Human (Embryonic) Life as a Basis of Family Restoration

As of yesterday, federal funds cannot be allocated for the destruction of human embryos.  Mainstream news sources have picked up the story of  Sherley v. Sebelius, the case which challenged the National Institute of Health's guidelines dictating the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.  Many legal experts expected President Obama’s executive order to fund the controversial research to be dispositive of the issue.  A federal district court ruling yesterday by Judge Royce C. Lamberth has proven that order not to be definitive, but rather a violation of constitutional mandates.

The case of Sherley v. Sebelius was brought by Dr. James L. Sherley, Dr. Theresa Deisher, Nightlight Christian Adoptions, and the Christian Medical Association, who are represented by Advocates International (AI), the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), and the firm Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, LLC.  To learn more about the history of the significant developments in the case visit the AI June 2010 Alert, and the AI January 2010 Update.  With the decision of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia yesterday enjoining HHS and NIH from the unlawful expenditure of taxpayer funds on research involving the destruction of living human embryos, human life will not be destroyed for experimentation - for the time being.  Adult stem cell research, which does not destroy human life, has had the only success in the field of stem cell research, and that success has yielded significant results.  (There has been absolutely no success in embryonic stem cell research, despite the mainstream media conversation and advocacy of the matter.)

It is noteworthy that the district court’s opinion followed the decision by the United States Court of Appeals earlier this summer “finding that doctors doing adult stem cell research have ‘competitive standing’ to sue. Therefore, the court reinstated the doctors’ federal lawsuit, filed last summer that seeks to preliminarily enjoin and ultimately overturn the controversial guidelines for public funding of embryonic stem cell research that the National Institutes of Health issued on July 7, 2009. The preliminary injunction issued yesterday for the time being brings to an end the unlawful use of taxpayer dollars to fund research that will result in the destruction of human embryos,” as noted in  AI's official press release.

When human life is destroyed, respect for family strength and stability is also dramatically weakened.  How we treat our children, and particularly our unborn offspring, whether embryonic or fetal, will determine our level of honor and respect toward families.

1 comment:

  1. I hope the court will NOT allow this kind of work to go on