US lawmaker demands reversal of embryonic stem cell research ban

August 28th, 2010 - 5:29 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Aug 28 (ANI): A member of the US Congress Steve Israel has challenged his colleagues to pass legislation to reverse a recent federal court decision that brought embryonic stem cell research in the country to a screeching halt.

Israel was backed by Dr. Bruce Stillman, a renowned cancer researcher and President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Israel said the August 23 decision by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, “sets back research, sets back patients, and sets back jobs,” on Long Island and across the nation.

He said the decision, which prevents federally funded research from being conducted on any embryonic stem cells derived from human embryos, “has not only rolled back the Obama policy on stem cells, but has actually rolled back the Bush policy.”

Israel said he regards the legal appeals process too slow, and added, “I don’t think we should wait for an appeal, we’ve got to act, and act fast.”

Congress has twice in the past decade passed bills giving the go-ahead for embryonic stem cell research.

“The Judge said Congress created the policy, and only Congress can revisit it.”

Israel has said that he plans to take up the matter in Washington on September 14, during the session of the House.

If passed by the Senate, such a bill would be almost certain to receive a presidential signature, thus ending any ambiguity about the will of Congress,” Israel said. (ANI)

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