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Democratic leadership joins GOP to kill embryonic stem-cell research
A breakdown of the votes shows that the opposition to embryonic stem-cell research was a bipartisan affair.
The legislation died Friday afternoon on a 30-38 vote.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. John Ryan, R-Albuquerque, would have permitted research and clinical applications involving human embryonic stem cells targeted for disposal or deemed excess tissue by fertility clinics.
It also required scientists to have the informed consent of the original owner of the embryo before doing research and in accordance with federal guidelines. It also prohibited human reproductive cloning.
The 14 Democrats joined 24 of the 25 Republicans in a coalition to oppose the legislation. Rep. Kathy McCoy, R-Cedar Crest, was the sole GOP lawmaker to support the legislation.
Other Democrats to vote against it were Reps. Mary Helen Garcia, Elias Barela, Andrew Barreras, Ray Begaye, Sandra Jeff, Patricia Lundstrom, James Roger Madalena, Andy Nunez, Debbie Rodella, Nick Salazar and Jim Trujillo.