The Politics of Cells

Bush tries to fend off his first veto override, on fetal-tissue research

CELLS FROM THE HUMAN FETUS, HARVESTED FROM elective abortions, have shown promise as a source of therapy for many incurable diseases. But four years ago, the Reagan Administration banned the use of federal funds for fetal-cell research, arguing that the practice would legitimize abortion.

% Now the issue is back before George Bush. Having reached a compromise that effectively removes abortion from the debate, the Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favor of lifting the ban. But no one knows if the House will pass the measure with enough strength to override a sure veto from Bush. It is too close to...

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