The Trump administration on Wednesday said it will block scientists from using federal funds to conduct research that relies on material collected from elective abortions.
The administration also cancelled a multi-million-dollar contract with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) that uses fetal tissue to test new HIV treatments.
The decision is a major victory for the conservative anti-abortion movement, which has long called on the administration to eliminate funding for fetal tissue research.
"Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration," the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement.
The UCSF contract was due to expire Wednesday after the Trump administration granted a 90-day extension. While the department in its statement did not give an explanation as to why the contract was cancelled, an agency official said it was for “ethics reasons.”