Bush Campaign Responds To Kerry On Stem-Cell Research

October 3, 2004 -- Posted at 2:21 PM CDT

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) _ President Bush's campaign is accusing his opponent of misleading the public on stem cell research.

Earlier today, John Kerry criticized Bush's decision not to fund research on new embryonic stem cell lines. The decision limited federal funding of such research to 78 existing stem cell lines.

The Bush-Cheney campaign says Kerry is attacking a research ban ''that doesn't exist.'' Spokesman Steve Schmidt said Bush's decision shows the government's commitment to using stem cell research in an ethical way.

Some religious and conservative organizations oppose such research because days-old embryos are destroyed.

But only about 21 of those original stem cell lines may actually be available to researchers due to ownership and other problems.

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