Delaware Rejects Stem-Cell Legislation

July 01, 2007

Delaware legislators defeated a bill on Saturday that sought to regulate stem-cell research in the state, the News Journal, a newspaper in Wilmington, Del., reported. The bill, passed by the Senate in May, would have mandated that stem cells for research come from in vitro fertilization clinics with the consent of the couple who donated the cells. But the House of Representatives rejected the bill, 30 to 7, after two amendments were added that left many representatives unsure about what the bill would do — particularly whether it would hamstring embryonic-stem-cell research.

Delaware currently has no laws governing stem-cell research. With the tight restrictions on the use of federal funds for stem-cell research, several states, led by California and New York, have approved or are considering initiatives seeking to promote such studies. —Charles Huckabee