California' Gray Davis Signs Stem Cell Law "from any source"
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gray Davis was joined by actor Christopher Reeve Sunday as he signed legislation to allow embryonic stem cell research in the state, a direct contradiction of federal limits on the controversial research.
"Stem cell research is responsible research that could potentially save million of lives," said Davis, at a signing ceremony in Sacramento.
Reeve, a stem cell research activist since he was paralyzed in a horse riding accident seven years ago, said: "Since stem cells were first isolated in 1998, the political debate has had a chilling affect on our scientists. It is painful to contemplate what advances could have been made."
Davis, Reeve and other supporters said the measure was necessary to keep California at the forefront of medical research.