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Posted by Andrew Roman on March 14, 2009

From the “Does Anyone in Washington Know What The Hell They’re Doing File?”…

He apparently approved it before he banned it.

Two days after signing an Executive Order that gave the “okie dokie” to the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (overturning a ban set in place by the Bush administration), the President has banned the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

No, really.

Stuffed deep into the bowels of the Obama omnibus earmark spending bill passed this week, on page 280 of the 465 page bundle of pigmeat, located in Section 509 of Title V, is this little passage:

stem-cellsSEC. 509. (a) 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 greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero under 45 CFR 46.204(b) and section 498(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 289g(b)). (b) For purposes of this section, the term ‘‘human embryo or embryos’’ includes any organism, not protected as a human subject under 45 CFR 46 as of the date of the enactment of this Act, that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes or human diploid cells.

It is known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, and it is something that has been part of the annual Department of Health and Human Services appropriations bill every year since 1996.

But don’t start jumping for joy just yet.

It is highly unlikely that President Obama had a forty-eight hour change of heart. It is also unlikely that he was ignorant to the amendment’s inclusion in the bill. Even for this administration – setting new standards for cluelessness and incompetence on a daily basis – that’s almost too ridiculous to actually believe.

Terrence Jeffery, Editor-In-Chief of CNS News writes:

Close observers on both sides of the embryonic stem cell issue were well aware of the Dickey-Wicker amendment, and understood that it would pose a legal obstacle to federal funding of embryo-killing research even if President Obama issued an executive order reversing President Bush’s administrative policy denying federal funding to that research.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D.-Colo.) sponsored the House version of a bill–vetoed by President Bush–that would have legalized federal funding of stem cell research that destroys so-called “spare” human embryos taken from in vitro fertilization clinics. On Monday, she told The New York Times she had already approached what she called “several pro-life Democrats” about the possibility of repealing Dickey-Wicker.

“Dickey-Wicker is 13 years old now, and I think we need to review these policies,” The Times quoted DeGette as saying. “I’ve already talked to several pro-life Democrats about Dickey-Wicker, and they seemed open to the concept of reversing the policy if we could show that it was necessary to foster this research.”

Rep. Mike Castle (R.-Del.), who co-sponsored Rep. DeGette’s bill, similarly stated this week that Dickey-Wicker should be revisited.

“Certainly, the Dickey-Wicker amendment . . . is something we need to look at,” Castle told Congressional Quarterly Today on Monday. “That was passed in 1996, before we realized the full potential of embryonic stem cell research. Some researchers are telling us now that that needs to be reversed.”

In the remarks he made Monday when announcing the executive order, President Obama said he wanted to close the door to “the use” of cloning for human reproduction but not for other purposes.

But there is so much disingenuousness in Obama’s so-called “anti-cloning” stance, it almost makes Bill Clinton’s Lewisnki denial seem credible.

From the great Moral Accountablity blog:

“Obama supported legislation that would allow human cloning for the purpose of creating embryos for research so long as those nascent human beings were then destroyed or discarded and not implanted. In his executive order on stem-cell research policy, President Obama has gone even farther by authorizing the use of federal taxpayer dollars for research involving the destruction of human embryos created by cloning. This is an unprecedented and truly radical step.”

While it would be nice to believe that President Obama was (figuratively) smacked in the skull with the reality of how unnecessary it is to have to resort to destroying human embryos to further the research in the field, it just isn’t the case. For Leftists, this debate is not about the science. It never has been. It is – and always has been – about abortion. (Please see my article Embryonic Stem Call Follow Up – Who’s Earth Is Really Flat?)

Dizzying advances have been made over the past two to three years that would ultimately afford scientists the same level of research they have with embryonic stem cells without having to destroy any human embryos. That almost no one is talking about this reality or using this fact to further the debate is, frankly, embarrassing – and revealing of how much this debate is not about science.

(Please see Obama’s Leftism, Ethical Science and Tasty Facts). 

Yuval Levin, at National Review Online writes:

Over the last three years in particular, a technique that transforms normal adult cells (like skin cells) into what appears to be the functional equivalent of embryonic stem cells has been sweeping the field, holding out the promise of not only a way around the ethical dilemmas but a source of genetically matched cells almost without end. Cells left over from fertility treatment have thus grown far less compelling on scientific grounds than they were when Bush made his decision, but no less problematic on moral grounds. Today, the case for funding them is weaker than ever.

Don’t look for any of these scientific realities to affect Obama’s ideological myopia on this particular topic. He will vigorously persue a way to kick out Dickey-Wicker.

Book it.



  1. phyl247 said

    There are 100’s of scientific studies that have been done on AFA and our product StemEnhance. There are also 100’s of scientific papers on Adult Stem Cell therapy. I have listed quite a few on my blog that you can read at You can also find the book over at that Christian Drapeau wrote. It is called “The Stem Cell Theory of Renewal” Take a look if you would like to talk feel free to email or call me anytime 877-696-8581

  2. khorum said

    Ready at day one.

  3. Judy said

    It’s time we nicknamed our president “Flipper”, because he flip-flops more than that “big fish” ever did.

  4. proof said

    Amateur hour continues at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

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