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GA Fertility Bill Morphs into Stem Cell Bill

by Mary Lou Pickel,  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  Mar 6, 2009

"The Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act," SB 169, may not be on a slow-track after all. State Sen. Preston Smith (R-Rome) says he has made changes to the bill that he plans to present to a special Senate subcommittee Monday morning, removing everything to do with fertility clinics and how many embryos can be transferred into a woman and focusing on cloning and embryos used for scientific research.

The special study committee of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday to discuss the changes to the bill. If the four senators on the subcommittee agree on the new language, they could pass it back to the larger committee, which could in turn vote in favor of it. If those changes pass, the Senate Health and Humans Services Committee could reconsider the amended legislation at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol.

Monday is one of the last days for bills to pass out of committee in order to be considered for a vote in either chamber during this legislative session.

You can read more about the changes to S.B. 169 here:


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