Parliamentary question - E-008961/2011Parliamentary question
E-008961/2011

    Use of babies killed for stem cell treatment and organ trafficking in Ukraine

    Question for written answer E-008961/2011
    to the Commission
    Rule 117
    Dan Jørgensen (S&D)

    Many EU citizens travel to Ukrainian clinics each year to receive stem cell treatment for various illnesses such as cancer, sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.

    Questions have, however, been raised a number of times about the integrity of Ukraine’s stem cell clinics. One of the allegations made is that a Ukrainian hospital in Kharkiv has induced the abortion of baby foetuses so that Ukrainian clinics can use the embryos for organ trafficking and experimental stem cell treatment. Two questions have already been put to the Commission on this matter (E‑3552/03 and E‑2644/07).

    In its answer to Question E‑2644/07, the Commission said that it did not know for certain to what extent these allegations were true, but that it intended to follow the matter very closely.

    1. What action has the Commission taken to investigate the true facts of the case?

    2. Has the Commission, in monitoring this issue, acquired any new information on the extent to which Ukrainian clinics have used aborted baby foetuses for stem cell treatment and organ trafficking?

    3. Has the Commission, in monitoring this issue, acquired any new information on the extent to which Ukrainian clinics are using aborted baby foetuses for stem cell treatment and organ trafficking?

    4. What does the Commission propose to do should it transpire that the Ukrainian clinics have used aborted baby foetuses for stem cell treatment?

    OJ C 154 E, 31/05/2012