Court Rules Obama Administration Can Continue Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Posted on April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011 12:39 PM
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In a case that apparently could hinge on the interpretation of verb tenses, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Obama administration can continue funding embryonic stem cell research while a case seeking to halt the funding goes forward.
The three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, lifted an injunction that had been placed by federal judge Royce Lamberth on federal funding. After Lamberth’s ruling last August, the D.C. Circuit, with a different panel presiding, had allowed funding to go forward temporarily, but Friday’s decision means it is not threatened while the case makes its way through the courts.
Lamberth will now consider the merits of the case and eventually issue a final ruling on the Obama policy.
At issue is something known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which is renewed by Congress each year and which prohibits “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.” It was first passed in the mid-1990s.
Opponents of embryonic stem cell research argue that the amendment prohibits all forms of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Supporters like President Obama, though, say the law merely prohibits federal funding of the actual destruction of the embryo while allowing funding for research on the stem cell lines. Embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of the embryo, which pro-lifers say is immoral.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Michael Foust
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