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Stem cell bait and switch

New guidelines by the National Institute of Health regarding the use of purposely-destroyed human embryos are a major step down the road of creating widescale clone-and-kill operations across the United States. Here is what Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee had to say in the wake of the recently published guidelines:

Some may characterize the guidelines issued today as narrowly crafted, since NIH will not initially fund research involving human embryos who were created specifically to be used in research. This seeming restraint is part of an incremental strategy intended to desensitize the public to the concept of killing human embryos for research purposes. Even today, NIH officials assert that they can go much further when they choose to. NIH today badly understates the scope of the longstanding law that actually prohibits funding of research that creates or harms human embryos, including all creation of human embryos by cloning.

We believe that today’s action may be part of a “bait-and-switch” strategy, under which Democratic leaders in Congress will suddenly bring up new legislation that they will claim codifies today’s NIH action, but which will in fact authorize further expansions involving the deliberate creation of human embryos for use in research, by human cloning and other methods. NRLC laid out the evidences that such a “bait and switch” strategy is in the works in a detailed letter sent to members of Congress on March 31, which is posted on our website at: http://www.nrlc.org/Killing_Embryos/NRLCHousecloningwarning.pdf.

It is noteworthy that in its proposed guidelines today, NIH characterizes the Dickey-Wicker Amendment as prohibiting federal funding of the “derivation” of stem cells from human embryos, the term “derivation” being a euphemism for “killing a human embryo by cutting out its stem cells.” It is true that federal funding of such activity is prohibited by the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, but the prohibition in the Dickey-Wicker Amendment is much broader: It prohibits federal funding of creating human embryos by any method, explicitly including human cloning, or any “research in which” human embryos are harmed in any way.

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