A state-by-state examination shows that North Carolina is definitely 37th on a maternal mortality ranking, with 11.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. The brand new Amnesty International report, Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA, also reveals that severe pregnancy-related complications that nearly cause death – – referred to as near misses – – are increasing at an alarming rate, increasing by 25 % since 1998; currently nearly 34,000 women annually experience a near miss during delivery.The poll also discovered that 43 percent opposed easing the limitations . Federal funding for embryonic stem cell study is allowed only for research using embryonic stem cell lines created on or before Aug. 9, 2001, under a policy announced by President Bush on that time. Bush in July 2006 vetoed the Stem Cell Analysis Enhancement Act of 2005 , which could have expanded stem cell lines that meet the criteria for federal funding and allowed funding for study using stem cells produced from embryos originally designed for fertility treatments and willingly donated by sufferers. Democratic congressional leaders this month intend to approve a bill like the Stem Cell Study Enhancement Take action .