March 26, 2008

Labour MPs To Vote With Their Consciences On Embryo Bill


by Rohan Parker

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has come to a compromise with Labour MPs and has given them the opportunity to give a conscience vote on three specific parts of a controversial new embryo Bill.

Brown made a statement from Stevenage, Hertfodshire, in which he said that whilst Labour MPs would have to vote on the Bill as a whole when it is brought before Parliament in May for its second reading, they would then have the opportunity to vote for specific sections during the next stage in Parliament. This means that the areas which are of the most concern, especially to Roman Catholic MPs, would be put forth individually and a conscience vote could then take place, and upon that vote any amendments can be made to the Bill.

The parts of the Bill causing the primary concern lie in areas dealing with IVF research, saviour siblings, and mixing embryos.

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