Medical science was once again blocked today by another activist conservative judge…
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Obama administration regulations expanding stem cell research.
The nonprofit group Nightlight Christian Adoptions contends that the government’s new guidelines will decrease the number of human embryos available for adoption.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that the plaintiffs are entitled to bring their lawsuit in the courts.
A federal appeals court had ruled that two doctors who were among those bringing the lawsuit, adult stem cell researchers James Sherley of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute and Theresa Deisher of AVM Biotechnlogy, had the authority to do so, prompting Lamberth to reverse a decision he made last October.
Lamberth said that the injury of increased competition that Sherley and Deisher would face because of the guidelines “is not speculative. It is actual and imminent. Indeed, the guidelines threaten the very livelihood of plaintiffs Sherley and Deisher.”
Nightlight helps individuals adopt human embryos that are being stored in fertilization clinics. It began the program in 1997, using some of more than 400,000 frozen embryos.
Judge Lamberth was appointed to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan.
Stem cell research, which has the very real potential of curing diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and many others, was set back several years during the administration of George W. Bush. Now that Bush is gone and we once again have the opportunity to advance this research, an activist conservative judge steps in to block it. I hope the Obama administration puts every resource at its disposal into fighting this travesty. It simply cannot be allowed to stand.