On September 28, 2010, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit reversed the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Royce Lamberth on August 23, 2010 which halted federal funding for embryo-destructive research. https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2009cv1575-44. See also http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/28/appeals-court-oks-federally-funded-stem-cell-research/.
The American people do not want to pay for embryo-destructive research— A Rasmussen Poll released on Friday August 27, 2010, reveals that “only 33% of U.S. voters believe that taxpayer money should be spent on embryonic stem cell research” and 57% of those polled OPPOSE taxpayer funding for controversial stem cell research that requires destruction of human embryos. The poll demonstrates that while American’s are less likely to believe embryo-destructive research is morally wrong, a majority oppose federal funding for the research.
While the decision is disappointing, and should the Congress let the court finish the case before acting as has been threatened, Judge Lamberth could decide the entire case this fall.