The Ethical Use of Human Fetal Tissue in Medicine
Greely, Henry T.
Price, Carole R.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1989 Apr 20; 320(16): 1093-1096.
The medical use of fetal tissue from elective abortions has sparked intense controversy. In 1988 the Department of Health and Human Services halted all research using such tissue until the ethical considerations have been explored. The authors, who are members of the Stanford University Medical Center Committee on Ethics, contend that, within generally accepted principles of medical ethics and subject to certain conditions, appropriate use of fetal tissue for research and treatment is acceptable. They incorporate these conditions into a set of proposals which include modification of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and the National Organ Transplant Act so that neither pregnant women who undergo induced abortions nor physicians who perform them benefit directly from the subsequent use of the fetal tissue; denial of directed donation; and a requirement that the tissue be handled in accordance with the legal rules and respect applicable to cadavers. (KIE abstract)
Aborted Fetuses; Abortion; Cadavers; Conflict of Interest; Directed Donation; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Federal Government; Fetal Research; Fetal Tissue Donation; Fetuses; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Incentives; Medical Ethics; Medicine; Moral Policy; Motivation; Physicians; Pregnant Women; Public Policy; Regulation; Remuneration; Research; Research Ethics; Research Ethics Committees; Risks and Benefits; Standards; State Government; Tissue Donation; Tissue Transplantation; Transplant Recipients; Transplantation;
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