With this achievement “One of us” becomes the second European Citizens’ Initiative to reach the requirements established by the Commission.
Today 1.013.182 European citizens that want to express the concern of European society as a whole on the need of greater protection of the human embryo. We are closer to our objective, namely to change the future of the embryonic stem cell research industry across Europe, defend the life of the weakest and protect human life.
ECI rules petitions require a minimum number of signatures in at least 7 member states. As of today, 11 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain) have fulfilled this requirement.
The desired outcome of the initiative is a concrete ban of life-destroying policies in the EU budget, as well as a political change and greater awareness of the need to respect the wish of so many European citizens. Furthermore, jurisdiction at the European Court of Human Rights, where many bioethical cases are pending, could be positively influenced.
The European Parliament adopted the report of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on the rule of law fact-finding mission in Poland. LIBE members held a series of discussions on the reforms of the judiciary and related disputes in Poland in recent years. However, during its visit to Warsaw, the Commission went beyond the framework of the rule of law control procedure, touching upon i.a.
There are many myths about the legal protection of life in the public space. One of them is the claim that Poland, in comparison to most countries of the world, protects the life of unborn children very well. This was the topic of a press conference of the Ordo Iuris Institute.
Guatemala confirms its high rank in the sphere of protection of human life. Abortion has been banned there for many years (with a guarantee of saving the mother's life, if threatened) by the Criminal Code and the Constitution.