Taking A Stand
If reports in The Telegraph (Catholic MPs to rebel over embryo bill) are to be believed, Gordon Brown is to force a three-line whip on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. The Bill will allow the creation of animal-human embryos - created by injecting animal cells or DNA into human embryos or human cells into animal eggs - to be used in medical research and then discarded.It will also change the law to allow lesbian couples to be registered as legal parents. This goes, of course, against Catholic moral teaching and it is reported that 3 Catholic cabinet ministers will feel inclined to rebel, as will many more backbench MPs.
Mr Brown had considered allowing MPs a free vote on specific issues, but decided that would anger other MPs who had previously stayed loyal to the Government.
So much for the Prime Minister's 'moral compass'.
I hope the the three Catholic ministers, Ruth Kelly, Paul Murphy and Des Browne, can make a stand. It may be turning point in the relentless secularising push of this ugly regime. They may end up with More's peace at the cost of their ministerial careers rather than their heads:
“The clearness of my conscience has made my heart hop for joy.”
--“Letter to Margaret Roper,” from the Tower, 1534.