Obama’s Stem Cell Policy Won’t Touch Dickey-Wicker

March 9, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – President Obama may be overturning a number of stem cell restrictions put in place by George W. Bush, but he has decided to leave the Dickey-Wicker amendment up to Congress.

The Dickey-Wicker amendment (honest that’s the name) is a ban placed on the use of tax payer funds in the creation and experimentation of human embryos within private clinics. It is a yearly debated law that has usually been upheld without much dissent, and one that President Obama feels should be left out of his announcement this afternoon, and instead be left up to the Congress majority to decide without his position being made clear.

“We are committed to pursuing stem cell research quite responsibly but we recognize there are a range of beliefs on this,” Melody Barnes, Obama’s domestic advisory adviser, explained of the decision.

But whatever your position on the issue, it is clear that Congress has some for, as well as against, overturning this controversial ban. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) made it clear that he doesn’t believe the supporters will be in high enough numbers to discard the law.

“I don’t think it will fly because the movement in the country is in favor of life. For Congress to say that the new guinea pig will be human embryos, most Americans will find that highly offensive,” he said.


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