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Stem Cell Debate in Oklahoma

Ian Scott on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 5:08:28 pm

The chambers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City are getting in front of an extremely controversial and politically devise issue - stem cell research.

Oklahoma House Bill 1326 would prohibit research using human embryos.  Both Chambers oppose the bill because they fear it would drive away medical research facilities, and discourage research based industries from locating in Oklahoma.  Roy Williams, president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce addressed some concerns of the bill's proponents:

"This is about using embryos that are currently frozen in banks that are going to be destroyed and thrown away," said . "It's not about harvesting embryos. It's not about creating embryos for research."

HB 1326 passed the House and Senate, but was vetoed late Wednesday night by Democratic Governor Brad Henry.  The House is currently trying to override the veto.

For more on this issue, check out this article from The Oklahoman.

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