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house Bill H.R. 1203

Safe RESEARCH Act

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Title

Safe RESEARCH Act

Official Title

To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit research with human fetal tissue obtained pursuant to an abortion, and for other purposes.

Summary

Safe Responsible Ethical Scientific Endeavors Assuring Research for Compassionate Healthcare Act or the Safe RESEARCH Act This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the use of tissue from an induced abortion in research conducted or supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Research with human fetal tissue or alternatives to human fetal tissue (e.g., stem cells) conducted or supported by the NIH must meet requirements currently applied only to research on the transplantation of human fetal tissue for therapeutic purposes, including requirements for the informed consent of the donor and researcher. Research conducted or supported by the NIH may use human fetal tissue only if the tissue was obtained in accordance with state law regulating anatomical gifts. Currently, executive branch officials may not prohibit the NIH from conducting or supporting research on the transplantation of human fetal tissue for therapeutic purposes. The bill repeals that limitation on executive branch officials. The bill repeals a requirement that the NIH fund certain proposals for research on the transplantation of human fetal tissue for therapeutic purposes.

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      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedFebruary 17th, 2017
    Better to use the tissue to further research than to just discard it and gain no benefit.
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    Fetal tissue does not just come from aborted fetus, it comes from the naturally deceased, from natural live births and other resources that would otherwise be wasted. It has proven very beneficial in research and cures for a variety of diseases. Please do not limit this important resource in a way that would hurt science and medicine.
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    Plain and simple: Fetal tissue is vital to the study of human development, the discovery of new cures, and the it will help us gain a better understanding of our bodies. This bill does nothing but stifle research and the eventual saving of lives!
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    Once again you are ignoring the First Amendment. Stop your religious war against Science.
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    First off, something good might as well be done with this tissue. If you want to go slightly deeper than that, and confront this issue on the basis that you personally believe that live begins at birth (a belief justifiable only by religion), it's important to understand that the rest of us wish not to governed by laws and practices rooted in religion. Abortions are the woman's choice, and how we use the aborted tissue should be determined by what's pragmatic.
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    My deceased husband's CLL was treated with data gained from stem cell research.
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    Yet another attempt to stifle scientific research. As long as there are strong provisions for informed consent, using tissue for research should be permitted across the board.
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    Blocking stem cell research isn't going to cause the abortion rate the decline. No one is getting an abortion just so the fetus can be studied FFS. That's like saying organ donation causes accidents. It doesn't. It saves lives. And so does stem cell research.
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    Why would any intelligent person discard possible discoveries of medical research.
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    This is an ideological argument, not a scientific one. If fetuses are being aborted and their "sale" is a problem, then regulate their sale, just like the prior fetal stem cell distraction during the Bush administration.
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    This research can help to identify and treat genetic illnesses
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    Roe v. Wade stands, and letting the tissue go to waste is ridiculous. It could be used to develop all kinds of life saving treatments.
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    This is another attempt to try to stop abortions, despite them being completely legal. This bill is particularly terrible because it also derails scientific research and discovery.
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    Why are we fighting over this bill again?! This bill is one of the most extreme and radical I have ever seen. Getting over the debate on abortion this says we cannot use fetal tissue that we gain from it to gain crucial medical and scientific discoveries. This is anti science and against all logic.
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    It is not the Federal Government's business to determine what decision the mother makes concerning fetal remains.
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    Not using fetal tissue blocks essential research that cannot be done any other way.
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    Why waste the tissue? It is sad enough to lose a baby.
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    Valuable fetal tissue should not be discarded when it could be used for valuable research. This bill is just one of many attempts to weaken funding and support for the right to choose.
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    This is an ideologically-driven bill that is anti-scientific and, frankly, foolish. To discard valuable stem-call research material because some cells are somehow "sacred" to people of a fundamentalist persuasion accomplishes nothing.
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    This is just another 'I hate this because it was Obama's idea' bills. Stem cell research has enormous potential for healing, especially with neurological and catastrophic debilitating diseases. Parkinson's killed my husband at 58. Stem cell trials could have given him a future. A ban represents flat earth 'thinking' and yet another anti-abortion, regressive effort to protect tissue that is headed for the incinerator. Let's all just go back to the stone age, shall we?
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