Black Hole

Unintended consequences

While there are some things that simply shouldn't be done, bans on things that many people want to do usually have unintended and perverse consequences. One example is in vitro fertilization research, and the negative consequences of banning federal funding of IVF work in the 1970s reverberate today in the stem cell debate. Indeed, the effects of that ban are indirectly responsible for some of the more contentious aspects of the current debates about reproductive and therapeutic cloning.

In early 1978, NIH turned down an application for a grant