Supreme Court avoids stem cells
AFPWASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to enter the emotionally charged debate over stem cell research, refusing to hear an appeal centered on the issue of federal government funding.
January 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The top U.S. court did not give a reason for its decision, which ends the long judicial saga over President Barack Obama's 2009 executive order lifting restrictions on financing imposed by his predecessor George W. Bush.
The appeal had come from two researchers working with adult cells rather than embryonic stem cells.
They had asked the Supreme Court to halt financing for stem cell research on the grounds that federal law banned the creation and destruction of embryos for scientific study.
Stem cell research is said to be promising for finding new treatments for a variety of diseases.
A federal judge banned the financing in 2010, but an appeals court in Washington reversed the ruling in 2012. The court said the federal ban does not apply to previously existing embryos that resulted from in vitro fertilization procedures.