Thursday, October 29, 2009

Since Embryos Aren't Persons, Court Can't Protect Them

A judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Obama administration's regulations for expanded embryonic stem-cell research funding.

-- From "Judge Rejects Challenge to NIH Stem Cell Guidelines" by Cary O’Reilly, Bloomberg 10/28/09

A U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by an embryo-adoption agency and the Christian Medical Association that sought to block new National Institutes of Health guidelines for stem-cell research.

The groups, who sued on their own behalf as well as on behalf of all embryos, lacked standing to bring the case, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled today in Washington.

“Embryos lack standing because they are not persons under the law” and the unborn have no right to life protected under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, Lamberth said, citing U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

The case is Sherely v. Sebelius, 09-cv-1575, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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From "Stem-Cell Challenge Turned Away by Judge" posted at 10/28/09

Several groups, including Nightlight Christian Adoptions, researchers, potential embryo adoptive parents and the Christian Medical Association, filed the suit.

Ron Stoddart, executive director of Nightlight, said the judge ruled none of them had standing to bring the lawsuit.

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