On Monday March 9th President Obama, with much fanfare and hoopla, signed an Executive Order lifting restrictions on federal funding of Embryonic Stem Cell (ESC) research.
The press went ga-ga over his decision, printing a variety of stories which either shaded the truth about the results of ESC research, or just ignored the truth completely.
Anyone with an honest interest in this subject knows that ESC research has not produced any helpful or positive treatments.
In fact, quite the opposite is true. The results from ESC research have been deadly and disturbing.
Of course, the Media machine is not really interested in telling you any of that.
Of course, there’s something else the Media didn’t tell you.
On Wednesday March 11th, just two short days after lifting the ban on federal funding, President Obama put the ban back in place.
You didn’t know that did you?
Remember the Omnibus spending bill that Obama signed?
The one where he made the big speech with his TelePromTer and then dashed off to sign it behind closed doors?
Yeah, that Omnibus bill contained the Dickey-Wicker amendment which puts the restrictions back in place:
On Wednesday, only two days after he lifted President Bush’s executive order banning federal funding of stem cell research that requires the destruction of human embryos, President Barack Obama signed a law that explicilty bans federal funding of any “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.”
The provision was buried in the 465-page omnibus appropriations bill that Obama signed Wednesday. Known as the Dickey-Wicker amendment, it has been included in the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services every fiscal year since 1996.
The amendment says, in part: “None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for—(1) the creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes; or (2) research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.”
Found in Section 509 of Title V of the omnibus bill (at page 280 of the 465-page document), the federal funding ban not only prohibits the government from providing tax dollars to support research that kills or risks injury to a human embryo, it also mandates that the government use an all-inclusive definition of “human embryo” that encompasses any nascent human life from the moment that life comes into being, even if created in a laboratory through cloning, in vitro fertilization or any other means.
“For the purposes of this section,” says the law, “the term ‘human embryo or embryos’ includes any organism … that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes or human diploid cells.” (The entire verbatim text of Section 509 of the omnibus spending law is reprinted at the bottom of this article.)
Since legislation trumps Executive Orders, Obama effectively lifted the ban for two days and then put it back in place.
Does The Won read anything before he signs it or is that above his pay grade?
Hope. Change. Screwing up in reverse.