Stem Cell Coverage

Recent NRLC sightings:

NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson in The Hill:

“He’s telling [the National Institutes of Health (NIH)] to write rules, and there’s nothing in his statement that is limited to leftover embryos,” said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee. “It appears he’s opening the door to NIH funding researchers who would deliberately create embryos for the purpose of research.

“It’s starting to look like he’s basically giving NIH the green light to do whatever they can get away with,” Johnson told The Hill.

Also in the New York Times:

“The administration now steps onto a very steep, very slippery slope,” Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, said in anticipation of Mr. Obama’s action. “Many researchers will never be satisfied only with the so-called leftover embryos.”

2.38 p UPDATE: Johnson in Bloomberg News Service:

The National Right to Life Committee issued a statement criticizing Obama, saying his order will lead to the destruction of human life and may lead to federal funding of research that creates embryos for study, which is still prohibited under existing law.
‘Slippery Slope’
The action “places our society on a very steep, very slippery slope,” the group’s spokesman, Douglas Johnson said.
3.43p UPDATE:
CBSNews picks up NRLC’s statement:
The National Right to Life Committee titled their response statement, “Obama Order Opens Door to Widespread Killing of Embryonic Humans in Government-Funded Research.” “It is a sad day when the federal government will fund research that exploits living members of the human species as raw material for research,” spokesman Douglas Johnson said.

“Obama’s order also places our society on a very steep, very slippery slope. Many researchers will not be satisfied to use only so-called surplus embryos.”

7:05pm UPDATE:

FoxNews.com picks up the distinction between “cloning for reproduction” and “cloning for research”:

Also, some argue that Obama’s statements opposing human cloning are misleading. Derrick Jones, spokesman for the National Right to Life Committee, said the administration has left the door open to create, and then destroy, embryos through cloning for the sole purpose of harvesting stem cells.

7.20p update: The Providence Journal (Rhode Island) picks up the NRLC statement:

Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee asserted in a news release that, besides the moral question, Mr. Obama’s action raises a serious practical worry. He said the lifting of the embryonic stem cell research ban “places our society on a very steep, very slippery slope.”

Johnson said, “many researchers will not be satisfied to use only so-called surplus embryos” from clinics that make them to help childless women have babies. Many researchers, he said, want taxpayer support for research not only on embryonic stem cells but on the embryos themselves. Nothing in Mr. Obama’s remarks yesterday would limit the National Institutes of Health to “the use of so-called surplus embryos” from fertility clinics, he said.

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