While the senate is secretly voting in favour of human embryonic research, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation is launching an awareness campaign. Next step: the debate at the National Assembly.
Last night, during a nocturnal session, the Senate adopted the bill from the RDSE group ”authorizing human embryonic and embryonic stem cell research”. Until the end, the opponents to the text debated over its form and content. First, the form; because the draft was examined after 10 pm even though, a week before, it was still scheduled on the 13th of December, during the day. This secret debate is even less understandable as the law on bioethics debated here and taken from a central provision was voted 18 month before, during an important state assembly. Apart from the fact that the obligations of having recourse to the population by referendum was put aside, participatory democracy has been overridden. Secondly, the content; neither ethics nor science can justify this authorization. It is a fundamental change, going against the advances which have been made thanks to non-embryonic stem cells by Pr. Yamanaka, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine and discoverer of IPS cells. In short, the more ethical and scientific alternatives impose themselves to the world, the more French Parliament tries to liberalize the conditions in favour of embryonic research.
As a response to a debate which never occurred, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation is launching an awareness campaign.
The movement’s platform, www.vous-trouvez-ca-normal.com put online yesterday, presents:
- A series of adverts published in 4 weekly newspapers this weak (Figaro Magazine, Valeurs Actuelles, Télé Obs and Famille Chrétienne)
- Keys for comprehending the debate
- An online petition against human embryonic research
- Observation: Tomorrow, animal embryos will be better protected than human ones.
Environmental sensitivity highlights the incredible paradox there is between the determination and consensus that is found in animal protection and the disinterest, or even hostility encountered when speaking of the defence of human life. Far from trying to oppose these causes, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation intends to reuse the argument used for the protection of environment “The end does not justify the means” for its own cause: