On April 17, 2009, the National Institute of Health (NIH) issued proposed guidelines for funding human embryonic stem cell research that limits federal aid to those facilities that create embryos for use in fertility clinics and were no longer needed. The guidelines were released in accordance with an executive order issued by US President Barrack Obama in March 2009 that removed restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research. The new guidelines signaled a shift in policy from former president George W. Bush who vetoed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 during his presidency, which was intended to relax funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.
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Learn more about stem cell research from the JURIST news archive and read about how ethics are always going to be a part of the policy on stem cell research by JURIST Guest Columnist Jesse Reynolds in Hotline.