Next week's election brings the issue of embryonic stem cell research to the polls in the state of Michigan, where 'Proposal 2' would amend the state constitution to address the controversial medical research. The proposal would:
Expand use of human embryos for any research permitted under federal law subject to the following limits: the embryos --
-- are created for fertility treatment purposes;
-- are not suitable for implantation or are in excess of clinical needs;
-- would be discarded unless used for research;
-- were donated by the person seeking fertility treatment.
Provide that stem cells cannot be taken from human embryos more than 14 days after cell division begins.
Prohibit any person from selling or purchasing human embryos for stem cell research.
Prohibit state and local laws that prevent, restrict or discourage stem cell research; future therapies and cures. (full text)
The proposal appears to be leading in public opinion polls. In this segment, we'll talk with a leading stem cell researcher in the state of Michigan about the proposed amendment. We'll also talk about stem cells as a national campaign issue, and talk about where the candidates stand.
Produced by Annette Heist, Senior Producer