Obama administration to appeal stemcell research ruling

August 24, 2010

The US Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal as early as this week a judge's decision to block federal funding for stemcell research.

"I can confirm we plan to appeal," said Tracy Schmaller, a Justice Department spokesperson, adding that the department was "likely to file this week."

She said it would seek a stay of US District Judge Royce Lambert's temporary suspension of federal funding for stemcell research while his injunction was being appealed.

President Barack Obama authorized the renewal of federal funding in March 2009, reversing a ban imposed by his predecesor in 2001 on moral and religious grounds.

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Seriously. Until detractors realize that their arguments make as much sense as not spanking it due to the abhorrent death toll this will not end. With stem cell research grandpa at least has a shot of not running off (Alzheimer's), quadriplegics might regain use of their limbs, the deaf could hear and the blind could see. The downside? Someone thinks what that particular blood clot looking chunk of tissue might survive long enough to be human. I would just like those in the "NAY" to factor into their equations that most normal pregnancies spontaneously abort. This very fact shows quite nicely that the process isn't either designed or sacrosanct.

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