Trump Ends Federal Funding for Research with Fetal Tissue **Warning: Some Graphic Language** This week, a victory for abortion rights opponents. President Trump cut off federal funds to multiple programs that rely on fetal tissue to conduct research. This will impact or halt certain research for cancer, HIV, Parkinsons and more.
The Susan B Anthony Fund, a group that opposes abortion rights, called this “a major pro-life victory” and in a statement the Department of Health and Human said "promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump's administration." What is Fetal Tissue: According to the National Institutes of Health, it’s “tissue or cells” obtained “after a spontaneous or induced abortion or stillbirth.” “Research involving the transplantation of human fetal tissue must be conducted in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws as well as the following NIH guidance.” How Does it Work: Scientists can transplant the fetal tissue into mice, giving them human-like immune systems. NIH researchers recently called fetal tissue transplants the “gold standard” for research involving the immune system. According to the International Society for Stem Cell Research fetal tissue was used to develop vaccines for polio, rubella, measles, chickenpox and rabies. It’s currently used in research to treat Parkinson’s disease, cancer, ALS, spinal cord injuries, Zika and HIV/AIDS. The head of the society said: “These new restrictions have no scientific or ethical basis and will roll back decades of consensus in the U.S., delaying the development of new medical treatments.” Keep in Mind: This rule ends federal government funding for research involving fetal tissue. However, privately funded research can continue.
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