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Bush May Threaten Fetal Cell Research

The strong anti-abortion position of the Bush Administration has researchers worried that President Bush may block federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. This recently discovered class of research has showed promise for curing diabetes, AIDS and various types of degenerative brain disorders including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Lou Gherig’s disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Anti-abortion forces such as the American Life League have already begun to put pressure on Bush and newly appointed anti-abortion Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, to cut NIH (National Institutes of Health) funding to projects that rely on fetal tissue.

Sources:

Washington Post _ January 26, 2001; New York Times _ January 20, 2001

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