March 25, 2009

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March 9, 2009

President Obama lifts the ban on stem cell research. But according to the NY Times, he has avoided one of the thorniest questions: whether taxpayer dollars should be used to experiment on embryos. He will leave that to congress.

Federal funding is presently banned.
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.

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