Fetal-Tissue Transplant Bill Dies
Eleventh-hour filibustering has thwarted a Senate bill that would have allowed federally funded fetal-tissue transplant researchers to use tissues from induced abortions.
As the 102nd Congress struggled to conclude its legislative business last week, a dozen senators delayed indefinitely consideration of the bill, which would also have authorized additional spending on breast cancer research and other high-priority areas of women's health.
Majority leader George J. Mitchell (D-Maine) grudgingly conceded the demise of the bill during the congressional session that concluded this year. But he vowed to make passage of the measure a top priority next year.
"That will be the first order of business in the next Senate, and it will begin the first day that the Senate reconvenes following the inauguration of the President," Mitchell said on the Senate floor last week.
The funding ban on transplantation of tissues from induced abortions has been in place since 1988. In July of this year, President Bush vetoed a congressional attempt to reverse the prohibition (SN: 7/4/92, p. …