‘One of Us’, a cross-Europe campaign to protect human embryos from destruction, has exceeded its 1 million signature target.
According to CARE, this is ‘great news and it is encouraging to know that there are so many people across the EU who want to see an end to EU financing of activities involving the destruction of human embryos’. The UK alone has collected more than 11,000 signatures at the time of writing.
The petition is in response to an EU-wide political debate over ‘Horizon 2020’, the EU’s research funding programme for the period 2014–2020.
It is estimated that at least 22 million euros of EU funding has been spent on the controversial embryonic stem cell research, between 2007 and 2012. This research has so far not secured any of the breakthroughs achieved through adult stem cell research.
Under European rules, petitions require the support of at least one million citizens within a 12-month period.