Appeals court considers ban on stem cell research
By NEDRA PICKLER (AP) – 34 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration pleaded with an appeals court Monday to overturn a judge's order halting federal funding of stem cell research, arguing the ban would irreparably harm scientific progress toward potentially lifesaving medical treatment.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is considering whether to throw out a lower court judge's ban on President Barack Obama's rules for federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington temporarily blocked Obama's rules a month ago because he said it's likely they violate the law on federal funding of embryo destruction. He's presiding in a lawsuit challenging those rules, filed by the nonprofit group Nightlight Christian Adoptions, which helps with the adoption of human embryos that are being stored in fertilization clinics.