Monday, August 23, 2010


Tomorrow is Election Day.

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Federal judge enjoins Obama's destructive stem cell policy

A federal judge today enjoined the Obama Administration from going forward with a policy that involved destructive embryonic stem research. Judge Royce Lamberth granted the injunction after finding the lawsuit would likely succeed because the guidelines violated law banning the use of federal funds to destroy human embryos. In today's federal ruling, the court enjoined the Obama embryonic stem cell guidelines on the grounds that they violate an annual budget rider known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.
Pro-life groups from around the country applauded today's ruling.
In his opinion the judge wrote
 "The Dickey-Wicker Amendment is unambiguous. It prohibits research in which a human embryo is destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subject to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed under applicable regulations. The [Obama] Guidelines violate that prohibition by allowing federal funding of ESC [embryonic stem cell] research because ESC research depends upon the destruction of a human embryo."
 Experts expect the administration to appeal the ruling. In the meantime, the plaintiffs will have to present arguments in support of a permanent injunction.

The good news is that as federal district court judge actually understands the science associated with human development. In his opinion the judge explained the history of adult, embryonic, and induced pluripotent stem cells as well as the history of legislation banning the use of federal funds for research that would destroy human embryos. He then stated that the Dickey-Wicker Amendment was unambiguous and therefore the injunction should be granted.

Is it possible that  any appeal of this to the higher courts could give reasonable and intelligent jurists the opportunity to correct the horrific decisions of Roe v. Wade and its progeny? Is it possible that if there is a law that prohibits the funding of research that kills human life, there should be laws to protect said lives. We can only hope and pray.