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NATION IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Senate Lifts Ban on Fetal Tissue Research

April 03, 1992|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Senate lifted a federal ban on fetal tissue transplant research, with a majority that could override a threatened presidential veto. A bill covering the issue was approved 87 to 10 and was sent to a conference committee. The House passed a similar measure in July. The Ronald Reagan and George Bush administrations imposed the moratorium on grounds that using the tissue for human transplants would cause an increase in the number of abortions. Fetal tissue transplantation is thought to hold promise for victims of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury and diabetes.

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