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Stem Cell Vote

April 16th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

The Florida House spent more than an hour today debating whether or not state universities should be allowed to pursue embryonic stem cell research.

Rep. Eric Eisnaugle of Orlando held back tears as he talked about his mothers Parkinsons disease and spoke against the research.

“I would love to think that there was something we could do, to end her pain, to end her difficulty, to cure her,” Eisnaugle said. “But I’ve had many conversations with her about this and I can tell you as much of a stake as she has in this and as emotional as this is for both her and for me, she is absolutley against using public money to fund embryonic stem cell research.”

Equally as moving was testimony from Democratic Leader Franklin Sands, who favored allowing the research to go forward.

“My Opinion is that God allows us to see certain things,” Sands said. “For instance, embryonic stem cell research. And once he allows us to see this thing, he gives us a choice. Do we use it for good? Or do we use it for evil? And that choice is up to us.

The effort to allow research failed by a 68 to 46 vote.

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