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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2398 05/01/2009 at 09:17:46 AM Self     Dear Sir: I am totally opposed to President Obama's overturning of Pres. Bush's directive to only use existing stem cell lines. This will open up a flood of new embryos being purposely destroyed which does kill potential life. Also, recent studies have shown that adult stem cells are much more useful and effective in combating disease. So, the embryonic approach appears to be pointless anyway. Thank you.

 
2399 05/01/2009 at 09:17:51 AM Self     Why is there a need to change the current funding and guidelines or using the current stem cells. There is no proof that a specific demographic of stem cells is more or less useful than another. Further, for an organization to oversee itself in relation to a topic so touchy is laughable. That's like a lion policing itself to not eat a gazelle. It's not gonna work that way. If there are going to be certain guidelines, which shouldn't be changed in the first place, another organization needs to police those guidelines and policies to ensure they are followed to the letter.

 
2400 05/01/2009 at 09:17:55 AM Self     I wanted to state that I am against Embryonic Stem Cell Research. There is no need to kill a life to do this research when all evidence shows that Adult Stem Cell Research has been so successful in curing many different ailments and diseases, and NO success has been shown on Embryonic Stem Cell Research. I am against using our tax dollars to support something that is morally wrong and a waste of our tax dollars. Thank you for listening.

 
2401 05/01/2009 at 09:17:56 AM Self     We are opposed to the proposed new stem cell research and sending 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. We are opposed to the death of these embryos for any type of research.

 
2402 05/01/2009 at 09:18:02 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for the use of research on human embryonic stem cells. Embryos should not be created or destroyed simply for research purposes.

 
2403 05/01/2009 at 09:18:25 AM Self     Please reconsider the killing of preborn humans in order to try and find cures for diseases.We are guaranteed the rights to LIFE in this free country and that includes all stages of human life. Each person is an irreplaceable individual who only needs the nurture in the womb to mature enough to be born. Adult stem cell use has already proven to be successful in curing several diseases. Embroynic cells have been researched here and in other countries and have provided NO cures. I do not want my hard earned tax dollars to be spent on killing my fellow Americans, no matter how small!! Sincerely,

 
2404 05/01/2009 at 09:18:25 AM Self     Science is outpacing the embryonic stem-cell debate. Despite attempting to have some appreciation for the moral issues around embryonic stell-cell, you are missing the point. The future of stem-cell research lies in iPS cells and adult stem cells. Dr. James Thompson, effectively the father of embryonic stem-cell research, has essentially reinforced this in his comments.

Why kill human embryos that, as you state, "are no longer needed", when you don't need to at all? You can advance science and treatment options without crossing any controversial boundaries. Yet you choose to open one more flap of Pandora's box, and you are doing that with our money, against our will.

Needlessly.

Though the previous administration was accused of holding science back because of politics, you are wasting taxpayer money on "science" for equally political reasons. And we are profoundly disappointed.

 
2405 05/01/2009 at 09:18:42 AM Self     There is no reason to spend Tax dollars, which is my money paid for Government service to be wasted on stem cell research. Until the legalized theft of the Social Security system and other PAC loopholes to gouge out Americans money, this is theft once again. There should be laws followed. NO TAXATION without representation nor WASTE OF PUBLIC FUNDS.

 
2406 05/01/2009 at 09:18:45 AM Self     We oppose funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. They have proven to be of no value in curing or improving any disease, whereas adult stem cells have been very successful. Why waste taxpayers money on some unsuccessful project rather than use that money to further research the successful adult stem cell program? Where is he common sense in this? There is too much money wasted by government on foolish projects. No wonder we are in a financial crisis!

 
2407 05/01/2009 at 09:18:45 AM Self     I implore you to please stop the use of stem cells taken from babies. Believing that babies are knit together in the Mother's womb, I believe life starts at conception. I am afraid once we start down this road that we won't know when to stop.

Thank you for considering my opinion.

 
2408 05/01/2009 at 09:18:52 AM Self     These funds that are going to be used are some of my tax dollars and I resent being used to "Do away" with human embryo cells, when it has been proven in labratory that they have not been successful in treating diseases, where they have been successful with adult cells. How foolish to do this when the adult can and should be used. Who is deciding these things?

 
2409 05/01/2009 at 09:18:54 AM Self     It is immaterial whether embryos are donated "freely" or not.

The rights of a minor child may not in any case be signed away by their legal custodians.

The fact that these embryos, when implanted in a environment hospitable to them, will become human beings establishes the fact that these embryos ARE live human beings.

All medical research REQUIRES informed consent of those human beings AND that the research MUST be stopped if it results in the detriment of the test subjects.

The fact that these embryos are DESTROYED in the process of this research flies in the face of the very procedures that NIH has in place to protect human lives. NEVER does medical research advocate throwing away one human life to improve the life of another.

There are other ways that are far more promising to address these health issues that do not result in the destruction of a human life.

 
2410 05/01/2009 at 09:19:08 AM Self     I am OPPOSED to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells! There is no evidence that this method is effective in treating/curing diseases. Most importantly, it is a destruction of human life.

Thank you for your consideration.

 
2411 05/01/2009 at 09:19:23 AM Self     Please reconsider your use of human embryonic stem cells for research purposes. By doing this, you are destroying human life. Besides, hESC have not prove effective means for curing anything. Why keep pouring money into this controversial and destructive effort?

 
2412 05/01/2009 at 09:19:44 AM Self     I do NOT want embryonic stem cells used for research but at least NOT paid for by my tax dollars! No breakthroughs have come of it, but many have come through adult stem cells. This is a waste of anyone's money. Work with the adult stem cells instead.

 
2413 05/01/2009 at 09:20:08 AM Self     I am opposed to using public funding to support in any way, the destruction of human embryos, or those embryos expected to be destroyed, for research purposes of any kind.

 
2414 05/01/2009 at 09:20:12 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells, because I must oppose the killing of human embryos for any purpose. Every human life, in any stage of development, is sacred and therefore must be protected, nurtured, and cherished. I, therefore, cannot support the use of federal funding, which includes my tax dollars, for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2415 05/01/2009 at 09:20:20 AM Self     Please don't let federal funding go for embryonic stem cell research. Success is coming from research into adult stem cells, there is no need to destroy babies. Put life first, protect the unborn.

 
2416 05/01/2009 at 09:20:21 AM Self     Please do not support in any way the use of embryonic stem cells for anything other than adoption. An embryon is a human being. Killing babies in the name of research is appalling. Allowing, supporting, or funding embryonic stem cell research is all the more appalling since no practical uses have yet been garnered from the limited research, while other stem cell research has produced a dozen promising applications.

 
2417 05/01/2009 at 09:20:43 AM Self     Please do not use the human embryos or our tax dollars to fund this research. This research has not been proven to provide promise, as has research with adult stem cells. This puts America in the same class as the Nazis, who experimented with human life. For a nation who is so concerned about human rights, this line of research baffles me!

Please view the following link, from Dr. Oz on Oprah Winfrey's show:

http://www.citizenlink.org/videofeatures/A000009758.cfm

Kind regards,

 
2418 05/01/2009 at 09:20:45 AM Self     Why do we need to do research that has no proven track record when we should be doing Adult stem cell research which has been proven to save lives, and provide cures. Thanks

 
2419 05/01/2009 at 09:20:46 AM Organization Time Ministries Bedford, PA 15522 We oppose the Obama Embryonic Stem Cell Regulations. This is wrong and it is nothing short of murder! Please allow these babies to live. They could be future scientists who could have the solution to terminal illnesses that someone in your family might be a victim of!

Thank you.

 
2420 05/01/2009 at 09:21:38 AM Self     Next to salvation, the most important thing in this life is the protection of life.

Life begins at conception. The use of "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" is, in my opinion, abortion.

Stop this madness! I pray for those who are making the wrong choices. I pray for our leaders, especially at this current time. If you don't protect LIFE, you will get the rest wrong!!!

 
2421 05/01/2009 at 09:21:42 AM Self     Please respect life

DO NOT

I repeat

DO NOT

Do research on stem cells..........

 
2422 05/01/2009 at 09:21:47 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.

 
2423 05/01/2009 at 09:22:02 AM Self     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. This is wrong. We must be a society that defends the voiceless and defenseless ones. A utilitarian ethic undermines protections for the weak.

 
2424 05/01/2009 at 09:22:05 AM Organization Cornerstone Bible Church Martinsburg, WV I am writing to oppose legislation allowing for federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, especially in light of the medical and scientific facts that 20+ years of this type of research has shown no positive results, and in many cases, has shown harmful results, while adult stem cell research, and even umbilical stem cell research, have demonstrated tremendous success in treating a variety of illnesses. We also oppose embryonic stem cell research on moral and biblical grounds, as the creation of life only to kill it in order to benefit others is wrong.

 
2425 05/01/2009 at 09:22:19 AM Self     Please do not use my tax money to kill these potential babies!

 
2426 05/01/2009 at 09:22:24 AM Self     I am opposed to taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.

 
2427 05/01/2009 at 09:22:28 AM Self     Please correct your terrible decision to allow the use of in vitro babies as stem cell research objects. This is terrible. We need to protect the unborn and people at all ages. This decision is the beginning of a steep slope down to euthanasia and mercy killing and Hitler's Germany

 
2428 05/01/2009 at 09:22:37 AM Self     I am totally repulsed and stand against the production of human embryonic life for the sole purpose of destroying these precious tiny babies in the name of "research", especially when there is a huge body of research evidence already demonstrating that adult stem cells are becoming a proven and stable resource.

Thank You for allowing my comments to be considered in these most drastic of times in our nation's history.

 
2429 05/01/2009 at 09:22:43 AM Self     It is a known fact the embryonic stem cells have produced renagade tumors and no cures. On the other hand adult stem cells have resulted in many cures. I'm opposed to spending tax dollars unnecessarily on killing children with no positive results in sight. This is not a good investment for the future of medicine.

 
2430 05/01/2009 at 09:22:52 AM Self     Please rescind these guidelines. What these guidelines do is open the door 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. Furthermore, there is no need for using embryonic stem cells since adult stem cells are now curing more and more diseases and maladies very day.

 
2431 05/01/2009 at 09:23:28 AM Self     I want to keep it simple, but it is hard to do so. It is not our right to take living tissue that would be a complete human if allowed to survive and then experiment on it. Such activities are degrading and barbarian to our society. Yet, we are coming to that position quickly. What America is doing to embryos is no better than cannibalism and to what purpose. No good has come from it yet. Adult stem cells on the other hand have produced fantastic desired results repeatedly. What is the matter with us? We are a deprived race only concerned with our own lives. We all have rights here in America, at least we used to. Many of us see the waste of human life where embryonic stem cells are harvested and are repulsed by it. I for one and I speak for many, do not want our taxes used for such repulsive life destroying experiments. We might as well be in Germany under the rule of Hitler. STOP this nonsense immediately!!! Spend our money where it works and on something that is not immoral.

 
2432 05/01/2009 at 09:23:31 AM Self     We are opposed to spending our federal tax dollar to fund research on human embryonic stem cells. It would appear that the guidelines 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,which we think would be the appropriate thing to do, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
2433 05/01/2009 at 09:23:35 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars being used to destroy unborn human beings!!!

 
2434 05/01/2009 at 09:23:54 AM Self     The past several years of research have yeilded wonderful results in stem cell dividends. This research has been conducted with materials that did not require the use of embrionic stem cells. Please do not authorize the use of embryonic stem cells. Thank you for your consideration of my request.

 
2435 05/01/2009 at 09:23:54 AM Self     I am against my tax dollars being spent to fund experimenting on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2436 05/01/2009 at 09:24:07 AM Self     NIH:

I urge you not to use "Embryonic Stem Cells" for the purpose of research in which "Adult Stem Cells" and "Cord Blood Cells" have proven to be effective! I feel this is "Morally Wrong" and against all moral values when it comes to taking the life of the unborn for research studies. These other cells as mentioned above have been used and proven! I feel it is your obligation as "Medical Professionals" to sustain life from the moment the egg is conceived to the last breathe! I feel you have an obligation to bring this to the fore of the present administration and their biased thinking "Embryonic Stem Cells" are the only way!

 
2437 05/01/2009 at 09:24:16 AM Organization     As you know, President Bush implemented a policy 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. President Bush's policy 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 you, the National Institutes of Health, to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. You have 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 would ask you to please reconsider your guidelines.

Thank you,

 
2438 05/01/2009 at 09:24:17 AM Self     I am not in favor of any taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research, especially in light of the fact that all current successes have come from adult stem cells. Aside from the moral issues, it is only logical that our tax dollars be funneled to something with a proven track record, rather than something that has failed with every prior attempt.

 
2439 05/01/2009 at 09:24:17 AM Self     Adult stem cells have had success. Do not use embryonic cells.

 
2440 05/01/2009 at 09:24:24 AM Self     Human embryos are life and organic. No experimentation on embryonic stem cells is needed. Adult stem cell research results are encouraging and a positive way to encourage progress.

Just as we are horrified at the Nazis' medical experimentation on innocent human beings and as so many people are horrified at animal experimentation for drugs and cosmetics, I am equally horrified at the experimention with human embryonic stem cells. There are many parents who would adopt these embryos and continue their lives, not kill them. I urge you to DENY federal funds toward human embryonic research.

 
2441 05/01/2009 at 09:24:25 AM Self     "NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited by the annual appropriations ban on funding of human embryo research (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 110-161, 3/11/ 09), otherwise known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment." I do not wish for my tax dollars to be used to destroy human embryos, as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment has protected those with this conscientious objection. I would strongly encourage that this amendment not be repealed.

 
2442 05/01/2009 at 09:24:27 AM Self     Please do not use our tax dollars to fund embryonic research.

 
2443 05/01/2009 at 09:24:46 AM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. What this does is provide 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. Adult stem cell research has been shown to be effective in many treatments, whereas embryonic stem cell research has not...and embryonic stem cell research destroys potential lives. It is just plain wrong to commit de facto murder of one individual in order to try saving another. Please do not allow embryonic stem cell research to be funded with money from taxpayers such as myself who disapprove of it on moral grounds...

 
2444 05/01/2009 at 09:25:10 AM Self     I strongly oppose the creation of guidelines that will in anyway encourage the destruction of embryos and do not want my taxes dollars funding such atrocities.

 
2445 05/01/2009 at 09:25:24 AM Self     Do not use my money by way of federal funds to pay for testing on embryonic stell cells

 
2446 05/01/2009 at 09:25:30 AM Self     Mr President, have mercy on the unborn children of our future nation. Stem cell research with this method has produced zero results. Let us have faith in the current research that gives s life a true and precious meaning. Do you really think it is most important to take a life in order to extend a life? Let's pour our money into an ethetical research that produces results. THINK AGAIN....it could effect your daughters someday!

 
2447 05/01/2009 at 09:25:59 AM Self     I do NOT want 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 is unecessary, immoral, and politically motivated.

 
2448 05/01/2009 at 09:26:03 AM Self     No to stem cell from embryos!

 
2449 05/01/2009 at 09:26:28 AM Self     I feel that experimentation with embryonic stem cells is immoral and certainly should not be funded with my tax money.

 
2450 05/01/2009 at 09:26:29 AM Self     We are against the use of tax dollars for human embryonic stem cell research for two reasons. One, we believe that all human life is ordained by God himself, and that by this research you would be commiting murder. Two, to date there are no benefits to medicine by this form of research, but there are great strides in adult stem cell research. We believe you should be focusing your resources on adult stem cells and not killing human life.

 
2451 05/01/2009 at 09:26:42 AM Self     It seems incomprehensible to me that embryonic stem cells are still being used, when there have been no successes with them. Whereas, adult stem cells, which do not kill babies, have had numerous successes on over seventy illnesses and/or diseases. On behalf of the babies that are being sacrificed, I plead with you to rethink what is taking place. As a nation, we are becoming like Hitler's Germany who disposed of human beings that no longer suited their purpose. Please put a stop to this senseless killing of unborn babies.

 
2452 05/01/2009 at 09:26:47 AM Self     I am opposed to federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). It creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. In addition, adult stem cell research has been very successful and shows great promise, while embryonic has not.

 
2453 05/01/2009 at 09:26:53 AM Self     I oppose the spending of my tax dollars for the destruction of human embryos. With the latest advances in stem cell research this is unnecessary. There is more promise with adult stem cells. We do not need to end a human life.

 
2454 05/01/2009 at 09:26:56 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on the human embryonic stem cells!!!

 
2455 05/01/2009 at 09:26:58 AM Self     NIH-funded research in this area is NOT ethically responsible. Life begins at conception. This research destroys a LIFE! Although there is much THEORETICAL hope for the usefulness of embryonic stem cells, adult stem cell research has been much more successful to date. However, regardless of success, the removal of stem cells from an embryo destroys said embryo. This is NOT ethically sound. The ends do NOT always justify the means. Adoption is the best option for these embryos.

 
2456 05/01/2009 at 09:27:10 AM Self     Adult stem cells have already proven to be by far the most effective and promising in treating diseases. Embryonic stem cells are unstable and unreliable in treating disease. Embryonic stem cell treatments most frequently CAUSE cancer instead of helping or curing a disease. The legalization of embryonic stem cell research is politically motivated to justify and encourage the killing of unborn babies and the creation of embryos for destruction. This is immoral, unproductive and a big lie being told the American public when it is presented as a positive or promising help. Adult stem cell usage and research should continue since it has proved beneficial. Embryonic stem cell research is not promising and immoral when it destroys human life. It should be stopped while the truth about the far reaching benefits of adult stem cells is told.

 
2457 05/01/2009 at 09:27:16 AM Self     As I read this Federal Notice, what bothers me most is that we have ALREADY been using embryos for research/scientific purposes. And going back one step further, I feel it was wrong to create these embryos in the first place, if they were not going to be used/implanted for their intended purpose of gestation into a fully matured life, ready to be born into this world. There should never have been a "supply" of unused, unwanted embryos to begin with.

By accepting this practice as ethical, you now establish grounds for saying any life, any age that is unwanted can be experimented upon, or even worse, terminated. If you truly want to be ethical, this whole practice of creating and abusing and destroying is wrong.

There have been plenty of advances in adult stem cell research that merit further investigation without having to explore this unethical practice. What has already been researched with the embyonic type has not yielded nearly what has been advanced thru adult stem cell research. Whether you believe in God the Creator, Mother Nature, or evolution, you cannot maintain a culture that seeks to cultivate life, if you destroy life in the process. That would be the ultimate oxymoron.

Please stop this type of research. I do not wish to fund it at all.

 
2458 05/01/2009 at 09:28:00 AM Self     I am against my tax dollars being spent to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. This will result in the death of these human embryos.

 
2459 05/01/2009 at 09:28:07 AM Self     I oppose Federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. The need to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization was eliminated with the success of using adult stem cells.

Thank you for taking into consideration my view point.

 
2460 05/01/2009 at 09:28:25 AM Organization     We, named above, VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE the use of Federal Funds for research on Embryonic stem cells.There are other means available without killing the life of an individual. We have opted to adopt babies rather than kill life. In addition, we promote the use of stem Enhance to multiply the effect of stem cells in the body . It works!

 
2461 05/01/2009 at 09:29:07 AM Self     You may put something on paper that sounds scientific but in reality it is the murder of the unborn child. Also, you are using my tax dollars to commit this heinous crime. May God have mercy on your soul.

 
2462 05/01/2009 at 09:29:15 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for human embyonic stem cells.

 
2463 05/01/2009 at 09:29:23 AM Self     I am opposed to having my tax dollars spent to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I promote the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death and I am strongly opposed!!!

 
2464 05/01/2009 at 09:29:25 AM Self     I oppose the killing of human embryos for Embryonic Stem Cell research. To date, none of the research for the past 8 years has produced any positive results. In contrast, Adult Stem Cell Research has achieved remarkable success and continues to do so.

I also oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to fund research on stem cells taken from human embryos.

Unfortunately, ESC is not illegal. However, those who are involved in that research want the taxpayers to fund it instead of funding it themselves.

 
2465 05/01/2009 at 09:30:43 AM Self     Please apply greater focus on adult stem cell research. Exchanging a life for a life is not the highest call.

 
2466 05/01/2009 at 09:30:53 AM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

Our concern is the use of embryonic stem cells. Evidence clearly indicates that the use of adult stem cells has been most successful in almost all research cases. There is no reliable evidence that embryonic stem cell research is even needed to insure progress in the development of new treatments in any area. We ask that guidelines continue to be maintained that restrict the use of embryonic stem cells.

 
2467 05/01/2009 at 09:30:59 AM Self     My daughter has juvenile diabetes. She trys so hard to maintain good health with eating and exercise. I pray that in a few short years research will provide better ways to help all people with this illness. Please support all stem cell research so that a cure will happen very soon.

 
2468 05/01/2009 at 09:30:59 AM Self    

May 1, 2009 | 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 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. The public comment period on these draft regulations is 30 days, and we ask that you submit comments to oppose these regulations on or before May 26, 2009. To us, this is no less than promoting legalized murder for an entire class of citizens that have no voice in the decisions being made for them by politicians that are determined to raise abortion on demand to the level of an absolute right! We support life saving research in the area of adult stem cells which can be harvested in abundance without damage to any living organism and which have already proven very effective in the treatment of several serious diseases. When you consider that fetal stem cell research has yet to yield a cure or treatment for any disease or condition and that the pronosis for any future results are dim, we cannot understand the administration's unwavering committment to it unless the object is to promote abortion rather than legitimate research. Any legitimate research can be carried out without the destruction of human life of any kind. We submit that the results of that research would be infinitely more substantial than the unproductive fetal stem cell research being done today. There simply is no need or reason for harvesting fetal stem cells that cannot better be accomplished using adult stem cells. So, it is with great urgency that we ask the National Institute of Health to recommend that absolutely no taxpayer funds be used for the promotion of any form of fetal stem cell research but rather channel those funds available to researchers using adult stem cells where they are much more likely to produce positive results and real cures. After all, is that not the purpose of the research in the first place? Should we do the wisest thing and use the funds available to fund the research most likely to produce results or should we do the politically correct thing and commit mass murder? To us, the choice is crystal clear and so we ask you once again to deny funding to any research which makes use of fetal stem cells in any way. Sincerely,

 
2469 05/01/2009 at 09:31:10 AM Self     I do not approve of using embryo stem cells. I do not care what you call it. They are still living babies. We need to not do this. There are other means available.

 
2470 05/01/2009 at 09:32:12 AM Self     Adult stem cells, cells from afterbirth, all good. Using unborn babies as factories for your regeneration is cannabalism. Please, do not use tax dollars for this and implicate me, since I pay taxes. I guess I cannot stop any stupid being from selling his soul for this immoral gain, but, I don't want anything to do with it.

 
2471 05/01/2009 at 09:32:15 AM Self     My religious rights are being violated by allowing Gods gift of life to be destroyed and mutilated so as someone else MIGHT be cured or live. The Mentality of researchers wanting to make names for themselves and make the big bucks, not caring about the human life is appalling. Adult stem cells have come along ways and doesn’t destroy humanity.

If we continue in the pattern of killing and slaughtering through abortions and embryonic stem cell research, along with the eroding society of family values and beliefs, it will be come easier to start killing elder, or crippled, or perhaps those who have a low IQ. We will continue the downward sparrow of lowering morales to that of an animal, and definitely is insulting the animal.

I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO VIOLATE MY BELIEFS MORALES AND BE FORCED TO PAY FOR THIS ON GOING DESTRUCTION OF HUMANITY.

 
2472 05/01/2009 at 09:32:24 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2473 05/01/2009 at 09:32:26 AM Self     I am deeply disturbed with the overturning of the embrionic stem cell research. Please consider carefully what is being done here and where it may lead. As a nation I believe we are moving very quickly into the Brave new World, that we might not enjoy. Life is precious and we need to be very careful how we handle it. Thanks for your time and attention to this matter. Sincerely,

 
2474 05/01/2009 at 09:32:32 AM Self     Dear NIH,

I'm like to express my opposition to the use of embryonic stem cells in research and therapy because embryos are destroyed in the process of obtaining these stem cells, and that is immoral because each embryo is a human being at an early stage of development--just like you and I and everyone else once was.

Due to advances in the use of "adult" stem cells showing not simply promise, but actual results, it seems ideological to press on for the use of embryonic stem cells. Only yesterday were there a new set of reports of successful treatment using adult stem cells in China.

Thanks for your time.

Best wishes,

 
2475 05/01/2009 at 09:32:47 AM       I am against using human embryos for research. I am angry that my tax dollar is now taken from me to fund this research on little babies that should be adopted and loved. Adult stem cells have proven very beneficial to help sick people, but not one benefit has come from embryonic stem cell research.

I am morally opposed to killing embryos and any child for any reason, even if a hand full of congressmen make it legal and even if the few judges on the Supreme court make it a Law!!!

If any of you reading this believe in a God, you need to pray for help for our country.

 
2476 05/01/2009 at 09:32:53 AM Self     I oppose the killing of human beings(embryos) for experimentation. My Faith teaches that to kill another human is wrong and sinful. Participation in the murder of another human is also sinful and the financing of such murders with my taxes causes me to be an unwilling accessory to murder. The use of my tax dollars for immoral purposes causes me to participate in such things and is unjust. I am being forced to finance murder against my will and against my Faith. In this way the US government is infringing on my constitutional right to practice my religion and is acting unjustly. I oppose the use of embryonic stem cells for research and oppose the use of my tax dollars to fund this state approved murder. May God have mercy on us.

 
2477 05/01/2009 at 09:33:00 AM Self     My wife and I STRONGLY OPPOSE the use of out tax dollars to fund research using human embryonic stem cells!

FACT: This same research is legal in many countries, yet has NOT yielded anything.

FACT: Private industry will NOT invest their money into this research, deeming it too great a financial risk.

WHY should the American taxpayers be forced to spend money on this pipe dream?

 
2478 05/01/2009 at 09:33:08 AM Self     We are opposed to embryonic stem cell research. We believe that life begins at conception and that it is morally wrong to intentially take a life at any stage of human growth. We are very pleased with the progress and results of adult stem cell research and would prefer to see our tax dollars spent on advancing this research instead. Please stop the distribution of funds to embryonic stem cell research.

 
2479 05/01/2009 at 09:33:10 AM Self     These guidelines 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 oppose this idea as it promotes death over life. Please reject this idea

 
2480 05/01/2009 at 09:33:13 AM Self     Please do not use federal dollars to perform "experimentation" and subsequent death to the embryos "leftover" from IVF. These "leftovers" in my mind and the mind of many others are human persons. They should be given the dignity to die on their own, without human intervention. Besides, the numbers of these leftover IVF embryos will not be enough to satisfy the need. When more can't be had, what will our ethical scientists turn to? To have to pay for this "experimentation" is horrible to me, especially since it is increasingly apparant that adult stem cells have so much more potential. You talk about medical ethics, I think you need to examine how far away from ethics you have strayed.

 
2481 05/01/2009 at 09:33:17 AM Self     I am apposed to my TAX dollars being spend on this killing Human embryos. I am the father of 3 beautiful adopted kids and having my tax dollars kill the chances for so many others to adopt the embryos and have a chance at a family is appalling to me. Why use my tax dollars?

If this is such a proven science, why are the Pharma's not investing research dollars into this. My issue is the use of my tax dollars on this. Please do not use my tax dollars for this science. It will create a run on embryo's and lower the ability for families like mine to adopt the embryo's and raise kids.

 
2482 05/01/2009 at 09:33:26 AM Self     Please, I am vehemently opposed to federal funds being used to destroy human life / human beings (embryonic stem cell research), which any educated medical person or government official should know better than to be involved in. Using taxpayer dollars against our will for a controversial procedure such as this is wrong (even though I don't see it as controversial / it is just plain ethically and morally wrong.) -Thank you,

 
2483 05/01/2009 at 09:33:29 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is the same as obortion, which is killing another human. These people are unable to defend themselves so I am taking a stand for them.

Adult stem cells from a living person will work just as well, if not better, than an unborn baby's stem cell.

I do not want one penny of my money going for the cost of killing another person.

 
2484 05/01/2009 at 09:33:30 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not want MY tax dollars to fund experimentation on stem cells taken from human embryos that “supposedly” are “leftover” from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, the NIH draft guidelines would require their death.

 
2485 05/01/2009 at 09:33:33 AM Self     I am writing to help oppose these regulations that President Obama thinks is right. You are KILLING babies. Get it through your head people. God created each one of us so special and unique in the womb and gave us a soul. Why are you going to kill something so beautiful for what...stupid stem cell research?

 
2486 05/01/2009 at 09:33:42 AM Organization Right to Life   Taking a life to save a life is still murder.

 
2487 05/01/2009 at 09:33:45 AM Self     I am urging you to not fund embryonic stem cell research. Life begins at conception and there is no sense in destroying humans or encouraging women to do so. I find it appalying that mice have more rights than humans when it comes to experiments. Extra human embryos should be adopted and there needs to be limits on how many embryos can be created and implanted for in vitro fertilization. Please use our tax money wisely by funding adult stem cell research where the true cures are. Research shows that there are at least 70 cures so far with adult stem cells and only tumors with embryos. We need to spend our money so that adult stem cells can be affordable to all.

Thank you for your consideration to this matter.

 
2488 05/01/2009 at 09:33:59 AM Self     Please do not permit the destruction of human embryos for research purposes. Humans are not guinea pigs. Instead, we should be promoting the adoption of these embryos for the thousand of couples who are unable to have children. Thank you.

 
2489 05/01/2009 at 09:34:05 AM Self     Comments regarding: [Federal Register: April 23, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 77)] [Notices] [Page 18578-18580] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr23ap09-42]

I am personally opposed to "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. "

I believe conception begins at the fertilization of a woman's egg. I am a woman who suffers from infertility and I have decided not to pursue IVF to create embryos (cytoblasts) for many reasons. One is to not create life to then be destroyed.

I am also post-abortive. I was shocked and horrified at the emotional and personal after-effects of my abortions. Having experienced this pain, I understand the horrors of killing life. I believe embroyos are life.

I understand that embiblical cord research has been successful and believe we should not create life to be destroyed in the name of science. Nor should we be careless and create life unwanted, taking a gamble on IVF success.

Thank you,

 
2490 05/01/2009 at 09:34:07 AM Self     5-1-09

To Whom It May Concern:

While I do not feel my voice is heard in government these days, I must be true to myself and my commitment as a Christian. This President said he would do everything in his power to DECREASE the number of abortions. His executive order to overturn the Bush mandate that DIS-courage the use of aborted fetus embryos goes directly against what he said he would do. Is this the type of “change” he advocates? They type that can take place at his whim ---no matter what he previously said he would do, because the Democrats “won” the election? Many feel they have no representation in the White house. I am one of them. Many feel they have NO representation in Congress---regardless of party. I am one of them. My prayer is that at some point, Americans will “wake up” and not stand for ungodly decisions as this.

 
2491 05/01/2009 at 09:34:26 AM Self     I oppose the use of Federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It has been proven that the results from adult stem cell research is greater than that of embryonic. It is beyond human dignity to kill human embryos for any reason but especially when the use of adult stem cells has yielded such advanced results. I suggest putting our valuable dollars into an area of proven success rather than killing viable human beings. I oppose using my tax dollars for something that I am totally against and that is so barbaric as is its partner, partial birth abortion, or any abortion.

 
2492 05/01/2009 at 09:34:45 AM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to create or experiment on embryos. They are human life.

 
2493 05/01/2009 at 09:35:06 AM Self     As an American tax-paying citizen, I asking you to to refrain from the harvesting, researching, collecting stem cells from embryonic cells. The Collecting of stem cells from adult stem cells have been sufficient and we must not begin to slide down the slippery slope of making humans only to use and disregard them.

I ask for your deepest look into this vital and heart issue that founded our country-LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. How can an unborn child (embyro) have happiness when we 'make' a life to kill it?

Sincerely,

 
2494 05/01/2009 at 09:35:09 AM Self     I am grieved to hear that measures to further stem cell research, which is supposed to help with health in the long run, are being taken that will promote the termination of other lives. There is no way to argue that the purposeful early termination of a preganancy is not premeditated murder. Any measure that encourages the termination of pregnancy is unacceptable and will suffer huge repercussions.

Please take into consideration the lives of the unborn when making decisions that are supposed to improve the overall health of the population! There are ways to encourage medical research without opening the door that encourages other moral wrongs!

 
2495 05/01/2009 at 09:35:12 AM Self     I oppose funding for embryonic stem cell research for two reasons. (1). Embryo's are human life and should not be destroyed. (2). The use of adult stem cells have been proven to be effective while the use of embryonic stem cells have not!

 
2496 05/01/2009 at 09:35:46 AM Self     Please stop using taxpayers dollars for research on human embryonic stem cells. There has been enough research studies and results in the last year that confirms human adult stem cells are just as viable if not more so than embryonic cells. All the scientific research done by the Japanese scientist was devoid when he admitted he falsified results. Please stop this inhuman procedure-creating embryoes to destroy them. Thank you,

 
2497 05/01/2009 at 09:35:58 AM Self     I am diametrically opposed to the preposition of killing life to save life. The very word embryo, defined as: "1. human offspring in initial developmental stage: a human offspring in the early stages following conception up to the end of the eighth week, after which it is classified as a fetus" implies life. It is my opinion that the good that could come from the unknown in the killing of humans, for the guesswork of the inexact science of medicine is inconsistent. While I desire to see developments that help us with our infirmities, killing what could be the next Einstein in the name of guess work seems faulty in its thinking. I'm just guessing that there are other options and believe we should strive to develop those.

 



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