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AUL files comment on proposed extension of embryonic research

AUL Argues Proposed Research Violates Federal Law and is Unnecessary

Last night, attorneys with Americans United for Life filed a comment with the National Institutes of Health on its proposed change to allow research on even more human embryos. In its comment, AUL demonstrates that such research violates applicable law and is unnecessary in light of advances in adult stem cell research.

“The NIH has proposed an improper new definition of ‘human embryonic stem cell’ that will allow even more funding for the destruction of human embryos,” said William L. Saunders, a senior attorney with AUL. “But this change would violate current law that forbids public funding for any research that places an embryo at risk of injury. It is also not necessary, given the incredible advances we have already seen in treatments using ethical forms of stem cell research, such as adult stem cell research.”

Currently, the Dickey-Wicker Amendment forbids the funding of research which destroys human embryos or subjects them to risk of injury. However, the proposed change will allow research on human embryos which, in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis procedures, has been shown to place embryos at risk of injury or death. Further, there are no cures or treatments utilizing embryonic stem cells, while ethical forms of stem cell research utilizing adult stem cells have already benefited human patients with over 70 different diseases.

The text of AUL’s comment can be found here.