Trump Regime

Here We Go Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's been years since Republicans fucked this chicken, but they're at it again.

The Trump regime has ordered a comprehensive review of fetal tissue research policy and already canceled at least one FDA contract with a company named by conspiracy theorists who claimed Planned Parenthood was operating a black market for "body parts."

Federal health officials canceled an FDA contract for human fetal tissue research Monday night and announced a review of all such research projects.

The announcement, citing “serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations,” revives a political issue that last flared in 2015 and led to congressional hearings. That fight came over anti-abortion political activists who covertly videotaped Planned Parenthood doctors and employees of Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), a cell tissue firm based in Alameda, California, that provides such cells to researchers.

The canceled contract reportedly would have paid $15,900 to ABR for human tissue that would make a laboratory mouse’s immune system more similar to a human’s.

To be clear, the Trump regime is not staffed by animal rights activists protesting the use of mice as test subjects. That is not their moral or ethical concern.

This is almost certainly something cooked up by the fundamentalists who remain in close contact with Mike Pence whose influence has resulted in several regressive policies, such as Trump's failed attempts to ban transgender military service.

Launching this review opens the door to potentially banning fetal tissue research in the future or at the very least defunding all government projects that depend on federal grants for it.

Banning or defunding the research wouldn't mean excess fetal tissue will cease to exist, of course, it simply means all of it will be destroyed when it could serve a scientific purpose. Other countries with no such qualms will make future discoveries that American scientists won't have the funding to discover.

  • Draxiar

    …citing “serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations,”
    For a second there I thought they were talking about trump and his cult.

    • Badgerite

      One can dream

  • muselet

    “Mice with human immune systems are incredibly valuable for research of terrible diseases, and there really is no alternative,” Lawrence Goldstein of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine told BuzzFeed News. Such cells have figured prominently in the development of vaccines against diseases such as rubella, rabies, polio, measles, chickenpox, and shingles.

    Good to know the fetus fetishists and their Republican enablers don’t care about people who will develop potentially life-threatening diseases and conditions.

    As I’ve said before, the Right doesn’t intend to stop at overturning Roe v. Wade or even Griswold v. Connecticut, because this isn’t really about abortion or contraception for them. The Right is after Loving v. Virginia, because they can’t seem to stand the idea of a right to privacy in the most intimate aspects of one’s life (for others, that is, not for them).

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      A conservative’s definition of freedom is the ability to control someone else’s freedom.

    • Badgerite

      The ‘Christian’ right has always attacked the doctors and nurses at clinics that provide abortion or abortion information to those who request it as simply being in it for the money. Which is ridiculous. I think this is just a variation on that theme. It doesn’t matter that Planned Parenthood doesn’t make any more money than to cover costs or that the fetal tissue in question were from abortions that were going to occur whether or not any use was made of the fetal tissue. This isn’t about good policy. This is about trying to claim the moral high ground by smearing the providers. Just like O’Reilly smeared Dr. George Tiller who was murdered at his place of worship in 2009 by a ‘right to life’ fanatic. The right encourages these people to view themselves as the modern day version of John Brown. They’re not. These are complex, complicated human issues that don’t admit of easy resolution.
      I used to think that the issues would resolve once medical science found a method of contraception that clearly and safely prevented unwanted pregnancies. Medical science has done that with the morning after pill. And now the morning after pill is attacked as an abortion. Which is ridiculous and doesn’t even pass the laugh test. Let alone any evidentiary test. The right keeps this issue going for political purposes only. They are not interested really in preventing abortions. Indeed, some of the most vociferous political opponents of the right to choose are those who end up being outed for insisting a mistress have an abortion due to nothing more weighty than political and personal convenience. They are interested in using this as an emotional hook to scoop up voters who will vote only on that issue and ignore all the awful anti-life, anti-child, anti-family policies that the gop seems to be all about these days.

      • muselet

        “Compassionate conservatives” are the ones who manage not to grin as they contemplate the murder of gynecologists. I never thought otherwise.

        –alopecia

      • Christopher Foxx

        I used to think that the issues would resolve once medical science found a method of contraception that clearly and safely prevented unwanted pregnancies.

        That might have been the case. If opposition to abortion was what these fanatics really wanted. But abortion is just the acceptable sounding facade, the thin veneer they put over their actual goal, which is to control other peoples lives.

        If abortion became utterly unnecessary tomorrow., if we woke up to find that somehow something changed and no woman ever again found herself in a position to have to even consider an abortion, each and every one of the “right to life” folks would find some other cause to use as a smokescreen for their real desire of being able to tell other people what they can and cannot do in their private lives.

  • Georgie

    I guess I’ll have to start sacrificing to the gods for pence to get Parkinson’s or some other horrible life debilitating disease.

  • Badgerite

    I used to be conflicted about Roe v Wade in that once a fetus starts to take on the appearance of a human, it is hard to believe that there is not a right that adheres. Roe, of course, had a lot of medical evidence and Justice Blackmun who wrote the decision, had been the attorney for the Mayo Clinic. The viability standard was set with reference to that medical evidence as to the various stages of fetal development. To be legal, an abortion must be performed before there is any viability outside the womb as well as before there is even a nervous system.
    But the religious right has expanded the view of human existence far beyond anything reasonable in Hobby Lobby and have shown such an indifference to the health and happiness of actual lives in being children that I no longer believe that there concern about the “right to life” is actually genuine.
    If you were in a burning building and you had the choice to save either a 1 year old child or a collection of cells in a petri
    dish, which would you save? If I were to judge which an the Christian right would save I would have to conclude they would ignore the child and save the petri dish. I just don’t believe them anymore.

    • I never believed them tbh. Their refusal to give a crap about starving, homeless kids shows me they care f*ck all about life and more about having control over women.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I no longer believe that their concern about the “right to life” is actually genuine.

      Congratulations on finally catching on. Fun fact: Their concern NEVER WAS.

      I’m sure there are some people out there who sincerely believe life begins at conception, etc. But those are not the ones who picket women’s health clinics or work to undermine a woman’s right to choose. (Surreptitiously, of course, working behind the scenes to unfund fetal tissue research, for example. Because they know what they’re trying to do is wrong. People who truly believe in the rightness of their actions do them in broad daylight.)

      If someone truly was concerned about the “life of the unborn”, if they truly wanted to stop abortions, then they would be ardently in favor of anything that made an abortion unnecessary.
      They would be in favor of contraception and of family planning and of Plan B. They’s be picketing their legislatures demanding more money for adoption agencies and foster care programs.

      But the people who are vocally opposed to abortions are also vehemently opposed to all of those other things. They don’t want women to avoid having unwanted pregnancies. The don’t want to provide women with options (adoption, etc) so their only choice isn’t between having a child they can’t are for or abortion.

      Because they don’t really give a shit about the life of the fetus or the welfare of children. What they do care about, ALL they are about is wielding power over other people’s lives.

      • Badgerite

        Well, yeah. Like that tacky jacket Melania wore.
        “I don’t care, do you?” Well, yes, I do care. But, obviously, they don’t.
        I always give people the benefit of the doubt initially. Politically and otherwise. Call it Midwestern naivete. But through the years of this debate the leadership of the anti choice people has shown itself to be dishonest, cynical, corrupt, racist and positively anti life. How do they justify attacking the Children’s Health Insurance Program? Do they think children don’t die if their parents can’t pay for them to get health care? In fact, they do die. How do they justify depriving low income women of prenatal care?
        Do they think this is some kind of luxury and no pregnant women, fetuses included, die because of if? They do die.
        This has nothing to do with “God’s will”. This has to do with their will.
        And they just want to control people. Women especially.

        • Christopher Foxx

          And they just want to control people. Women especially.

          Exactly.

          Their hypocrisy is blatant. Their disregard, even active opposition to, the welfare of children is pervasive.

          They are vile and need to be called out on their shit forcefully and unrelentingly.