Last Thursday the French National Assembly voted to uphold its strict laws on embryonic stem cell research. As Reuters News reported, France boasts some of the most conservative bioethics law in Europe, prohibiting embryonic stem cell research, save on imported embryos not used for in vitro fertilization in other nations.
In early June, the Senate will also hold a second reading of the bill. Should the Senate vote to allow embryonic stem cell research, the bill will be taken to a parliamentary conference committee, where the National Assembly’s version of the legislation will be given precedence.
This renewed protection of Life, at its earliest beginnings, comes as welcomed news to the international right to Life community. If French statesmen continue to uphold such legislation, their nation will serve as a standard in bioethical conservatism throughout Europe.