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Georgia lawmakers talk about stem cell debate

July 16, 2006

Albany -- The debate on stem cell research will be brought back up on the Senate floor on Capital Hill starting tommorow.

We asked Georgia lawmakers for their take on the issue.

The House of Representatives passed the bill in support of embryonic stem cell research one year ago. Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop says he strongly supports such research that can improve the quality of healthcare in the nation.

Senator Saxby Chambliss says he's studying more about embryonic stem cell research before he makes a decision on how he will vote. "The stem cell research, when done properly and ethically can certainly go a long way toward eradicating some of these dreaded diseases," said Congressman Sanford Bishop.

"Certainly there are a lot of beneficial results that can be achieved through the research that we've done with stem cell research, but at the same time we've got to be careful that we don't move too far," said Senator Saxby Chambliss.

Chambliss calls the stem cell debate one of the most challenging moral issues he's dealt with in Congress. The Senate will be voting on a package of bills to increase federal funding of the research.

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