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No Stay Order

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
 _______________________________________ ))
JAMES L. SHERLEY,
et al.
,
)
 
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Plaintiffs,
))
v.
)
Civil Action No. 09-1575 (RCL)
)
KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, in her official
)
capacity as Secretary of the
)
 Department of Health and
)
Human Services,
et al.
,
)
 
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Defendants.
)) _______________________________________)
ORDER 
Upon consideration of defendants’ Emergency Motion to Stay Preliminary InjunctionPending Appeal (ECF No. 48), the opposition thereto (ECF No. 51), and the record herein, it isherebyORDERED that defendants’ motion for a stay is DENIED.Defendants are incorrect about much of their “parade of horribles” that will supposedlyresult from this Court’s preliminary injunction.Plaintiffs agree that this Court’s order does not even address the Bush administrationguidelines, or whether NIH could return to those guidelines. (Defs.’ Opp’n 5.) The prior guidelines, of course, allowed research only on existing stem cell lines, foreclosing additionaldestruction of embryos.Plaintiffs also agree that projects previously awarded and funded are not affected by thisCourt’s order. (
 Id.
)
Case 1:09-cv-01575-RCL Document 53 Filed 09/07/10 Page 1 of 3
 
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Plaintiffs question whether this Court’s order exempts so-called “intramural” NIH projects—that is, research carried out onsite by NIH researchers—since the record is unclear whether those funds could be re-programmed for the grant programs. (
 Id.
at 6.) Obvious standingquestions are presented for the Court if such funds are not available for persons such as plaintiffs, and a motion to clarify this issue can be expeditiously briefed and decided.Plaintiffs also question whether this Court’s order prevents NIH from doing peer reviewof applications or from maintaining the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry. (
 Id.
) Again, onewould have expected these issues to have been briefed and decided with the preliminaryinjunction motion. Plaintiffs do not contest NIH document or website preservation activities, or other activities related solely to adult or induced pluripotent stem cell research. Whether and howthese can be separated out is not clear from the record today.Additionally, since plaintiffs anticipate filing their motion for summary judgment bySeptember 10, (
id.
at 13 n.4,) the length of time this preliminary injunction will be in placeshould be limited.In this Court’s view, a stay would flout the will of Congress, as this Court understandswhat Congress has enacted in the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. Congress remains perfectly freeto amend or revise the statute. This Court is not free to do so.Congress has mandated that the public interest is served by preventing taxpayer fundingof research that entails the destruction of human embryos. It is well-established that “[i]t is in the public interest for courts to carry out the will of Congress and for an agency to implement properly the statute it administers.”
Mylan Pharms., Inc. v. Shalala
, 81 F. Supp. 2d 30, 45(D.D.C. 2000).SO ORDERED.
Case 1:09-cv-01575-RCL Document 53 Filed 09/07/10 Page 2 of 3

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