(AP) — Illinois senators are debating whether to encourage stem cell research here by giving the state’s official stamp of approval to the work that raises touchy ethical questions.
The legislation, which could be considered by the full Senate on Thursday, would make it official state policy to permit stem cell research. It also would require that patients at fertility clinics be told they could donate unneeded embryos for research, and it would ban cloning for the purpose of reproducing people.
Unlike a measure approved in California and a proposal in Wisconsin, the Illinois legislation would not provide any public funding for embryonic stem cell research.
The Senate Executive Committee voted 7-5 for the bill, dubbed the Ronald Reagan Biomedical Research Act because the late president had Alzheimer’s disease and his wife, Nancy Reagan, supports stem cell research. [Source]
What a slap in the face of Ronald Reagan’s beliefs and legacy.