British Cabinet Member Leaves Over Govt OK of Pro-Cloning, Pro-Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
September 24, 2008
London, England (LifeNews.com) — A member of the British Cabinet will step down from her role in the administration because of the government’s pushing of a bill that promotes abortion and human cloning. The debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is expected to resume soon and MP Ruth Kelly is unhappy.
Kelly is a Catholic who is pro-life and has been chagrined for some time about the government promoting these unethical practices.
According to a London Telegraph report, she will step down as the transport secretary because she can’t reconcile her pro-life views with the government’s position in favor of the HFE bill.
Kelly previously received permission to deviate from the party position and have a conscience vote but she is expected to vote in favor of the bill when it comes up for the next vote.
Kelly is the MP for Bolton West, a highly marginal seat which faces a strong Conservative challenge, and her resignation puts more pressure on Des Browne, the defense secretary, and Paul Murphy, the Wales Secretary as both are pro-life Catholics who have said they have misgivings about the legislation.
Paul Tully of the British pro-life group Society for the Protection of Unborn Children responded to the news. He encourage MPs of all faiths to back down from the HFE bill.
"Defending vulnerable and innocent human lives is not the exclusive preserve of Catholics, but a duty for everyone," he said.
"Appalling abuses of early human life are accepted in both current and proposed embryo legislation," he explained. "Medical staff face harassment and even exclusion if they refuse to provide or refer for abortion or lethal IVF procedures."
"We encourage MPs of all faiths and none to stand up for the unborn and to oppose the embryo bill," Tully concluded.
Related web sites:
SPUC – https://www.spuc.org.uk
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