Opposition to the bill has been more about political theatre than moral or scientific debate.
As an MP you are elected to represent the best wishes of the people who elect you. You are not elected to pursue a religious crusade against the pursuit of science and medicine.
In fact, if we wanted to be run by the will of Popes and Monarchs then the House of Commons would never have been built and democracy would never have been sought.
So if members of the cabinet want to resign over this bill then they should do so. If the creeds in their Bibles are more important than the future of their people, then they should do the honourable thing and remove themselves from politics.
Because despite what Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and Co may believe, this country is not a land under god, but a people under their own collective will. We have spent centuries removing our country from the grip of religion and we are not about to surrender it now.
But at least these fundamentalists have the excuse of faith. Free market small-staters such as Paul Staines are also pretending outrage at this bill. Outrage at legislation which could extend hugely benificial and profitable scientific developments to our country.
Future generations will not care about their hypocrisy and opportunism, nor the political difficulties of the present government. But they will care for the science and medicine that killing off this bill would delay.
So if Gordon Brown has any courage he should stand up to his cabinet, stand up to the fundamentalists and stand up to the Luddites. Because while religion has allayed the miseries of famine and disease for millennia, it is only with science that these evils can be truly matched.