CaseStudy: Patients Get Last Word on Controversial Medical Research

Campaign Overcomes Anti-Abortion Challenge to Preserve Federal Funding

When the National Institutes of Health ruled that stem cell research could be legally funded last year to explore its potential for curing a long list of debilitating diseases,
the decision spurred an ethical and political debate because of its use of aborted fetuses. The cells, which are derived from excess human embryos from in vitro fertilization
procedures and aborted fetuses, show promise for curing diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and Parkinson's.