It was rather shocking to learn that a federal district judge, Royce Lamberth, issued an injunction against the Obama Administration yesterday, prohibiting it from spending federal tax dollars on embryonic stem cell research.
The lawsuit against Obama's plan to fund the destruction of human embryos in the name of "scientific research" is being brought by two private companies who are engaged in ethical stem cell research, and who objected to the diversion of federal resources to companies and universities focused on destroying tiny human beings in a mad search for the ills of human kind. The federal court had to agree that Obama's Executive Order (issued in January of 2009) violated the Dickey-Wicker language enacted by Congress as a rider to various appropriation bills. This law prohibits the use of federal funds in the destruction of human embryos.
It is unclear from news reports whether federal money has already been spent on embryonic stem cell research, or whether the court's injunction would halt money already awarded by Obama's government.
Nevertheless, it is an historic development in the battle to protect human life. It also underscores the importance of elections, and the brilliance of the checks-and-balances built into our constitutional government by the Founders.
We are not yet at the point where the Executive Branch alone governs our nation, and the Abortion Lobby will have to persuade both houses of Congress that the restriction on federal funds must be set aside - something not even Speaker Pelosi has been willing to do heretofore.
As an aside, we note that Judge Lamberth has been a federal judge since 1987, after being appointed to the bench by America's 1st Pro-Life president, Ronald Reagan.