Friday, 29 March 2013
Disgracefully passed on the sly in the Senate in December, the draft law seeking to lift the ban on research on the human embryo failed against all odds in the National Assembly that night.
An epilogue, equally gratifying as unhoped-for, given the support displayed by the government for the proposed text of the radical left, the candidate Hollande having made a campaign promise. The gamble for the majority: simplify the procedure and the debate by not making a government draft from the text, but instead making a reduced draft law, which was supposed to be adopted in haste during a single annual parliamentary session dedicated to the group led by Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg. This session was held yesterday, Thursday, 28 March.
This did not account for the response of tens of thousands of citizens, led by the campaign Vous trouvez ça normal ??(“Do you find that right?”) of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, determined not to let technical aspects take precedence over the human, the essence of bioethics. The 52,000 signers of the petition, and 100,000 cards of protest sent to the MPs have supported, encouraged and rallied some of them for which the public forums
around the revision of the bioethics law of 2011 was still a fresh memory, and whose results should not be unravelled in silence. No new scientific developments could justify this reversal 18 months after these large-scale debates. On the contrary, it is the alternatives to research on human embryos that have been successful in the meantime, leading with iPS, destroying the false argument that French research is being delayed, trapped in a futile prospect of commercial use of the human embryo.
The epilogue is especially encouraging as it shows on the ability of the Parliament to defend the founding principles of our rule of law: the respect of human life from its beginnings. It is thrilling to witness this citizens’ energy that reverberated in the semi-circle through the determination and skill of the MPs engaged in protecting the status of the human embryo.
The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation welcomes this victory. It calls for remaining mobile in France: in theory the text can still be taken over by another parliamentary group, namely the Government. The Foundation is launching a mobilisation alongside Alliance VITA and AFC (Catholic Family Association) in the context of the European citizens ' initiative “One of Us” which aims to put an end to the funding of research on the human embryo through the European Union.
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