GOP Sen. Pushes For Stem Cell Deal

Senator-elect Norm Coleman gives the thumbs up as he leaves the Republican election night party headquarters Wednesday morning, Nov. 6, 2002 in Bloomington, Minn.. Coleman edged Walter Mondale for Minnesotas Senate seat Wednesday, sending the Democratic elder back into political retirement two weeks after the death of Sen. Paul Wellstone threw the race into chaos.
Senator Norm Coleman said Tuesday he will introduce legislation that would make stem cell lines taken from embryos, since President's Bush's 2001 ban, available for federal funding, marking a major shift with the White House.

"This is an attempt to find common ground between science and pro-life," Coleman, R-Minn., said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Four years ago, Mr. Bush banned federal funding for embryonic stem cell research on lines not already developed by Aug. 9, 2001. In essence, Coleman is proposing to move that deadline to today.

"He's drawn a line in the sand that's not pro-science," Coleman said of Mr. Bush. "We don't want to be the party that's anti-science. We're not finding real hope" for cures.

Coleman, who opposes legalized abortion, said his proposal would open up hundreds of stem cell lines to research and possible cures for diseases, and would avoid the moral quandary by using embryos that have already been destroyed.