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GA Senate Passes "Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act"

Associated Press,  Mar 12, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has approved SB 169, a bill that would restrict embryonic stem cell research in Georgia. The bill with now go to the State House of Representatives for a vote.

The bill would ban the creation of embryonic stem cell lines in the state. It was hastily rewritten late Thursday in an effort to remove concerns of the fertility industry.

The revamped legislation passed 34-22 after an impassioned debate. One supporter of the bill invoked the Holocaust experiments of Josef Mengele.

Supporters say stem cell research could lead to a cure for ailments like Parkinson’s Disease and spinal cord injuries. Critics say it is an assault on life in its earliest form.


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