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SAN JOSE ARTICLES ON THE STATUS OF THE UNBORN CHILD

That this House welcomes the launch of the San Jose Articles on the Status of the Unborn Child in International Treaties and Law; further welcomes the declaration that in international law there is no right to abortion; further notes that the San Jose Articles are the work of leading international human rights lawyers, experts in international law, public health, philosophy, science/medicine, and other fields; notes that the laws of over two-thirds of all UN member states clearly recognises that unborn children deserve protection and that there is no human right to abortion whereas only 56 countries permit abortion for any reason, and only 22 of these are without restriction such as gestational period; regrets the subversive tactics of some UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and wealthier countries in bullying and manipulating nations into changing their laws on abortion by misquoting treaties; furthernotes these nations include the Irish Republic whose constitution protects the unborn child from conception and can boast of having the lowest maternal mortality rate in the world, eight times lower than the UK; salutes the Government and Opposition for their respect for Northern Ireland in defending their own law against abortion; and further calls on the Government to withhold support from UN officials and others who misquote treaties and international law to manipulate poorer countries and to require respect for the sovereignty of member nations on determining the law on abortion.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Amess, David Conservative Party Southend West 17.10.2011
Benton, Joe Labour Party Bootle 10.10.2011
Bruce, Fiona Conservative Party Congleton 10.10.2011
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 12.10.2011
Clarke, Tom Labour Party Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill 01.11.2011
Coffey, Therese Conservative Party Suffolk Coastal 10.10.2011
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 10.10.2011
Dodds, Nigel Democratic Unionist Party Belfast North 19.10.2011
Donaldson, Jeffrey Democratic Unionist Party Lagan Valley 19.10.2011
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 10.10.2011
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 10.10.2011
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 18.10.2011
Pugh, John Liberal Democrats Southport 13.10.2011
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 11.10.2011
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 12.10.2011
Vickers, Martin Conservative Party Cleethorpes 10.10.2011