Category Archives: Stem cell

Court decision allowing continuance of taxpayer funded embryo experimentation not final word

On April 29, in a 2 to 1 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its final opinion on a preliminary injunction in the Sherley v. Sebelius case.

Recall adult stem cell researchers filed this lawsuit, contending that President Obama’s authorization of taxpayer funding of new embryonic stem cell research violates the Dickey-Wicker ban on federal funding for research that involves harming or destroying embryos.

This is not a final decision on the case overall. It is a decision on the preliminary injunction that was issued by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on August 23, 2010, which halted funding while the case was being considered. On September 9, 2010, the DC Court of Appeals granted an administrative stay, temporarily lifting the preliminary injunction.

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Meet adopted embryos Grace and Luke

My friend Patte Smith, a sidewalk counselor in FL, posted these amazing pictures on Facebook yesterday.

The first is of Luke and Grace on Day 3 after they had been created in a petri dish. At this stage of their lives they were 8 cell embryos. Click to enlarge…

The 2nd photo is of Luke and Grace today, now 3 years old. Click to enlarge…

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Embryo research funding bill dead for the year; third bill sponsor fights to keep seat

Arlen Specter (pictured right), the Senate sponsor of a bill that would force taxpayer funded embryo and cloning research, lost his seat several months back.

And last week 1 of 2 House sponsors of the same bill, Mike Castle, met his congressional demise.

Now I’m thrilled to report the 2nd House sponsor of that bill – and its driving force – Diana DeGette (pictured left with Castle), had better watch her own political stem cells. Reported September 20:

In any other political year, a Republican challenger to… DeGette, D-CO, would not even make a stir. DeGette has held her seat since 1997 and beat her GOP opponent by more than a 3-to-1 margin in 2008.

But this is no ordinary year.

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Down to the wire: Pro-life help needed to block taxpayer funding of human embryo research

Pro-taxpayer funded embryonic stem cell research supporter Sen. Tom Harkin held a stacked (only 1 opponent allowed) pro-escr hearing today and said this, according to Bloomberg:

Congress will intervene if a U.S. court rules that federal funding for research using human embryonic stem cells is illegal, Senator Tom Harkin said….

Harkin, an Iowa Democrat and lead author of legislation to authorize federal dollars for the research, said he will take steps to work around any court setback for the policy established by President Barack Obama in March 2009.

Yes, that is indeed what Harkin said. Start listening at minute 23 on this video from today’s hearing.

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Breaking: Appeals court suspends embryonic stem cell research ban during Obama’s appeal

UPDATE, 1:43p: Statement by our side’s attorneys:

We are not surprised that the court granted the government a short administrative stay.  The Order itself makes clear that: “The purpose of this administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the merits of the emergency motion for stay and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion.”

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Judge to Obama administration: Yes, I meant it, stop tax-paid embryo research

Loved this headline, as if judges are supposed to rule on the basis of liking or disliking cases at hand…

Yesterday Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia denied the Obama administration’s emergency request to lift his August 23 temporary injunction against federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Lamberth based his decision on the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which bans such funding.

Obama’s lawyers argued Lamberth’s decision would do irreparable harm to research already underway and would also stop research funding authorized under the Bush administration of embryonic stem cell lines already created.

Lamberth, pictured on page 2, was quite snippy, writing:

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Follow-up: Teratoma, schmeratoma; and I’m less worthy than an embryo?

This is in follow-up to my September 4 post, “Holiday Weekend question I: Is embryo testing equatable to animal testing?”

I informed Magda that I had posted his/her email and that s/he might find comments helpful. Here was Magda’s response:

I’ll let you address Magda’s 2nd paragraph, but I’ll handle the 1st. Magda was complaining about your comments such as:

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Blusterer’s last stand: DeGette pushing poll-negative embryo research spending bill

Ignoring the current political reality for wishful thinking of bygone days, Politico’s Richard Cohen wrote a nice bluff piece today for Democrat anti-life CO Rep. Diana DeGette, strongly pushing a bill to force taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research. Such legislation would render mute the August 23 federal court ruling that federally funded escr violates federal law by killing that law.

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