WASHINGTON — Overturning an earlier preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ruled 2-1 to allow continued federal funding of embryo-killing stem cell research. Last August Judge Lamberth enjoined using federal money for research that requires the killing of human embryos, but the decision today will allow embryo-killing research to continue being funded with federal dollars while the lawsuit proceeds (www.nrlc.org/news_and_views/Sept10/nv090110part2.html).
“Given the tremendous advances in medical research using stem cells derived from ethical sources, it is tragic that a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled to allow the Obama Administration to continue federal funding of the kind of stem cell research that requires killing human embryos,“ said David O’Steen, Ph.D, Executive Director of National Right to Life. “Study after study continues to show far more progress from treatments developed from stem cell research that does not require killing a living human embryo than from research that destroys the tiniest members of the human family.
“National Right to Life will continue working for the day when all unborn children, regardless of their stage of development, are protected by our laws and not subject to destruction or experimentation,” O’Steen said.