Religious Group Supports Stem Cell Ruling

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Some religious organizations have also expressed their opinions on the stem cell controversy that erupted this week.

The Obama administration announced it will appeal a judge's ruling that the government can no longer use taxpayer money to fund research that kills human embryos.

Federal Judge Royce Lamberth's injunction halted more than 50 million of Americans' taxpayer dollars going to 22 projects that use embryonic stem cells.

Michael Hitchborn of the American Life League hails the decision, considering the judge's ruling an important moral victory.

"Well, the ruling was fantastic," Hitchborn said. "It's upholding law, but it's also re-affirming the dignity of human beings from the very beginning of their biological development."

The Obama administration is fighting the injunction. But if it's foiled, the White House could ask Congress to change the law that forbids tax money going to research that has anything to do with killing human embryos.

"We're always concerned about what Congress wants to do," Hitchborn said. "But this just shows how imperative it is for us to recognize that every single human being has a biological beginning and their person-hood is not distinguished from that beginning. We're all persons and we have inherent dignity from the beginning of our biological development."

Hitchborn believes the injunction will just help funnel funding to a more fruitful area of research -- experimenting with adult stem cells.

"Embryonic stem cell research destroys a human person," he said.

"Adult stem cell research on the other hand doesn't destroy a living human being," he added. "It simply extracts some cells, utilizes them, and they have shown progress with adult stem cell research."

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