House Approves Stem Cell Research Bill

Capital Hill (AP) -- The House has approved a bill boosting federal support of embryonic stem cell research.

Congressman James Langevin says the research offers "tremendous hope" for those with ailments ranging from spinal cord injuries to childhood diabetes. The Rhode Island Democrat was paralyzed from the chest down in an handgun accident when he was a teenager.

Minority Leader John Boehner says he's for stem cell research, but taxpayer-funded research must be carried out "in a way that respects the sanctity of life." The Ohio Republican pointed to a new study which found that stem cells from amniotic fluid also hold great promise.

The measure passed by a vote of 253 to 174, which puts it short of what's needed to override a promised White House veto.

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