They call their opponents variously ‘anti-life’ and ‘pro-abortion’, rather than ‘pro-choice’. Which is interesting: you’ll certainly find one lot camped outside US abortion clinics, urging women with varying degrees of rudeness to keep their ‘babies’; but you never, strangely, find the other lot camped outside ante-natal classes plugging abortions. It’s almost as if they’re not ‘pro-abortion’.
Anyway. In the current debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, one side supports using microscopic hybrid embryos in petri dishes for research on debilitating diseases; the other side is worried about the tiny clumps of embryonic cells.
Ophelia Benson has the perfect label for those opposed to this research:
(Aside: when people talk about MPs having a ‘free vote’ so that they can listen to their ‘consciences’, isn’t it curious that these are so often issues when religious MPs are being whipped into line by their churches rather than their parties? All part of the pathology that makes people think you have to believe in ghosts to believe in right and wrong.)