The US Supreme Court's decision to not review a challenge over embryonic stem-cell research will allow the government to continue funding the controversial research. This means that President Obama's 2009 executive order, which removed restrictions on funding certain types of research, will stay in place.
The decision stems from a successful 2010 injunction filed by two medical researchers, who research adult stem-cells, claiming Congress banned federal funding for all embryonic stem cell research due to ethical concerns. Specifically, they claimed, the order violated the "Dicky-Wicker Amendment" which bans federal funds from being used to destroy, discard, or risk injury to human embryos.
The decision has riled anti-abortion activists who consider embryonic stem-cell research murder. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) said Congress designed the law to prevent taxpayers from funding research negated by adult stem-cell research, according to The Hill.
"That law is clear, and we had hoped the US Supreme Court would uphold its clear intent," the ADF said.
But the Association of American Medical Colleges is thrilled with the court's decision, saying the research offers great promise for various diseases.
Via The Hill and NBC News