‘One of Us’ European initiative: French associations unite to protect the embryo

Publié le : 17 May 2013

 Mobilising against the European funding of research programmes leading to the destruction of the human embryo is the principal goal of the European civic initiative called ‘On of Us‘. In France, several associations have united to collect signatures: Alliance VITA, the Fondation Jérôme Lejeune, the Catholic Family Associations and the Protestant Evangelical Committee for Human Dignity.     

The European civic initiative is a new instrument of participative democracy. This petition is also officially monitored by the French authorities in charge of overseeing elections. Once it collects 1 million signatures, with at least 60,000 in France by October 2013 – currently in France, 20,000 signatures have already been collected – "the European Commission will be obliged to reconsider the financing of research on the embryo and of any programme threatening the human being from its conception." This funding is currently being negotiated for the period 2014-2020 and it is already creating "ethical tensions" between the States, the associations point out in their press release.   
This press release continues: "Research on the human embryo leads to its destruction. The issue is a sensitive one in France, where a bill aimed at removing the ban on research on the embryo has recently been blocked in the National Assembly. The same is true in Europe: in October 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled against the taking out of patents based on research involving the destruction of embryos because this fails to respect human life. […]  2013 has been proclaimed ‘European Citizens Year’, so French citizens are encouraged to make their voices heard in order to place respect for the dignity of every human being at the centre of the construction of Europe."

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