A judge ruled on Wednesday that the federal government would be allowed to continue funding embryonic stem cell research, overturning his previous decision in 2010 when he halted further government spending on the study.
Family Research Council’s senior fellow for Life Sciences, Dr. David Prentice, called the decision “unfortunate.”
“This is unfortunate, as this allows the flow of taxpayer funds to continue for this unethical, scientifically unworthy embryonic stem cell research,” he said. “This is also a sad day for patients, because it is not embryonic stem cells, but only adult stem cells that are currently treating patients and offering real hope for the future.”
Researchers Theresa Deisher and James Sherley had argued in 2009 that the new policy by President Barack Obama easing restrictions placed on embryonic stem cell research (set by former president George Bush) went against the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which prohibited government funding towards any work that involved harming or destroying embryos.