What’s up with David Adelman? He wrote this in the AJC:
A competing bill was introduced last week that would take the extraordinary step of criminalizing research on new embryonic stem cell lines. This bill, SB 596, is tricky. It looks a lot like my bill. Its author gave it a confusingly similar name and copied my bill verbatim in many places. But, in stark contrast to my bill, SB 596 criminalizes embryonic stem cell research, making it a felony, requiring up to a 10-year prison sentence and imposing a $100,000 fine on researchers who work on new stem cell lines.
Clearly the senator has either not read the legislation or is more interested in scoring partisan points than actually moving forward solid research. Here is the actual text to which the senator refers:
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person or entity, public or private, knowingly to:
(1) Perform or attempt to perform human cloning;
(2) Participate in an attempt to perform human cloning; or
(3) Ship or receive for any purpose an embryo produced by human cloning.
(b) Any person or entity that violates this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to serve not less than one nor more than ten years imprisonment or pay a fine in an amount not to exceed $100,000.00, or both.
In fact, if you do a word search for “embryonic