June 6, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration discontinued all fetal tissue research conducted within NIH and placed significant new hurdles to the use of fetal tissue in federally-funded university research for new research projects, also cancelling a multi-million-dollar fetal tissue research initiative into HIV treatment at UCSF:
“The Trump Administration’s action is a grave step backward for America, and a heartbreaking blow to the millions who could benefit from this life-saving research. This Administration is the most anti-science Administration in modern history, and is now forcing people with HIV/AIDS and countless others with deadly diseases to suffer because of its extremist policies.
“Federally-funded medical researchers have used fetal tissue in research for decades and decades, under both Republican and Democratic Administrations, and fetal tissue research has saved millions of lives and reduced suffering by resulting in transformational medical breakthroughs such as the development of vaccines against polio, rubella, dengue fever, measles and chickenpox and the development of new treatments for debilitating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, and hemophilia. This research is necessary to discover life-saving preventions and treatments for some of the deadliest diseases, from Alzheimer’s to Zika, and has been subject to strong and strict ethical guidelines for decades.
“This is a sad day for science, for our future and for America.”