010, Jim McGovern 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.
In October 2010, Jim McGovern signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science, and 767: Science is Vital Campaign. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.
- ↑ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/742
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
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