“One of Us”: aim: 1.2 million signatures

Publié le : 25 September 2013

 On Thursday, 12 September, the European citizens’ initiative, "One of Us" announced that it "had reached the million signatures needed to be introduced as an official petition to the European Commission". The aim of this initiative is "to ban any European Union funding of research involving the destruction of human embryos."         

In addition to obtaining a million signatures, the Treaty of Lisbon stipulated that, in order to be taken into account by the European Commission, seven European Union States had to reach a signature quota. According to Alliance Vita, the Fondation Jérôme Lejeune (Jérôme Lejeune Foundation), les Associations familiales catholiques (Catholic Family Associations) and the Comité Protestant évangélique pour la dignité humaine (Evangelical Protestant Committee for Human Dignity), the four French associations spearheading the "One of Us" European initiative in France, this condition has definitely been met: "With Germany, which has just exceeded the quota, eleven countries are now well above target", they pointed out in their press release. For Grégor Puppinck, Director of the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), and co-founder of the "One of Us" initiative in Europe, "it’s definitely not time to sit back on our laurels. The success of the initiative lies in the strength of our convictions and in the conscience of people defending the humanity of the human embryo. Campaigners aim to have a total of 1.2 million signatures before the end of October, allowing for incorrectly completed forms, which will impact upon the final outcome". He added that, "on such an important subject, the aim of ‘One of Us’ is to "touch the conscience of responsible European citizens". 

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