A religious group's crusade against sexual health research stormed into
the lives of some researchers recently when a "hit list" of some 150 studies
was forwarded by Congress to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The
list prompted NIH staff to call many of the researchers in what a spokesman
termed an effort to gather information for defending the grants.
The fracas began when the Traditional Values Coalition, which says it
represents 43 000 churches, compiled a list of some $100 million in grants
it finds offensive. Many of the projects deal with transmission of HIV or
with drugs of abuse. The coalition sent the list to the House Committee on
Energy and Commerce, which forwarded it to the NIH.
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