A Tragic Side Effect

Another casualty of the Administration's pro-life offensive is Government support for research on in-vitro fertilization, in which eggs are extracted from a woman's ovaries, fertilized in a glass dish, then implanted in the donor's womb. Next week a House subcommittee will release a report charging that the Department of Health and Human Services has shied away from funding research on "test-tube fertilization" because of pressure from right-to-life groups. As a consequence, the discovery of new techniques to make the procedure more reliable and lower its cost (currently $6,000 for each attempted fertilization) must depend on uncertain private financing.

The Administration's hostility...

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