Stem Cell Research in Jeopardy Under Bush Administration
Stem cell research, which could potentially provide life saving treatment for Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer patients, could be blocked under the new Bush administration. During his presidential campaign, Bush said he “would oppose federally funded research for experimentation on embryonic stem cells that require live human embryos to be destroyed.” Questions remain if Bush will block the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from receiving discarded embryo stem cells that have been harvested by private researchers.
In August 2000, President Clinton released federal guidelines allowing federally funded scientists to perform research on stem cells harvested from human embryos, with the provision that the research is done on the cells and not embryos. A spokesperson for Bush said the president-elect intends to review the guidelines put forth by Clinton. Stem cell research could face additional obstacles if Bush’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tommy Thompson, is confirmed. Thompson is avidly anti-choice, and as the director of HHS, he would oversee the NIH.
Media Resources: Associated Press – January 5, 2001; Feminist Majority Foundation News – August 23, 2000
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Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
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