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Bioethics: Embryos, Stem Cells, Cloning

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embryonic stem cell research
and human cloning

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Georgia Legislature Passes Nation’s First Embryo Adoption Law


090309 News Release by USCCB

National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC)
Resources on Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning


Above this sentence is what was in draft mode for this page and a sub-page about a month ago.
Now am just going to make it another quick collection place for articles on the designated subjects.


The following block quote is a minimal excerpt intended to remind me to research this further for you — please remind me!

On April 17, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the opening of a public comment period for draft guidelines concerning human embryonic stem cell research.

The guidelines will be published for review on April 24, 2009 and will be open for comment for 30 days following.


090511 update:

Well, it’s taken a long time to get back to this subject. Will probably have a new post tomorrow, but for now am just noting some links found during research today.

Monday, March 9, 2009

While lifting the Bush administration’s restrictions on federally financed human embryonic stem cell research, President Obama intends to avoid the thorniest question in the debate: whether taxpayer dollars should be used to experiment on embryos themselves, two senior administration officials said Sunday.

The officials, who provided details of the announcement Mr. Obama will make Monday at the White House, said the president would leave it to Congress to determine whether the long-standing legislative ban on federal financing for human embryo experiments should also be overturned.

. . .

The ban, known as the Dickey-Wicker amendment, first became law in 1996, and has been renewed by Congress every year since. It specifically bans the use of tax dollars to create human embryos — a practice that is routine in private fertility clinics — or for research in which embryos are destroyed, discarded or knowingly subjected to risk of injury.

. . .

Mr. Obama has no power to overturn the Dickey-Wicker ban. Only Congress, which attaches the ban to appropriations bills, can overturn it. Mr. Obama has not taken a position on the ban and does not intend to, Melody C. Barnes, his chief domestic policy adviser, said Sunday. The president believes stem cell research “should be done in compliance with federal law,” she said, adding that Mr. Obama recognizes the divisiveness of the issue.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Obama administration announced Friday that it planned to lift some but not all federal financing restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research, drawing criticism both from abortion opponents and from scientists who had expected a more liberal policy.

Guidelines proposed by the National Institutes of Health to carry out an order made last month by President Obama would allow research with federal financing only on stem cells derived from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. The money would still be prohibited for stem cell lines created solely for research purposes and for embryos created through a technique known as therapeutic cloning.

During the campaign last year, Mr. Obama said he supported “therapeutic cloning of stem cells,” a policy his administration rejected Friday. A White House spokesman, Reid Cherlin, said the president “directed N.I.H. to formulate the best method for moving forward with stem cell research, both ethically and scientifically,” in an independent process.

. . .

This is clearly part of an incremental strategy to desensitize the public to the concept of killing human embryos for research purposes,” said Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee.

. . .

The new guidelines will be published next week in the Federal Register, and the health institutes then will accept comments for 30 days. The rules are to be final by July 7.

Some in Congress have promised to introduce legislation that would allow financing of more stem cell lines. Representative Diana DeGette, Democrat of Colorado, said in a statement that the proposed legislation would “promote all forms of ethical stem cell research.” A statement from Representative Michael N. Castle, Republican of Delaware, said there was “opportunity for more expansive guidelines.”

Staff members for both lawmakers said they could not describe details of the legislation or whether it would seek to legalize federal financing of research using embryos created by therapeutic cloning.

Mr. Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee said the DeGette and Castle legislation would almost certainly undermine the few restrictions left in place by Mr. Obama. 

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FDA Delays Geron’s Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trials, Seeks Data

by Steven Ertelt, Editor

August 18, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The Food and Drug Administration is delaying a bid by biotech company Geron to become the first to conduct human trials with embryonic stem cells. The move is drawing applause from pro-life advocates who oppose the use of the cells because they involve the destruction of human life to obtain.

(See rest of article at link noted above…)


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Lawsuit charges that NIH embryonic stem cell funding policy violates federal law

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