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Embryonic stem cells

One of the ten Technologies That Congress Tried to Kill

Who Wanted it Killed: Pro-life advocates, mainly. In 1996, Congress passed the Dickey-Wicker amendment,  which bans any federal research in which human embryos are created,  destroyed or put at risk of harm. This law, which remains on the books,  essentially prevented most embryonic stem cell research.How it Worked Out: In 2001, then-President George W. Bush announced a new policy in which 61 cell lines of existing embryonic stem cells  would be allowed for federally-funded research. Congress tried to pass a  bill expanding this policy, but Bush vetoed it. Since then, President  Obama has tried to abolish the Bush policy, but Obama’s executive order  has been tied up in federal courts. (In a related issue, Congress has  repeatedly voted to ban human cloning.)
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Embryonic stem cells

One of the ten Technologies That Congress Tried to Kill

Who Wanted it Killed: Pro-life advocates, mainly. In 1996, Congress passed the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which bans any federal research in which human embryos are created, destroyed or put at risk of harm. This law, which remains on the books, essentially prevented most embryonic stem cell research.
How it Worked Out: In 2001, then-President George W. Bush announced a new policy in which 61 cell lines of existing embryonic stem cells would be allowed for federally-funded research. Congress tried to pass a bill expanding this policy, but Bush vetoed it. Since then, President Obama has tried to abolish the Bush policy, but Obama’s executive order has been tied up in federal courts. (In a related issue, Congress has repeatedly voted to ban human cloning.)

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