One of Us: Nearly 1.8 Million People ask EU to stop funding embryo research
Shameful that the EU funds scientific experimentation on human life – Cullen
7th November 2013
The Pro Life Campaign has today welcomed the news that almost 1.8 million signatures have been collected from 28 Member states for the One of Us initiative, an EU-wide petition to urge the European Commission to stop funding research which destroys human embryos. The deadline for signatures was 1st November.
Responding to the news, Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign said
“The petition is asking the EU to stop funding destructive research on human embryos, recognise the dignity of and accord respect to the unborn from conception.”
“In recent years, adult stem cell research has proven to be hugely successful in advancing modern medicine and producing effective treatments for conditions such as cancer and spinal injuries. Research on human embryos however, while resulting in huge loss of human life, has not produced any effective cures”, she continued.
The One of Us Initiative was launched last year and has been one of the few successful petitions filed under the European Citizens Initiative programme. The European citizens’ initiative, introduced under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty allows one million EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by calling on the European Commission to consider a legislative proposal.
“The One of Us initiative has been a huge success far exceeding the EU quota of 1,000,000 signatures. It had collected over 1.5 million signatures by the closing date of 1st November which include 9,000 signatures collected from around Ireland. This demonstrates the strength of feeling across many countries about the need to protect the most vulnerable, the unborn”, Dr. Cullen concluded.