A suit filed in federal court by a broad coalition of plaintiffs, including scientists, pro-life advocates, and parents who wish to adopt embryos, seeks to protect human embryos from destruction for research.

The complaint, filed Wednesday, Aug 19, names HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and NIH Director Francis Collins as defendants. The lawsuit seeks to reverse the recently-adopted NIH guidelines that outline steps to take when destroying embryos to qualify for federal research funds. In essence, the guidelines create an incentive in the form of taxpayer dollars to cannibalize so-called leftover embryos from fertility clinics.