GMHC Treatment Issues 1992 May/Jun 20; 6(5): 9
The U..S. Senate voted to overturn the ban on federally funded
research that uses fetal tissue from elective abortions.
Researchers believe that fetal transplant research, in which
healthy fetal cells are transplanted into diseased or dead
cells, is among the most promising areas for rebuilding the
immune system. The research may have a beneficial impact on
Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. The
Bush Administration maintains that fetal tissue research
encourages women to have abortions and so should not be funded
by federal agency funds. In this respect, George Bush's
dealings with the extreme right wing have had a direct and
harmful impact on promising AIDS-related research. Readers are
urged to follow the local elected representatives voting on
this issue. In the tri-state area only Senator Alphonse D'Amato
(R-N.Y), voted to keep the research ban in place. Readers may
wish to comment to Senator D'Amato, who is up for re-election
in 1992, about his vote on this issue. His office phone number
is (212) 947-7390 or (202) 234-6542.
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