Secretary Alex Azar:
Don’t End Lifesaving Research

Tens of millions of Americans suffer from conditions and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, HIV, Zika and Autism. Doctors and scientists are working every day to find cures thanks to federally funded research.

 

Now President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar are putting those cures at risk by threatening to gut $100 million worth of lifesaving research.

 

Why Would They End This Research?

 

Trump and Alex Azar have been taking the advice of the anti-abortion lobby that thinks ideology, not science, should determine research and policy at our nation’s health department. The lobby opposes this research because it uses tissue that a woman decides to donate after an abortion — tissue that has been successful in the past creating vaccines and helping prevent diseases.

Alex Azar: Put People Before Politics.
Don’t Cut Lifesaving Research.

GET THE FACTS

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FACT:

Fetal tissue has been instrumental in creating vaccines and is being used to find cures for other devastating diseases

FACT:

There are no equivalent alternatives to fetal tissue for research

FACT:

A woman makes a decision to donate tissue after she makes the decision to have an abortion

WHO SUPPORTS THIS RESEARCH?

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The majority of Americans, who think scientists should use these donations to search for cures for deadly diseases.

A coalition of 64 scientific and medical organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and Harvard University, who need the donations to help them continue their lifesaving research. Many of these same organizations sent a similar letter in 2016.

Head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a division of HHS, Francis Collins, a well-respected physician-geneticist who has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations.

WHO OPPOSES THIS RESEARCH?

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The anti-abortion lobby led by the political organization Susan B Anthony (SBA) List. SBA List endorsed Donald Trump and expects its political influence to override science and evidence.

TAKE ACTION

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Tweet Secretary Azar and tell him to put people before politics: Don’t cut lifesaving research.