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UPDATE: Henry's veto of stem cell law sustained

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An attempt to override Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry's veto of a law banning embryonic stem cell research has failed in the Oklahoma Senate.

The Oklahoma House voted to override the veto, but supporters of the bill could not muster the two-thirds majority they needed in the Senate to nullify the veto. The vote in the Senate was 26-19 to override the veto. A total of 32 votes were needed to reverse the veto.

Henry said he vetoed the measure because it would prohibit potentially life-saving research and was mischaracterized as something that was needed to protect human life.

Supporters say such research is not ethical because it destroys the life represented by an embryonic stem cell.

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