Sunday, July 03, 2005

Ohio Gov. Vetoes Stem Cell Ban

Ohio governor, Bob Taft, vetoed a provision Thursday that would have banned state funding for embryonic stem cell research. The governor is pushing a $500M bond initiative for technology development that may have lost support if he had not vetoed the ban, which would have restricted access to bond money for ESRC.

Trying to walk a political tightrope, Gov. Taft’s office has said Ohio will follow President Bush's policy, enforcing it through the research proposal solicitation process. Perhaps it's just me, but that sounds like a formula for bureaucratic chicanery, particularly when it would seem the legislature would support codifying that approach.

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