(Reuters) – A U.S. district court issued a preliminary injunction on Monday stopping federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, in a slap to the Obama administration’s new guidelines on the sensitive issue.
The court ruled in favor of a suit filed in June by researchers who said human embryonic stem cell research involved the destruction of human embryos.
Judge Royce Lamberth granted the injunction after finding the lawsuit would likely succeed because the guidelines violated law banning the use of federal funds to destroy human embryos.
“(Embryonic stem cell) research is clearly research in which an embryo is destroyed,” Lamberth wrote in a 15-page ruling. The Obama administration could appeal his decision or try to rewrite the guidelines to comply with U.S. law.
The suit against the National Institutes of Health, backed by some Christian groups opposed to embryo research, argued the NIH policy violated U.S. law and took funds from researchers seeking to work with adult stem cells.
The U.S. Department of Justice, White House and NIH had no immediate comment.
Our humble but lovable Dictator In Training Pants™ is probably so corked off right now, that I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Justice Lamberth is found tomorrow morning in Ft. Marcy Park rolled up in some old carpet.
Whatsamattafayoo Obama….. Cat got your tongue ?….. You won’t comment because dignity, common sense and more importantly, THE LAW is being followed ?
Oh, I know…. You’re too busy playing golf to deal with anything right now.
I bet the media is gonna have a few things to say about this on your behalf though. I’m even betting the talking points are already circulated courtesy of Journolist, OFA, CAP, ACORN, Kos and HuffPo.
It’s a 99.9% surety those talking points will include US District Court Justice Royce Lamberth (Federal Court, Washington DC) was appointed to the bench by Ronaldus Maximus in 1987.