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Obama To Appeal Stem Cell Ruling

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The US Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal a judge’s decision to block federal funding for stem cell research. President Obama authorized the renewal of federal funding in March 2009, reversing a ban imposed by his predecessor George W. Bush in 2001 on moral and religious grounds.

“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 the department would both appeal US District Judge Royce Lambert’s temporary suspension of federal funding for stemcell research and seek a stay of the suspension while the appeal is pending.

“The president said very plainly that this is important, life-saving research,” White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters earlier. “We’re reviewing all possibilities so we can keep this important, potentially life-saving research moving forward in the most ethical way possible,” he said.

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