2012 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

Chief Patron: Cole
Stem Cell Research (language only)

Item 4-0.01 #2h

Item 4-0.01 #2h

General Provisions
Operating Policies

Page 401, after line 14, insert:
"e. That no appropriation may be provided if the otherwise qualified entity performs research in Virginia on human cells or tissue derived from induced abortions or from stem cells obtained from human embryos, nor shall any award be used for such research.  The foregoing provision shall not apply to research conducted using stem cells other than embryonic stem cells.  The provision shall apply to Items 105 (sections M and N), 197, 208, 253, and 423."

(This amendment would prohibit state funding of embryonic stem cell research itself, but it would also permit entities that conduct such research (without using state money) to receive state funding. Entities that receive funding for embryonic stem cell research from federal and private sources may also receive state dollars for purposes other than embryonic stem research. State funding of research on aborted fetuses would be prohibited.)