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Abortion Legislation Bill — In Committee — Part 1 — Anaesthetic for fetus after 20 weeks

10 March, 2020


This Supplementary Order Paper amends clause 7 in the Abortion Legislation Bill by inserting new section 11(4) to ensure that the unborn child does not suffer unduly through the administration of abortion services. This amendment ensures that procedures performed on an unborn child after 20 weeks will minimise the possibility of pain to that unborn child during the procedure. The wording is based on section 17(3) of the Animal Welfare Act 1999, which requires animals to be under the influence of a general or local anaesthetic or an analgesic that is sufficient to prevent the animal from feeling pain.

The question was put that the amendment set out on Supplementary Order Paper 461 in the name of Agnes Loheni to clause 7 be agreed to.

Mover of amendment

Photo of Agnes Loheni
Agnes Loheni
National Party, List

Votes Not passed by a large majority

Amendment not agreed to.

Personal Vote

This was a personal vote (or conscience vote) which meant MPs could decide how to vote on their own, rather than having to follow the party position. Learn more on the official Parliament website.

43 Voted For

76 Voted Against

1 Absent

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