In Defense of Life:
Lawsuit Filed to Block ESC Research Public Funding

2009 August 20
by INC

From Jill Stanek yesterday:

Breaking news: Federal lawsuit filed today to block federally funded human embryo research

A group of plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to “enjoin and overturn the controversial guidelines for public funding of embryonic stem cell research that the National Institutes of Health issued on July 7, 2009,” according to a press statement….[2 page PDF]

A legal coalition of the Alliance Defense Fund, Advocates International, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher are bringing forth the suit on behalf of the 16k-membered Christian Medical Association, Nightlight Christian Adoptions, which specializes in human embryo adoptions, and “all individual human embryos whose lives are now at risk under NIH’s guidelines,” among others.

From the press release:

The implementation of these guidelines marks the first time that taxpayer dollars will be used to fund research that will result in the destruction of human embryos. Since 1994, Congress has expressly banned NIH from funding research in which human embryos “are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.”…

The plaintiffs contend that the NIH guidelines violate the congressional ban because they “necessarily condition funding on the destruction of human embryos.” In addition, the plaintiffs also allege that the NIH guidelines were invalidly implemented, because the decision to fund human embryonic stem cell research was made without the proper procedures required by law and without properly considering the more effective and less ethically problematic forms of adult and induced pluripotent stem cell research….

Co-counsel for the plaintiffs, Sam Casey, General Counsel of Advocates International’s Law of Life Project, a public interest legal project specializing in cutting-edge bio-ethical issues, added: “The majority of the almost 50,000 comments that the NIH received were opposed to funding this research, and by its own admission, NIH totally ignored these comments.”

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H/T: Jill Stanek

34 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 August 20 5:12 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    This proves the GOP will never win. Not enough of them realize that life does not matter.

    And, it proves something about Sarah Palin that we already know.

  2. 2009 August 20 5:12 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    And you know who I was channeling that time…..

  3. 2009 August 20 5:15 pm
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    INC permalink

    🙂

  4. 2009 August 20 5:16 pm
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    INC permalink

    This statement was stunning–not that the comments were made and ignored, but that NIH admitted it!

    “The majority of the almost 50,000 comments that the NIH received were opposed to funding this research, and by its own admission, NIH totally ignored these comments.”

  5. 2009 August 20 5:23 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Yeah, there’s a lot of this “Ignoring the facts” going around.

    It’s amazing, the Dems are going around saying things that everyone knows are lies, even their supporters.

    They’re just ignoring it.

    This is the extent of their argument: “We know our agenda is bullcrap from A to Z, but we are going with it anyway. Just because…. well, because it’s what we do…”

    These people are totally insane. It’s like watching the “play” put on by the lunatics in the asylum in the movie “quills”…. It’s worse than that, actually, the play made sense, and the irony was no one was paying attention to the point they were making, after all they were lunatics, right?

    This is what the Dems are doing in reverse: They are acting out total nonsense and everyone is pretending they are sane, and their point is brilliant!

    Meanwhile everyone is forgetting that their insanity is wrecking our freedoms and what’s left of the health of our nation…..

  6. 2009 August 20 5:27 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    That film featured Geoffrey Rush as The Marquis de Sade, and Joachim Phoenix as the priest whose name I do not recall, as the prefect of the asylum.

    Rush does a good job of playing de Sade, a degenerate psychopath totally out of control and well beyond the realms of any sort of human conscience.

  7. 2009 August 20 5:28 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    These people are totally insane. It’s like watching the “play” put on by the lunatics in the asylum in the movie “quills”…. — RWY

    Know when you are in a Democratic household?

    The TiVO keeps blinking — O,O,O,O,O,……

  8. 2009 August 20 5:28 pm
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    INC permalink

    I haven’t seen that movie, but I like Rush.

  9. 2009 August 20 5:29 pm
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    Havok permalink

    If this is successful does it mean that I wont have to pay taxes if I disagree with what the government is spending it on?
    🙂

  10. 2009 August 20 5:33 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Sadly, this could have all be foreseen and prevented years ago. Several scientists as far back as 2000 were stating that more would be accomplished using adult stem cells because it avoids many of the ethical issues and lengthy reviews. Time has proved them correct.

  11. 2009 August 20 5:44 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I haven’t seen that movie, but I like Rush.

    Well, if you mean to see it, steel yourself. De Sade is totally depraved. I mean, you will see nasty stuff.

    The film was accurate, or even charitable in its depiction of him, if history is to be believed.

    He was one of those men who were simply better off dead.

  12. 2009 August 20 5:45 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Several scientists as far back as 2000 were stating that more would be accomplished using adult stem cells because it avoids many of the ethical issues and lengthy reviews. Time has proved them correct.

    Liar! Bigot! Christian maniac! Only death satisfies mother science!

  13. 2009 August 20 5:45 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Ot –

    Megen Kelly looks like she’s gonna have her baby on BOR tonight.

  14. 2009 August 20 5:48 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Cited by historians as factually inaccurate, Quills filmmakers and writers said they were not making a biography of de Sade, but exploring issues such as censorship, pornography, sex, art, mental illness, and religion. It was released with an R rating due to some violence, horrific images, language, and nudity.[1][2]

    I don’t know why historians say the film is inaccurate. From what I read of de Sade, although the facts of his incarceration may be disputed, his degenerate proclivities in the film match up well with the story of him.

  15. 2009 August 20 5:50 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Megen Kelly looks like she’s gonna have her baby on BOR tonight.

    Well, I’m sure she’s not going to actually have it. So, a little more grace may be in order…

  16. 2009 August 20 5:54 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Well, upon re-reading a summary of the film, I can see why the portrayal of him has been called inaccurate….. I saw the film years ago…..

    Nevertheless, I believe it was an excellent acting job on the part of Geoff Rush, who captured the depraved insanity of de Sade very well.

  17. 2009 August 20 5:55 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Obama hits new low in Zogby Poll (45.3% approve). I wish it was a poll with a better record than Zogby.

    http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/obama_zogby_poll_health/2009/08/20/250566.html

  18. 2009 August 20 5:56 pm
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    INC permalink

    I know enough about de Sade to not really want to see him on screen!

  19. 2009 August 20 6:02 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Yes, I don’t think you’d enjoy the film, INC, it’s quite graphic in its language, and fairly so in visuals as well.

    It reminds me of the Nic Cage film, “8mm”.

    That film will make you feel ashamed for even winking at your wife for a time (about 10 minutes in my case :D)

    Very dark and awful.

  20. 2009 August 20 6:04 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Bc, I don’t know how Obama is staying at 50% in Ras. To my mind he ought to be at 45% or lower.

    I am sure that by the end of the year, he will be lucky to be at 45%. I think many people who are not affected by this depression, are simply in the wait and see mode, for a few more months….

  21. 2009 August 20 6:05 pm
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    INC permalink

    Those poll numbers look good–I see the indies really don’t like him–59.2% disapprove. I guess Rasmussen will start to track that way if Zogby is on to something.

  22. 2009 August 20 6:08 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Yes, but Zogby has a well documented history of wild swings…. Funny, back in the 90s he was considered the best out there.

  23. 2009 August 20 6:10 pm
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    justrand permalink

    rwy, the encouraging thing is that all the other polls are now in line with Rasmussen.

    Obama at 50/50 is fine…since it is REALLY much worse. At least 5 point worse. The “undecided” in the other polls probably split AT LEAST 50/50 truly “undecided”/anti-Obama. But a lot of people still feel they cannot openly disapprove of him.

    I have no such qualms. Can’t WAIT for my “LOL!” bumper stickers!! 🙂

  24. 2009 August 20 6:13 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    But a lot of people still feel they cannot openly disapprove of him.

    I don’t know this for a fact, but my instincts tell me this is true. We will see.

  25. 2009 August 20 6:14 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    For example, it was quite fashionable to hate Bush, and after the amnesty debate the bottom fell out.

    It may be that in another few months it will be more “fashionable” to hold Obama accountable for his lies, malevolence, and incompetence. Oh and don’t forget corruption.

  26. 2009 August 20 6:25 pm
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    conservativetony permalink

    Back to the topic for a sec. I was just thinking if this gets into the courts, isn’t it great we were able to get Roto-Soto in there to help the country decide what to do.

    She can base her legal decision on the “supposed” race of the embryo.

  27. 2009 August 20 6:29 pm
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    conservativetony permalink

    Luntz was also considered to be a decent pollster at one point. I guess it just got to easy just to go along with whatever the other polling orgs were doing.

    You say D+10? Fine, sounds good to me. D+15? Why not?

  28. 2009 August 20 6:55 pm
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    conservativetony permalink

    I am getting really tired of politicians thinking they are the smartest people on the block.

    H/T Drudge: The profile of an IDIOT

    Hey, Moron, you won Iowa because nobody knew anything about you. I take that back, Conservatives knew all about the real Obama. The rest of the country is slowly finding out who you really are. Pathetic.

  29. 2009 August 20 7:10 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Liar! Bigot! Christian maniac! Only death satisfies mother science!

    Channeling Breaker Morat — “Shoot straight you Bastards!”

  30. 2009 August 20 7:30 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    You say D+10? Fine, sounds good to me. D+15? Why not?

    Better make it D+30. Just to be safe. Otherwise, Davids Frum and Brooks might not write glowingly of you.

  31. 2009 August 20 8:28 pm
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    justrand permalink

    O/T…gulp!

    Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers:
    More worrisome is a trend emerging deeper in the numbers: Subprime loans given to the weakest borrowers are now a declining portion of delinquency and foreclosure rates, while prime loans, given to the most highly qualified borrowers, are a rising share.

    This is staggeringly bad news…and if it continues for even a short while, will trigger a massive NEW downturn in the economy.

    Strap in…and HOPE for a CHANGE in this trend! 🙁

  32. 2009 August 20 10:24 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Well don’t forget that the commercial RE market is shakier than a house of cards.

  33. 2009 August 21 5:00 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Life is not your oyster when even the LAT has given up covering for you —

    The new Post/ABC News poll of 1,001 Americans between Aug. 13-17 shows that only 49% now believe Obama will make the right decisions for the country.

    That’s down from 60% at the 100-day mark of his presidency. Worse, only 49% now think he will achieve significant improvements in his hallmark campaign of healthcare reform, a drop of 20 points from last winter.

    Fifty-five percent now see the nation as seriously off-track, up from 48% in April.

    The numbers aren’t that critical as Galters have already seen them. The key here is that LAT would not have published this piece even 3 months ago.

    source

  34. 2009 August 21 5:11 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    And just when you think it safe, cash for clunkers is being turned off, the powers that be move into the kitchen.

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