Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey, DeLauro on Trump Administration’s Attack on Critical Medical Research

June 6, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, today made the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to restrict life-saving medical research that uses fetal tissue:

“The Trump Administration’s decision to cancel a long-standing contract using fetal tissue to research a cure for HIV once again puts extreme ideology ahead of public health. Fetal tissue research has been used for decades to eradicate and develop vaccines for terrible diseases such as polio and measles and is currently being used to develop treatments for Parkinson’s, ALS, and more.

“Fetal tissue research already undergoes strict guidelines that have lasted through both Democratic and Republican Administrations. This anti-science decision will stall medical research in its tracks, reduce hope for those suffering from debilitating diseases, and harm the ability of American scientists to continue to lead global efforts on biomedical research. The Department of Health and Human Services should reverse this decision without delay.”