August 24th, 2010
11:57 AM ET
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White House reviewing ruling against embryonic stem cell research

(CNN) - Administration officials are still reviewing a federal judge's decision to grant a preliminary injunction stopping federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said Tuesday.

They are "exploring all possibilities" to allow such research to continue, Burton told reporters at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is on vacation.

Monday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth could even cut off stem cell research that was allowed under former President George W. Bush, Burton said. Obama believes embryonic stem cell research conducted under "stringent ethical guidelines" is critical, the spokesman added.

Obama signed an executive order in March 2009 that repealed a Bush-era policy limiting federal dollars for human stem cell research. Obama's act permitted the National Institutes of Health to conduct and fund studies on embryonic stem cells.

Lamberth's ruling, however, said aid for research that involves the destruction of embryos violates a key amendment currently governing federal spending bills.

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Gee, a Republican judge from Texas blocks science in the name of religion. That's quite a shock!

    August 24, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Alan

    Translation: "Let's see how we can create an even larger market for dead babies."

    August 24, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    President Obama is right: stem cell research is critical to humanity.
    Can't anything be done to fight superstition and irrational belief systems, which are so absurdly widespread that humans die in this country in the 21st century because they refuse blood transfusions and healing medications?
    Ignorance is not bliss in this instance. A refusal to allow stem cell research that will save lives is murder.

    August 24, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Marcus

    Embryos may or may not (naturally) turn into human beings, and most of those used in researches would never ever had the chance to become human beings for starters (yes, they were 'rejected' by those who created them as 'no longer necessary').
    It's either the drain or scientific research for them.
    The judge ruled that it is the drain...

    August 24, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If the White House wants this issue resolved, they only need to call one person: Nancy Reagan

    August 24, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Dano

    Let's see how many Republicans come out to condemn this "activist" judge...or will they applaud his actions since it's in line with their beliefs?

    August 24, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    If Pat Robertson & the American Taliban says no, then the answer is no.

    August 24, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Marcus

    This whole story reminds me a little known story I read about the A-bomb.
    Do you guys know that the British had the chance to develop the A-bomb and wasted it? Because some 'high ranked' military officers thought that the usefulness of science (particularly the nuclear physics) was way overestimated and thus they would NOT spend money on it since they truly BELIEVED that it was waste of time?
    Ethics are very important, and ethical researches are necessary for the development of science while unethical researches (remember Tuskegee?) only help to ashame science as a whole.
    But it's either develop (ethically) the science or watch others do that (and then you'll have to pay those FOREIGN dudes the royalties they so deserve).

    August 24, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    How about this for FEAR-MONGERING – You better allow stem cell research because every other country in the world is far ahead of us, and they may be the first to create a MONSTER that cannot be stopped, and their intentions will be to destroy AMERICA!!!! lol

    Jokes aside – This research is important because if God did not want us to use these methods, he would not have given us the brains to do so!!!

    August 24, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Fund stem cell research.

    'Nuff said.

    August 24, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. DIANA

    They better hope they don't get a disease that could have been cured if we had stem cell research. For those of you who say it's a life – the cells would have been thrown away anyway. Better to be used to save a life than end up at the bottom of a garbage can.

    August 24, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Lamberth was appointed by Bush 1. Her interpretation of the Dicky-Wicker Amendment CLEARLY exceeds the plain meaning of the language it contains. The last thing GOPers and ideologue conservatievs like her want to see is the Obama administration capitalizing on his revocation of Bush's executive order by saying "we revoked it...and medical treatments for cancer, spinal injuries, nervous system disorders, brain injuries, vital organ transplants, etc." After all, what kind of God would allow such sinful behavior to result in such good for mankind? Yeah...the fundy ideologues just don't even want it questioned.

    August 24, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. justin

    I think it's time for Obama to actually step up and help further science in the United States. Stop being a coward and stop using ambiguous terms like "stringent ethical guidelines." He sounds exactly like George Bush on this issue. I guess dying patients will have to go to South Korea for cutting edge procedures. Did his health care bill permit people to seek out the best available treatment even if it will only be developed overseas?

    August 24, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. flushthedonkeys

    Of course this evil, corrupt White House would never do anything illegal? We gotta a corrupt DOJ that decides that don't we? Wait til some judge tears Obamacare up. When is a tax not a tax? When Obama call it whatever he needs to call it for politically expedient purposes. It's all a big lie folks, and we now have the biggest liar in the history of the country as our president.

    August 24, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. A. Goodwin

    Simple – embryo's are being discarded every day either by companies who freeze embryo's for parents who try IVF, or by women who choose to have an abortion. Nomatter how religious you think you are – you are not going to stop a women's right to choose (so get over it!!). Why not turn this "medical waste" into medical miracles?

    My son has a neurological disorder. If I knew that stem cells could fix his epilepsy – simply by using embryo's that are being discarded anyway (or on some cases, using umbillical cord cells)...then I am ALL FOR IT!!

    The same religious people against stem cell research are also one's who support the killing of abortion doctors, who have no problem hunting and killing an animal, and wouldn't think of adopting all the unborn children in the world to spare them from being aborted.

    August 24, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. AEK

    And it's the Republicans are constantly railing on activist judges? This clown has been spending too much time reading the crap textbooks the schools were forced to purchase denying the role of science anywhere.

    August 24, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. tnmom

    "Nightlight Christian Adoptions contends that the government's new guidelines will decrease the number of human embryos available for adoption."
    How, exactly, does one adopt an embryo??? One giant backward step for man, one giant backward step for mankind.

    August 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The plan is to wait for China to sell us their stem cell research like everything else they sell to the U.S. for profit.

    August 24, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. katiec

    Another example of the radical religious right trying to push their irresponsible beliefs down the throats of the American people.
    Heaven forbid that they think about the immense good stem cell research can produce. They hide behind their Bibles while promoting
    further destruction for the future of our country and us.
    Another republican hater of the American people.

    August 24, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. marvin

    Those that are soo naive that they let religeon dictate what they think
    is ethical and want to stop something that might preserve or save a life need a good case of carma . I seen it many times in my life where
    someone who is so closed mind on stem cell research , come down
    with a illness that they wish could be cured, and they die begging for help. example –Rondal Reagan , who killed stem cell research for
    many years, yet bless his good wife Nancy who came out in favor
    of stem cell research after seeing her beloved husband suffer an
    illness that might have been helped by stem cell research.
    Carma , true or fiction? Maybe the judge needs an awakeing.

    August 24, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Jan TX

    A.Goodwin, you are right on target w/your comments! I'll add that the hypocrisy of the far right never ceases to amaze me. They have no qualms about what happens to viable human beings or animals for that matter, yet kick and scream over a bundle of cells that can't survive without a host. Keep your religious views out of the way of medical science that can great improve the quality of lives already here. If you don't want to benefit from this research, than turn down that option should you or a loved one get struck by a crippling illness.

    August 24, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Carl

    So.. I guess abortion is also illegal and should not be funded by medial insurance? What about in vitro fertilization when more than one embryo takes.. should the mother be forced to have more children than she wanted?

    All of these questions should be up to the Mother. I say if you can donate eggs and donate sperm, you should be able to donate these embryos that would have gone to waste otherwise.

    If you want to protect life, how about improving the country first – maybe give to charity, or volunteer at a food kitchen?

    August 24, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Gerald

    The world is grossly over populated already, wake up.

    August 24, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. bill

    fully fund stem cell reachurch.its our future.and for our children.CAINT AMERICA DO ANYTHING BESIDES MAKE WAR.WAKE UP AMERICA.LETS TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK.

    August 24, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "and they may be the first to create a MONSTER that cannot be stopped, "


    August 24, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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