On Thursday 18th December, David
Amess, the MP for Southend West and a
Member of the House of Commons Health Select
Committee, addressed the Oxford University
We were treated to a short speech outlining the ins and outs of being pro-life
in Parliament. He emphasised that as he had gone to parliament to help
people have better lives it was natural for him to wish to help protect
the right to have any life at all.
Particularly interesting was his description of his role on the Health
Select Committee, a job he clearly relishes because
it allows him to subject the Government to
the level of scrutiny it avoids in the House of Commons.
Mr Amess accepted some questions to be put to the government concerning
the cost to the NHS of abortion, emergency
contraception and the fitting of IUDs and
concerning the legality or otherwise of Marie Stopes International's
campaign which advertises the morning-after pill.
We asked him if the current trend for harmonisation in Europe might mean
that Britain's notoriously lax laws on abortion and
foetal experimentation might be tightened up.
He reckoned that this was an avenue worth exploring.
It was not only informative but also a
real pleasure to meet David Amess.