Obama Administration to Force Taxpayers to Fund More Embryonic Stem Cells

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 27, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Obama Administration to Force Taxpayers to Fund More Embryonic Stem Cells

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 27
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Obama administration announced today that American taxpayers will be forced to fund more research involving embryonic stem cells obtained by destroying human life. The National Institutes of Health announced today that four additional lines will be funded.

Those are above and beyond the lines the Obama administration funded previously.

While embryonic stem cell research has never been tried in humans because of significant problems in animals — injections of the cells cause tumors and are rejected by the immune system — adult stem cell research has already been used to help patients with more than 100 diseases or medical conditions.

NIH Director Francis Collins said the agency would make a formal announcement later today, but he talked with the Washington Post beforehand.

"Many people who had been working on these lines, and concerned about whether they would be able to continue to work with these lines, will now be reassured that their research can now go forward," Collins said.

Dr. David Prentice, a senior fellow with the Family Research Council and former Indiana State University and Indiana University School of Medicine professor, emailed LifeNews.com about the decision.

"It’s interesting that after years of whining about those original lines, that there was such anxiety about getting them approved instead of all the newer lines they wanted. Still, it’s sad that their myopic obsession remains on the poorest stem cell science–embryonic stem cells–and not on the patients and the real success and hope with adult stem cells," he said.

In December, Obama authorized the first study using embryonic stem cells paid for at taxpayer expense.

That followed his 2009 executive order overturning President Bush’s limits preventing taxpayers from being forced to pay for the destruction of human life.

The National Institutes of Health, following Obama’s order, approved 13 embryonic stem cell lines for use by researchers conducting studies funded with as much as $21 million in federal funds.

The lines NIH approved are in use by researchers at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Rockefeller University in New York, according to a Bloomberg News report.

The lines were created by destroying days-old unborn children — human embryos who were supposedly "leftover" at fertility clinics. Adoption agencies have emerged that have allowed parents to adopt these human beings and carry them to term in a pregnancy.

Then later in December, the Obama administration forced Americans to pay for another round of embryonic stem cell research involving the destruction of human life.

Collins announced that NIH approved taxpayer funding of 27 more lines of embryonic stem cells.

The embryonic stem cells in question are 27 lines from Harvard University used in diabetes-related pancreatic cell experiments.

Prentice predicts Obama will expand beyond embryonic stem cell research funding to allowing destructive research on human embryos financed by taxpayer funds.

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