It will be easy to find extensive coverage of, and opinions on, the HE&F Bill elsewhere, - a few personal observations.
Firstly, my Catholic MP generally voted the right way on Monday but was absent on Tuesday. Look forward to getting an explanation why.
Some of the media coverage has been partisan to put it politely. The example that sticks in my mind is a BBC presenter standing outside parliament. His closing remark was (possibly slightly paraphrased) “MP’s will have to think long and hard before ignoring the advice of British scientists” while staring at the camera with a disapproving expression.
The argument over abortion will not be won on its own. Abortion has to be fought as part of a Catholic vision of human life as a whole – All men and women made in the image and likeness of God, the complimentary difference between men and women, marriage and sexuality (more in my next post), the dignity of life from conception to natural death. On contentious areas such as abortion, divorce and contraception I am asked about I rarely start on the issue itself but contextualise it in Catholic teaching in the above areas first.