Gov. Sonny Perdue this morning reemphasized his opposition to embryonic stem cell research, and appeared to endorse the main points of a bill passed by the state Senate that would restrict it.
“I think we can solve some of the tougher issues without sacrificing human embryos,” the governor said. He called the use of human embryos for medical research “unfortunate.”
On Thursday, after much debate, the Senate passed S.B. 169, which stopped short of barring Georgia couples from donating spare embryos created during invitro fertilization to science — but would prohibit the creation of embryos for the purpose of research.
That would rule out one form of embryonic stem cell research — somatic cell nuclear transfers, also known as therapeutic cloning.
“When it comes to acquiescence or being silent about creating human embryos, that’s where Georgia draws the line,” Perdue said.
But the governor also said the state’s stance will not impact economic development or its progressive approach to medical research, and referred to an international biotech convention in May that will attract 20,000 industry.
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