Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The National Institutes of Health is reviewing tens of thousands of public comments submitted about its plan to implement President Barack Obama's decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research. The public had just over one month to submit comments for or against its plan.
Obama decided to overturn the protections President Bush put in place providing hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to adult stem cell research but not making citizens pay for the destruction of human life. In April, the National Institutes of Health released the proposed guidelines that implement Obama's decision.
NIH director Raynard Kington has confirmed the agency received more than 20,000 comments four days before the deadline. The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, which ran a campaign opposing the NIH guidelines, directed 9,436 comments to NIH from its web site opposing them. NIH confirmed that more than 48,000 were received by the deadline.
Dr. Lawrence Tabak, acting NIH deputy director, said the agency would "develop the guidelines as expeditiously as possible" but it is required to meet a July 7 deadline President Obama put in place. Full story at LifeNews.com