I listened to Any Answers ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/anyquestions.shtml ) on my car radio this Saturday and was reminded of the strength of feeling on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. I am fairly confident that the majority of people are in favour of the Bill but now that several church leaders have waded in I suspect the argument will get more intense.
The Government won’t force people to vote for the measure if it is against their moral or religious convictions – governments rarely do. One of the listeners who phoned the BBC however, asked if those who chose to vote against because of the principle involved would also refuse any treatment that became possible as a result of experiments carried out in the way proposed in the Bill.
A good question I thought but not one the whips could use in Parliament! Perhaps one of our church leaders could answer it! I am strongly in favour of the Bill because it offers real hope to people suffering from some appalling medical conditions and I don’t believe this will open the door to experiments on human beings.