Monday, December 10, 2018

Did Trump shut down HIV cure study to appease religious right stance on fetal tissue?

Trump has done the LGBTQ community dirty again.

Editor's note - my apology for no news briefs today. Had to take care of some internal blogging issues.

According to LGBTQNation:

Scientists are speaking out against a directive by the Trump administration that has shut down research into a cure for HIV. 
A scientist who was supposed to supply mice that have been modified with human fetal tissue for an HIV study emailed researchers that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “has directed me to discontinue procuring fetal tissue.” 
“This effectively stops all of our research to discover a cure for HIV,” he wrote.
A “pause” on research that uses aborted fetal tissue, something Christian conservatives strongly oppose, was announced by the Trump administration this past September. The move will affect numerous biomedical research programs. 
Congressional Republicans have tried to ban all fetal tissue research for years to appease the religious right. 85 Republican House members wrote a letter to the head of the FDA asking for a ban on fetal tissue research shortly before the “pause” was announced.

The entire article should be read and remembered. When the walls do finally coming crashing in on Trump's time in the White House, we really need to make sure that the religious right is somewhere very close in the vicinity.