In the September statement, HHS wrote that they will work to "ensure that efforts to develop such alternatives are funded and accelerated."
In November, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giror characterized the Trump administration as being "pro-life, (and) pro-science" in a letter to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). Meadows chairs the House's Freedom Caucus and is outspoken in his pro-life views.
The non-renewal of the UCSF contract comes just over two months after the government canceled a significantly smaller contract between Food and Drug Administration and Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. that also involved the creation of humanized mice.
Following media scrutiny of the existing contract between the FDA and Advanced Bioscience Resources, which has admitted to the "upselling" of some fetal parts obtained through abortion, the contract was canceled and HHS announced that they would review all similar programs.