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Trump Administration Cuts HIV Treatment Research

Today the Trump Administration continued its assault on life-saving science and research and the people who benefit from it most by cancelling a multi-million-dollar contract that uses fetal tissue collected from elective abortions to test new HIV treatments.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) terminated a long-standing contract with a laboratory at the University of California at San Francisco, cutting off its only source of funding. Why? According to HHS, they are “not sufficiently assured that contract included the appropriate protections applicable to fetal tissue research or met all other procurement requirements.”

This recent action comes several months after an HHS announcement that it was initiating a comprehensive review of all fetal tissue research “in light of the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved.”

This announcement once again highlights the Trump Administration’s pandering to social conservatives to the detriment of marginalized populations, and at the expense of evidence based scientific research. It also calls into question the seriousness of Trump’s plan to end new HIV transmissions by 2030, which arguably cannot be accomplished without a serious investment in science and research.