Sunday, October 26, 2008

House of Commons approves Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill but drops all pro-abortion amendments

October 22, 2008 (22.10) has been a sad, sad day in British history, with the British Parliament approving a bill that allows killing of human embryos and the production of animal/human hybrids, but at the same time it was also a day tinged with some relief because things could have been even worse. Britain’s 22.10 like America’s 9.11 will be remembered as a day of infamy, but in this case, not caused by terrorism but by the British Government. The House of Commons voted by 355 to 129 to approve the government's Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill at its third reading, the last main parliamentary vote.

All pro-abortion amendments however were dropped from the bill, which means that the determined attempt by pro-abortion MP’s to extend the 1967 abortion act to Northern Ireland has been defeated, together with the other measures aimed at further liberalising the availability of abortion in Britain.

This bill will result in the approval of so called therapeutic cloning and the subsequent wholesale slaughter of the cloned human embryos by scientists trying to discover ways of manipulating embryonic stem cells in order to find treatments for major ailments. The production of stem cells from either human embryos or animal/ human hybrids is unethical unsafe and unnecessary. The process has been aptly named “clone and kill” by pro-lifers. This may sound like a plot from a Frankenstein movie or a medical experiment of the Third Reich but unfortunately it is horribly real and has now been accepted by Parliament.

Edward Leigh, the veteran pro-life Catholic MP, said:
At the heart of the debates on this bill has been that we are treating the human embryo as a thing. The human embryo is not a blob of cells nor a potential human being, but a human being with potential. What we are doing today is very dangerous - we are making ourselves less than human by treating human embryos as things.

SPUC Chief Executive John Smeaton in his blog while describing October 22 as a tragic day in British history, also praised all those who added their voices in opposition to this immoral bill particularly, the powerful resistance of,
the politicians and people of Northern Ireland showed that a pro-life community cannot be bullied into submission by the ethically compromised Westminster establishment. Future generations will look back on this macabre bill and wonder how a supposedly civilised nation could have so devalued human life.