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An approach that values embryos as human life demands a push to ban all human cloning (S. 1036, Brownback-Landrieu; H.R. 2564, Weldon-Stupak), and measures that protect taxpayers from funding research that requires the destruction of human embryos. Instead, funds should shift to ethical research.

Since 1996, Congress has passed an amendment called the Dickey-Wicker Amendment which bans federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.  In 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order to begin federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. There was a lawsuit imediately filed and in August of 2010, a federal district judge ruled that President Obama’s Executive Order violated the Dickey-Wiker Amendment and halted all Embryonic Stem Cell reaserch and federal funds going to the projects.

Soon after, the Administration filed an appeal. However, no news has emerged on this issue, since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has dominated the Administration’s work since 2010.