I don't see the issue they can still use private sector funds for this research, just divert the Federal funds into other areas.
Problems with this being that 1) federal funding is a significant factor in most research in this country. Without that federal funding the entire field of research slows. Private companies cannot fill that research gap; 2) I personally have a problem with the government standing by and letting disease go untreated for an ill-informed idealogy; and most importantly and most stupidly 3) the laws governing this make it illegal to do research on stem cell lines in a laboratory that has ever received any government funding for any project ever. Which is basically every lab in the country. Meaning that to work on privately developed stem cell lines in a privately funded project you are required to build a new lab from the ground up. Something which is intentionally, excessively prohibitive.
I might be wrong about this; I haven't checked back on it but do they still need human fetuses or can we use pig stem cells? I have this thing about desecrating a human fetus.
To clarify a common misconception. We are not talking about human fetuses. Nor does this have anything to do with abortion. Once the fetus is developed it is too late. The cells have already differentiated. We want undifferentiated cells. These cells need to be extracted from blastocysts. This means 4-6 days after conception.
These are barely embryos. These are certainly not fetuses. These are not even phenotypically recognizable as human in any way. This is not a creature, it is grouping of ~100 cells that will differentiate, split, and at some point down the road be a human. Nothing magic happened at conception. It is not like a perfect little homonculus forms in the womb. More than 1000 times the number of living cells in this thing die every time a man ejaculates.
Moreover the Dickey-Wicker rider reads:
(b) For purposes of this section, the term "human embryo or embryos" includes any organism, not protected as a human subject under 45 CFR 46 (the Human Subject Protection regulations) . . . that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes (sperm or egg) or human diploid cells (cells that have two sets of chromosomes, such as somatic cells.
Which means that they are intentionally trying to bar even blastocysts that do not result from conception. Meaning that if I took a mouth scraping, and induced pluripotency (which we are perfecting the technology to do), and grew a blastocyst, according to this law it suddenly becomes a protected 'human embryo'. This is absurd and follows from an inane humanistic notion that human life is somehow magical. I agree that humans are quite nice, but at this stage of development the only thing separating us from any other eukaryote is our DNA. Which is to say a relatively small portion of our nucleic acids. And that small portion makes all the difference between being a human and being a seal. But those chemicals are not a human and are in no way 'sacred'. They are not the creature that they will be. The potential for life should not bar research into methods that can save actual, extant lives.
Especially not when there is a hell of a lot more potential out there between everybody's legs
EDIT: Re-did my numbers now that I am more awake. 10,000-20,000 times the # of living human cells in a blastocyst condemned to death every time a man ejaculates.