Funding of embryo-killing stem cell research (H.R. 810)
H.R. 810: Castle-DeGette bill
House Roll Call No. 204
109th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 238-194 (see complete tally)

In 2001, President Bush adopted a pro-life policy that prohibits federal funding of any stem cell research that requires killing human embryos.  H.R. 810 is a bill that would overturn the President's pro-life policy and order federal funding of such research.  The bill would require funding of human embryonic stem cells taken "from human embryos that have been donated from in vitro fertilization clinics, were created for the purposes of fertility treatment, and were in excess of the clinical need of the individuals seeking such treatment," if "it was determined that the embryos would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded."  NRLC strongly opposes this bill.  On May 24, 2005, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 810 by a vote of 238 to 194.  The bill was supported by 50 Republicans, 187 Democrats, and one independent.  It was opposed by 180 Republicans and 14 Democrats.  The bill was then sent to the Senate for possible action there.  The White House issued a statement on the bill which said, among other things, "If H.R. 810 were presented to the President, he would veto the bill."  For more information on this legislation, click here.  Roll No. 204, May 24, 2005.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 204
Votes For : 238
Votes Against : 194
Not Voting : 2

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