U. California Wants to Stop Lawsuit Against Obama’s Embryonic Research Funding

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 23, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

U. California Wants to Stop Lawsuit Against Obama’s Embryonic Research Funding

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 23
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Regents for the University of California are hoping to intervene in the lawsuit scientists filed against the Obama administration for forcing taxpayers to finance embryonic stem cell research. They want to protect their federal funding, but attorneys for the scientists say even Obama officials don’t want them involved.

The University of California Regents have filed a motion to intervene in an effort to try to protect their patent interests against the lawsuit filed to stop federal funding of research involving the destruction of living human embryos.

The Obama administration has appealed a judge’s decision to issue a temporary injunction against the funding wile the lawsuit itself moves ahead through the courts.

Tom Hungar, who has argued this case before the federal district court and the Court of Appeals, told LifeNews.com he filed papers with the court today to ask them to reject UC’s efforts to intervene.

"After more than one year of litigation relating to the issues presented in this appeal, the Regents of the University of California now seek to intervene on appeal as of right, even though their objectives and their interests are identical to those of the [federal] government," he said.

The court’s precedent requires the regents to demonstrate ‘exceptional’ and ‘imperative reasons’ for intervening on appeal at this late stage of the litigation, but Hungar says they fail even to try to meet this burden.

He also says that attorneys for the Obama administration have asked the court to oppose the intervention motion and "the government agrees with us on that point."

Samuel Casey, a pro-life attorney with Advocates International who is also an attorney for the scientists, says there is no reason for the University of California to intervene because "the government pending appeal seeks" — "a stay of a preliminary injunction that enjoins them from funding research using human embryonic stem cells derived by destroying living human beings at their embryonic stage of life."

The government has filed their reply to the plaintiffs’ 147-page opposition to the government’s 165-page request for an emergency stay of the federal district court’s order.

Oral argument on the government’s stay request before the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has been set for September 27.

On September 9, the plaintiff adult stem cell researchers also asked the federal district court for entry of summary judgment of the case itself against Obama’s executive order.

Two polls show a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.

One opinion poll shows a plurality of Americans (47 percent) oppose federal funding of stem cell research that involves destroying human embryos, while only thirty-eight percent (38 percent) support such funding.

Another one has 33% of U.S. voters saying that taxpayer money should be spent on embryonic stem cell research, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans say funding for the research, which has never helped any patients and requires the destruction of human life to facilitate, should be left to the private sector.


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