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New Mexico does not have any state laws specific to stem cells. There is state legislation around cord blood, but it only requires doctors and medical experts to educate expectant parents about donation of cord blood. The state doesn’t have any laws that specifically permit research on fetuses or embryos, nor does it restrict research on aborted fetuses or embryos. However, state law does ban research on fetuses or embryos born alive, only applying to in vitro fertilized embryos post-implantation.

Democrats and Republicans have been known to vote on both sides of the embryonic stem cell research issue in New Mexico. Embryonic stem cell research looks at ways to use stem cells harvested from human fetuses for regenerative medical purposes.

Several current or recent state politicians ...

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