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Rasmussen Reports: Americans Don’t Want Government to Fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Once again, it seems the “Political Class” is out of step with the American public on taxpayers paying for the destruction of human life.

In the latest Rasmussen Reports phone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted August 25-26, 2010, 57% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.  Only 33% support it.

In contrast, Rasmussen says that a whopping 73% of the “Political Class” support spending money on research that currently necessitates the destruction of human embryos.

Scientists are attempting to create embryonic stem cells by getting more mature cells to revert into an embryonic stem cell state. Research on the cells, commonly referred to as “induced pluripotent stem cells” (or iPSCs), is ongoing.  Unfortunately researchers committed to doing research on embryonic stem cells currently must destroy living human embryos to get the cells they want.

Earlier this week, staff counsel Anna Franzonello reported that a federal court determined taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research to be illegal thanks to the Dickey-Wicker Amendment which has been annually annually renewed by Congress since 1996. The amendment expressly bans the National Institutes of Health from funding research in which human embryos “are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.”

According to this new poll, it seems that the American people agree that the taxpayer shouldn’t be involved.

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