Doug Cox

A colony of embryonic stem cells. The cells in the background are mouse fibroblasts cells. Only the colony in the centre are human embryonic stem cells.
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The House overwhelmingly passed legislation Monday designed to prevent embryonic stem cell research in Oklahoma.

The measure by state Rep. Dan Fisher would make it a felony crime to perform embryonic stem cell research.

“Presently, the embryos are destroyed in the process of trying to extract these stem cells, and therefore that’s what this bill is attempting to prevent,” Fisher said on the House floor.

Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox tells Salon why his Republican colleagues' policies are "discriminatory against women."