August 23rd, 2010
04:35 PM ET
10 years ago

Judge stops federal funding of embryonic stem cell research

(Updated at 5:25 p.m.)

Washington (CNN) - A U.S. district judge granted a preliminary injunction Monday to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research that he said destroys embryos, ruling it went against the will of Congress.

The ruling by Judge Royce C. Lamberth was a blow to the Obama administration, which last year issued guidelines to allow federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Lamberth's ruling said all embryonic stem cell research involves destroying embryos, which violates the Dickey-Wicker Amendment included in federal spending bills.

"The Dickey-Wicker Amendment unambiguously prohibits the use of federal funds for all research in which a human embryo is destroyed," Lamberth's ruling said. "It is not limited to prohibit federal funding of only the 'piece of research' in which an embryo is destroyed. Thus, if ESC [embryonic stem cell] research is research in which an embryo is destroyed, the guidelines, by funding ESC research, violate the Dickey-Wicker Amendment."

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  1. B in FL

    Will never understand people like this. An embryo is not a human being and if it can be used to help a living, breathing person why are these so called pro-lifers against that??

    August 23, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. stephon

    It is sad that humans cry for a cure for these numerous diseases yet they wouldn't let scientists carry out research that will prove worthwhile. Do you ever think of what happens to the emryo cells if they were not used? Nothing, useless, nada!! Come on Judge whoever, try and sit in on a cell biology class. Maybe, you will have an appreciations for how much hard work and studies it takes to be a research scientist. We need these research so bad

    August 23, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Gymo

    That's okay, we will let other countries make the scientific developments and then we buy it from them – thus making them richer and us poorer.

    Also why aren't those against Stem Cell scientific use letting their doctors and Hospitals know that they will not accept any drugs nor treatments derived from Stem Cells development...To rail against it and then accept said treatment for you or your family is the ultimate hypocrisy.

    August 23, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. artraveler

    Well, that will certainly stop it since the U.S. is the only country in the entire world with world-class research sites, EXCEPT FOR, Great Britain, France, India, Germany, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and quite a few others. You don't put the genie back in the bottle, you just move it and the high priced researchers off-shore and the U.S. pays the price of falling behind in another area. And obvuiously if you do the development overseas, you will also do the manufacture of the developed drug overseas also so we lose those jobs also.

    Folks, these aren't babies. They are clumps of cells that obviously can't survive on their own but if you rather they be flushed down the drain or shipped overseas, you just made a good start. The research will continue and the US will pay the price again.

    August 23, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Rick in AZ

    This ruling only precludes "Federal" monies from being used in embryonic stem cell research. The big pharmas are going full blast into this research. When they find a cure for some diease we will have to pay out the wazoo for it.

    August 23, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. AG

    Time and time again the Constitution is being walked over by religious beliefs. Feel LUCKY to have "freedom of religion" and RESPECT "the separation of church and state".....and we'll all get along.

    August 23, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. DorisV

    Let me guess, he is a Catholic or one of those far right fundamentalist Christians. Hope one of these days he or someone he cares for gets some disease that could have been helped by embryonic stem cell research. Yes, I'm bitter and angry. At least with this type of research we are not hurting living breathing animals.

    August 23, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Carl

    Yeah.. because keeping those embryos frozen are a huge help.... Maybe when they grown up they can then die of diseases that we could have cured by now – that is if they ever grow up.

    This ruling is truly ridiculous, especially since the same Republicans that love this idea, hate the idea of affordable health care for the living!

    August 23, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. usualone

    These embryos most likely would have not been used for anything. This judge apparently doesn't realize the good of the research. He must be afraid of progress. What era does he live in?

    August 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. William

    Thank God for the courts that stop us from becoming like Nazi Germany in ww2. Obama is a train wreck and as in moral as they come for ever wanting to allow this to begin with. Whats next birthing babies to replace organs? I mean come on we are not animals we do not destroy a fetus just to harvest stem cells this is a no brainer for any human being.

    August 23, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Tony in Maine

    I truly hope that he enjoys losing the sight in one eye due to wet macular degeneration. My left eye, though treated with the best drugs available, is useless for detailed tasks like reading. Had Dubya not pandered to the religious right, it's possible stem cell treatment might have been developed by now. Or perhaps he'd like a little ALS like my brother-in-law or maybe some Parkinson's.

    I don't hate easily – but when I close my right eye leaving sight to my damaged left eye – I find myself wishing the worst for the righteous.

    August 23, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Terry B., Lexington, Ky

    Conservative activist judges should be disbarred....

    Probably the same thing the right will say about liberal activist judges....

    August 23, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. librarian

    Back to the Middle Ages. But is this surprising from a Republican ?

    August 23, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. Ky

    I hope this judge is not stricken down with Parkinson's like my husband has. He'll see what is in important then. Stem cell research he'll vote yes then. I wouldn't wish Parkinson on anyone, but some time it hard not to. But you half to look at who he is. A right winger. What goes over your back will come up in your face. It might not be him but a family member.

    August 23, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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