This week our UK Parliament has been debating the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. The bill is wide ranging and could have meant the reduction of the abortion limit from 24 weeks to 12, a ban on human / animal hybrid embryo research and the requirement to consider the need for a father in fertility treatment - effectively banning same sex parenting.
The house has voted in the following ways;
A rejection of the reduction of abortion limit by 332 votes to 190.
A rejection to require consideration of the need for a father in fertilisation treatment by 290 votes to 222.
A backing of hybrid embryo research by 336 votes to 176.
It makes me happy to see evidence and rationality take precedence over superstition and brittle, religious morality.
Perhaps there is hope for us all.