Petition to the University of Nebraska Regents

No expansion of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Nebraska

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The Obama administration is lifting the restrictions the Bush administration applied to federal funding of research using stem cells harvested from embryos, which destroys the embryos. The University of Nebraska Board of Regents’ policy has been to follow federal guidelines, sometimes called the “Bush compromise,” which limited federal funding to research with stem cells only from embryos destroyed prior to Aug. 9, 2001.

President Obama is erasing that cutoff date, which will increase demand for present and future destruction of embryos to get “fresh” embryonic stem cells. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has started a drumbeat for expanded embryonic stem cell research in Nebraska.

Please tell the regents to hold the line and make the Bush compromise permanent in Nebraska. No research in the NU system with stem cells from embryos destroyed after Aug. 9, 2001.