Pre Embryos: The Tiniest Spect of Potential Life Carrying the Seeds for Sweeping Change

Kathryn L. Miehl



The Bush administration has issued two announcements over the last six months which could shape the future of stem cell research, abortion and the disposition of frozen embryos. On July 25, 2002, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that federal funds would be available to qualified applicants for the development and implementation of programs designed to promote public awareness of the option of "adopting" frozen embryos. Then, on October 1, 2002, the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee under the Clinton Administration was reformed into the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections. Under its new charter, the Committee must provide advice concerning responsible research involving human subjects, with particular emphasis on pregnant women, embryos and fetuses.1

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