Thursday, 26 July 2007 21:18
A House committee has approved legislation setting
rules for how research can be performed on human embryonic stem cells.
measure was passed by a 45-35 vote and would permit research on stem cells left
over from in-vitro fertilization that would otherwise be discarded. A $10
million appropriation was removed from the bill, however, that would have
helped distribute grants to nonprofit groups conducting the research. Despite
passionate opposition from conservatives and religious groups, the bill now
goes to the full state House. Opponents argue that research on adult stem
cells, which come from specialized organs and tissues after birth, generates
better results. Federally, legislation passed by Congress to ease federal
restrictions on the research has been vetoed twice by President George W. Bush.
While states and private organizations can fund embryonic stem cell research,
federal support is limited to cells that existed as of August 9, 2001.