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

 
2199 05/01/2009 at 08:28:34 AM Self     Shame on this country for going the road of Nazi Germany in doing experimentation on human life. The success with adult stem cells far outpaces the proclivity of cancer from using embryonic stem cells. Hooray for the future of the perfect human!!

 
2200 05/01/2009 at 08:28:50 AM Self     I am opposed to using embryonic stem cells. Not only are many Americans morally opposed to using them, but they have not been successfully used yet to treat any disease, yet adult stem cells are currently being used to treat around 70 diseases. Why are we pouring money down the drain instead of using it on ideas that work?

 
2201 05/01/2009 at 08:29:11 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

When it has been determined that there are other means to accomplish the same thing, I fail to understand why so many are determined to kill human embryos.

Now is the time to encourage the adoption of these living, human embryos instead of killing them for research that can be accomplished by other means.

 
2202 05/01/2009 at 08:29:22 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.

 
2203 05/01/2009 at 08:29:59 AM Self     There has not be a single success with embryonic stem cell research; while adult cell research has seen success by the dozens. Furthermore, the embryonic stem cell research is ethically questionable and very controversial. Please do not move forward with embryonic stem cell research. The only reason this is being pushed is political. We live in a culture that does not value human life, at least the political leaders don't.

 
2204 05/01/2009 at 08:30:11 AM Self     I oppose these regulations and do not want any tax dollars going to this research. It has been proven that this research is out of date and that other research is much more promising. This is a waste of tax dollars and is only being done to promote a political agenda.

 
2205 05/01/2009 at 08:30:14 AM Self     I do not understand why the pursuit of embryonic stem cells is so passionate, since there have been no cures developed with over 25 years of research and millions of dollors in funding. However, adult stem cell research continues to solve medical issues and has supplied more than 70 cures to date. Why do we continue to waste money on unproductive research? Even the private investors realize this is unwise.

 
2206 05/01/2009 at 08:31:21 AM Self     I oppose the killing of human embryonic stem cells and the funding of such with my hard earned tax dollars. I will work tirelessly to defeat any elected official in my voting district supporting this hate crime. I call it a hate crime because embryonic stem cell research is just part of the pro-death (aka pro-choice) culture, which uses abortion as birth control and considers the human fetus inferior interms human rights.

Sincerely,

 
2207 05/01/2009 at 08:31:24 AM Self     In light of the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, I totally oppose my tax dollars being used to experiment on embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos (ESCR) that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead, I encourage 2 things: 1) promoting the adoption of these human embryos, whereas these draft guidelines would require their death and, 2) encourage more research on the very successful uses of Adult Stem Cells (ASCR).

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this crucial issue and for seriously considering this issue in light of the continued and constant failure of ESCR and the ongoing successes related to ASCR.

Respectfully submitted,

 
2208 05/01/2009 at 08:31:32 AM Self     Mr. President, Please consider the fact that adult stem cells are being used successfully in all kinds of serious medical cases, whereas embryonic stem cells have yet to do so. Supporting embryonic stem cell research is merely wasting millions of dollars we do not have to create, use and destroy life, without any positive results. God will judge us for that. Please bear that in mind, and make a wise choice to support adult stem cells rather than embryonic stem cell research. Respectfully,

 
2209 05/01/2009 at 08:32:05 AM Self     It has been CONCLUSIVELY proven that ADULT stem cells have far more potential than embryonics. AND you don't need to kill babies to get them, or anyone else for that matter!

 
2210 05/01/2009 at 08:32:09 AM Self     The guidelines have been placed "to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy,".... and this is where I want to make my comment. How do the words "ethically responsible" be attained when we fly in the face of it with taking a human life for the sake of a procedure that is not yet made any remarkable evidence of great advantages for the reason they are being taken. Not enough research (and in my opinion, there will never be enough research to warrant the taking of a life) has shown that the embryonic stem cell abstraction is a viable solution. THe research has shown many things that detract from it. Our forefathers would be apalled that gov't funding would be even be considered to support the taking a life. I believe our gov't should NOT fund it!

 
2211 05/01/2009 at 08:32:28 AM Self     We are strongly opposed to any change in policy which will result in the destruction, rather than adoption, of any human embryos. When any class of human beings is devalued, even the the weakest and smallest among us, the result is an overall diminishing of the value placed upon all human life, which was created in the image of God. When one life is unjustly taken, it becomes easier for society to unjustly take other lives. We regard this, and Roe v Wade, to be ominous signs of a sharp decline in the moral values of our society, and a sign that our civilization is decaying from the inside out.

 
2212 05/01/2009 at 08:32:53 AM Self     Embryonic stem cells have produced ZERO usable treatments, and require the destruction of life.

On the other hand, stem cells acquired from adults have proven effective in multiple treatments, require no destruction of life, and have been regressed to the same state as embryonic stem cells.

There is NO reason for Embryonic Stem Cell research to continue when the same cells can be formed without the destruction of life. Put money into the form of stem cell research that is producing results - Adult Stem Cells.

 
2213 05/01/2009 at 08:32:59 AM Self     I adamantly oppose the use of federal funds for research using human stell cells.

 
2214 05/01/2009 at 08:33:03 AM Self     First and foremost, life begins at conception. Our creator says it and the more science studies it, the more it agrees. Nothing says that life begins outside of the womb. Our Declaration of Independence states that our Creator guarantees life, the same Creator that says life begins at conception. Even though embryos are frozen in time, they are still human beings. They are not just tissue therefore, any and all destruction of these embryos constitute the destruction of life regardless of the intended purpose. Destruction of life is murder. Regardless of how much "good" that can be accomplished by the destruction of living embryos, in this nation, it should never be permitted, even to extend someone else’s life. Alternate ways are available, have been successful, do not destroy human life and must be pursued instead. Using and allowing public money to fund embryonic stem cell research makes everyone in this nation guilty of murder. In a nation that is concerned about waterboarding being torture, it is hypocritical and unethical to consider the destruction of human life as less important. I. Embryos are living human beings and should not be considered for destruction to harvest embryonic stem cells. The description that embryonic stem cells are not embryos is spin. Everyone should already know that. No one is against using stem cells for research, but the use of embryonic stem cells is morally wrong and reprehensible. II. A. There is no such thing as responsibly destroying life for experiments. When laws permit it, laws must be corrected. We are not God. We do not have the freedom to make laws that reverse natural law or God's law. II. B. Regardless of who or why embryos are donated, we are not or should not allow the destruction of them (live human beings) for experimentation. Mankind has been given the power and ability to destroy life, but that comes with responsibility and accountability. God, the creator or life has given us the responsibility to promote life and protect life, not destroy it. All mankind will be accountable to our Creator for how we treat others. Destroying life for research is nothing more than murder. God will never approve of it and neither should this nation.

 
2215 05/01/2009 at 08:33:29 AM Self     In view of the tremendous advancements with adult stem cell, and with the lack of such advances with embryo cells, the best investment of finances and medical research points to adult stem cell research. Please channel the resources of our country in that direction and away from the controversial embryonic stem cell research.

 
2216 05/01/2009 at 08:33:31 AM Self     I oppose government funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). This funding will create an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Your draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells will send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I would much prefer the adoption of these human embryos. NIH draft guidelines would require their death.

 
2217 05/01/2009 at 08:33:52 AM Self     Paragraph II A of the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines states the intent to support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law, but there is no evidence after 25 years of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research that Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research is scientifically worthy. In fact, quite the opposite is true.

While Adult Stem Cell research has produced tremendous results, and therefore is scientifically worthy, Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research has produced no tangible results, and therefore is not scientifically worthy of any further pursuit.

Regarding the question of can Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research be responsible, we can not deny that the very presence of large amounts of fertilized embryos is itself irresponsible, and does not warrant additional irresponsible testing on those pending children.

 
2218 05/01/2009 at 08:33:59 AM Self     I oppose federal funds for ESCR. So called "leftover" in vitro embryos open the door for deceit and greed. Life is sacred and should not be squandered. These human embryos should be given life (instead of death) and the opportunity to be adopted by some of the many childless couples in our communities.

 
2219 05/01/2009 at 08:35:17 AM Self     Please do not fund more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. It has been proven that adult stem cell research is more useful and is not controversial.

 
2220 05/01/2009 at 08:35:21 AM Self     Please stop killing babies for their stem cells, they are Potential people who may contribute to the future of our country.

Do adult stem cell research instead. It has shown to be more successful.

 
2221 05/01/2009 at 08:35:23 AM Organization ***** Church Ladies WMU   Please Don't allow the use of stem cells using human embyros. The Word of God -The Bible is plain in teaching that life begins at conception - To use the embryo is murder.

 
2222 05/01/2009 at 08:35:29 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells because it devalues human life and human dignity. Stem cells, cloning, genetic engineering, and other new technologies need to be evaluated carefully within both a scientific and an ethical framework. I also oppose research that destroys, harms, or manipulates an embryonic human being. However, I support research and therapies using "adult" stem cells (such as from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood), which is not ethically problematic and has already resulted in useful therapies in human patients.

Please do not use my tax dollars for the killing of preborn babies.

 
2223 05/01/2009 at 08:36:00 AM Self     Please preserve human life; refrain from using human embryos for stem cell research. Life is precious and is becoming more and more threatened every day. Help us feel more secure about not only our own lives, but the lives of our unborn children. Stop the funding for human embryonic stem cell research.

 
2224 05/01/2009 at 08:36:01 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is another step down the path of not holding human life valuable and there has already been too many steps taking down this path.

 
2225 05/01/2009 at 08:36:04 AM Self     This is to register that I am opposed to the use of Embryonic Stem Cells in experimentation. The use of these cells is morally and ethically questionable, and for all the years of research and experimentation, there has not been one medical issue solved thru the use of these cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have none of the moral and ethical issues associated with their use, and have been used to successfully treat scores of diseases.

 
2226 05/01/2009 at 08:36:21 AM Self     I am opposed to the funding of a very controversial practice with tax payer money - embryonic stem cell research. Not only has embryonic stem cell research failed to produce good results, it takes funding away from the proven adult stem cell research.

 
2227 05/01/2009 at 08:36:22 AM Self     I know I am but one person, but please reconsider funding to further research embryonic stem cells. This is a huge waste of life as well as money. Adult stem cells have and are being used to treat may diseases. Embryonic stems cells haven't helped any.

A child is a child at the point of conception and they should not be used and discarded. These "left-over" embryos from in-vitro should be used for adoption. Although I believe there is many unwanted children already in this nation that would love to have a good home, these embryos could be used for adoption rather than experiments.

What kind of a nation are we to exploit our children?

 
2228 05/01/2009 at 08:36:25 AM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to destroy human life. Some may think this is a blob of cells, but it is in fact the beginning of human life. Pres. Obama says he wants to help those who cannot help themselves. To destroy human life under the guise of research is not helping those who cannot help themselves. Human life is sacred, regardless of whether breathing human or a one cell beginning. Thank you for considering my request.

 
2229 05/01/2009 at 08:36:38 AM Self     Please withdraw funding from embryonic stem cell research which is neither scientifically sound nor ethically responsible. Adult stem cell research has already been proved a productive means of treatment, and NO cures or treatments have come from stem cells taken from embryos. Please apply our tax money to the more promising area of adult stem cell research and do not waste it on embryonic stem cell testing.

 
2230 05/01/2009 at 08:36:50 AM Self     With the nation going as deeply into debt as it is, why should tax payers want to support embryonic stem cell research when all the successes are coming from adult cells. If we must spend the money on stem cell research, let's put it into the adult cells where it could do some good. It is time the government stop throwing money on every idea that comes down the pike. It is taking our nation to economic ruin. The more the government spends, the more families have to tighten there belts and it is not fair.

 
2231 05/01/2009 at 08:36:50 AM Self     We are deeply saddened to learn that President Obama is trying to change this law to include greater use of embroyonic stem cells. We value the lives of the innocent and want to encourage our president to consider his actions in regard to the unprotected! Futhermore, there is no evidence that this is necessary as research has not proven that these embroyonic stem cells will be effective in treating any diseases! GOD has provided adult stem cells that have been proven to be effective in the treating of many diseases thus far so we are urging the continued use of these adult stem cells and not the use of the embryonic cells!

Respectfully,

 
2232 05/01/2009 at 08:36:51 AM Self     I do not believe that destroying embryonic stem cells for reasearch is a good thing. We are killing human lives. Research has shown that adult stem cells have worked just fine for research therefore we do not need to use these embryonice stem cells.

 
2233 05/01/2009 at 08:37:26 AM Self     I am opposed to the destruction of embryonic stem cells. I believe that they are human life and should be preserved and available for adoption.

Adult stem cells have had positive results in the treatment of diseases whereas embryonic stem cells have not. I would like to see more money given to adult stem cell research and less to embryonic stem cell research. Not only do you not have the ethical problems with the use of adult stem cells, you also have more promising results.

 
2234 05/01/2009 at 08:37:33 AM Self     Please do not release federal funds for the experimentation on embryonic stem cells, which is killing leaving persons. Please encourage the adoption of these "left over" embryos. Adult stem cells are the only ones that have been found to be useful in treating a number of diseases. Please encourage further research on adult stem cells instead. Thank you.

 
2235 05/01/2009 at 08:37:35 AM Self     With all of the Federal debt devastating the United States economy it is totally irresponsible to be spending any federal money on embryonic stem cell research. If the medical industry believed that this research would produce beneficial results they would use private funds to accomplish that task. Stop wasting federal dollars and destroying our children and grandchildrens future.

 
2236 05/01/2009 at 08:37:37 AM Self     Thank you for allowing us to comment on the human stem cell guidelines. We believe that life begins at conception. If not then, when? As such, we believe it is immoral to destroy any life, once it has been created. That means destroying embryos is destroying life. Essentially, it is murder for "parts."

With all of the documented success in treating conditions with adult stem cells, and the lack of success using embryonic stem cells, we urge you to oppose public funding of embryonic stem cell research, and concentrate our tax dollars on advancing adult stem cell research.

Please do not force all of us taxpayers to participate in something we find morally wrong. Please recognize publicly that adult stem cell therapies are both morally and medically superior to embryonic stem cell "therapies."

Thanks again for the opportunity to comment. We trust that it is in your heart to do right and we pray that you will be influenced by comments such as ours.

 
2237 05/01/2009 at 08:37:49 AM Self     I am against the use of embryonic stem cells for experimentation purposes. It is a tragedy that there are leftover stem cells because doctors and parents decided to interfere with the natural law in the first place. But to kill the suspended embryos is to add insult to injury. No one, not a scientist, nor an infertile woman desperate to have a baby has the right to cause any human life to die in the name of satisfying his or her personal desires. Please reconsider and do not kill the embryos. Adult stem cells have proven to aid in 70 different diseases. Why kill innocent babies when this science is already doing wonders?

 
2238 05/01/2009 at 08:38:34 AM Self     Simply because I value life from conception, I oppose any further research using human embryonic stem cells.

 
2239 05/01/2009 at 08:38:36 AM Self     I strongly urge you to not fund embryonic stem cell research. It is a scientific fact that adult stem cell research provides the same results.

 
2240 05/01/2009 at 08:39:00 AM Self     Great successes have been acheived through the use of adult stem cells in over 70 diseases and other medical issues. To date, 0 have been successfully treated by the use of embryonic stem cells. It is senseless and irresponsible for the federal government to utilize tax payer money to fund stem cell research on embryonic stem cells when adult stem cells are already the proven methodology.

 
2241 05/01/2009 at 08:39:19 AM Self     I oppose the federal funding of taxpayer dollars for research of human embryonic stem cells. There has been no evidence of any cures of any disease states with these cells. There has, however, been evidence of possible cures with human adult stem cells. This does not require the death of a human to do research on adult stem cells.

 
2242 05/01/2009 at 08:39:27 AM Self     I oppose Federal funding of stem cell research. Stem cell research destroys human embryos which should instead be put up for adoption.

TO date, after numerous years of stem cell research, no success has been found. Adult stem cells have been proven to show positive results in over 70 uses.

Let's put this money to good use for additional research using adult stem cells, rather than throwing our precious tax dollars away on embryonic stem cell research, and have nothing to show for it in the end.

 
2243 05/01/2009 at 08:39:28 AM Self     Please do not use our tax dollars to experiment on embryonic stem cells. We do not support the killing of human embryos for any kind of experimentation

 
2244 05/01/2009 at 08:39:44 AM Self     I oppose the use of Federal funds in any research conducted with embryonic stem cells. These experiments have been well funded and coordinated for over 25 years with absolutely zero results. This is wasted effort, time and resources to continue in this vein. Let private equity fund such unlikely ventures and not the public.

 
2245 05/01/2009 at 08:39:58 AM Self    

Why spend wasted dollars on embryonic stem cell research when all done so far has not been successful? The adult stem cells has proven and continues to show themselves useful. We do not have money to waste!

 
2246 05/01/2009 at 08:40:44 AM Self     I am opposed to tax dollars being spent to fund Human Embryonic Stem Cell research. Having read the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research Notice, with all of the “safe guards” listed; I am not convinced that the research will remain confined to those standards. I only have to look at the long line of promises that flow from Washington and then are ignored or broken. If those individuals who are so anxious to work with embryonic stem cells, which have yet to be proven of value, are determined to do it regardless of all of the ethical issues involved; let them fund their own research.

 
2247 05/01/2009 at 08:40:58 AM Self     I oppose the very idea of using embryonic stem cells, for any type of research, or experimentation. There are two fundamental reasons for my stance. First, an embryo is a human being, in it's earliest stage of life, and thus, destroying the embryo is ending a human life, not helping another one. My second reason is that adult stem cells have already been proven to be effective in reversing various health problems, where there is NO evidence that embryonic stem cells have helped anyone. Please stop this unethical practice, and the government funding of it.

 
2248 05/01/2009 at 08:41:10 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2249 05/01/2009 at 08:41:30 AM Self     I am strongly opposed to these guidelines.

 
2250 05/01/2009 at 08:41:42 AM Self     In short, it is a colossal waste of money to invest in embryonic stem cell research - which has failed to yield any viable treatments in spite of decades of effort - when productive results are being obtained in adult stem cell and induced pluripotent stem cell research, free of the questionable ethics involved with the taking of the preborn life of embryos. We simply don't have the money to waste.

 
2251 05/01/2009 at 08:42:08 AM Self     This letter is written to ask you to oppose research on human embryonic stem cells. There has been great strides in adult stem cells and you need to check that out before diving into things you know nothing about and those little embryonic cells produce tumors in animals and i am sure they would produce tumors in people. You need to use your own stem cells, adult they have providen to treat many diseases. a concerned citizen and praying for hearts to change on these things

 
2252 05/01/2009 at 08:42:11 AM Self     In the name of humanity and of our constitution, I implore you not to use federal funds or tax revenues to perform research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos.

 
2253 05/01/2009 at 08:42:14 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for funding embryonic stem cell research. Sincerely,

 
2254 05/01/2009 at 08:42:34 AM Self     I would just like to encourage not using human embryos that could be adopted out, to be killed and used for stem cell research. I feel that there are other ways to obtain these cells without killing embryos and would love to see the US government take the high road in regards to this and keep the integrity of this program as it has been, not using these embryos. Thank you,

 
2255 05/01/2009 at 08:42:46 AM       I am voicing my opinion regarding the stem cell bill which the President overturned on March 9, 2009. I, as a tax payer, feel my tax dollars should not be used for something I strongly oppose. I feel the media has misrepresented the fact that President Bush had many avenues in place for the research on the use of stem cells, without the moral concerns that President Obama has pushed aside. As a Christian American I would like my voice heard and I am not alone. I believe we often times over step our bounds and this is one area I truly think we have. Yes, the Lord has given us choices, a free will, let us, together, make wise and responsible choices. Thank you for your time and consideration of my comments.

 
2256 05/01/2009 at 08:42:51 AM Self     Time for America to take a stand against this sort of evil idea. Seems like we have to do this a lot and Obama's name is mentioned almost all the time. Maybe America made the wrong choice and we are now being put to the test to make the right choices, not only for us but for our families futures as well.

 
2257 05/01/2009 at 08:43:19 AM Self     I would just like to encourage not using human embryos that could be adopted out, to be killed and used for stem cell research. I feel that there are other ways to obtain these cells without killing embryos and would love to see the US government take the high road in regards to this and keep the integrity of this program as it has been, not using these embryos. Thank you,

 
2258 05/01/2009 at 08:43:27 AM Self     I oppose these draft guidelines.

 
2259 05/01/2009 at 08:43:35 AM Self     As you may know, President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

However, on 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.

What these guidelines do is send our 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 strongly oppose this measure as all human life from the moment of conception to natural death is sacred. I regard the continuation of promoting abortion and the killing of innocent pre-birth children as deplorable and should be punishable by law.

 
2260 05/01/2009 at 08:43:51 AM Self     I believe this legislation serves no useful purpose. Progress is being made in using adult stem cells. Destroying embryos that would live productive human lives is morally wrong and should not be funded by the federal government using my tax dollars. I stongly oppose this legislation.

 
2261 05/01/2009 at 08:43:56 AM Self     It is wrong to use taxpayer money to kill babies and embryos. I believe America is better than this. God will bless us in all things if we are not shedding innocent blood. God will not bless this kind of research. Adult stem cells are offering far greater potential.

 
2262 05/01/2009 at 08:44:40 AM Self     Although research on adult stem cells has yielded many advances in treating diseases and conditions, embryonic stem cells have been totally unproductive. These cells are harvested from humans who have no ability to give consent and whose lives are taken in the process.

Please do not abandon the moral high ground. Taking a life to potentially save a life is not acceptable.

As heart wrenching as the stories are that come from those in need, it remains true that hard cases make bad law.

 
2263 05/01/2009 at 08:44:50 AM Self     To whom it may concern,

There has been absolutely no private funding for embryonic stem cell research due to the fact that they have had awesome results using adult stem cells. So why are you WASTING my hard earned money on research that kills a potential Child for absolutely no reason other then to make millions of us Angry.

 
2264 05/01/2009 at 08:45:24 AM Self     I am opposed to creating and using stem cells for research. This is a direct violation of Divine Law which commands us to respect ALL life. We cannot violate this law and not expect adverse consequences. Since adult stem cells are available and actually more promising, this line of research is not even necessary. It seems to me, we are again sticking our rebellious finger in God's eye. Forgive us. . .

 
2265 05/01/2009 at 08:45:40 AM Self     I do not think we should use the stem cells of babies waiting to be born.

 
2266 05/01/2009 at 08:45:52 AM Self     I am opposed to destroying any human embryos...see below 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.

 
2267 05/01/2009 at 08:46:17 AM Self     It is my understanding that on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned previous policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I protest this change. Public monies (my tax dollars) should not be used 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. If life does not begin at conception, there is no logical place to recognize its beginning. If a robotic machine developed similar characteristics as these embryos, scientists would raise a host of ethical questions about its viability. Unfortunately, these embryos through executive order will not get the same benefit of the doubt. This research seems unnecessary in light of other (admirable) stem cell research success and seems to me only to be a pretext to advance general pro-abortion policy under the guise of research.

 
2268 05/01/2009 at 08:46:53 AM Self     The previous administrations's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

However, on 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.

Based on this destruction of human embryos, and in light of the fact that adult stem cell research has been enormously more successful, I am opposed to the recent proposal by President Obama.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been designated to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. These guidelines use our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization, thus requiring the destruction of additional embryos.

Such research reminds one of the experiments performed by German doctors during World War I. This is not what America should be about, and I am strongly opposed to it.

Sincerely,

 
2269 05/01/2009 at 08:46:56 AM Self     We totally oppose this draft and any part of it or any other draft that contains any of the same language that would allow this type of research. We are not in favor for anyone's money and especially our tax dollars being spent for more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
2270 05/01/2009 at 08:47:17 AM Self     To use embryonic stem cells, which have not helped or cured any disease, when adult stem cells are known to cure at least 70 diseases is folly and wasting our tax money. Embryos are the beginning of a human life. Thank you for not using my money risking the life of a baby when it helps absolutely No One.

 
2271 05/01/2009 at 08:47:40 AM Self     I vigorously oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. There are alternatives that do not necessitate the killing of human life and I do not want my money nor my government to support those options that do end life. Thank you.

 
2272 05/01/2009 at 08:47:47 AM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research because it is destroys life and because adult stem cells have been found to produce outstanding results.

 
2273 05/01/2009 at 08:47:57 AM Self     I would hope the guidlines would consider that these embryo's could be adopted and become BABIES! Please adjust the guidlines accordingly!

 
2274 05/01/2009 at 08:48:12 AM Self     I don't understand why you continue down this road when it has been proven adult stem cells work and are actually more beneficial. The only reason I can think of is that you must just be plain evil. You are also not listening to the voice of the people whom you are working for!!!

 
2275 05/01/2009 at 08:48:22 AM Self     Please draft guidlines in favour of embryonic stem cell life. To destroy is to kill. Human life has already been devalued enough. Thanks

 
2276 05/01/2009 at 08:48:54 AM Self     We strongly oppose the use of embryonic stemcell research due to the fact that all it actually does is promote abortion. That's the real bottom line. Investigate any stem cell research and you'll find that any real advances have been with adult stem cells, not embryo's.

The term used in the Federal Notice that worries me is "ethically responsible". Who decides that? Our president? His staff? I can't wait to read that definition.

The following statement bothers me as well. "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." What does it mean "no longer needed". These are HUMAN BEINGS! I don't care if they were in vitro fertilzed or not.

 
2277 05/01/2009 at 08:48:58 AM Self     Dear Madam/Sir: As a citizen of this Nation I feel compelled to speak up against any funding and pursuing of Human Embryo stem cell research! In fact, I believe that it's un-ethical and immoral to experiment with human beings at every stage of life. Furthermore, there's the viable and effective option to use adult stem cell for research purposes. Please, refrain from experimenting on human embryo. Do not degrade our civilization! Respectfully,

 
2278 05/01/2009 at 08:49:36 AM Self     IT SEEMS LIKE SUCCESS HAS BEEN MADE USING ADULT STEM CELLS. THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY SUCCESSS USING EMBRIONIC STEM CELLS THAT I KNOW OF. WHY NOT CONTINUE USING ADULT STEM CELLS AND NOT DESTROY HUMAN EMBRIOS?

 
2279 05/01/2009 at 08:49:59 AM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells.

I oppose use of my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I oppose these guidelines that lead to the death of these embryos. Instead, I would favor the promotion of the adoption of these human embryos.

Adult stem cell research is currently producing effective and promising results. I support my tax dollars going toward adult stem cell research.

 
2280 05/01/2009 at 08:50:32 AM Self     Please please please don't use tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. Illnesses are currently being treated by adult stem cells beautifully, and so far, after more than two decades of embryonic research, all the things that it has treated either has not worked, made things worse, or caused cancer. It is not only a huge waste of money, but I believe that it is not ethical, as it destroys the embryo, which I believe to be a fully alive human from the moment of conception. Nor do I encourage the human-animal hybred embryo research. As those have never been carried to term, and have only been used in reasearch, we have no way of knowing how sentient those being would be if allowed to live. They might be a "higher being" than we are. Plus it is rather an abomination.

Plus, Obama promiced that if adult stem cells proved to be effective that he would fund that research instead. But he isn't doing it. He's gone back on his word. While I feel betrayed by that, I also feel angry taht my tax dollars are being used to fund things that I don't believe in ethically and morally.

That's all I have to say at this point.

 
2281 05/01/2009 at 08:50:37 AM Self     I do not wish my tax dollars to go toward the funding of embryonic stem cells. This means one more fetus is givig up it's life. This has not been proven to help any medicaal cause but adult stem cells have and that is where I want my money to go to, not embryonic stem cell!

 
2282 05/01/2009 at 08:50:58 AM Self     Please stop human embryonic stem cell research.

 
2283 05/01/2009 at 08:51:53 AM Self     Research on embryonic stem cells is now rendered obsolete by pluipotent stem cell availability. It is no longer necessary to create embryonic stem cells and the controversial action of destroying the embryo. Why continue this moral morass? IT is a total waste of taxpayer money. If private speculators wish to invest their money in embryonic stem cell research, they are fully able to do so. Let them put their money where their mouth is without robbing the taxpayer.

 
2284 05/01/2009 at 08:52:02 AM Self     The United States Government should not be sponsoring or in any way encouraging the creation and harvesting of human embryos for any research purpose. Embryonic stem cell research has not had the success that adult pluripotent research has. Furthermore, the creation and harvesting of human embryos for any reason other than the creation of human life is diametrically opposed to the moral and ethical values on which this country was founded and which are still held by the majority of it's citizens. This assault on human life is unnecessary and unproductive and unpatriotic in addition to being immoral.

 
2285 05/01/2009 at 08:52:13 AM Self     This is a heinous practice and should be stopped.

 
2286 05/01/2009 at 08:52:15 AM       I am opposed to President Obama's plan to authorize embyonic stem cell research.

 
2287 05/01/2009 at 08:52:24 AM Self     Stem cell research has NOT been sucessful. Adult stem cells have been sucessful. Why push the ticket simple to destroy human life. Lets push the treatments and research that is working and stop the non-sense of destroying human life just for the sake of doing it.

 
2288 05/01/2009 at 08:52:43 AM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to kill babies by destroying embryos. Use adult stem cells that are already proven to work.

 
2289 05/01/2009 at 08:53:46 AM Self     It is of great concern that we are considering temination the lives of human embryos. These children should be made available for adoption rather than killed even if they did show promise of being a medical cure for another. Since embyonic stem cells have not given us any cures, our financial resources should be directed to adult stem cells where many cures have been found.

 
2290 05/01/2009 at 08:54:14 AM Self     I am adamantly opposed to any further research into embryonic stem cell research. It's a (murderous) dead end and totally unnecessary in the face of the overwhelming successes with ADULT stem cells. Please do not further legalize the killing of innocent human life.

 
2291 05/01/2009 at 08:54:25 AM Self     I wholeheartedly disapprove of the new policy regarding use of embryonic stem cells ESC for research funded by my tax dollars. This is foolish since there is no scientific data suppporting success after 25 years of ESC research. Money must be directed to adult stem cells research which has already shown success and amazing promise of new uses treating disease, repairing damaged cells/organs, etc.

Please remove any language from the NIH guidelines which promotes funding of human embryo creation and destruction for research.

Truthfully yours,

 
2292 05/01/2009 at 08:54:32 AM Self     Adult stem cells have found to be effective at treating 70 serious illnesses. Embryonic stem cells have not been found to be effective at treating any illness of any severity. Adult stem cell research/treatment does not require the destruction of human life, embryonic stem cell research requires the death of an unborn child. Please no longer waste taxpayer money and human life for a type of treatment that has proven ineffective.

 
2293 05/01/2009 at 08:55:34 AM Self     I strongly oppose embryonic stem cell research. It is a needless waste of life and will produce no positive results. Using our tax dollars to destroy life is a despicable and wasteful act that offends my deepest beliefs.

 
2294 05/01/2009 at 08:55:38 AM Self     President Bush's policy allowed funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos, as long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall, and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

President Barack Obama's March 9, 2009 executive order, which overturned President Bush's policy, opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. On April 23, the National Institutes of Health officially 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 strongly oppose these regulations.

 
2295 05/01/2009 at 08:55:39 AM Self     I am writing, asking you to oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please direct research monies toward the use of adult stem cells, which have already successfully treated 70 different diseases.

 
2296 05/01/2009 at 08:56:35 AM Self     Why are we wasting federal money on research that has been adequately funded in the private sector and has shown no promise? Embryonic stem cell research is a complete waste of time and money. At this point all embryonic stem cells have only created more problems and solved none. I have not yet heard of one success story using embryonic stem cells in any treatment of any kind. Adult stem cells on the other hand have shown great promise and there are success stories to back it up. If we are going to fund any kind of research then please spend it on things that show promise of success, not on futility. Adult stem cells have great promise. Our money would be put to much better use on this avenue of research than on embryonic stem cells.

 
2297 05/01/2009 at 08:56:38 AM Self     Because adult stem cell applications have had such an excellent record, embryonic stem cell research, by comparison, is proven only to cause controversy, not to further advances in beneficial application. Umbilical cord blood stem cells should be the next option. Embryonic stem cell research, which is only morally and politically motivated, should be abandoned.

Thank you,

 



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