Stem Cell Legislation – New Hope in a Time of Election Politics

Votes are in place to pass legislation that would allow funding
for research on embryonic stem cells regardless of the date of their creation, as long as the cells have been donated to in-vitro clinics with informed consent. Currently funding is limited to stem cells donated before August 2001.

Although Bush has vowed yet another veto on the legislation, supporters of the bill express hope that, given strong public support of the measure, election politics may intervene and prompt him to allow the bill through. Even if vetoed, Congress is within a few votes of being able to override the decision. The house votes this afternoon and the veto, if it comes, is expected by the end of the week.

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