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Stem Cell Divide

49% Consider Embryonic Stem Cell Research Morally Acceptable

President George W. Bush’s veto last week of legislation that would increase federal funding for embryonic stem cell research marked another milestone in the ongoing debate over the moral and political implications of this emerging field of research. He was resolute in his decision, but just 26% of American adults believe that embryonic stem cell research is morally wrong. A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults taken in the days following the veto reveals that 49% of respondents find the research morally acceptable.

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