In scores of editorials and news stories about using “spare” in-vitro fertilization embryos for stem cell research, writers continue to talk about “the Bush ban on stem-cell research.”

It’s amazing how badly this gets the story wrong.

Stem-cell research is forging ahead, and funded by the feds. “Adult” stem-cell research, using these amazingly versatile cells taken harmlessly from cord blood and adults, is leading to cures in dozens of clinical trials – funded by the federal government.

And there is no embryo research “ban.” There isn’t even a “ban” on funding.” Dr. Nigel Cameron

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Jennifer Lahl, CBC Founder
Jennifer Lahl, CBC Founder
Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.