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Archbishop Smith urges support for the 'One of Us' campaign

17/04/2013 10:45 am

Archbishop Peter Smith, Southwark

I warmly encourage and urge anyone who has concern for the inviolability and dignity of every human life from its conception to join in the European Citizens initiative ‘One of Us’.

This campaign aims to stop EU funding for activities which result in the destruction of human embryos. If one million signatures are obtained it will ensure that legislation to this effect must be considered at European level.

The title ‘One of Us’ says it all. Each human life deserves protection and respect, and this is one practical way we can all make our voice heard in defence of life.

Explaining the ‘One of Us’ Campaign

April 2013
 
The campaign idea and name was developed by the Italian Pro-Life Movement under the leadership of MEP Carlo Casini, and specifically as fruit of his lifetime commitment to working towards full protection for the human embryo.

The ‘One of Us’ campaign underlines the moment of conception as the beginning of human life, and aims to prevent any funding of activities which result in the destruction of human embryos, particularly focusing on areas of research, development aid and public health.

The initiative follows a recent European Court of Justice judgment (Brustle vs. Greenpeace - Germany), which upheld the special nature of the human embryo.
 
The campaign will be taken forward using the vehicle of a European Citizens’ Initiative which is a newly established legal instrument which allows citizens across the EU to propose legislation if it falls within the scope of EU competency.

Such an initiative must have the support of at least 7 of the 27 member states and each individual state involved must collect a minimum number of signatures based on its overall population.

An overall number of at least one million European citizens must adhere to the proposal.
 
54,000 signatures are required from the UK to fulfil our quota.
 
To take part in this campaign you must be resident in a EU State, be 18 or over and eligible to vote in the European Elections.

Support the Campaign Online

We are focusing exclusively on online collection and this can be done easily at:

www.oneofus.eu

Just click on ‘SIGN’ at the top of the page and follow the instructions, including clicking on the ‘support’ button, and ‘United Kingdom’ of course when asked for your country identification.

It takes two minutes from start to finish.
 
Deadline November 2013 but we need to move quickly to reach our quota.