Senate Passes Stem Cell Bill - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/18/06

Senate Passes Stem Cell Bill

Today, the Senate passed a bill that would give the okay for federal funding for new embryonic stem cell research. That's a victory for scientists who say those stem cells can create new human tissue and may provide the cure to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

But today's vote is not much of a victory because the President has promised to veto it. You see, abortion opponents argue it is unethical to use stem cells from embryos because in the process, the embryos are destroyed.

"The President believes strongly that the federal government should not fund something many people consider murder. He's one of them," said Tony Snow a White House Spokesman.

"I'm hopeful this is an intelligent human being with a heart, and I don't see how much longer he can deny those aspects of himself," said actress Mary Tyler Moore, who has diabetes.

She was on capitol hill today to express her disappointment with the President's position on embryonic stem cell research. The Senate also passed two other bills supporting adult stem cell research. The President is expected to sign those.

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