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After Change in Federal Policy, States Take Steps to Limit Stem Cell Research

by Shaila Dewan,  New York Times,  Mar 13, 2009

Three days after President Obama announced that he would lift restrictions on federal financing for embryonic stem cell research, the Georgia legislature began a push to limit such research within the state.

Anti-abortion groups that oppose the use of human embryos for stem cell research said similar efforts would be made in other states. This week, the Mississippi House passed a bill prohibiting the University of Mississippi from using state money “for research that kills or destroys an existing human embryo,” and some states are considering legislation that would define an embryo as a person.

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