Medicine: Fetal Position

Changing public attitudes and a recent Supreme Court decision have removed most of the legal bars to abortion. But many of the ethical questions about the procedure remain unsolved. For the past several years, a study group of the National Institutes of Health has been working on a set of guidelines covering the use of aborted fetuses for research purposes. Last week, in the wake of a furor created by public reaction to this proposal, the NIH bypassed its panel and recommended instead a code that would effectively prohibit all research on aborted...

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