Obama Stem Cell Policy ?

stem1President Obama signed an executive order allowing the federal government to fund the full array of embryonic stem cell research on March 9, 2009 this was Monday. “Medical miracles do not happen simply by accident. They result from painstaking and costly research from years of lonely trial and error, much of which never bears fruit, and from a government willing to support that work,” Mr. Obama said as he signed an executive order. On Wednesday, two days after, President Barack Obama signed a law that explicitly bans federal funding of any “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death. The provision was buried in the 465-page omnibus appropriations bill that Obama signed, known as the Dickey-Wicker amendment, it has been included in the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services every fiscal year since 1996.

Now Obama’s Embryo Snitchers at the National Institutes of Health intend to make research money available to scientists who work on stem cells made from embryos that are no longer needed for fertility treatments and would otherwise be thrown away. This draft only diverts federal resources to unethical stem cell research that has not treated a single person for any disease. This is another one of Obama’s Magic Tricks, he make a run to the Fifth Summit of the Americas while the NIH make the announcement, on a Friday, this way it will not be headline news for monday.

The proposed policy would make it much easier for scientists to work on hundreds of new cell lines. NIH believes the President’s executive order allows them to fund such unethical research to these ‘leftover embryos,’  They are also looking for federal funding to make stem cells that are genetically matched, called nuclear transfer or therapeutic cloning.  Those on both sides of the embryonic stem cell issue are aware of the Dickey-Wicker amendment and understood the legal obstacle for federal funding. I mentioned this in my March 9th post, ‘Easy As Taking Cell From An Embryo,’ embryonic stem cells are harvested from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst a few days after fertilization, can you see where this is going? The NIH draft guidelines will do nothing to advance stem cell research for near term suffering patients, but the Instead, taxpayers will foot the bill. What Do You Think?

The “Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009,” which includes the Dickey-Wicker language that  President Obama signed Wednesday, after he signed the executive order, Monday. H.R. 1105. The text of Section 509 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, reads as follows:

SEC. 509. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for—(1) the creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes; or (2) research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero under 45 CFR 46.204(b) and section 498(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 289g(b)). (b) For purposes of this section, the term ‘‘human embryo or embryos’’ includes any organism, not protected as a human subject under 45 CFR 46 as of the date of the enactment of this Act, that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes or human diploid cells.

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