Judge blocks Obama stem cell regulations
A federal judge today blocked, at least temporarily, the Obama administration regulation expanding stem cell research, according to this Associated Press story.
A nonprofit called Nightlight Christian Adoptions argued that the regs would mean fewer embryos would be available for adoption. And the judge agreed to let them pursue the case.
The embryos are left over from IVF cycles and used by infertile couples. The Obama administration wanted them made available for research into disease treatment.
Stem cells are one of those issue that people have strong feelings about because of the potential to save lives with research and, in this case, the distruction of embryos that could become live humans.
A July 2009 survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts found 93 percent of scientists favor federal funding for embryonic stem cell research but only 58 percent of the public favored it.
Which way do you lean?