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Federal Fund For Fetal Tissue Research Prohibited In HHS Spending Proposal

A House subcommittee’s draft 2018 spending plan bars federal funds from being spent on such research, a win for conservatives who are also taking aim at money for family planning programs. Only a small portion of the NIH budget was spent on fetal tissue research in 2016.

Stat: NIH Fetal Tissue Research Would Be Barred Under House Panel’s Plan
A House subcommittee’s draft 2018 spending plan would prohibit federal funds from being spent on research that uses fetal tissue, a symbolic win for conservatives who are also taking aim at money for family planning and public health programs around the country. The proposal from the House Appropriations health subcommittee is unlikely to be enacted, and the restriction would impact a tiny portion of the National Institutes of Health’s roughly $33 billion budget — in 2016, the agency spent roughly $103 million on research involving fetal tissue. (Facher, 7/13)

CQ Roll Call: House HHS Spending Bill Another Win For Anti-Abortion Efforts
Conservatives secured more wins this week with the addition of several anti-abortion provisions ta fiscal 2018 spending bill as well as language in the latest version of the Senate health care bill. The victories could be short-lived, though. The riders in the House Appropriations Committee’s Labor-HHS-Education proposed funding bill may not survive and become law. The full committee is expected to mark up the bill July 19. The fate of the Senate health care language also is not certain. The Senate retained the anti-abortion provisions that were in previous versions of the bill (HR 1628) despite arguments that they don't comply with budget rules. (Raman, 7/14)

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