European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee rejects embryonic stem cell research funded by the EU

For immediate release

September 18, 2012

Today, the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee of the European Parliament voted to exclude research funding for human embryos and human embryonic stem cells from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020).

The amendment to exclude funding was proposed by the rapporteur of the JURI committee, Mr. Borys. The JURI committee is responsible for determining the ethical principles and legal accountability of grants allocated to research.

Today’s vote is a critical first step in excluding embryonic stem cell research from European Union funding for research and innovation. Following this vote, the Framework Programme will need to be considered by the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, and the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee. It will then go to final vote in the European Parliament plenary.  World Youth Alliance will continue to work to ensure that embryonic stem cell research is fully excluded from the EU Frammework Programme to research and innovation through all these upcoming debates.

The JURI committee vote is consistent with a growing body of European jurisprudence that recognizes the dignity of the human embryo and rejects attempts to promote experimentation and research on early human life. Recently, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) excluded the patentability of embryonic stem cell research in Europe (Brüstle vs. Greenpeace).

The World Youth Alliance (WYA) was proud to support the Borys amendment and congratulates the members of the JURI committee in their decision to uphold the ethical principles of the European Community in favor of the protection of human life.

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Juan Ignacio Fernandez Torres

World Youth Alliance Europe

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