Jim Wooten wrote this column yesterday, “Stem cell bill covers ethical bases; pass it.”
The Senate followed Wooten’s advice but not until after David Adelman and Nan Orrock tried to add embryo destructive research to the bill. Adelman and Orrock were voted down by a large margin, but they retaliated by trying to block the whole bill. It passed 39 to 15, with 7 Democrats joining 32 Republicans.
Amazingly, Adelman and Orrock were willing to block cures for diseases such as sickle cell anemia because the Senate would not go along with letting them use taxpayer money to conduct embryo destructive experiments. This was a bad vote for the Democrats who went along with them.