Posted: Sep 13, 2010 2:58 PM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Arlen Specter is seeking to legalize
federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and supersede
conflicting court decisions that he says are slowing critical work
to find cures for crippling diseases.
The Pennsylvania Democrat says his legislation would codify an
executive order issued by President Barack Obama last year
advancing stem cell research. The bill responds to a preliminary
injunction issued by a U.S. District Court judge who argued that
current research violates federal law on using federal money on
work that harms human embryos.
Specter said even a temporary suspension of federal funding
while the courts debate current funding practices disrupts medical
into heart disease, sickle cell anemia and other maladies.