The National Toxicology Program (NTP), a joint program of the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Food and Drug Administration, is planning on spending taxpayer money to test the herbs black cohosh and Dong Quai on rats to discover the best mix for “herbal abortions” in humans. These tests have not been conducted yet, but if given the green light and if the program can find the right combination of these herbs for “safe doses,” that could spell just one more sickening avenue for at-home abortions.
That alone should be reason enough not to pursue the research, but Science magazine also notes that such tests in rats are often not an indicator of effectiveness in humans and expensive to conduct. In light of this, more than 60 Republicans and Democrats in Congress are supporting HR 816, the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act, that would require the NTP and other agencies to publicly report how many animals they use in toxicity testing and for what purposes. Hopefully, the resulting transparency will at least deter, if not prevent, research done for such dubious and repulsive purposes.
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