§ Mr. Michael Carr (Ribble Valley)
I beg leave to present a petition from the Roman Catholic parish churches of St. Anthony's, Fulwood; Our Lady and St. Edward's, Fulwood; St. Claire's, Fulwood; Our Lady and St. Michael's church; St. Peter's Stoneyhurst college and other Lancashire parishes. The petition contains some 1,600 signatures.
The petition deals with the abortifacient mifegyne, known as RU486, which causes the death of unborn human beings. It reads:The humble petition sheweth That we the undersigned wish to note with regret that the Abortion Pill Mifegyne (known as "RU486") has been granted a product licence. We believe that drugs and medicines should be used only to save life. We 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 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 Mifegyne (known as "RU486") and any other drugs which, like it, are produced with the deliberate intention of destroying innocent human life. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, etc.
§ To lie upon the Table.