The Constitutional Court is about to rule on the fundamental issue of embryo research. Whatever the Court’s ruling, the Italian Parliament may still intervene to lift a ban that is harmful both to research and health. For these reasons, we have prepared this petition which we ask you to sign.

Michele De Luca , Co-President of the Luca Coscioni Association, Filomena Gallo, Secretary of the Luca Coscioni Association, Marco Cappato, Treasurer of the Luca Coscioni Association, Giulio Cossu, Professor of Human Stem Cell Biology at UCL, London, Amedeo Santosussoso, Professor of Law, Science, New Technologies at the University of Pavia

Current signatories include:
Andrea Borini (Sifes President), Gilberto Corbellini (Professor, Sapienza University of Rome), Domenico Danza (Gynaecologist), Marco Favara (Embryologist), Anna Pia Ferraretti (Scientific Director of Sismer), Carlo Flamigni (Member of CNB), Cesare Galli (Professor, University of Bologna), Luca Gianaroli (Scientific Director of SISMeR System), Marcina Mengarelli (Sociologist), Piergiorgio Strata (Professor Emeritus)

The following associations have also joined:
Laura Pisano L’Altra Cicogna, Federica Casadei Cerco un Bimbo, Teresa Bilotti Amica Cicogna, Daniela Lauro Famiglie SMA, Fernanda De Angelis Parent Project, Mario Gambera Hera, Laura Volpini Aidagg, Silvano Vona ELA Italy European Leukodystrophy Association.

[IMAGE]    More than 100 Nobel laureates have come together in support of this type of research: for the Parliament to lift the prohibitions of Law 40/2004, and for politics to respect people’s lives.



For the freedom of research on human embryos

Considering that:

according to the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union “the arts and scientific research shall be free” (Article 13);

the Italian Constitution states, in Article 9, that “the Republic promotes the development of culture and scientific and technical research”, and in Article 33, that “Art and science are free and free is its teaching”;

scientific research on stem cells is essential to finding cures against diseases that affect millions of people in Italy. Therefore, the results are important of all types of research carried out reliably and thoroughly: on adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells, reprogrammed stem cells and stem cells obtained using the technique of transferring the cell nucleus (so-called “somatic cell nuclear transfer”);

research on different types of stem cells (embryonic, adult, reprogrammed, cell nucleus transfer) each provide valuable results, also for the other kinds of cells;

Law 40 of 2004 hands down punishments of two to six years’ imprisonment (in the worst cases) and a fine from 50,000 to 150,000 euros – in addition to suspension from one to three years from professional practice – to scientists who perform, among other things, “any experimentation on any human embryo” and “cloning operations by nucleus transfer” including when solely for research purposes;

that Italian laboratories are forced to import embryonic stem cell lines from abroad;

that extracting embryonic stem cells and the cell nuclear transfer technique are legal in other countries;

that it is an act of great ethical and civil concern to donate embryos for research which, due to their extended period of cryopreservation, have no real chance of being implanted into the uterus and reaching foetal development;

that the Constitutional Court will soon be called to decide on the constitutionality of such bans


to the Italian Parliament and Government to submit and approve the necessary legislative and regulatory proposals in order to ensure the freedom of scientific research on human embryos.


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