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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.

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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.

 
2498 05/01/2009 at 09:36:02 AM Self     In as much as the killing of human embryos has proven to be abhorred by many Americans I believe it prudent to abstain from using their own tax money to fund any such experimentation involving their destruction. The Government is after all, elected by the people, to serve the people and to do their will. This would be a gross miscarriage of the great responsibility given to you. To use the monies entrusted to you to fund a project which so many are passionately against.

 
2499 05/01/2009 at 09:36:03 AM Self     We are opposed to embryonic stem cell research because it actually destroys human life, protected by the constitution of the United states. There is no evidence to support that embryonic stem cells produce any results that can't be obtained using stem cells from other sources that do not take human life.

 
2500 05/01/2009 at 09:36:11 AM Self     I strongly oppose federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.

 
2501 05/01/2009 at 09:36:13 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 you (the National Institutes of Health (NIH)) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, you 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.

Please do not force this taxpayer to pay for something that I am morally and ethically against.

 
2502 05/01/2009 at 09:36:22 AM Self     Please ! no tax $ for embryonic stem cells ! they don"t work anyway ! cbk

 
2503 05/01/2009 at 09:36:48 AM Self     As an American tax-paying citizen, I ask 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,

 
2504 05/01/2009 at 09:36:51 AM Self     Please do not continue the destruction of human life and advance this culture of death and experimentation similar to what the Nazi's did to the Jews under Hitler. It is evidenced by the Snowflake adoptions that every frozen embryo is a human being capable of becoming someone's beloved child. It is incomprehensible that we as a society would deem it appropriate and right to destroy one person's body for our own experimentation and personal pursuits. Adult stem cells have created cures - not embryonic. Please place your research dollars in adult stem cells.

Thank you,

 
2505 05/01/2009 at 09:36:55 AM Self     Using embryonic stem cells for research is NOT a good idea, nor is it scientifically honest approach. Adult stem cells have actually resulted in effective treatments for a variety of problems.

Using embryonic stems cells furthers disregard for human life in its most vulnerable form.

Intellectually dishonest, embryonic stem cell research proponents know the truth, but for whatever reason, choose to take a human life for lab work. Could it be that the abortion industry backs this demonic 'science'?

 
2506 05/01/2009 at 09:37:08 AM Self     Please allow allow funding for research that involves embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Killing human embryos for their stem cells is not morally correct nor has research shown it needs to be done.

I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2507 05/01/2009 at 09:37:29 AM Self     Please stop taking humam life in any form !!

 
2508 05/01/2009 at 09:37:44 AM Self     This policy encourages the further killing of human embryos for their cells. Since Adult stem cells have had success in treating illness and embrionic cells have NOT. Therefore this poilcy is not needed, but more importantly it is unethical and immoral. Please STOP all killing of human embryos and instead proceed with the more promising and ethical adult stem cell research.

 
2509 05/01/2009 at 09:37:53 AM Self     Please don't allow funding for research that involves embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos. Please don't fund this kind of research with our tax dollors. All life has Dignity.

 
2510 05/01/2009 at 09:38:04 AM Self     I do not believe we should be harvesting babies to use for science. There is no proof that any of these have even worked for any cure. There are many other options to use instead of killing human life in the name of science.

 
2511 05/01/2009 at 09:38:13 AM Self     We oppose the use of federal funds for Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Keep the stricter Bush standards. Lets not kill any more embryo's instead lets encourage adoption of these ivf embryos and focus our money on proven research, Adult Stem Cells. Adult stem cells have already proven to be a viable answer for many diseases. Embryonic Stem cells have helped 0 diseases.

 
2512 05/01/2009 at 09:38:20 AM Self     I do not want any of my tax money to go for embryonic stem cell research. It is a waste of time and money. How long is it going to take to learn that it will produce no cures.

 
2513 05/01/2009 at 09:38:21 AM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Obama issued an executive order that opened funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an INCENTIVE to create and KILL human embryos. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines 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 am extremely OPPOSED to both the killing of human embryos AND to my being forced to pay for it.

 
2514 05/01/2009 at 09:38:58 AM Organization The Christian Index 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097 Please do not spend tax dollars to do research on stem cells that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. This is barbaric. Promote the adoption of these human embryos. Thanks,

 
2515 05/01/2009 at 09:39:10 AM Self     President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned an existing policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). I believe this creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos for profit. I do not want my tax dollars being directed towars 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.

 
2516 05/01/2009 at 09:39:17 AM Self     I am against stem cell research on the grounds that it is MURDER. An embryo is a human being created by God and killing it offends Him greatly, as it does me.

 
2517 05/01/2009 at 09:39:20 AM Self     stop the slaughter of babies. Quit wasting my money are nonproven policies. Adult stem cells are successful. Why do you insist on killing babies and forcing me to support YOUR liberal idea of abortion, same sex marriages and financial greed bailouts. Use the money of liberals for health care if they want it so bad. I am so fed up with your policies and load of debt placed on my children.

 
2518 05/01/2009 at 09:39:26 AM Self     Please do NOT use our tax dollars for Embyonic stem cell research or experimentation.

 
2519 05/01/2009 at 09:40:01 AM Self     I strongly oppose embryonic stem cell research as approved by President Obaba.

 
2520 05/01/2009 at 09:40:13 AM Self     These tiny group of cells are human beings. They are the furture of our country and possibly the fulfillment of a dream family for a couple who could not enjoy these pleasures without this gift of forming embryos. You must rethink this decision and allow these children to live. These little ones could be the ones who actually find the cure for some of these diseases you are wanting to sacrifice them to experiment on. This is truly a life and death decision for these little people. For they are truly little people and not a clump of "stem cells"

 
2521 05/01/2009 at 09:40:23 AM Self     I oppose extending experimentation on stem cells taken from human embryos.

 
2522 05/01/2009 at 09:40:24 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.

 
2523 05/01/2009 at 09:40:29 AM Self     I am completely against the funding of research on human embryonic stem cells. It is illogical to fund a science that has not provided fruitful results. Rather we should be using pluripotent stem cell research. Dr. Mehmet Oz, the director of the cardiovascular institute at Columbia University Medical Center, has said that embryonic stem cell research is fraught with practical problems. Although he didn't name the procedure, he said he favored -- and he described in detail -- an alternative that researchers refer to as induced pluripotent stem cell research (iPS), which he thinks will produce cures.

Neither embryonic stem cell research nor iPS research has produced any cures. Only iPS research, though, has support from both sides of the debate.

"The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos -- like all of us were made from embryos -- and those cells can become any cell in the body," Oz said on the Oprah show, which was first broadcast March 31. "But it's very hard to control them, and so they can become cancer."

In induced pluripotent stem cell research, researchers take a person's own skin cell and reprogram it into embryonic-like stem cells. Human iPS stem cells were first developed in 2007, and major advances have since been made. Embryos are never used in the process.

We don't need to go down the embryonic stem cell road, it will lead to destruction and disappointment. Stop listening to politically tainted interests and start listening to common sense. Stop the funding of embryonic stem cell research and put our money where success has been proven - induced pluripotent stem cell research.

 
2524 05/01/2009 at 09:40:30 AM Self     Adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells are sufficient for research and potential results of clinical efficacy. Please do not implement Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells. While I am aware of the political agenda behind this move, it is neither ethical nor appropriate. Neither is it necessary. Please do not act based upon political expedience; but act rightly and do not implement Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells.

 
2525 05/01/2009 at 09:40:32 AM Self     I don't see where the killing of human embryos is going to further any cures or help in any defects as so far there have been no advances found with embryonic stem cell research. There hagve been advances, however, in using adult stem cells and these advances look promising. I can't see any reason that we as a nation should continue to fund areas that haven't produced any positive results.

 
2526 05/01/2009 at 09:40:34 AM Self     These guidelines propose using embryos leftover from in vitro fertilization to develop new stem cell lines. Embryos can no more be "leftover" than can children. Embryos can be adopted just as children whose parents cannot or will not take care of them can be adopted. Let's not use abandoned children or abandoned embryos for destructive medical research.

 
2527 05/01/2009 at 09:40:39 AM Self     Why is it that our new Democratic Party rule including our present President has no regard for the living unborn yet does not want terrorists interragated by enhansed means which leave them alive and in good health. Scare tactics dont leave them dead. We are depraved. Look out Nero !!!

 
2528 05/01/2009 at 09:41:24 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. The evidence has proven that use of ADULT stems cells has been highly effective. To use the less effective method (embryonic stem cells) for research is a waste of our tax dollars.

 
2529 05/01/2009 at 09:41:24 AM Self     What I don't understand is why funding for this type of research is even funded at all. There has been absolutely no progress with "Embryonic Stem Cell Research". There has been much progress and some documented cures with "Adult Stem Cells". Please discontinue Embryonic research and stop using tax dollars for it.

 
2530 05/01/2009 at 09:41:29 AM Self     Totally cancel any EMBRYONIC stem cell research.

 
2531 05/01/2009 at 09:41:37 AM Self     There are almost 100 successful stem cell cures that have been developed from adult stem cell research and 0 successful cures from embryos. Why waste the $ on embryos which are a moral issue and from which there have been no successes and instead proceed to enhance and expand on proven successful research using adult stem cells.

Thanks for listening,

 
2532 05/01/2009 at 09:41:53 AM Organization Catholic Citizens of Illinois 106 Calendar Court, PMB #122, La Grange, IL 60525 Catholic Citizens of Illinois is opposed to the use of taxpayer funds for experiments on living human beings. There have been no cures from embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cell research has produced effective treatment on over 70 diseases, without the moral and ethical problems involved in the killing of embryos.

Additionally, we are opposed to cloning for research, even though the cloned embryos will not be implanted, they are still living human beings.

***** Catholic Citizens of Illinois

 
2533 05/01/2009 at 09:41:54 AM Self     Why waist your time and money on Embryonic stem cell research? Those in the private sector have found no cures with these after a 10 yr. period. Instead put your efforts and money into further research on adult stem cells where there is documented progress, and into iPS cell technology on the brink of greater discoveries. Then there would be no moral question to consider, and no ending lives of cells that would be little human beings. Come on!

 
2534 05/01/2009 at 09:41:56 AM Self     . President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells, We need to go back to this policy Pres Obma policy is wrong and killing babys for money is wrong and that what we are now doing.

 
2535 05/01/2009 at 09:42:04 AM Self     I would appreciate that no Federal Funds be used on any stem cell research. Killing innocent living creatures isn't good for anyone. Morally or ethically.

Thank You for your interest in my comment!

 
2536 05/01/2009 at 09:42:12 AM Self     I am writing to oppose to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Not only is it fiscally irresponisble but it is offensive morally to many people who will be asked to fund such research. This money should be spent to fund research that is already actually helping cure disease using adult stem cells. Whereas embryonic stem cells have yet to help anyone and only succeed to destroy life.

Where is the tolerance for my values in such spending?

 
2537 05/01/2009 at 09:42:32 AM Self     I am totally against destroying human embryos for research when adult stem cells (bone marrow transplants, etc) show much more promise.

 
2538 05/01/2009 at 09:42:42 AM Self     No more funding of embryonic stem cell research.

 
2539 05/01/2009 at 09:42:56 AM Self     Please, please do not sacrifice human embryos for stem cell research. It is highly known and documented now that cord blood stem cells self adult stem cells are so readily avaible and effective with NO side effects and therefore are a huge alternative.

Thank you,

 
2540 05/01/2009 at 09:43:02 AM Self     The debate is passionate and ongoing to value human life. Most in the US value human life...and since embryonic cells have not produced the help that other adult stem cells have, It really flies in the face of all who value the unborn human life to tromp on the majority of the Americans'heart in the matter to appease those who deny the value of the unborn. Honostly, this sensitive matter boils down to the efforts of liberals to deny the life, respect and value of the unborn human. As a conscientious American..I beg you to not push forward the devaluation of the human embryo, the agenda will not be a healthy one for the human race and the supreme respect for human life.

 
2541 05/01/2009 at 09:43:19 AM Self     I feel embryonic stem cell research is immoral. I do not want my tax dollars funding something I feel is against my beliefs.

There have been no successes to date for embryonic stem cells yet there is documented successes for adult stem cells. Why go the route of the immoral which has no successes while we have an ethical successful route for this research? What is driving this? May God guide your decisions. God Bless You,

 
2542 05/01/2009 at 09:43:23 AM Self     Embryonic stem cell research has failed to produce one viable treatment of a human condition. Alternative stem cell methods, such as adult stem cells continue to produce results and increase hope for those suffering. I believe it is irresponsible and morally offensive to end human lives - even in embryonic form, especially for what is proving to be dead end research.

Our focus should be on developing adult stem cells. We have a way to alleviate suffering. All our resources should be funneled to that research. The NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines should reflect that standard.

Sincerely,

 
2543 05/01/2009 at 09:43:37 AM Self     Out of respect for an innocent human life, I hope that guidelines will not allow further embryonic stem cell research. There have been promising results using adult stem cells and I'm sure many new developments will come if that is considered the main area for research. I realize that there are many in need of a cure for diseases that limit them or cause them pain, but there has to be a way to help them without stepping over boundaries that could lead to a total disregard for the unborn.

 
2544 05/01/2009 at 09:43:41 AM Self     I oppose the destruction of embryos which are tiny human beings for scientific research. The destruction of one human for the benefit of another is unethical, immoral and not consistent with the constitution of the United States as written by our founders of this great nation. This is a slippery slope and will lead to even more destruction of human life.

 
2545 05/01/2009 at 09:43:45 AM Self     Embryonic stem cell research is immoral and should not be done, any more than it is moral to experiment on an adult to the extent that it causes death.

Dr. Seuss had it right: "A person's a person no matter how small."

 
2546 05/01/2009 at 09:44:02 AM Self     I appose the destruction of any human embryos which is human life for research. This is cannibalism of our own species and the destruction of life.

There are many other avenues of research that can be taken that do not kill a human life.

 
2547 05/01/2009 at 09:44:03 AM Self     It is common science that an embryo is alive. I suppose some might question if that alive embryo is human??? How can we forget that an embryo's natural purpose is to grow into a little boy or girl, a son or daughter, a brother or sister. There is no such thing as a "leftover" embryo just as there is no such things as a "leftover" child. All life is important. Please look at the science of adult stem cell research and don't make a decision to end the potential of human life in that tiny precious embryo. Just because science has found a way to stop life at the embryonic stage, certainly doesn't make it ethical.

 
2548 05/01/2009 at 09:44:09 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.

 
2549 05/01/2009 at 09:44:16 AM Self     I am opposed to the stem cell research that would destroy and discard a viable human life (which, by the way, begins at conception). Human life is the gift of God Himself. It is not a science experiment.

 
2550 05/01/2009 at 09:44:28 AM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the 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. I do not want my tax dollars to go to experiments 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. Research is also showing more possibilities use adult stem cells.

 
2551 05/01/2009 at 09:44:42 AM Self     I'm sure you hear many voices like mine crying out against embryonic stem cell research, abortion, etc. All the same, I would like to add my voice to the thousands that I know of who believe that embryonic stem cell research is the destruction of an innocent human life. A government with institutionalized murder cannot survive long. With no absolutes to ground ourselves in, the floods of time will definitely wash us away!

 
2552 05/01/2009 at 09:44:59 AM Self     What if these embryoes were your grandchildren? I am pro-life! I believe that God is the One that creates life and it is He that should end a life. I am opposed to my tax dollars going to the aid of abortion or stem cell research. I understand that skin cell or adult cell research had gotten us answers already so why would we need to kill the innocent for research?!

Please, in your guidelines, omit using taxpayers dollars to fund this. There seem to be plenty of people willing to fund this operation, so maybe you could get donations from them! Sincerely,

 
2553 05/01/2009 at 09:45:01 AM Self     We STRONGLY! oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells!!!

 
2554 05/01/2009 at 09:45:06 AM Self     I'm writing to voice my OPPOSITION to the use of federal funds (American taxpayer money) for research on human embryonic stem cells.

Only private investment should be permitted for such research - there is a fundamental opposition from Americans to the use of American taxes to fund and support a program with such strong moral conflict.

Sincerely,

 
2555 05/01/2009 at 09:45:08 AM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send 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. The Federal Register Notice states, "The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH-funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law." This statement, in no way, holds any truth for what it claims. If it is really claiming to fund research that is ethically responsible and scientifically worthy, then embryonic stem cell research should not be funded or allowed in any extent. It is immoral to kill a living embryo for the sole purpose of experimenting on it. And embryonic stem cells have been studied for 20 years or more, with ZERO results of cures or treatments of any kind. If you were truly trying to fund research that is ethically responsible and scientifically worthy, adult stem cell research is where that funding is needed. Adult stem cells have only been studied for a few short years and already have successfully treated many different diseases. If the true purpose of this research is to help find cures and treatmens for many different diseases, then the money should be put where it will actually achieve results. Embryonic stem cell research is a purely unethical and wasteful use of our money, period.

 
2556 05/01/2009 at 09:45:16 AM Self     To All This Concerns, I am deeply concerned about your desire to use lie human embronic stem cells for scientific study. Why is this necessary? You have available in every state plenty of material from placenta tissue to do the same research and it has been proven to be much more beneficial then the embryonic tissue!! You have nothing to prove to us on where you stand on abortion. We all know! NOW take a step beyond that and consider all the parents longing for a child and can't have one. Are you going to ruin their chances by taking away the one hope they may have? This will certainly not be good for your popularity among the young people hoping to become parents some day!! PLEASE HAVE A HEART! DON'T DESTROY ALL OUR HOPES AND DREAMS!! Sincerly,

 
2557 05/01/2009 at 09:45:17 AM Self     Dear Sir/Madam:

I wish to petition that embryonic stem cells not be among those harvested for research. Existing adult stem cells, or umbilical cord stem cells can be harvested without taking the life of a person, however this is not the case with embryonic. Using tax money to fund embryonic stem cell research would violate the conscience of citizens like myself who object to that source of specimens, at the cost of human lives.

Thank you,

 
2558 05/01/2009 at 09:45:41 AM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send 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. The Federal Register Notice states, "The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH-funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law." This statement, in no way, holds any truth for what it claims. If it is really claiming to fund research that is ethically responsible and scientifically worthy, then embryonic stem cell research should not be funded or allowed in any extent. It is immoral to kill a living embryo for the sole purpose of experimenting on it. And embryonic stem cells have been studied for 20 years or more, with ZERO results of cures or treatments of any kind. If you were truly trying to fund research that is ethically responsible and scientifically worthy, adult stem cell research is where that funding is needed. Adult stem cells have only been studied for a few short years and already have successfully treated many different diseases. If the true purpose of this research is to help find cures and treatmens for many different diseases, then the money should be put where it will actually achieve results. Embryonic stem cell research is a purely unethical and wasteful use of our money, period.

 
2559 05/01/2009 at 09:45:49 AM Self     I am personally against using Human Stem Cells for research as it has already been proven that adult stem cells have been used in 70 different successful operations whereas the Human Stem Cells have not been successful. Human stem cells is the killing of a future human life whereas adult stem cells are taken from a functioning human life. To me, using human stem cells is a form of abortion and millions of babies have already been murdered through the legal, government funded, abortion industry.

 
2560 05/01/2009 at 09:45:50 AM Self     I believe we could find better things to do with tax payers money than kill babies. Some day the leaders are going to stand before God and give an account for the way they have destroyed America. We were once a God fearing nation, and he blessed us. I fear for the future of America.

 
2561 05/01/2009 at 09:45:55 AM Self     I am asking you to oppose President Obama's plan to reverse the policy of our country regarding embryonic stem cell use. This is a bad idea on two levels. Economically, it makes no sense to invest billions in a technology that so far has shown little promise when we have proven and promising results from the use of adult stem cells. Secondly, the embryos that must be destroyed to pursue this research could be adopted. Has anyone considered the impact on social security and other failing programs if we had not aborted 40+ million citizens, many of whom would be in their prime earning years now? I ask the NIH to oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. We can’t afford it, there is demand for the rights to adopt these embryos, and the country is divided almost evenly on the morality of doing this. This is not the change we need.

 
2562 05/01/2009 at 09:46:03 AM Self     I DO NOT SUPPORT President Barack Obama's decision on March 9, 2009 of issuing 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 (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, you officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I DO NOT WANT my tax dollars to go toward experimenting on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, your draft guidelines would require their death. I am opposed to research using human embryonic tissue but I am open to research using stem cells harvested from otherwise discarded umbilical cords.

Thank you,

 
2563 05/01/2009 at 09:46:12 AM Self     As I understand things, there is a good chance that the terminoloy in the stem cell guidelines could state that human embryos will be supposedly taken from those that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I am in opposition to this! My daughter tried for years, along with others that I also know, to become pregnant but couldn't. Recently she and her husband were fortunate enough to find a child to adopt. What a difference that child has made in their lives and in the loved ones lives around them. It seems to me that the far reaching impact of preserving those "leftover" in the name of morality and love are much more beneficial to the building up the quality of peoples lives than the havesting of those "leftovers"! From personal experiences and beliefs, I urge you write the new guidelines in a way that you would not kill the so called "leftovers" but instead promote the future adoption of these living human embryos!

 
2564 05/01/2009 at 09:46:23 AM Self     I hereby express my opposition to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. There has been significant progress with adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells should not be destroyed.

 
2565 05/01/2009 at 09:46:34 AM Self     Please reconsider the expansion of Bush-era limitations on Embryonic Stem Cell lines. Moving beyond the lines established does not bode well, but rather sets scientists on the slippery slope toward experimentation on "young human beings" who cannot protest.

Embryonic stem cell research does not show the ethical restraint necessary to a civil society.

Pluri-potent stem cells have already shown much greater promise and results.

 
2566 05/01/2009 at 09:46:41 AM Self     I oppose these revised guidelines since they allow a broader use of human embryo stem cells. This would allow or encourage some to create human embryos for research purposes. This is an unethical creation of human life and degrades the sanctity and respect for each individual human life.

Such expansion to human embryos is not needed since non-embryo stem cell research is advancing this method of treatment. Embryos are not needed to advance such research.

 
2567 05/01/2009 at 09:46:48 AM Self     Embryonic stem cell research in the private sector and in the foreign research sector have not been the least bit promising. Even James Thompson of the University of Wisconsin who is the pioneer in this field feels that embryonic stem cells are a dead end. The more promising iPSC and adult stem cell research is where the government should put its emphasis.

Since the research on human embryos is so contoversial and is killing innocent human life to such a large section of the American public, embryonic stem cell research should not be conducted by the government nor should government money be used to fund such research.

 
2568 05/01/2009 at 09:47:13 AM       i AM AGAINST THE CREATION AND DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN EMBRYOS.

 
2569 05/01/2009 at 09:47:14 AM Self     To Those it Should Concern:

As you may know, the current policy in place 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. The past 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 the past policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Any incentive that promotes the harvesting of embryos, only to then kill the innocent life for the sake of "research" is not only reminiscent of Hitler's fascist state, but is inherently evil.

President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Now, the NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines would 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.

It is a breach of trust for any government to tax its populace, and then spend some of that money on practices that most of the populace would find reprehensible - and this includes the dubious practice of abortion, and most certainly includes the nefarious practice of harvesting unborn human beings for research.

Please do not let this reproach fall on this nation. We are a principled nation, founded on Judeo-Christian truths, and such truths and rights were never meant for the destruction of a segment of our precious population so that another segement could reseach their remains for the the "hope in the future" that said research would benefit a few. This is a slippery slope, for a nation that is already suffering from the potential of being a drugged, aborted, euthanized, culture of death.

Respectfully Submitted,

 
2570 05/01/2009 at 09:47:22 AM Self     We oppose on moral, conscience, and religious grounds the use of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What your 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. This program: is a violation of our rights (funding of procedures abhorrant to us by forced contribution), will encourage the creation of even more in vitro embryos and possibly encourage more abortions, damage the health of the women the eggs are harvested from (the statistics already prove this contention), will create rights and ownership of genes by commercial and research entities, and spends my money on embryonic stem cell research which has produced no successes or benefits to date. Our tax money would be much better spent on non-controversial programs such as: adult stem cell research which has produced tremendous results, creation of programs for the collection, storage,and banking of stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Research on umbilical cord stem cells could be done without killing human beings (embryos). By the way who will "own" any productive results and research findings generated by this program..the U.S. Government, Taxpayers, or the institutions and private companies?

 
2571 05/01/2009 at 09:47:27 AM Self     I highly oppose the allowance of funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes. I believe promotes the killing of innocent lives if "Man" judges that such person's life be discontinued for a "good" cause because their life is an inconvenience to their own selfishness.

 
2572 05/01/2009 at 09:48:05 AM Self     I am opposed to all embryonic stem cell (ESC) research. I believe that life begins at conception and thus embryonic stem cell research always results in the death of a human baby.

To date there have been no cures or relief from ESC. Yet, adult stem cells have cured or brought relief to patients of over 70 diseases.

Several times the Draft refers to "ethically responsible" and "scientifically worthy". Noticeably absent is "morally responsible". Something which is morally irresponsible (the killing of an unborn human baby) can never be ethical. There are many things which could be scientifically worthy (having worth to the scientific community) which are evil. Recent history notes atrocities done in the name of science.

Morality is a standard of righteousness. Ethics are too often a standard based on consensus of interested parties. If these parties use moral truths to establish ethical boundaries, then the ethics may well be acceptable. However, as in this case, morality is set aside, ethical consensus is no more than the agreement to do evil.

 
2573 05/01/2009 at 09:48:12 AM Self     I oppose the use of my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I ask that they be offered for adoption rather than murdered.

 
2574 05/01/2009 at 09:48:25 AM Self     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) creating an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. The current research with such embryos has been less promising than ethical stem cell research. Individuals with diseases who are hoping for a cure deserve to have government funding spent in areas that are producing results. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for embryonic stem cell research. I am confused, during his campaign he promised to promote good science. April 23, NIH 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. However these types of human embryos have been adopted into families and are children, bothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors. The current guidelines would require their death. I oppose killing these embryos and I oppose being taxed to violate my conscience. I thank my God that my life was not interrupted as an embryo, and I was allowed birth and life. Is there no longer respect for our fellow human beings?

 
2575 05/01/2009 at 09:48:36 AM Self     I am wondering if the decision to again allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos is not a political one instead of a scientific one? After all, in all the research done so far, the ONLY advances that have been made with stem cells have been with adult stem cells and not embryonic stem cells.

 
2576 05/01/2009 at 09:48:40 AM Self     Considering the FACTS that embryonic stem cell research has yielded NO CURE for any disease and that adult stem cell research has yielded known cures for at least 70 diseases, it is unthinkable that this bill gives more tax dollars to embryonic stem cell research. Furthermore, allowing and funding more research only encourages the creation and destruction of human embryos. Considering the fact that most Americans believe in life at conception (in the embryonic stage), it is wrong for our government to spend our tax dollars for acts which we consider immoral.

I am certainly in favor of pursuing cures for diseases. However, doing so at the expense of human life is ironic at best and barbaric at worst. Our efforts and funds ought to go toward research which is actually yielding results and which does not destroy life.

Please reinstate the rules to prohibit creation and destruction of more human embryos. President Bush's policy allowed 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. While this is still unacceptable to me, at least it put a cap on the creation of human embryos for scientific purposes. Furthermore, it discouraged abortions that may be considered acceptable in the name of medical research.

 
2577 05/01/2009 at 09:48:51 AM Self     Dear Sirs: I'm writing to ask you to consider protecting embryonic stem cells from destructive experimentation. I believe these embryos are precious lives. A good friend of mine and her husband adopted frozen embryos ("snowflakes"), and they now have a precious son. Yes, these embryos are lives.

Years ago, those who argued that legalizing Roe V Wade would take us down a slippery slope regarding life issues were ridiculed and mocked. Now look where we are thirty + years later - doctors are performing partial-birth abortions (basically infanticide), and even our current president, during his tenure as an Illinois state senator, argued against giving babies who survived abortions life-saving treatment - instead allowing them to be cast aside to die alone or to have their lives deliberately finished off once it's evident that they're still alive (clearly infanticide). And now you're being asked to oversee the destruction of human life for the purpose of scientific experimentation. I think we're reaching the bottom of that slippery slope.

Sincerely,

 
2578 05/01/2009 at 09:49:05 AM Self     Re: Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines

Using human stem cells for research from cells that weren't used for 'in vitro fertilization,' is morally wrong. Life is precious and valuable. We need to stop destroying it. Our tax dollars should not be supporting such research.

 
2579 05/01/2009 at 09:49:45 AM Self     Please stop killing embryonic cells for research. There are other methods for research that work just as well. Stop spending money on this research.

 
2580 05/01/2009 at 09:49:49 AM Self     First of all, I believe ALL stem cell research should be privately funded. Currently, Embryonic Stem Cell research is privately funded for the most part. Secondly, there is absolutely no indications that it will reap ANY benefits. If our government is going to fund anything, it should be adult stem cell research, which already has shown potential. But again, I don't think any should be funded by the government. Thirdly, it is extremely controversial. Our government serves the whole. Not special interests. Put it to a vote, if you have to. Expose all the truth and let the people decide.

 
2581 05/01/2009 at 09:50:01 AM Self     You state that the purpose of these embryonic stem cells is for reproductive purposes, meaning to produce a child for those who couldn't carry or produce a child. So this is a life and in no way is it ethical to destroy/murder the life whether the parents agree or not. You state "scientifically worthy". How is spending money on research that has not produced any results and taking the money away from adult stem cells that are doing amazing things for cures of all types of diseases & health issue scientifically worthy? Scientific waste of money, resources and precious time for the ill is what it is. American Companies are sending people to other countries to have their adult stem cells grown and then another country to have them injected because it is a political issue in this country, where the abortion industry controls the science because they need the baby parts for their business. Do what is right and stand up for your families health cures that work. Write adoption into your guidelines so people can have children at a low cost. They say we need more people in the USA. Let's populate it with these snowflake children. Suppose you were one of those or your potential grandchild was one of those. Don't waste our money or our children and have real scientific proof before giving money and limit the amount of time to get results. Write really ethical guidelines and allow adoption and put money to adult stem cell research where we can have real cures. You know better than I how many of the researchers have dropped the research because they didn't see ay potential cures for long long times if ever. Don't be political with our lives & health!

 
2582 05/01/2009 at 09:50:23 AM Self     Sir/Madam: We are now sliding down the slippery slope of Eugenics which resembles the progressives of the early 20th century. It culminated in the Holocaust which gave us millions of deaths to those who were deemed less human than others.

Not unlike the Dred Scott Decision of the 19th century, we now deem the Unborn less human than ourselves, thanks to Roe vs. Wade. This includes even those who are partially born. Next will be infanticide and horrifically enough, will include the old, indigent and nom-productive. At 72 years, I'm beginning to fear for my life! High Medicare costs could well justify doing away with the likes of (gulp) me.

Embryonic stem cell research has been called the huge potential of curing ALL sorts of disease.......but in 25 years and billions of dollars of research has produced not one cure. At the same time many cures have been discovered thru Adult stem cell research.

The long and short of this is one question: WHY SPEND GOOD MONEY ON SOMETHING THAT DOESN"T WORK AND TAKE AWAY MONEY FROM THAT WHICH DOES?

 
2583 05/01/2009 at 09:50:23 AM Self     The destruction of human beings for experimental purposes, however laudable the motive, is unethical. It is always wrong intentionally to use other human beings as a means to an end. Embryological science has long shown that our lives as human beings begins at fertilisation. The destruction of embryonic human beings for research purposes cannot, therefore, be justified.

 
2584 05/01/2009 at 09:50:32 AM Self     My belief is that human life begins at conception; therefore, all embryos are human beings although unborn. If these embryos are adopted and implanted in a woman's womb, they will become normally developed human beings. It is wrong to kill human beings for experimentation or to grow parts for other human beings. My understanding is also that non-embryotic stem cells are being used successfully to grow new parts for human beings. These do not require death of an individual. Please do not allow stem cell research to take place on these embryos, but instead encourage research on non-embryotic stem cells.

 
2585 05/01/2009 at 09:50:33 AM Self     It is wrong to create a human life and then kill it for the purpose of extracting stem cells for research. This act places humans on the same level as laboratory rats. Not only is this unethical, embryonic stem cells just don't work as well as adult stem cells. They have a nasty habit of developing tumors. Why bring thousands of lives into existence, only to murder them for their stem cells if the cells won't work anyway? Focus on adult cells. That's where the potential lies.

 
2586 05/01/2009 at 09:51:15 AM Self     The creating and destroying of human life in the name of science, especially science with no proven benefits, is appalling, disgraceful, inhumane, and negligent among so many other things. Adult stem cells already cure 70 diseases while emryonic have yet to cure a single one. Adult stem cell research should have more funding but embryonic should stop immediately. I am strongly opposed to MY money funding the murder of innocent life in the name of science or convenience.

 
2587 05/01/2009 at 09:51:28 AM Self     Adult stem cell research has provided treatments and cures for patients suffering from over 70 diseases and conditions. Contrary to these successes, destructive embryonic stem cell research has yet to provide consistent successful treatments for patients.

There is no reason to sustain research in a controversial area when proven results in another area with tax dollar support is justifiable.

 
2588 05/01/2009 at 09:51:29 AM Organization     We do not believe in government funding of a "private matter" such as embryonic stem cell research!

 
2589 05/01/2009 at 09:51:29 AM Self     "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. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells"——I feel that using these embryonic stem stem cells for this purpose is unethical, especially when research employing adult stem cells has proven so successful.

I feel that the decision to give tax dollars to such controversial research should be reserved to a vote of congress and should not be enacted by the executive branch. I was appalled by how the Bush administration made sweeping decisions that should have been made by the legislative branch and expanded the executive branch's power to undue levels. Now I see the current Obama administration doing the same thing.

 
2590 05/01/2009 at 09:51:31 AM Self     I respectfully submit to you that embryonic stem cell research is neither "ethically responsible or scientifically worthy" - both for which you claim to strive. Let's pour our effort into adult stem cell research, already proven to show results and not cross the ethical line. May God give you wisdom to make the politically-incorrect choice for what is right and good in His sight.

 
2591 05/01/2009 at 09:51:41 AM Self     I do not think it is necessary to do embryonic cell research. They are having so much more success with adult cells.Using those cells is murder to me because if the sperm and the egg do not get together somewhere either the body or in research tube or even a basting tube as some use there would never be life period. I do not agree with the president on this

 
2592 05/01/2009 at 09:51:51 AM Organization Calvary Baptist Church 988 Post Road, Darien, CT. 06820 I believe that the stem cells of adults have been demonstrated to be helpful in the curing of disease but that there is no evidence that embryonic stem cells have been effective in any way for the curing of disease. We have done research in the past with embryonic stem cells and since this has been ineffective I would urge you to not fund this research but to instead put the funds to work with adult stem cells. Thank you.

 
2593 05/01/2009 at 09:51:53 AM Self     I oppose the NIH funding of embryonic stem cell research. This would be one step of many down a road I don't believe this nation needs to go and would someday regret.

The positive research from adult stem cell research is much more promising. Let's stay in that vein, please!

 
2594 05/01/2009 at 09:51:56 AM Self     The creating and destroying of human life in the name of science, especially science with no proven benefits, is appalling, disgraceful, inhumane, and negligent among so many other things. Adult stem cells already cure 70 diseases while emryonic have yet to cure a single one. Adult stem cell research should have more funding but embryonic should stop immediately. I am strongly opposed to MY money funding the murder of innocent life in the name of science or convenience.

 
2595 05/01/2009 at 09:52:00 AM Self     Please do not provide federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research. Please consider that adult stem cell research that does not destroy life has proven more effective than any embryonic stem cell research.

 
2596 05/01/2009 at 09:52:06 AM Self     President Obama and the National Institute of Health, Please do not allow any funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research. I pray that all Embryonic Stem Cell Reasearch be discontinued. Our family thanks you. God Bless you and your families,

 



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