Friday, May 18, 2007

Fundies Lose Stem Cell Fight in California

Good. The California Supreme court has refused to hear a suit, brought by lawyers representing fundies, aimed at stopping stem-cell research. I can't find an official site for the "stem-cell watchdog" group sponsoring the suit, the California Family Bioethics Council. From Nature:

California's human stem-cell programme is now free of legal challenges, clearing the way for $3 billion in funding to flow towards researchers.

The California Supreme Court on 16 May refused to consider an appeal from a group of anti-abortion and tax-reduction advocates, who had sued to block a programme for stem-cell research approved by state voters in 2004. The decision, following on earlier lower-state court rulings also rejecting the group, is final.

"This is a great victory," says Robert Klein, board chairman of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state agency that evolved from the initiative. "Our $3 billion is free from restrictions from the extreme ideological right-wing."

Dana Cody, a Sacramento attorney representing the challenging groups, says, "We are at the end of the line. We are disappointed." The groups included the California Family Bioethics Council and the National Tax Limitation Foundation.