FRC Expresses Disappointment in Court Ruling Upholding Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding

Aug 24, 2012, 16:16 ET from Family Research Council

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council (FRC) expressed disappointment in today's Appeals Court ruling that upholds the Obama administration's efforts to use taxpayer funds for human embryonic stem cell research.


Dr. David Prentice, Family Research Council's Senior Fellow for Life Sciences, made the following comments:

"We are disappointed that the Appeals Court panel did not agree that the Obama administration is violating the 1996 Dickey-Wicker amendment by providing taxpayer funding for human embryonic stem cell research. Embryonic stem cell research relies on the destruction of young human embryos, and that destruction is integral to the research.

"There would be no embryonic stem cells available for federal funding without first harming and destroying a young human embryo, an act that is prohibited by the Dickey-Wicker language which is passed annually. A plain reading of Dickey-Wicker would eliminate all taxpayer funds for embryonic stem cell research. Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is a tragic waste of lives as well as taxpayer money, since despite the promises made to gain the federal funding, there is not a single example of a successful treatment. Only adult stem cells have successfully treated any patient, now helping thousands of people for dozens of conditions," concluded Dr. Prentice.

SOURCE Family Research Council