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Abortion-dependent fetal tissue research
Coats Amendment
09/04/1997
Senate Roll Call No. 215
105th Congress, 1st Session

Rejected: 38-60 (see complete tally)
On September 4, 1997, the Senate considered a proposal, sponsored by Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Mn.) and John McCain (R-Az.), to authorize expanded funding for research into Parkinson's disease. Senator Dan Coats (R-In.) offered an NRLC-backed amendment to prohibit the use of these federal funds for any experimentation using tissue or organs taken from any human embryo or fetus killed by induced abortion, but permitting funding of experimentation on tissues obtained from spontaneous abortions or ectopic (tubal) pregnancies. Sen. Wellstone and Sen. McCain opposed the Coats Amendment, and it failed, 38-60, Vote No. 215. The bill was subsequently enacted with no pro-life provision.


Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 215
Votes For : 38
Votes Against : 60
Not Voting : 2

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