Obama signs Christopher Reeve bill

March 30, 2009 1:17:37 PM PDT
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill named for "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve that provides for paralysis research and rehabilitation. Obama signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act on Monday as part of a bundle of bills designed to expand wilderness protection. Lawmakers brought together almost 170 separate measures together for Obama to sign at the White House.

The Reeve measure provides care for paralyzed persons and others with disabilities.

The late Christopher Reeve became as an advocate for embryonic stem cell research after he was paralyzed in a 1995 horseback riding accident in Virginia. He died in 2004 of heart failure.

His son, Matthew Reeve, attended the bill signing.

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