Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Obama screws up on stem cell research, too

A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Obama administration regulations expanding stem cell research.

The nonprofit group Nightlight Christian Adoptions contends that the government's new guidelines will decrease the number of human embryos available for adoption.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that the plaintiffs are entitled to bring their lawsuit in the courts.

A federal appeals court had ruled that two doctors who were among those bringing the lawsuit, adult stem cell researchers James Sherley of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute and Theresa Deisher of AVM Biotechnology, had the authority to do so, prompting Lamberth to reverse a decision he made last October.

. . . Lamberth concluded that those filing the lawsuit have demonstrated a strong likelihood of success in arguing that the new government guidelines violate a law that prohibits the use of federal funds for research in which human embryos are destroyed.,8599,2012735,00.html

Obama had overwhelming public support and overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress behind the Democratic Party's position in favor of embryonic stem cell research.

Nonetheless, rather than change the law, Obama chose to take administrative and regulatory action via executive order in violation of existing law.

The result - - Bush policy remains in place, and one of the Democratic Party's most popular promises remains unfilled.

I guess Obama would rather focus on no-win arguments over local zoning issues and silly racial side issues.

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