“EU support for stem cells research should include human embryonic stem cells” says EPPSP Advisory Board

9 October 2012

It is with great interest and pleasure that we learned of the award of the 2012 Nobel Prize for medicine to Professors Gurdon and Yamanaka for their pioneering work on stem cell research. As the Nobel committee rightly states, their work has revolutionized science. In fact it does much more than that as it offers the hope for relief from suffering for millions of human beings throughout the world.

However, whatever the immense merits of John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka’s work on adult stem cells, it should not be used as a pretext to hamper human embryonic stem cells research. Since stem cells research is recent and therapeutically promising, it should be encouraged in all its options. As a consequence, it is essential that the European Union continues to contribute to this massive progress for humanity without any dogmatic views. And at times of economic turbulence, Europe has an opportunity to choose cutting edge research and to be a world leader in innovation.

We the undersigned, representatives of the organisations composing the Advisory Board of the European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics, therefore call on the European Union institutions to ensure adequate funding for stem cell research by the EU, including for the use of human embryonic stem cells, in the 2020 Horizon 8th Framework Programme 2014 – 2020.


Catholics for Choice

Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir de Espana

Centre communautaire laïc juif

Centre d’Action Laïque

European Association of the Free Thought

European Humanist Federation

European Network Church on the Move

Institut Maçonnique Européen

National Secular Society