WASHINGTON — House lawmakers on Thursday voted to overturn the Trump administration’s recent decision to ban federal funding for biomedical research involving human fetal tissue.

Democrats prevailed in a 225-193 vote divided roughly on party lines, slipping the amendment from Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) into a broader 2020 spending package. But the maneuver is largely symbolic. With the Senate controlled by Republicans and the White House steadfast in its opposition to the controversial research practice, President Trump is unlikely to sign into law a spending bill that overturns his administration’s own directive.

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  • The Dems scored a big step in the right direction, that supports research that is utterly essential for the benefit of the human race. Fetal tissue already “harvested” is like organ donation, and ought to be used for the good of man-kind. There is zero merit in just unceremoniously discarding it.

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