DeGette wants to reintroduce embryonic stem cell bill

9:01 PM, Aug 25, 2010   |    comments
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DeGette, who twice co-sponsored and helped pass what she and supporters called "ethical-based cell research" only to have it vetoed by President George W. Bush, says she has had conversations with House leadership about bringing back her legislation when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Sept. 14.

Currently, she says lawyers are looking to see whether the legislation as is addresses the concerns enumerated by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, who ruled the practice, enabled by President Obama in an executive order, violated a federal law that prohibited federal funding from being used to destroy embryos.

"For most members of Congress, it's not really a political calculation as much as a realization that this research has been pretty halted by this court decision and we need to act quickly to reverse that," DeGette said.

The Obama Administration announced it would appeal the court decision, but DeGette says Congressional action could resolve the issue faster than the courts.

Critics of the policy have long argued that using embryos for scientific gain is ending life and that adult stem cells should be featured in scientific research instead.

DeGette's legislation states that only embryos set to be discarded after in-vitro fertilization could be used in the research and only with the permission of the people who created them.

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