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Capitol Health Call
July 14, 2004

Stem Cell Pressure

JAMA. 2004;292(2):163. doi:10.1001/jama.292.2.163-c

Fifty-eight senators from both parties have joined 206 colleagues from the House of Representatives to ask President Bush to remove limits on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Their letter reached Bush the day before the death of former President Ronald Reagan from Alzheimer disease. Reagan's widow, Nancy, is an outspoken proponent of embryonic stem cell research, and medical advocacy groups sought to capitalize on her support to pressure Bush into relaxing federal restrictions. White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said that the national outpouring of support for Nancy Reagan following her husband's death had not changed the president's mind.