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Bush to block stem cell decision

13th April 2007

United States President George W. Bush has reiterated his opposition to federal funding for stem cell research following a vote in the Senate to end restrictions on such funding.

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Speaking at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Bush called for a 'culture of life', warning against the 'temptation to manipulate life'.

The Senate voted to pass legislation supporting stem cell research on Wednesday by 63 votes to 34. The House of Representatives has already passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which is expected to be vetoed by Bush.

The pressure is now on to secure the additional four votes to override the presidential veto.

President Bush and many Republicans have agreed to back research using embryos that have died of natural causes, although many scientists say this would produce insufficient stem cells to be useful.

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