Back in March 2009, Obama signed an executive order reversing a policy put in place by George W. Bush which limited federal funding for stem cell research. A federal judge has now blocked that order:
"U.S. Chief District Court Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington ruled that government funding for embryonic stem-cell research was barred by a law that prohibits the use of federal money for research in which an embryo is destroyed. Lamberth said Congress clearly intended to bar federal funding of research involving embryo destruction, and added, "This Court is bound to apply the law as it is written." The judge rejected the Obama administration's argument that embryonic stem-cell research itself did not result in the destruction of embryos."