I blogged recently on Ruth Kelly, a UK cabinet minister, and Clare Curtis Thomas, both of them Catholic MPs, avoiding their responsibility to the unborn.
Dr Tom Ward, a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, provides a balanced and penetrating analysis of Ruth Kelly's apparent position on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (NACF news, 6th July), the report stage of which has now been postponed by the government till the autumn. His letter appears in
Dr Ward writes: " A Catholic does not have the moral right to abstain from voting because such a grave omission is to refuse to protect human life at its most vulnerable. It is grave matter. Furthermore she is now the best known Catholic Member of Parliament in the country and the scandal of her evasion of her moral duty as a legislator will do great damage to the Church."