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Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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9.36 am

I beg leave to present a petition on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Dorset, North (Mr. Baker), signed by more than 200 of his constituents and some of mine, who are members of the Shafesbury Life Group expressing their concern at the licensing of the drug RU486, which remains an experimental drug with unknown risks to women. The signatories

"deplore the fact that this drug causes the death of unborn human beings, and we express our grave concern that it will damage women physically and psychologically."
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House, which is committed to upholding respect for human life and protection of the weak and vulnerable, will do everything possible to prevent the distribution and use of … RU486 … and any other drugs which … are produced with the deliberate intention of destroying innocent human life. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.