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U.S. judge rules against federal stem cell funding

Injunction bars government from using public funds on embryonic research


A federal judge in the U.S. has blocked the Obama administration from funding human embryonic stem cell, citing a federal law which bars governments from spending taxpayer money on embryonic experiments. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the National Institutes of Health from funding the research. The ruling is a setback for the Obama administration, since embryonic research is in many ways the holy grail of medicine due to its potential to cure many diseases despite being seeped in controversy. Opponents to the research have celebrated the ruling. “We are encouraged that the court has recognized the seriousness of the ethics and the funding of embryonic stem cell research,” said David Prentice, senior fellow for life sciences at the Family Research Council. The administration has yet to respond to the ruling.

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U.S. judge rules against federal stem cell funding

  1. That's no great surprise really. Obama's executive order was doomed to failure the moment it was challenged in court, an eventuality that was also certain.

    • It's a bunch of crap is what it is, frankly.

      • Of course. Obama was just spouting hot air for the sake of his base. He knew that the EO was meaningless due to the laws on the books.

        • Frankly, the law on the books is a bunch of crap.

          There are a lot of people suffering with a lot of diseases we could learn a lot about with stem cell research.

          • In America at least there's a lot of sources of funding besides the government. If HESC research showed real promise, they wouldn't have trouble getting funding from private sources.

  2. Putting an obstacle in the way of embryonic stem cell research, particularly when the cells are obtained from spontaneous miscarriages, not from abortions, is immoral obstruction of progress into an area of medical science that promises to lead to spectacular advances in disease management ant prevention. A judge with a very small mind, and a very large political agenda.

  3. Apparently the judge who made the decision has never had to live with, or know anyone with:

    Multiple Sclerosis
    Cystic Fibrosis

    What a foolish decision.