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.
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."