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European Parliament votes for sale of human embryos

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a report that would pave the way for the sale of human embryos. The measure passed with 483 votes to 52 [1], with 89 abstentions

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) pointed out that embryos and foetuses constitute human life [2] and including them in the list of Substances of Human Origin report (so-called SOHOs) and as “unborn offspring” not only reduces them to the level of common cells, but also opens doors to their use for research and industrial purposes, which goes against the respect of dignity of human life.

FAFCE asked whether the European Parliament “wants to promote eugenics?”

“We hope that the EU policymakers will be wise enough to avoid an additional divide in Europe, respecting the inherent value and dignity of human life and human procreation: this is what it at stake and we wonder if many who voted this morning really realised that”.

EU Bishops also expressed their “deep concern [3]“.