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Gay Men's Health Crisis
TREATMENT BRIEFS: Fetal Tissue Transplant Ban Overturned By Senate
David Gold
May 20, 1992
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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