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US House Passes Bill Bolstering Stem-Cell Research Funding January 11, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday passed a bill bolstering embryonic stem cell research that advocates say shows promise for numerous medical cures.

But the 253-174 vote fell short of the two-thirds margin required to overturn President George W. Bush’s promised veto, despite gains made by supporters in the November elections. Bush vetoed identical legislation last year and the White House on Thursday promised he would veto it again.

The White House said the bill – the third bill of the Democrats’ first 100 hours agenda to pass the House – “would use federal taxpayer dollars to support and encourage the destruction of human life for research.”

At stake was whether research on cells taken from human embryos – considered by scientists to be the most promising approach to developing potential treatments or cures for dozens of diseases – should be underwritten with taxpayer funds.

The debate raises passions because the research typically involves the destruction of frozen embryos created for in vitro fertilization. It draws fierce opposition from anti-abortion lawmakers and like-minded constituents who believe their taxes should not fund such research. Proponents of the research said it is done on embryos that would otherwise be discarded from fertility clinics anyway.

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