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Americans United for Life Criticizes the Harmful Authorization of New Federally Funded Research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells

WASHINGTON, DC — The Obama administration today approved the first human embryonic stem cells for experiments by federally funded scientists under a new policy designed to dramatically expand embryonic stem cell research.

Americans United for Life President and CEO Charmaine Yoest said, “Despite years of research, human embryonic stem cells have yet to be used in real therapies for patients.  On the other hand, adult stem cell research– ignored by the Obama administration– has proven effective and is already being used to treat over 70 different diseases and conditions.  The NIH’s authorization to use human embryonic stem cells expands the destruction of lives at the earliest stage of development and continues the Administration’s practice of ignoring ethical research that is already saving the lives of Americans .”

For additional background, please see http://action.aul.org/escr

About Americans United for Life

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law.  The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971.