Cardinal George Pell of Sydney had warned Catholic MPs who supported the bill that "their voting has consequences for their place in the life of the Church".
Despite the warning, a number of high-profile Catholic MPs, including Premier Morris Iemma and his deputy, John Watkins, voted in favor of the Bill.
The Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos, a Catholic, abstained from the vote. Four cabinet members, Kristina Keneally, Graham West, Kevin Greene and Barbara Perry, voted against the Bill.
.- Despite opposition from the Catholic Church and a prayer campaign by Christian MPs, the NSW Upper House passed a law that lifts the ban on embryonic stem-cell research in the Australian state. The Bill passed by a vote of 28 to 13.