Archive for embryonic stem cell research

Supreme Court allows stem-cell research to proceed over objections of abortion-rights opponents

stem cell research cartoon via myspew dot com



Thank you for this one, Supremes. My mother died from Alzheimer's, as did my grandmother and great grandmother, so this one hits home. Aside from a promising compound that restores memory loss and reverses symptoms of Alzheimer's in mice, we still need to explore every option and avenue available to us.

Via The Hill:

The Supreme Court will not review a challenge to federal funding of human embryonic stem-cell research, allowing the controversial studies to proceed.

The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from two scientists who said stem-cell research violates federal law banning the creation and destruction of human embryos for scientific purposes.

The decision is a boon to supporters of stem-cell research, who believe it will yield treatments and cures for diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. [...]

In their ruling, appellate judges acknowledged ambiguity in laws governing stem-cell research, but ultimately deferred to the National Institutes of Health, which supports the studies.

Of course, the same people who equate stem cell research with murder are also the same people who are against legal abortions that save the lives of women whose suffer from life-threatening pregnancy complications. Those who equate blastocysts (cell clusters) and zygotes (single cells) with the already-born, living, and breathing might want to review this:

abortion rights choice

They also might want to remember that the in vitro fertilization process helps couples struggling with fertility to conceive. Unused embryos are eventually discarded, which, of course, they oppose. What would they propose doing with them? Isn't providing the opportunity to bring a life into the world their whole raison d'etre?

And how ironic that their candidate, Willard Mitt Romney, invested in a company that disposed of aborted fetuses from family planning clinics. But I digress.

Stem cells will be used to save, improve, and prolong lives. When will the so-called "pro lifers" finally figure out that stem cell research is one of the most pro-life endeavors there is?


Rick Perry at "not a political event": President Obama is exporting abortions


Rick Perry already has a separation of church and state problem. In fact, here are his top ten problems, all laid out in one easy-to-read list. In fact again, his own party in his own state is none to thrilled about a presidential run, should he decide to do that.

But he does have nice hair.

In a "not political" event right here in Los Angeles, Rick and his coiffure made a point of sounding ultra conservative. He did this in front of a mostly Hispanic crowd of about 5,000 who seemed to enjoy his wingnutty p.o.v.

Sorry, but no entiendo what's going on inside this hombre's cabeza:

"This is not a political event," said spokesman Mark Miner. [...]

He said the direction of stem cell research under the Obama administration was "turning the remains of unborn children into nothing more than raw material." [...]

Under Obama "our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen, abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export," Perry said.

Nope, nothing political eventy about that.

Oh, and there's this:

re·mains (r-mnz)

pl.n. 1. All that is left after other parts have been taken away, used up, or destroyed.

2. A corpse.

3. The unpublished writings of a deceased author.

4. Ancient ruins or fossils.

So what exactly does Texas Rick feel should be done with leftovers and corpses? Or is he even aware of what he said?


Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research


Finally, something to celebrate. Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research can continue. This isn't only a victory for the White House, as the article says, it's a victory for all people who truly value life and the quality of life.

My family has a history of Alzheimer's; my mom died a couple of years ago after suffering from it for over a decade, and it is one of the cruelest diseases there is, and trust me, Big Pharma's remedies are not effective.

The notion that self-proclaimed "pro-lifers" would prevent functioning, living, breathing people from having every opportunity to keep functioning, living and breathing because of an irrational reverence for a cluster of blastocysts that would be discarded anyway continues to boggle the mind.

Via ::shudder:: Fox:

A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday that the Obama administration can use federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, a decision that overturns a judge's order last year and hands the White House a major victory.

In a 2-1 decision, the court said that opponents of taxpayer-funded stem cell research are not likely to succeed in a lawsuit to stop it.

The ruling reversed an opinion last August by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, who said the research likely violates the law against federal funding of embryo destruction.

Thom Hartmann is saying, as I type this, that this is the court from which most Supreme Court nominees are pulled.


Newsflash: Appeals court lifts stem cell injunction


How about some good news? No? Okay, never mind.

Oh, you changed your mind? Good:

(CNN) - An appeals court has lifted an injunction imposed by a federal judge, thereby allowing federally-funded embryonic stem-cell research to continue while the Obama administration appeals the judge's original ruling against use of public funds in such research.


UPDATED: Justice Department says it will appeal court ruling in stem cell case


Between being on hold forever with Anthem Blue Cross over something completely idiotic that has held up one prescription of over a month, and now this news item, I'm even more desperate for a stupid-free zone:

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — A judge's ruling blocking the Obama administration's expansion of embryonic stem-cell research carries the potential to block "critical, life-saving research,'' a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

Briefing reporters, spokesman Bill Burton cast federal district Judge Royce C. Lamberth's ruling the day before as so far-reaching it would also forbid more limited stem-cell research authorized by former President George W. Bush in 2001.

Oh swell. We're moving backwards.

Now the Obama administration has to decide whether to appeal. The conservative Supremes put a damper on that prospect, says MSNBC's Pete Williams.

They could also go back to the judge to ask him to narrow his ruling, Williams reports.

Meanwhile, let 'em die. My mother did, from Alzheimer's.  Thank you, Judge Lamberth, for dashing my hopes, and many, many others'.

UPDATE, via an e-mail alert:

WASHINGTON (AP) Justice Department says it will appeal court ruling in stem cell case.

Thank goodness.


Harkin Will Hold Hearings On Court Ruling Ending Funding For Stem Cell Research


Earlier I posted about the Obama administration's options following the court ruling that ends funding for stem cell research.

Now the Dems are scrambling around trying to rectify this horrific decision. Scramble harder, please:

...TPM has learned that Sen. Tom Harkin's Labor-HHS Appropriations subcommittee will hold hearings next month when the Senate comes back into session.

Harkin spokeswoman Bergen Kenny said the hearings will be held Sept. 16. Congress returns from recess earlier that week. They are still in the very early planning stages, so no title or witness list is yet available. The hearings will be raised in this subcommittee because it handles funding for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Thank you, Senator Harkin. Let's hope we can start helping people again, instead of allowing them to remain ill or even die.


BREAKING- Court: No federal funding for embyronic stem cell research


MSNBC is reporting that a judge has ruled against stem cell policy. The government will try to appeal.

Let's hope they win. Wow.

Details as they come in.


Aug 23 (Reuters) - A U.S. district court issued a preliminary injunction on Monday stopping federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, saying it involves the destruction of human embryos.