MA Senate OKs stem cell research bill

MA Senate OKs stem cell research bill

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Senate [official website] Wednesday approved by an overwhelming margin a bill to loosen restrictions on scientists conducting stem cell research. The measure, which would allow cloning of embryos from which stem cells can be extracted for research, passed by a 35-2 margin. Despite the Senate passage, the bill's future remains uncertain. The bill needs at least two-thirds majority support in the House to overcome an almost certain veto by Gov. Mitt Romney [official profile]. Romney has adamantly opposed [Boston Globe report] the bill, calling it a "radical cloning bill." Supporters of the legislation argue that it will help find new treatments and cures for diseases. Read Senate Bill No. 25 [text]. AP has more.