Listing of Comments on Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines
Entire Comment Period: 04/23/2009-05/26/2009

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On April 23, 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published draft stem cell guidelines for public comment in the Federal Register. The purpose of these guidelines are to implement President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13505 “Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells,” which was issued on March 9, 2009.

NIH received 49,015 comments by May 26, 2009, the closing date of the comment period, and have compiled these comments on this website. Any comments received via email or mail after the May 26 deadline are not included on this website. In reviewing the comments, NIH determined that 60 comments were inappropriate (i.e., contained SPAM responses or offensive language), and these comments have been excluded from this website. In addition, to protect the identities and personal information of individuals who submitted comments, NIH has removed personally identifiable information from the comments on this website even though individuals consented that the information provided could be made available for public review and posting.



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2099 05/01/2009 at 07:46:04 AM Self     We OPPOSE use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells which kills human beings.

 
2100 05/01/2009 at 07:46:15 AM Self     I do not support this funding by my taxes! I believe that the human embroyonic stem cells are derived from a "human being" created at the moment of conception (either by IVF or in the normal process of conception that occurs between a man and a woman). Therefore, I am strongly opposed to such use of my tax payer dollars to support such a bill.

 
2101 05/01/2009 at 07:46:44 AM Self     We oppose President Obama's Embryonic Stem cell regulations.

 
2102 05/01/2009 at 07:47:16 AM Self     I oppose the newguidelines from President Obama that allow my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

This from the WORLD OF HITLER, WHER BABIES are exploited FOR SAKE OF SCIENCE & money! It is immoral & I request ALL humans not the subject of scientific experimentation!!!!!!!!!

 
2103 05/01/2009 at 07:47:37 AM Self     It's bad enough that we're killing the unborn in the name of science that is unproven. And now they want to use taxpayer money to do it with. Memo to congress and Barack Obama *WE'RE BROKE*, 2012 can't get here fast enough.

 
2104 05/01/2009 at 07:49:42 AM Self     I am writing to express my strong opposition to having tax dollars fund research using human embryonic stem cells. I don't believe human life should be destroyed and used for experimentation in laboratories. Adult stem cells are the better avenue for future treatments and they aren't morally objectionable. The only reason that scientists might want to use embryonic cells is to gain experience in the techniques to clone humans. Please prevent my tax dollars to be used for such horrific procedures.

 
2105 05/01/2009 at 07:49:55 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I feel that our (the people's) tax dollars should not be spent on this kind of funding. I believe that it is immoral to destroy human embryos! thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.

 
2106 05/01/2009 at 07:50:23 AM Self     Please do not continue to encourage the use of embryonic stem cells for use in research. Success has already been realized in the use of adult stem cells for treating disease, while embryonic cells have provided no success. If we show no respect for the aborted humans whose cells are used to no avail, how can we call this a humanitarian endeavor? Please do not continue to pursue this vile proceedure.

 
2107 05/01/2009 at 07:50:29 AM Self     This attitude/practice is an abomination to God and any human being with a sense of decency. We can come up with any number of "justifications" for this practice of murdering other human beings, but nothing changes the truth! IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP! Let's return to the values that our founding fathers held and reverence all life!

 
2108 05/01/2009 at 07:50:38 AM Self     March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Sending my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization is very objectionable. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
2109 05/01/2009 at 07:50:44 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. There is much success already in adult stem cell that do not compromise moral or ethical issues. Embryonic Stem cells end a life and I do not want any of my tax dollars paying for something that I oppose very strongly, the adoption of these human embryos is how they should be cared for.

 
2110 05/01/2009 at 07:51:03 AM Self     Please don't allow the killing of more unborn human beings through embryonic stem cell research, especially in the light of the advances and successes in ethical, adult stem cell research. Leaders like you have to stand up for life and God and convert this culture of death into a culture of life if we truly wish for God to bless this country.

 
2111 05/01/2009 at 07:51:10 AM Self     Please - NO MORE taxpayer funds for stem cell research and use!

 
2112 05/01/2009 at 07:51:34 AM Self     PLEASE do not approve the use of embryonic stems cells for research!

 
2113 05/01/2009 at 07:51:52 AM Self     As stated on Page 18579 of the 4/23/2009 Federal Register Notice, the proposed research would utilize human stem cells that were 'derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes.'

I strongly object to the destruction of human embryonic stem cells that were created for reproductive purposes. Unless someone has a political agenda, the following is intuitively obvious: a) human cells 'created for reproductive purposes' represent human life, b) the genetic information from the host human donors is exclusively human in composition and exclusively unique in human characteristics, c) clinical technology has demonstrated that IVF embryos are viable when implanted for human development in accordance with the purpose for which they were created, d) whereas clinical suspension is consistent with the purpose of creating embryonic stem cells, the proposed research and POTENTIAL cell therapy is converse to that creative purpose, and e) proposed research obstructs the 'inalienable rights' of life for which the embryos were created.

The proposed research would not only constitute infanticide, but could promote the specific creation (with or more likely without parental consent) of IVF embryos for the purpose of harvesting embryonic stem cells. More viable human adult stem cells are readily available and viable for such research, including cases of successful cell therapy.

Please maintain the current Presidentially-mandated restriction over the misapplication of human embryos created for reproductive purposes.

I ask that you require the politicians to do their own dirty task of drafting policy that would specifically create human embryos 'for the purpose of destructive harvestation.' I urge that you not endorse this political agenda against what you know to be morally protected and ethically proper. Otherwise, what other 'inalienable rights' can be reinterpreted at the whim of influential politicians?

 
2114 05/01/2009 at 07:53:15 AM Self     We are absolutely opposed to any embryonic stem-cell use. We urge using adult stem-cell research. Several valid studies have shown that these may even be superior. Furthermore, they don't raise the moral dangers. Excellent research materials are available from and through Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

 
2115 05/01/2009 at 07:53:16 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I particularly oppose using "left over" fertilized embryos for this. These embryos can and have been "adopted" by infertile couples - to use them in this manner is barbaric. You will make all the American people responsible for this murder by forcing tax dollars to pay for this procedure. Adult stem cells are proving viable and better alternatives - they are working, whereas their has been no success with the embryonic stem cells except in causing tumors in the patient. Please reconsider this decision.

*****, Special Education Coordinator/Educational Diagnostician

 
2116 05/01/2009 at 07:54:52 AM Self     I strongly disagree with the use of taxpayer money to fund human embryonic stem cell research. There is no moral excuse to take one life to save another. There have been beneficial strides made in the area of adult stem cell research and that is where the money for research should be going. The use of human life for experimentation is barbaric and morally wrong.

 
2117 05/01/2009 at 07:54:55 AM Self     Please consider that to kill life for the purpose of extending life is selfish and self-serving. Vote to protect life and do not fund what will be a slippery slope of encouraging a culture of death by cheapening the value of life.

 
2118 05/01/2009 at 07:55:06 AM Self     Please do not use Tax payer's money for the Human Stem Cell program. This is not right for citizens to pay for something we are against.

 
2119 05/01/2009 at 07:55:14 AM       Blind stupid and insane. There are other alternatives that are as beneficial to society without violating humanity and common sense.

 
2120 05/01/2009 at 07:55:48 AM Self     In order to even receive the cells fro Stem Cell Research, a woman must have had an abortion. This in itself is murder, any way you look at it, and to then use cells that were once from a fetus is abominable. And YES, I am a Christian and proud of it!!!!!!

 
2121 05/01/2009 at 07:56:52 AM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes (my nephew), the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines.

Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes.

We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

 
2122 05/01/2009 at 07:57:01 AM Self     I support encouraging the adoption of embryos and not their destruction in the form of experimentation. Each human being started life in this form and no other human has the right to snuff out this life, no matter how "well-meaning" the motive. Killing life to save life should be seen for what it is - misguided and unworthy of an intelligent society. History shows the ultimate end of those cultures which did not value life as a gift but who treated it as a commodity to be used at will.

 
2123 05/01/2009 at 07:57:02 AM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for federal funding for more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

My christian and moral beliefs compel me to comment and oppose the actions of our President of the United States to end the lives of embryos for scientific study. They are precious human beings, alive and God's children. I also appose any of my tax dollars to fund and experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. This is absolutely awful. How can people continue to kill these innocent children who cannot speak for themselves. They are human beings who deserve a chance at life.

I will continue to pray for everyone involved who believe it is okay to kill these precious children that God will change their hearts.

 
2124 05/01/2009 at 07:57:09 AM Self     I have a HUGE Problem with my tax dollars going toward the research of something that has yet to help any one with a treatment. There have been over 70 treatments using Adult Stem Cells! Please refrain from funding Embryionic Stem Cell Research and DO fund Ethical and meaningful Research.

 
2125 05/01/2009 at 07:57:16 AM Self     I oppose the proposed changes. Adult stem cells provide more proven health benefit than embryonic stem cells. Please do not encourage the killing of unborn babies.

 
2126 05/01/2009 at 07:58:18 AM Self     Use of embryonic stem cells in research involves the unacceptable killing of an embryonic human person. Far better, and morally acceptable, is the use of adult stem cells, obtained without harm to the donor.

 
2127 05/01/2009 at 08:00:23 AM Self     Please don't use embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells will work fine. Thanks. M

 
2128 05/01/2009 at 08:01:17 AM Self     Please do not use federal funds to research embrionic stem cells

 
2129 05/01/2009 at 08:01:52 AM Self     The intent and purpose of human embryos produced for in-vitro fertilization should be upheld by the NIH, namely, the creation of a new human life. To utilize these embryos for research by destroying their individual potential to become a unique and complete new human life, and unique and viable human being with individual potential for contribution to the lives of all other human beings, violates the purpose and ethic under which each of these human embryos were produced. To disassemble a human embryo for purposes of scientific research is to violate the very ethic of what life was created to accomplish. At no other point in human development is it appropriate nor legal to destroy a life for scientific research purposes.

 
2130 05/01/2009 at 08:02:04 AM Self     I oppose use of my tax dollars for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines are doing is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

 
2131 05/01/2009 at 08:02:26 AM Self     Please do not approve the use of federal funds to do research on human embryonic stem cells. Do not kill babies in the name of research. Life is precious and we need to protect it.

 
2132 05/01/2009 at 08:02:26 AM Self     I FEEL IT MY DUTY TO MY GOD AND MY OWN FELLOW CHRISTIANS TO OBJECT TO THE IDEA OF MY COUNTRY AND MY GOVERNMENT KILLING UNBORN BABIES FOR HARVESTING OF STEMCELLS. THIS IS BARBARIC AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERD MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE,.ANYONE SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION SHOULD BE TRIED FOR MURDER. THIS IS A STEP BACK TO THE MINDSET OF THE NAZI PARTY. THIS COUNTRY IS SLIDING FASTLY BACKWARDS AND WE WILL SOON BE AS BARBARIC AS HITLER AND HIS FOLLOWERS.IT IS TIME FOR THE DECENT PEOPLE IN THIS NATION TO RISE UP AND REMOVE THE UNGODLY PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO HAVE THEIR WAY IN THIS COUNTRY

 
2133 05/01/2009 at 08:02:39 AM Self     Very much against making babies to kill. There is better suited adult stem cell medicine already proven to work well. Frankly, most research is crazy anyway, when some of us know that getting back to old nutrition, and doing away with pollutions would stop most all illnesses.

 
2134 05/01/2009 at 08:03:12 AM Self     The use of embryonic stem cells should not be extended beyond it's present limits. Adult stem cells have shown tremendous progress in Curative ares, and killing unborn infants should not be considered, in a country that prides itself on humanity,and decency. Please use these offices to prevent further use of embryonic Stem cells. Thank you

 
2135 05/01/2009 at 08:03:35 AM Self     It is admirable that the federal government and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are revisiting the federal policy on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines eligible for federal funding, in particular expanding the scope of hESC lines beyond the limited number created before August 9, 2001. However, I find a number of worrisome issues with the draft guidelines. Most problematic is the guidelines do not state which of the cell lines approved under the previous rules will be eligible for continued federal funding. As the majority of hESC research has utilized those cell lines previously on the federal registry, it is vital that most, if not all of these cell lines continue to be eligible for funding under the new guidelines. In particular, the cell lines WA01 (H1), WA09 (H9), and ES03 (HES3) are probably the most commonly utilized for research in this country,and around the world. These cell lines are well validated by dozens of groups and GMP-suitable H9 cells (and perhaps other hESC lines) already exist and have been validated. Moreover, multiple groups have generated genetically modified “reporter” cell lines with these existing hESCs. These genetically modified cell lines are invaluable to better elucidate basic mechanisms that lead to lineage-specific development in a human system. Excluding the use of these cell lines for federal funding would result in significant expense and lost time to recapitulate these results with other hESCs.

Therefore, it is vital that these new NIH guidelines on hESC research not be overly restrictive in their use of approved hESCs. We are at the forefront of a new era in hESC-based regenerative medicine. The first clinical trials using hESC-derived cells for the treatment of spinal cord injury that have been approved by the FDA, and this is just the tip of the iceberg for upcoming advances. For example, work in my research group has recently described the development of highly potent anti-tumor natural killer (NK) cells derived from hESCs that can be utilized to treat conditions such as cancer and HIV. Other hESC-based therapies for cardiac disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, blindness due to macular degeneration, and other diseases with no current curative options are imminent in the next few years. Not permitting federal support of these existing hESC lines would likely severely inhibit this progress to new treatments and cures.

I am also concerned about delays of existing or recently proposed NIH grants or supplements while the NIH guidelines are being finalized. These delays will cause loss of funding and momentum in important areas of research. Indeed, to make up for this lost time and effort I would like to suggest extra funding and expanded time be added to current grants using existing hESC lines.

Finally, another key concern is to better distinguish how similar or different the diverse hESC lines are in their lineage-specific developmental potential. Results in the current literature are conflicting and somewhat anecdotal. For such as the International Stem Cell Initiative (ISCI) showed similarity among over 70 different hESC lines derived throughout the world. However, other studies suggest there may be significant differences when hESC lines are tested for lineage-specific differentiation. I think an NIH-based, multi-institutional effort to better define the developmental potential of different hESC lines is warranted and I would be happy to help participate in such an endeavor. Other highly important areas that need further study include better defining the immune-stimulating properties of hESC lines, as well the ability of hESC-derived cells to appropriately and functionally integrate with host tissue to give desired activity.

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions regarding these comments.

 
2136 05/01/2009 at 08:03:52 AM Self     This whole thing is selfish and terrible! To use human life in this way is evil. Barack Obama should be ashamed of himself! (again)

 
2137 05/01/2009 at 08:04:07 AM Self     Please, no federal funding of human stem cell research. It forces those of us who feel this is immoral research to contribute our tax dollars against our wills.

Most Sincerely,

 
2138 05/01/2009 at 08:05:14 AM Self     With the unethical use of embryonic stem cells not a single disease is cured and the only result is a dead baby. With the use of adult stem cells, at least 70 different diseases are being cured. Good medicine ethics require the physician observe the motto "primum no nocere" or "above all, do no harm" - abortion and the use of innocent embryos for research id the ultimate child abuse and yields no benefits whatsoever. Take the ethical high ground - STOP EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH AND KEEP STEM CELL RESEARCH WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF ADULT STEM CELLS EXCLUSIVELY.

 
2139 05/01/2009 at 08:05:27 AM Self     Please consider that science has shown that adult stem cells have given more success in finding ways to help people with debilitating disease than embryonic cells. It is wrong to kill life to produce a better quality of life of someone else. The creation of the cells, for this purpose, is wrong to begin with.

 
2140 05/01/2009 at 08:05:46 AM Self     Last week on the Ophrah show, Dr. Oz discussed stem cells. Adult stem cells work and have produced a # of cures. Embryonic stem cells do NOT work and as a matter of fact have produced NO cures and are very unpredictable as to how and to which organ they might mature. Please stop any further research using embryonic stem cells. Research has found no value in them since the late '70's and destroy the life of an unborn. Everyone will die of something eventually; to murder a fetus on the pretext of finding a cure for another's illness is thoughtless and inhumane and smacks of Hitler's experiments before and during WW II. Thank you for voting for life.

 
2141 05/01/2009 at 08:05:50 AM Self     It is my understanding that not one breakthrough toward any viable treatment has been discovered from human embryonic stem cell research, but that adult stem cell research is very promising. No embryo should be created just for the purpose of using it for stem cell research, nor should any leftover embryo be used in this manner. Tax dollars should not be used to destroy embryo, but instead used in researching the more promising adult stem cell treatments.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

 
2142 05/01/2009 at 08:06:21 AM Self     Please refrain from using federal funding for embryonic cell research. I abhor the use of my money for this purpose. Surely there is private money for such amoral practices such as this.

 
2143 05/01/2009 at 08:07:19 AM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines.

Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes.

We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

 
2144 05/01/2009 at 08:07:23 AM Self     Please refrain from Embryonic Stem Cell research and certainly the funding of it by taxpayer dollars causing the shared responsibility for the murder of these children by everyone in our country. Obviously, that statement reflected my view that life starts at conception but there is another view regarding the responsible use of tax dollars and it isn’t to use tax dollars in a field which so far has shown nothing but deadends EXCEPT to potentially line the pocket of the biggest abortion outfit in the world. There are so many other ways to harvest stem cells which are showing incredible advances with no harm to anyone.

 
2145 05/01/2009 at 08:07:40 AM Self     Please do not experiment on the embryonic stem cells, these litte human lives could be given up for adoption. ALL the success so far with stem cell research has come from adult stem cells, that is where we should be focusing. Thank you.

 
2146 05/01/2009 at 08:07:56 AM Self     Thank you for allowing our imput!

Please use the previous guidlines which prohibited the use of our tax dollars to destroy human embryos in research or for any other reason.

It has been shown that adult human cells can do the same and more than embryos.

Thank you for your important work!

 
2147 05/01/2009 at 08:08:59 AM Self     You have posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I am opposed to these regulations.

 
2148 05/01/2009 at 08:09:01 AM Self     In reference to the Guidelines which implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH-funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible. How can any research on human babies be ethically responsible. Murder of children is not a responsible act. We have people in these United States who state their belief that research on animals is inhumane. How can it be humane to do research on our own children. This is infantcide. I am thorough against embryo stem-cell research of any kind. Why not focus on the ethically responsible research using umbilical cord stell cells?

May the One True and Living God hold you accountable for your decisions in this matter.

Sincerely yours,

 
2149 05/01/2009 at 08:09:50 AM Self     Do not send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

We already have good science with cures for over 50 diseses from adult stem cell research. Use my tax money in adult stem cell research.

 
2150 05/01/2009 at 08:10:35 AM Self     I urge you to not fund or allow embryonic stem cell research because you must kill one person in order to help another. Why open this Pandora's box when adult stem cell research has already produced results without taking another's life? Embyonic stem cell research is also much less likely to help when you consider the fact that recipients bodies are much more likely to reject the new cells. Regarding debate about whether an embryo is a human life, if you think it is not, then what else could it possibly be??? If you think about it we are all embryos, just further along in development...some a year old, some 20 years old, some 80 years old and so on...please stop this Frankensteinish science immediately and refocus on ethical standards before it is too late! Thank you for taking my comments.

 
2151 05/01/2009 at 08:11:34 AM Self     You wanted opinions, well here is my personal opinion and I pray it fits the guidelines. Why on earth would you want to create human life just to destroy it? This is NOT ethical nor is it moral. This is Hitler! This is murder that you are trying to justify. There is enough stem cells in a person already living to help that same person. We were not created to live forever. I realize scientists don`t believe in God...but there is a God and my Lord is not pleased that you take HIS role making decisions on who is to live or die. I am so ashamed of the medical field that was once my profession. When I entered in, I thought we were to preserve and care for life, not create it to destroy it. Too many doctors have a God complex and it totally disgusts me. You should be ashamed of yourselves for even putting this "out there". This shouldn`t even be in question and that`s all I have to say on the matter!

 
2152 05/01/2009 at 08:12:17 AM Self     We should not be killing human embryos in the name of science and searching for new cures for disease. Would you like it if I had you killed in order to harvest your kidneys to save my life?

The embryos left over from in vitro fertilization should be put up for adoption, not murdered for bad, unethical science.

Embrionic stem cell research is not necessary anyway. Adult stem cell research has shown much promise with well over 70 current treatments derived from adult stem cells. To date, not one single treatment has come from Embrionic stem cells.

Lets not waste tax payer dollars on unfruitful options, especially since it is also immoral and unethical.

 
2153 05/01/2009 at 08:12:36 AM Self     I do not appreciate the fact that you are considering taking tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that suppedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I understand that the National Institutes of Health drafted guidelines would require their death. I ask that you hold up the order that President Bush put in place regarding embryonic stem cell. Thank you for consideration.

 
2154 05/01/2009 at 08:12:56 AM Self     Why use embryonic stem cells when we know that they do not work. Why not use stem cells from cord blood and also adult stem cells that have been proven to work? Why not avoid the moral implications of unborn babies?

 
2155 05/01/2009 at 08:13:14 AM Self     I oppose guidelines proposed to send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I would like to suggest instead promoting the adoption of these human embryos. These draft guidelines would require their death.

Please reconsider these guidelines.

 
2156 05/01/2009 at 08:14:17 AM Self     To The National Institutes of Health, Please reconsider your decision on embryonic stem cell research, and the use of leftover embryo's from in vitro fertilization. Thus far, there have not been any disease cures from embryonic stem research. I believe that life begins at conception and do not believe that these embryos should be used in such a way. I'm appalled that my tax dollars could be used to kill these innocent lives. Furthermore, it has been proven that adult stem cell research has been much more effective in finding disease cures. I would hope that moral standards would overrule, and that embryonic stem cell research would be discontinued. If adult stem cell research is more effective anyway, we need to save these innocent lives that cannot protect themselves. Thank you for your concern in this matter.

 
2157 05/01/2009 at 08:14:20 AM       I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is unethical because it necessitates the killing of a living human embryo. We should aggressively pursue research with ADULT stem cells, which has already produced encouraging results. A civilized society should not deliberately kill one living human to possibly benefit another.

 
2158 05/01/2009 at 08:14:21 AM Self     This is a moral issue on which many if not the majority of Americans believe that embrionic stem cells are human beings that are being murdered in the name of research. There were lines of embrionic stem cells made available under the Bush administration that could have been used for research to determine any real value over using adult stem cells. Adult stem cells have been proven to provide benefits. Embrionic stem cells have not. For these reasons alone there should be no further research on new lines of embrionic stem cells.

Additionally our government has no taxpayer money. We are in debt to the tune of $11 Trillion and rising. All the government has to spend is "taxpayer debt". The government has no business committing Americans to more debt on highly questionable research and especially that which many Americans find morally reprehensible.

 
2159 05/01/2009 at 08:14:25 AM Self     God is watching. The world is slowing abusing, life, which god created.

 
2160 05/01/2009 at 08:14:44 AM Self     Research has shown more definitive results and more potential for curing diseases on adult stem cells and stem cells obtained from amniotic fluid than research on embryonic stem cells. Why do you continue to ignore these facts and persist in wanting to kill potential lives, yes that is right potential lives of children. think about what you are doing and the ethical and moral involved. All of us want to save lives but not at the cost of others. Our government polices at this time are more concerned about inflicting some pain on a captured terrorist than they are about protecting the unborn and the rights of the innocent unborn.

 
2161 05/01/2009 at 08:14:45 AM Self     As you well know destroying human embryos is against the Hippocratic Oath to preserve life and it is well established and written in all medical textbooks that human life does begin at conception. Why would we choose to give public tax dollars to research that violates the beliefs of millions of Americans and the very essence of medicine which is to preserve life? Those embryos need to be preserved for adoption since they are fertile, rather than destroyed.

In addition, adult human stem cells and those taken from umbilical cords have shown themselves to be a more worthy investment in terms of research dollars put in and actual tangible results obtained from that research. Therefore, I implore you to abstain from this agenda which compromises our values and leads to the slippery slope embarked upon by the "pre-Nazi" medical community in Germany. Let's stand up for what is right.

Sincerely and with grave concern,

 
2162 05/01/2009 at 08:15:07 AM Self     We have tried for over 25 years to achieve some type of medical miracle from embryonic stem cells. None have been forthcoming while there are many cures derived from adult stem cells. Why do we continue to kill babies unnecessarily? The guide lines for this research were already set. There needs to be no increase in the "permission" to end a childs life.

 
2163 05/01/2009 at 08:15:33 AM Self     Stem cell research is wonderful and necessary. Please rememebr how important the separation of church and state is to our country and constitution.

 
2164 05/01/2009 at 08:16:15 AM Self     Im oppose the use of federal funding for any form of collection for embryos. I also oppose the use of these embryos for experimentation; the use of embryonic cells has no been successful, but the use of mature cells has.

 
2165 05/01/2009 at 08:16:49 AM Self     Do not allow federal funds to be spent on embryonic stem cell research. This research is less promising than other avenues of stem cell research and presents more ethical complications. We do not need to destroy these innocent human lives for our gain. I encourage more federal support for adult stem cell research.

 
2166 05/01/2009 at 08:16:57 AM Self     Although there have been many successes in adult stem cell research and no proof whatsoever that embryonic stem cell reseach can bear any fruit we continue to go down this road without restraint. Why? Adult stem cell research has proven to be very beneficial and is providing good results so why not focus where there is success?

Outside of the fact that embryonic stem cell research eliminates a human life, why aren't we placing more dollars in adult stem cell research since that is where the success has come from. Instead we press toward a method not very productive at all? Why do we continue to place no value on a human life any way? Why do we feel it necessary to continue pushing this envelope? Could it be that it is for power? For money? For fame? What is it? I can't figure out the motive here. Has this world become so evil it just delights in doing the wrong thing just because we can?

Please eliminate embryonic stem cell research from your mantra and please DO NOT use any tax dollars for this atrocity.

 
2167 05/01/2009 at 08:17:07 AM Self     I oppose the funding of embryonic stem cell research.

 
2168 05/01/2009 at 08:17:20 AM Self     I am whole-heartedly opposed to the use of tax dollars for "leftover" embryonic stem cells. These should not be used in research but should be left for possible adoption. Using them for research is wrong and using my tax dollars to do this makes me angry.

 
2169 05/01/2009 at 08:18:27 AM Self     Please do not continue or expand research into the use of embryonic stem cells. CHildren in the womb should not be treated as lab animals. Thank you.

 
2170 05/01/2009 at 08:18:36 AM Self     I am sad that the United States is approving you to allow our God's creation to be destroyed. You are a murderer and may God pass judgement on you.

 
2171 05/01/2009 at 08:19:08 AM Self     Why are we messing with these cells when Adult Cells have prpvide many treatment, What a waste of Money, I Say No!

 
2172 05/01/2009 at 08:19:23 AM Self     I am against the use of human stem cells for research.

 
2173 05/01/2009 at 08:19:40 AM Self     I am opposed to the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines on Ethical grounds.

In my opinion, it is bad health policy to allow embryo's from in-vitro fertilization or other sources which could be adopted to be used for scientific research - especially when other research methods that do not require killing an embryo are producing more successful results.

Please carefully consider revising this policy to be more in keeping with the previous policy, if not more restrictive.

Thank you for your consideration.

 
2174 05/01/2009 at 08:20:21 AM Self     With the fact that the embryonic stem cell lines have produced nothing but problems and the adult and placental stem cell lines are making great progress, why would we want to continue to go down the line of embryonic stem cell research? Do we just do it to make our thinking ok about abortion? I think that is not a good reason! Encourage where we are getting positive returns, and stop where we are getting negative returns!!!

 
2175 05/01/2009 at 08:20:26 AM Self     Please do not use our tax dollars to promote the destruction of human embryos. Yes, they are at the very early stage of life, but they have everything required to eventually be a person like you or like me.

 
2176 05/01/2009 at 08:20:30 AM Self     Embryonic stem cell research is immoral. It is government sponsored murder of the unborn. Please, reconsider and stop embryonic stem cell research, which to date has produced no substantive medical breakthroughs to help anyone. Adult stem cell research has and should be funded and utilized.

 
2177 05/01/2009 at 08:20:53 AM Self     Please don't use this human beings for science. It is wrong. I don't want my tax dollars used this way!

 
2178 05/01/2009 at 08:20:58 AM Self   I am strongly opposed to use federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells.

What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
2179 05/01/2009 at 08:21:28 AM Self     Human life begins at conception. Therefore, anything done to a human embryos that would end it's life is murder. As far as I know, there have not been any scientific break throughs that involve embroynic stem cells. There have been some break throughs involving adult stem cells. We should stop experimenting on embryos and focus on adult stem cells.

 
2180 05/01/2009 at 08:21:45 AM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines.

Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes.

We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

 
2181 05/01/2009 at 08:21:49 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. More so, I oppose research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2182 05/01/2009 at 08:21:52 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy, and opened the door for funding more embryonic stem cell research. This creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
2183 05/01/2009 at 08:22:28 AM Self     I AM OPPOSED TO USING HUMAN STEM CELLS. USE MY TAX MONEY ON WHAT WORKS. ADULT STEM CELLS WORK AND HAVE BEEN WORKING. FUND REGENERATIVE THERAPY WHICH USES A PATIENT'S OWN STEM CELLS TO REGROW BODY PARTS. USING EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS IS WRONG, DOESN'T WORK, AND IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON.

 
2184 05/01/2009 at 08:22:30 AM Self     The Bible says, "before I formed you in the womb I knew you." And,"I knit you together in your mother's womb." It is a person at any stage of development. And I am sure that many countries that do not have our Judeo-Christian values are experimenting on embryo's and nothing is coming of it. And if by some miracle we can cure a disease at the price of other lives what will be the cost for us?

 
2185 05/01/2009 at 08:22:37 AM Self     It is my understanding that recently the NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is also my understanding that these guidelines send tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines result in their death. I want to express that I adamantly oppose using tax dollars to fund this.

 
2186 05/01/2009 at 08:22:46 AM Self     The scientific research is crystal clear. Adult stem cell research continues to produce results while empryonic stem cell research has yielded nothing. There is no reason to spend taxpayer money in embryonic stem cell research. Please stop insulting our intelligence by pretending to provide something that doesn't exists; namely the promise of results.

 
2187 05/01/2009 at 08:23:17 AM Self     To date embryonic stem cell research has developed no positive results while adult stem lines are helping to cure diseases every day with continuing new developments.

Killing children at their most vulnerable stage to harvest parts is also ethically wrong.

To send tax dollars to a program with a zero track record and ethically and morally wrong is just poor policy.

I'm asking you to please withdraw the statement below before passing these guidelines.

"These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose."

 
2188 05/01/2009 at 08:23:19 AM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I can never willing allow my tax dollars to go for this terrible atrocity. Please do not go ahead with this terrible plan, knowing that someday, you will stand in judgment for this action.

Sincerely,

 
2189 05/01/2009 at 08:23:33 AM Self     I believe that a fertilized embryo is human life. Please do not force me to sponsor the experimentation with and killing of human life through taxpayer funding embryonic stem cell research. Please focus on non-embryonic stem cell research which appears to be as promising if not more and doesn't have the ethical issues...

Respectfully,

 
2190 05/01/2009 at 08:23:54 AM Self     From every realistic point of view; scientifically, morally, and ethically it has been proven that embrionic stems cells are NOT a vaible option. Their mutations are far too rapid and uncontrollable unless their could be a way to control them, thus opening the doorto gentic engineering--Which could be the ultimate goal for this entire experiment. While on the other side of this debate, adult stems cells have been proven a realistc and totally viable source, with over 30 successful works accomplished. It is evident that it is an experiment or goal of ideology, when people hide the successes of a common goal by one camp and still promote the other camp as the ONLY hope. Then there is the moral issue of the taking of innocent human life. It really doesn't matter that these little lives are kept from growing, placed in the proper/natural enviorment they could be the children playing in school yards, Dr.'s finding cures, or our next Law Makers. I am in total opposition to things that have NO validity, except to slant hurting people's cases to push ideology. That is what is happening here, in the attempt to use embrionic stem cells. Especially when there is TRUE successes already in play with adult stems cells

 
2191 05/01/2009 at 08:24:09 AM Self     I am strongly opposed to using embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos for any purposes.

Please promote the adoption of human embryos for couples who are unable to conceive on their own.

 
2192 05/01/2009 at 08:24:31 AM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I can never willing allow my tax dollars to go for this terrible atrocity. Please do not go ahead with this terrible plan, knowing that someday, you will stand in judgment for this action.

Sincerely,

 
2193 05/01/2009 at 08:24:46 AM Self     please do not use federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. i do not want to send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead promote the adoption of these human embryos. adult stem cells are treating over 70 diseases now and that is where real cures are happening.

 
2194 05/01/2009 at 08:25:19 AM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I can never willing allow my tax dollars to go for this terrible atrocity. Please do not go ahead with this terrible plan, knowing that someday, you will stand in judgment for this action.

Sincerely,

 
2195 05/01/2009 at 08:27:14 AM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines.

Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes.

We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner

 
2196 05/01/2009 at 08:27:55 AM Self     It is sad when science is manipulated as has been done with stem cell research vs adult cells. But, my point is that I'm opposed on moral grounds to stem sell research. It is wrong to force me through my taxes to support such research.

 
2197 05/01/2009 at 08:28:10 AM Self     Please do NOT fund embryonic stem cell research! It's just another excuse for murdering pre-born babies. ADULT STEM CELL research is the answer and has proven itself beneficial. Thank you.

 
2198 05/01/2009 at 08:28:19 AM Self     Please protect unborn children - stop stem cell research.

 



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