The Oklahoma House passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit embryonic stem cell research in the state, the Oklahoman reported Friday.
“We value life here in Oklahoma,” said state Rep. George Faught
, the Muskogee Republican who authored the bill. “While we in no way dispute the fact that the ability to treat or heal suffering persons is a great good, we also recognize that not all methods of achieving a desired good are morally or legally justifiable.”
The bill would make it a misdemeanor to conduct research using embryonic stem cells, and prohibit the buying, selling or transferring an embryo for research. Certain in vitro fertilization procedures are not bound by the law.
A similar bill passed two years ago, but was vetoed by then-Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat. Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, was elected in November. She’s expected to sign the bill.
“Oklahoma has decided to be a pro-life state,” said state Rep. Mike Reynolds, an Oklahoma City Republican. “We want to defend unborn children at every opportunity.”
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