Court Halts Federal Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research


A U.S. district court today halted the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, saying it involves the destruction of human embryos, potentially re-igniting a longtime cultural hot button issue just in time for the fall elections.

The Washington-based court was ruling in favor of a June lawsuit filed by a researcher objecting to President Obama’s policy allowing federal funding. Obama overturned former President George W. Bush’s policy by implementing new National Institutes of Health guidelines shortly after taking office. Obama’s March 2009 decision reversed Bush’s August 2001 actions. Congress twice tried to circumvent Bush, passing a bill allowing for federal funding, but Bush vetoed the measure each time.

When signing the executive order, Obama talked about the “difficult and delicate balance” of such research, which could lead to “medical miracles” but also upsets many people who believe the process ends a life. The president said that research has great potential and “with proper guidelines and strict oversight, the perils can be avoided.”   Continue reading…