ANNAPOLIS - Nothing kills an afternoon like a filibuster, but all three Washington County senators were dismayed Wednesday when efforts to stall a bill to fund embryonic stem cell research ended before 5 p.m.
"I think it's sad, it really is," said Sen. John Hafer, R-Washington/Allegany/Garrett. "It's a major issue. Everybody has a different opinion."
The Senate likely will vote on the bill today.
Debate on the bill, which for the first time would allow state funding for stem cells from unused embryos donated from fertility treatments, lasted from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Washington/Frederick, put the debate in perspective when he noted an amendment that changed the phrase "human embryo" to "unused material."
"We all know it is human life. I think it's a shame that we dehumanize the 'human' in the embryo," he said. "It's experimenting with and taking human life."