Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2019 / 14:16 pm
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have issued new guidelines with restrictions for scientists seeking federal grants to use tissue from aborted babies for research.
The NIH said in a July 26 notice that ethics advisory boards will be involved in the review of applications to use human fetal tissue (HFT) obtained from elective abortions, and will be composed of "scientists, bio-ethicists and others."
The new NIH guidelines require grant applicants wishing to make use of the tissue from aborted babies to provide "a justification of the use of HFT, details regarding procurement and costs, and information about how the applicant/contract offeror will use HFT," or their application will not be reviewed. This section of the grant application has a 12-page limit.
The Trump administration announced in June that it would limit funding for research using tissue from aborted babies.