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Obama OKs Embyro Research Monday, Bans it Wednesday
cnsnews.com ^ | March 12, 2009 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 03/12/2009 7:08:07 PM PDT by kellynla

President Barack Obama signed a law that explicitly bans federal funding of any “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death” only two days after he lifted President Bush’s executive order banning federal funding of stem cell research that requires the killing of new human embryos.

The law banning any federal funding of research that kills or risks injury to embryos was included in the language of the $410-billion omnibus appropriation bill that President Obama signed Wednesday. Known as the Dickey-Wicker amendment, the language has been included in the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services every fiscal year since 1996.

Found in Section 509 of the omnibus bill, the federal funding ban not only prohibits the government from providing tax dollars to research that kills or risks injury to a human embryo, it also provides a comprehensive definition of “human embryo” that includes embryos created in a laboratory through cloning, in vitro fertilization and other means.

“For the purposes of this section,” says the law Obama signed, “the term ‘human embryo or embryos’ includes any organism … that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes or human diploid cells.” (The entire verbatim text of Section 509 of the omnibus spending law is reprinted at the bottom of this article.)

At a widely publicized White House ceremony on Monday, President Obama signed an executive order lifting the executive order that President Bush signed in 2001 that prohibited federal funding of stem cell research that required the killing of new embryos. Bush’s 2001 order allowed federal funding of research involving embryonic stem cell lines that had already been created from embryos that had already been destroyed.

“For the past 8 years, the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund and conduct human embryonic stem cell research has been limited by Presidential actions,” said the order that President Obama signed Monday. “The purpose of this order is to remove these limitations on scientific inquiry, to expand NIH support for the exploration of human stem cell research, and in so doing to enhance the contribution of America's scientists to important new discoveries and new therapies for the benefit of humankind.”

The order went on to say: “The Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary), through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law.”

Close observers of the stem cell issue and congressional advocates of federal funding for the type of stem-cell research that requires destroying human embryos were well aware of the Dickey-Wicker amendment, and understood that it would pose a legal obstacle to federal funding of this research even if President Obama issued an executive order allowing federal funding for such research.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D.-Colo.) sponsored the House version of a bill--vetoed by President Bush--that would have legalized federal funding of stem cell research that destroys so-called “spare” human embryos taken from in vitro fertilization clinics. On Monday, she told The New York Times she had already approached what she called “several pro-life Democrats” about the possibility of repealing Dickey-Wicker.

“Dickey-Wicker is 13 years old now, and I think we need to review these policies,'' The Times quoted DeGette as saying. “I’ve already talked to several pro-life Democrats about Dickey-Wicker, and they seemed open to the concept of reversing the policy if we could show that it was necessary to foster this research.”

Rep. Mike Castle (R.-Del.), who co-sponsored Rep. DeGette’s bill, similarly stated this week that Dickey-Wicker should be revisited.

"Certainly, the Dickey-Wicker amendment . . . is something we need to look at," Castle told Congressional Quarterly Today on Monday. "That was passed in 1996, before we realized the full potential of embryonic stem cell research. Some researchers are telling us now that that needs to be reversed."

Douglas Johnson, spokesman for the National Right to Life Committee, said in a press release Monday that President Obama’s executive order lifting the ban on federal funding for embryo-destroying stem cell research “set the stage” for an effort to repeal Dickey-Wicker.

“This sets the stage for an attack on the Dickey-Wicker law, which since 1995 has been a provision of the annual appropriations bills for federal health programs,” said Johnson. “Any member of Congress who votes for legislation to repeal this law is voting to allow federal funding of human embryo farms, created through the use of human cloning.”

In the remarks he made Monday when announcing the executive order, President Obama said he wanted to close the door to “the use” of cloning for human reproduction but not for other purposes.

“And we will ensure that our government never opens the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction. It is dangerous, profoundly wrong and has no place in our society, or any society,” said Obama.

A bill sponsored in the last Congress by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R- Utah) would specifically permit human embryos to be cloned and kept alive for no more than 14 days so that their stem cells could be extracted for research. This procedure is currently prohibited by Dickey-Wicker.

On Tuesday morning, The New York Times carried an editorial calling on Congress to repeal Dickey-Wicker.

“Other important embryonic research is still being hobbled by the so-called Dickey-Wicker amendment,” The Times editorialized. “The amendment, which is regularly attached to appropriations bills for the Department of Health and Human Services, prohibits the use of federal funds to support scientific work that involves the destruction of human embryos (as happens when stem cells are extracted) or the creation of embryos for research purposes.”

“Congress should follow Mr. Obama's lead and lift this prohibition so such important work can benefit from an infusion of federal dollars,” The Times said.

Later that day, President Obama signed H.R. 1105, the “Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009,” which includes the Dickey-Wicker language. Unless Congress passes and President Obama signs new legislation to repeal Dickey-Wicker, it will now be the law of the land at least through September 30, when this fiscal year ends.

The text of Section 509 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, reads as follows:

SEC. 509. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for—(1) the creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes; or (2) research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero under 45 CFR 46.204(b) and section 498(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 289g(b)). (b) For purposes of this section, the term ‘‘human embryo or embryos’’ includes any organism, not protected as a human subject under 45 CFR 46 as of the date of the enactment of this Act, that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes or human diploid cells.


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KEYWORDS: bho44; bhostemcells; dickeywicker; embyroresearch; escr; obama; overwhelmed; stemcells
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1 posted on 03/12/2009 7:08:07 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: Salvation; NYer; narses; A.A. Cunningham

ping


2 posted on 03/12/2009 7:08:34 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

Without the appropriate news coverage I assume?


3 posted on 03/12/2009 7:09:37 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: kellynla; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment

Obama: “If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

4 posted on 03/12/2009 7:10:14 PM PDT by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: kellynla

Color me confused.


5 posted on 03/12/2009 7:13:11 PM PDT by icwhatudo (The Dow is down nearly 6,000 points since democrats took back congress.)
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To: kellynla

The Lord works in mysterious ways, all praise to Him!


6 posted on 03/12/2009 7:13:23 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: kellynla

BWAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAAAA

What a dork. And I mean it in the proper use of the word.


7 posted on 03/12/2009 7:13:24 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: icwhatudo

Me, too. Totally. Really bad story that should have, but didn’t, help the reader to get what each provision was intended to accomplish.

REWRITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


8 posted on 03/12/2009 7:14:51 PM PDT by Technical Editor
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To: kellynla

So the Liberal Messiah was in favor of embryonic stem cell research before He was against it. Duplicitous thinking which would make John Kerry proud.


9 posted on 03/12/2009 7:15:01 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: kellynla
Known as the Dickey-Wicker amendment

April Fool's?

10 posted on 03/12/2009 7:20:52 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: icwhatudo

The way I read this, some congressmen slipped anti-embryonic stem cell provisions into the omnibus bill and *O* signed it without realizing what he was signing.

So now, federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is illegal...

... until September.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!


11 posted on 03/12/2009 7:22:31 PM PDT by Marie ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: icwhatudo

No, color The President confused. Or clueless. Maybe both.


12 posted on 03/12/2009 7:24:27 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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d0rkBama fowls out - clueless is as clueless does...


13 posted on 03/12/2009 7:29:46 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: Marie; Faith; wendelmyer; Quix

That is hilarious!


14 posted on 03/12/2009 7:29:51 PM PDT by Blogger (Pray and Prepare)
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To: kellynla
Perhaps now they will start reading things before they sign or vote on them.........

I'm glad they got Obama on this but what else has been slid through in all this legislation.......that we have to have to survive?

It's time they started voting on a bill, not a omnibus, we won here but I fear we loose way too many times.

15 posted on 03/12/2009 7:30:08 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: coloradan

This administration is dangerously unfocused and irrational. My fear is that there is a method behind all of these inconsistencies. Throw down some smoke, and they’ll move where we can’t see ‘em.


16 posted on 03/12/2009 7:30:45 PM PDT by juggernaut
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To: kellynla; SumProVita; HardStarboard; BradyLS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dervish; Twotone; ...

The list, ping


17 posted on 03/12/2009 7:31:12 PM PDT by Nachum (the complete list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: kellynla
Y'know, it is just SEW wonderful to have a president who doesn't make us look stupid before the other countries of the world -- well, not counting England, and Europe -- and who is just clearly so much more intelligenter than Dubya was.

For the first time in 8 years I feel proud of my country, ... just as soon as I get off the floor from laughing that is.

18 posted on 03/12/2009 7:31:16 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: kellynla

hes nuts!!!! but thank God


19 posted on 03/12/2009 7:31:22 PM PDT by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd,you get no further than the crowd")
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To: kellynla

He’ll sign anything they put in front of him. He’ll say anything they want him to say.


20 posted on 03/12/2009 7:31:30 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: kellynla

If it wasn’t so serious I’d be laughing my back end right off. What dopes!!!

The Keystone Kongress.


21 posted on 03/12/2009 7:35:42 PM PDT by cookcounty (President Obama's 3 favorite words: "Crisis" "Catastrophe" "Inherited".)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Democrats do this all the time.

They vote for it before they vote against it.


22 posted on 03/12/2009 7:36:13 PM PDT by A'elian' nation
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To: Blogger

Congressional aides and White House staffers (all unelected officials) do the bulk of writing on these bills. Combine that with legislators who want to push things through (so the legislation is not subject to public scrutiny) just as soon as they have the assurance that their particular pieces of pork are included, and you have the disastrous results we are currently observing. At least there is a silver lining to this story.


23 posted on 03/12/2009 7:36:46 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Marie
"The way I read this, some congressmen slipped anti-embryonic stem cell provisions into the omnibus bill and *O* signed it without realizing what he was signing."

that is the way i see it as well. odumbo did not even review the bill. what a maroon!

24 posted on 03/12/2009 7:36:48 PM PDT by robomatik
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To: robomatik

So, is this story going to be covered in the MSM???


25 posted on 03/12/2009 7:40:34 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: kellynla
Ohh to be fly on the wall at the White House when, they realize this!
26 posted on 03/12/2009 7:43:17 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: kellynla

Oy. My head hurts.


27 posted on 03/12/2009 7:44:52 PM PDT by peggybac ("A Liberal is a person who will give away everything they don't own.")
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To: Repeal 16-17
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28 posted on 03/12/2009 7:46:14 PM PDT by peggybac ("A Liberal is a person who will give away everything they don't own.")
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To: kellynla
... the Dickey-Wicker amendment, ...

That sounds like something Congwessman Fwank could get behind.

29 posted on 03/12/2009 7:47:45 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: Faith

Silver lining in several ways. I’m sure 1600 is cursing a blue streak tonight.


30 posted on 03/12/2009 7:48:07 PM PDT by Blogger (Pray and Prepare)
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To: CheneyChick

i heard that it will dominate the news cycle throughout the weekend. /do i need a sarc tag>


31 posted on 03/12/2009 8:06:43 PM PDT by robomatik
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To: kellynla
“And we will ensure that our government never opens the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction. It is dangerous, profoundly wrong and has no place in our society, or any society,”

I simply don't understand how cloning for reproduction is profoundly wrong or dangerous, in light of the fact that he clearly believes that cloning for the purpose of destroying the embryo and using it's parts is perfectly ok. I suspect that, like most people, he is totally clueless about what any of this stuff really means.

32 posted on 03/12/2009 8:07:36 PM PDT by brytlea (Proud descendent of Andrew Kent, Alamo Defender)
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To: brytlea

“he is totally clueless about what any of this stuff really means.”

ya think...LOL

or just that maybe, our prayers were answered on this issue.

Thank God!


33 posted on 03/12/2009 8:12:03 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: peggybac

That cartoon and your tagline are very funny and very true.


34 posted on 03/12/2009 8:15:01 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: kellynla

flip, flop


35 posted on 03/12/2009 8:22:51 PM PDT by television is just wrong (one bad ass mistake america!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: RobinOfKingston

“That sounds like something Congwessman Fwank could ‘get behind’.”

Good one! :)


36 posted on 03/12/2009 8:28:06 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam (I feel much better since I gave up hope.)
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To: kellynla

So the Community Organizer knew the ban was coming and signed the Executive Order so he could claim credit on both sides of the issue? I guess that’s the Chicago way.


37 posted on 03/12/2009 8:34:04 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: kellynla
It just means he forgot to read the Bill.
38 posted on 03/12/2009 8:35:04 PM PDT by ajay_kumar (Elections have consequences. Socialist Liberals are in charge, sadly.)
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To: kellynla

I didn’t have anything relevant to add, I just wanted to type “Dickey-Wicker”...[chuckle]


39 posted on 03/12/2009 8:35:37 PM PDT by opus86
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To: robomatik

The article says the Dickey-Wicker provision has been in budget legislation every year since 1996. They knew about it—Obama didn’t. Either way, he didn’t read it. LOLZ.


40 posted on 03/12/2009 8:40:48 PM PDT by erkyl (The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, stay neutral)
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To: ajay_kumar

and that’s what makes it all so sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! LOL


41 posted on 03/12/2009 8:41:11 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: wagglebee

Ping.


42 posted on 03/12/2009 8:45:02 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Brownback and Roberts: Kansas trumps life.)
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To: kellynla

He’s nucking futz. Certifiable.


43 posted on 03/12/2009 8:48:07 PM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: kellynla

ROFL. And there are those who think Pres “Yo’ Mama” is the smartest man alive. He needs to learn how to R-E-A-D.


44 posted on 03/12/2009 8:53:35 PM PDT by reaganaut (ex-mormon, now Christian. "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: kellynla
Obama to Fund Research with 100% Failure Rate !
45 posted on 03/12/2009 8:59:38 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Marie
"The way I read this, some congressmen slipped anti-embryonic stem cell provisions into the omnibus bill and *O* signed it without realizing what he was signing."

Yup, not a one of those pricks in DC read anymore any of the legislation they pass.

TERM LIMITS Movement!!!

46 posted on 03/13/2009 2:22:33 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever.)
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To: kellynla

I wonder if somebody on the left has embarrassing pictures of Orrin Hatch? He certainly is a favorite RAT tool..


47 posted on 03/13/2009 2:32:41 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: kellynla

That is just too funny. All that pontificating he did about how science should be guided by “facts, not ideology” and blah, blah, blah! Now, this guy, in such a hurry to sign the Porkubus Spending bill, doesn’t even read the thing to get that language stricken out! Just too funny.


48 posted on 03/13/2009 7:01:38 AM PDT by Sister_T (The Obama Administration = EPIC FAIL!)
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To: kellynla

Oh, clearly God answers prayers (if it’s His will!) But honestly, MOST people don’t understand the science and they don’t even know that the only thing Bush did is keep federal funds from being spent on EMBRYONIC stem cell research. I doubt Obama understands the science (he doesn’t appear to). That’s all I was saying.


49 posted on 03/13/2009 8:51:39 AM PDT by brytlea (Proud descendent of Andrew Kent, Alamo Defender)
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To: kellynla

Has anyone seen this story elsewhere in the news? I can imagine the story is extremely embarrassing to the people who sign things without reading them.


50 posted on 03/13/2009 8:54:20 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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