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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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2598 05/01/2009 at 09:52:40 AM Self     To Whom It May Concern, I plead with you to stop embryonic stem cell research which would stop further killing of human embryos for their cells. I do not want my tax dollars to be used to kill these embryos and to to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I would much rather see you promoting the adoption of these human embryos. Promoting research on adult stem cells is a unique opportunity to help many needy people without taking the life of another person. Why should one person die to heal another, especially with no consent allowed by the embryo? Thank you for listening.

 
2599 05/01/2009 at 09:52:54 AM Self     Stem Cell research has advanced beyond the need of destroying Human embryo's. I strongly oppose this destruction of life

 
2600 05/01/2009 at 09:52:58 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for any research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2601 05/01/2009 at 09:53:08 AM Organization Priests for Life -Gospel of life www.priestsforlife.org My question has not been answered by our President Barack H. Obama, by Senator Dianne Feinstein -we do not have straight up answers and we who are Catholic Respect for Life are placed on the DHS Report "watchlist"

In June of 2004 the OC Register Newspaper reported the reasoned rejection of President George W.Bush "BAN on Partial Birth Abortion. The rejection came from Clinton appointee,US Justice Phyllis Hamilton, she rejected the BUSH BAN on "women's choice is paramount and the UNBORN'S PAIN is therefore "IRRELEVANT"-this right for women is determined as "Sweeping choice>to the birth of a child" And to date the ACLU wants to investigate TORTURE tactics used on terrorist's suspects after 9/11/01.

(D) Dianne Feinstein, President Barack H. Obama, and first lady Mitchelle Obama reasoned diffently than US Justice Phyllis Hamilton : "no exception for health of mother in SB BAN 3" (documents filed-Senator Dianne Feinstein sent copy to me.

When US justice Phyllis Hamilton made it plain "pro-choice through to birth of child" for rejection of BAN on partial birth abortion. Does this reasoning sit well with our christian President of these United States when he speaks of "waterboard" torture tactics on those who probably planned the death of over 3,000 american's on 9/11/01?? (what of a dear child's protection from doctor's who are on trial for championing choice through to birth of the child?? Fetal rights bill? "Unborn Victims of Violence Protection Act"? President Barack H. OBama?? -Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation" written by President Ronald Reagan will prove every talking point for me.

Answers, looking for answers not LIES.

STANDING 1 PETER 1:3 HOPE

 
2602 05/01/2009 at 09:53:13 AM Self     We oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2603 05/01/2009 at 09:53:14 AM Self     I believe that these guidelines will permit the use of my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. And, that, instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Therefore, I am opposed to these regulations.

 
2604 05/01/2009 at 09:53:36 AM Self     Research should be done on stem cells. However, research has been done on embyonic stems cell for almost a century with no proven results. Adult stem cells are already curing diseases and being used to treat others. Research on embryonic stem cells has not produced on cure, one treatment, one anything. It's like beating a dead horse. It's not working, move on. Adult stem cell research is working with proven results. Humbly submit yourself to the facts, pick up and move forward with methods that are proven and are morally ethical.

 
2605 05/01/2009 at 09:53:42 AM Self     Adult stem cell research is effective and already used to treat a multitude of diseases. Embryonic stem cells are unproven and do not currently treat disease. Embryonic stem cell research shows a disregard for life. We should not be manipulating life to do experiments, no matter what the potential benefits, which are as of yet none.

 
2606 05/01/2009 at 09:54:13 AM Self     The advancements in medicine due to stem cell research is almost entirely in the adult stem cell arena. That holds the most promise for us, and that is where, I believe, we should be concentrating our effort and funding.

 
2607 05/01/2009 at 09:54:15 AM Self     As an American citizen who values life, I personally OPPOSE ANY TAX PAYER FUNDING of any form embryonic stem cell experimentation. It has already been proven that adult human stem cells have worked on over 70 diseases/illnesses, yet not one time have embryonic stem cells helped in any disease. It is time to abandon the use of embryonic stem cells which do not work and focus adult human stem cells which do.

 
2608 05/01/2009 at 09:54:28 AM Organization     Embryonic stem cell research encourages abortion, which is an obamination. Further, to my understanding, the research shows that the adult stem cells are the useful ones. Thank you for your time,

 
2609 05/01/2009 at 09:54:30 AM Self     Embyonic stem cell research is doomed, because the more relevant Adult stem cell research has shown successful results in treating many diseases. I am against experimenting on little humans in the embryo state, i thank my mother i was not given up for a test tube experiment.

 
2610 05/01/2009 at 09:54:56 AM Self     I disagree with President Obama's act of negating what President Bush did. Too much of taxpayers money goes to things that go against a lot of their principals and convictions. So I do not agree with the so called research on stem cells from IVF embryos. People will be donating their sperm and eggs for money or thinking they are doing a good deed, and I feel you are tampering with things that you shouldn't (you know like Dr. Frankenstein.) Trust God for breakthroughs in healings, miracles, and witty inventions that do not make the scientist out to be something he isn't.

 
2611 05/01/2009 at 09:55:07 AM Self     I would ask that tax payer monies NOT be used for embryonic stem cell research. There are two major reasons for this:

1. It has been proven repeatedly that embryonic stem cells are not research reliable. They often grow into tumors. Research using these stem cells has offered very little in the way of medical advances. However, research using adult stem cells has been extremely successful. So, why WASTE tax payer monies on a "dead end street" (embryonic stem cells) when there is a sure thing (adult stem cells). It just seems prudent.

2. Adult stem cells are specific cells for study of human functions. Embryonic stem cells are not specific at this early stage as they are in process of developing into a viable human being. This being the case, could we not be destroying something that has great potential? I would prefer we not go down this road by using embryonic stems cells for research.

Thank you for considering my opinions.

 
2612 05/01/2009 at 09:55:15 AM Self     Please do not permit embryonic stem cell research to expand, with the likely result of the increased slaughter of the unborn. Adult stem cells have a good track record. Please focus on this aspect of research instead.

 
2613 05/01/2009 at 09:55:18 AM Self     The excerpted sentence (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.)from the proposed draft refers to embryos resulting from invitro fertilization. This make them no less human. Using them in research that ultimately destroys them is notheing less then killing another human. Thank you for not funding ESR.

 
2614 05/01/2009 at 09:55:19 AM Self     The embryos that will be destroyed under these new guidelines were created (as stated in the draft) for reproductive purposes.

These embryos are already human babies that would thrive and grow if implanted in a human womb as has been done many times before.

I am totally against killing innocent life by destroying these embryos. What could be more vulnerable than a little baby?

Initially our government was created to protect life NOT destroy life!

 
2615 05/01/2009 at 09:55:28 AM Self     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. 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 oppossed to this action. Experimenting on humans is inhuman.

 
2616 05/01/2009 at 09:55:36 AM Self     Regardless of one's view of the morality of using embryonic stem-cells (ESC), it is utterly insane to continue down that path when adult stem-cells have demonstrated the greatest hope for therapuetic therapy. Moreover, adult stem-cells are several order of magnitude cheaper to acquire then are ESC's.

Another advantage of adult stem-cells is that, when taken from the patient to be treated, there is no rejection problem.

It is not illegal to use embryonic stem-cells; the only issue is whether taxpayer's money should be used for their study. It must be obvious that private venture capitalist's would be funding research of ESC's if there was any reasonable hope of success, because they are now investing hundreds of millions of dollars using adult stem-cell research - and with great success.

For God's sake, stop blowing tax-payer's money on ESC research!

 
2617 05/01/2009 at 09:55:44 AM Self     We are "opposed" to the US Government using our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead, we these embryos should be available for adoption.

Thank you.

 
2618 05/01/2009 at 09:55:54 AM Self     WE DO NOT WANT OUR TAX DOLLARS FUNDING for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes. We and our friends are totally opposed for the further killing of human embryos for their cells. This is SICKENING!!! Never will WE AND OUR FRIENDS support this and Obama's sick thoughts and Congress on this research!!! It is hard to imagine a person (SICK) would even support this act and I will fight until the end on this! Personally, I don't know how a person can look at his children and have at one time used him or her in a stem cell research!!! SICK! SICK! AND EVIL!

 
2619 05/01/2009 at 09:56:00 AM Self     Federal funds should not be used to fund human embryonic stem cell research.

 
2620 05/01/2009 at 09:56:01 AM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

We object to using tax-payer money - our money - to fund embryonic stem cell research on the grounds that embryonic stem cell research is both immmoral and ineffective.

Adult stem cells have, to date, proven effective in treating close to 100 different diseases while embryonic stem cells are not only immorally obtained but have failed to provide treatment for even 1 disease. Various cancers, cardiovascular diseases, immunodeficiencies, blood conditions, auto-immune diseases - and neural degenerative diseases including the much-hyped Parkinson's Disease - have been successfully treated with adult stem cells.

Why doesn't the Press tout these successes?

Why is the NIH not recommending tax payer money fund additional adult stem cell research in lieu of funding the ineffective embryonic stem cell research?

Common-sense would dictate that a limited source of money be invested wisely in research proven effective rather than throwing it to an ineffective and immoral type of research(after all, taxpayers do have a limited amount of money to pay in taxes whether the Government wants to believe it or not).

Please do not fund embryonic stem cell research.

Sincerely,

 
2621 05/01/2009 at 09:56:05 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.

 
2622 05/01/2009 at 09:56:19 AM Self     Embryonic stem cells have resulted in zero treatments for disease while adult stem cells have at least 70 issues they can address. Why destroy human embryos (who have all their dna)for no purpose? The embryonic stem cells have caused more problems such as tumors in the people treated with them.

 
2623 05/01/2009 at 09:56:51 AM Self     I am opposed to your use of my taxpayers dollars to fund experiments that destroy human embryos when a promising alternative exists in the form of adult stem cell research which has already shown great results while not much has come of human embryo experimentation except more destruction of more embryos. I ask why you would want to use an unethical means of obtaining human stem cells when the ethical means is the only means that has shown any promise in curing any diseases to this point.

 
2624 05/01/2009 at 09:57:06 AM Self     In addition to the moral and ethical reasons to reject testing on embryonic stem cells,, the medical research community has made it clear that those cells are risky and undesirable from a scientific perspective. Adult stem cells are better, and have proven successful. Obviously, it is poor judgment to risk bad results with unethical use of embryonic cells, when the adult cells have already proven to be better and more effective.

 
2625 05/01/2009 at 09:57:07 AM Self     I, as an American citizen, want to protest any further embryonic stem cell research. It is my understanding that great strides are being made with Adult stem cells. This use would remove the necessity of killing embryo's. Thank You,

 
2626 05/01/2009 at 09:57:10 AM Self     It is important that only research on adult stem cells be allowed. Since science has proven that embryonic stem cell research is not only ineffective, but dangerous to those who receive these kinds of cells, it is useless to continue to pursue the death of unborn children for this kind of pursuit. Continue to use adult stem cells and watch the progress of medicine as this research is not only ethical, but successful.

 
2627 05/01/2009 at 09:57:19 AM Self     Where has there been one single, successful treatment of disease, using embryonic stem cell research, in the past? There has been previous research, but no successes. That is not the case for adult stem cell research that has produced many successful treatments. Why wouldn't we went to use finite resources to fund successful research to produce more positive outcomes. The statement, "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." neglects to state that the embryo is discarded like so much garbage. The statement, "the embryo was created for reproductive purposes, the embryo was no longer needed for these purposes, informed consent was obtained for the donation of the embryo, and no financial inducements were provided for donation of the embryo." is supposed to justify taking out the trash?

Funding what has essentially been dead end research versus ignoring the proven successes of adult stem cell research for funding reminds me of the "science" of Comrade Lysenko. Is that what we have come to today? Science replaced by politics. No good will come of that.

 
2628 05/01/2009 at 09:57:42 AM Self     I oppose the use of Human Embryos to gain Stem cells for research purposes. The Adult stem cells have proven to be a successful method to advance cures for various diseases and I believe the research money should be devoted to this avenue of stem cells instead of destroying human embryos to gain stem cells.

 
2629 05/01/2009 at 09:57:43 AM Self     I OPPOSE federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I OPPOSE 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.

 
2630 05/01/2009 at 09:57:43 AM Self     I do not support the use of embryonic stem cells for any further research. All the advances and successes in stem cell research to date have been with adult stem cells, not embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars being spent on the unsuccessful and unethical stem cell research.

 
2631 05/01/2009 at 09:58:12 AM Self     Dear Me. President,

PLEASE do NOT use stem cells for research. We value life and find the use of cells for frivilous research APPALLING and NOT ETHICAL.

 
2632 05/01/2009 at 09:58:29 AM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cell research has PROVEN to be succesful.

 
2633 05/01/2009 at 09:58:31 AM Self     Experimenting with humans at any stage of development is heinous and wrong. Adult stem cells have proven to be effective and to have positive potential to improve health and life expectancy in many venues. At a time when the nation's money is at such a premium, how can we use any of it to kill and experiment on living organisms?

 
2634 05/01/2009 at 09:58:44 AM Self     Why do you people continue to insist on killing human embryos to use their stem cells, when those stem cells have not provided any cures after 25 years of trying? Adult stem cells have already proved useful and effective in many ways and you don't have to kill the adult to use their stem cells. Is there no one left with a logical, rational brain in your midst? Please release yourselves from the big agenda of the radical, and now, mainstream left who keep pushing all this irrational garbage. They don't really care about cures, it's all about making their agenda (which is to devalue embryonic life so abortion can as normal as flossing your teeth) a reality.

 
2635 05/01/2009 at 09:58:54 AM Self     We oppose the use of federal funds to help "destroy" human embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have shown and delivered great promise in treating many diseases. Our money should be spent there.

 
2636 05/01/2009 at 09:59:06 AM Self     Dear Mr. President,

PLEASE do NOT use stem cells for research. We value life and find the use of cells for frivilous research APPALLING and NOT ETHICAL.

 
2637 05/01/2009 at 09:59:25 AM Self     Please rescind the draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. We do not agree woth using our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead, we encourage adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Thanks -

 
2638 05/01/2009 at 10:00:49 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please do not put the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines into use.

Thank you.

 
2639 05/01/2009 at 10:01:01 AM Self     I am deeply opposed to the federal government using my taxes to destroy human embryos. This is a moral and ethical issue that has no place in a society that values life, and I am deeply offended that you would make me support this financially.

 
2640 05/01/2009 at 10:01:16 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars to fund the murder of embryos. The adult stem cells are much more productive and readily more available than the embryonic stem cells and are proven to be useful. Please reinstate the former restrictions that were more than adequate. Thank you,

 
2641 05/01/2009 at 10:01:19 AM Self     I oppose these regulations. They encourage the killing of human embryos without any indication we will be better off as a society. This just puts us further down the slippery slope of devalueing life.

 
2642 05/01/2009 at 10:01:22 AM Self     This allocation os federal money is unfair. This is using taxpayers dollars who do not agree with stem cell research from in vitro fertilization for just that. Why can't we promote that these children be adopted instead of throwing a life away? Please reconsider this policy.

 
2643 05/01/2009 at 10:01:27 AM Self     I am morally opposed to the killing of human embryos for their cells.

 
2644 05/01/2009 at 10:01:28 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars going to pay for the killing of "leftover" babies (embryos) or any kind of babies. I believe that life begins at conception and that EVERY baby is a gift from God - not to be used for scientific experimentation!

 
2645 05/01/2009 at 10:01:33 AM Self     We are oppossed to embryonic stem cell research. Our tax money should not be used for something we vehemently are against! The other types of stem cell research are acceptable but not where embryos are put to death!! You know as well as we that a market would form and abortion would be profitable for many. We are as strongly against abortion!!!!!!

 
2646 05/01/2009 at 10:01:41 AM Self     Please consider that the proposed research activities are contrary to any moral scientific effort since they involve the killing of life in its beginning and vulnerable stages. As a retired engineering researcher and man of faith, I urge you to consider this fact. Each participant in this unfolding protocol must choose whom they will serve, a system designed to generate more research money or one that respects life. "Thou shall not kill" is just as applicable to embryos as to the elderly or anyone else. We are all held accountable to decisions we make. Make a difference in a this world by making the right choice.

 
2647 05/01/2009 at 10:01:44 AM Self     Please do NOT to use my tax dollars to support this unethical practice. The adult stem cells have shown better results without nearly the adverse outcomes as they have gotten with embryonic stem cells.

 
2648 05/01/2009 at 10:02:07 AM Self     This is regarding the NIH odraft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send American citizen's 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 believe this is unethical and devalues human life. We do not wish our tax dollars to pay for this.

 
2649 05/01/2009 at 10:02:40 AM Self     I oppose the use of taxpayer moneys to fund the useles waste of human embryos for study by what I would term as mad scientists, you have to be crazy to be willing to create and kill human beings for supposed research. If you want to do reasearch why not study the evidence that all the efforts put into enbryonic research has not produced one single cure or treatment for anything, But adult stem cell research has produced great results. This is none other than another waste of tax payer monies by a government and so called scientists that dont believe that when a man and woman come togeher that intimate bond produces a human embryo,that has a right to life. The root problem here is ignorance, there is a God and your not Him.

 
2650 05/01/2009 at 10:02:54 AM Self     Please refrain from passing measures that would permit testing on embryos. Would you want someone to do this with the embryo of your child or grandchild? These embryos are future babies. This is murder and you are an accomplice. I object sending my tax dollars to experiment on these so called 'left over' embryos. Please promote the adoption of these human embryos instead.

 
2651 05/01/2009 at 10:02:55 AM Self     please do not vote to create human embryos for experimentation, destruction, or harvesting of human parts. This is a very dangerous and inhuman activity. If you have any decency about you, you will not vote for such a degrading use of human beings. Hitlerian.

 
2652 05/01/2009 at 10:03:00 AM Self     Please do not allow the destruction of more human embryos. There has been success using umbilical stem cells and that does not destroy innocent human life. Human embryos are humans being murdered in the name of science. We have no right to play God with these embryos and use them to our benefit. This is destroying LIFE.

 
2653 05/01/2009 at 10:03:23 AM Self     I am STRONGLY opposed to any "so called" Stem cell Embryonic research and am asking that any such cease immediately.

 
2654 05/01/2009 at 10:03:37 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2655 05/01/2009 at 10:03:52 AM Self     Why are you doing this? Why aren't you using adult stem cells which have proven to be successful in many cases? Please quit experimenting on these pre-born human beings.

 
2656 05/01/2009 at 10:04:05 AM Self     The destruction of life is reprehensible, there are other cells available for this research. The government can not supplant God as much as some in government would like that. Please do not pursue this line of research it will never offset the moral cost to our nation. If waterboarding is torture then this reearch is murder.

 
2657 05/01/2009 at 10:04:06 AM Self     I am strongly opposed to the use of my tax dollars for research on human embryonic 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. How can you live with that knowledge? There has been so many breakthroughs in the use of adult stem cells. Why not use all the funds available to fund this promising research and promote adoption of the embryonic cells.

 
2658 05/01/2009 at 10:04:21 AM Self     President Oboma,

I am very very much against the funding for ESCR now or ever! It has been proven that adult stem cell is much better. Why kill any one ever, for reserch? Be a CHRISTIAN and do not fund any thing or any one that kills any one. Embryos are people! We do not need another holocaust! You do not have the right to decide the fait of the embryos, only GOD has that right. The comandment says: Thou shall not kill. It does not say that you or any one can kill even an embryo,fetus,child or an adult when you want. Show the world that you can be a true leader and stop this evil of killing!

 
2659 05/01/2009 at 10:04:25 AM Self     I am strongly opposed to the use of embrionic stem cells for the pourpose of expermentation. In the period of time that this research has been done, no viable use has been created , with the exception of the creation of jobs using tax payer money. therefore since the common good of the people is not being served, as stated in the Constitution of the United States the project needs to be de-funded and the money spent on the reduction of the debt that Washington D.C. has imposed on us.

 
2660 05/01/2009 at 10:04:40 AM Self     I strongly opposne the use of taxpayer dollars to fund the experimentation research on stem cells taken from human embryos. These embryos are "supposedly" leftover from in vitro fertizlation. Let's promote the the adoption of these human embryos instead of requiring their death.

 
2661 05/01/2009 at 10:05:00 AM Self     ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law

A point is made that it is only the stem cells that are used, and that is not the embryo. But, if in the use of the stem cells, the embryo is destroyed, therein lies the question of whether this is "ethically responsible or scientifically worthy". There has been so much success with adult stem cell research and no success with embryonic in the 20+ years it has been tried. Because of this, the fact that there is a question as to whether this is an ethical procedure makes it clear that it should not be utilized. Our country should be better than this. We should not push ethical envelopes that play with the very basics of life. There is too much room for corruption. Why not just leave it alone and resist the road that can lead there.

 
2662 05/01/2009 at 10:05:22 AM Self     I oppose the use of 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.

 
2663 05/01/2009 at 10:05:30 AM Self     I don't want my tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos

 
2664 05/01/2009 at 10:05:32 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.

 
2665 05/01/2009 at 10:05:44 AM Self     I am opposed to research on human embryonic stem cells. Stem cell research will never be justified because it fails to recognize that the value of life is in its essence, not its utility. Please stop such a practice, for it supposes that we as men can play God.

 
2666 05/01/2009 at 10:05:57 AM Self     Hi, I am writing in opposition to the embryonic stem cell usage for research. I oppose "killing" these babies in the name of research and I also understand that even if it took place the "leftover" cells would be "discarded" instead of put out for adoption. Research so far indicates much success with adult stem cells and disease treatment. I believe we should continue to concentrate on the use of adult stem cells where success has already been shown.

 
2667 05/01/2009 at 10:06:03 AM Self     Deuteronomy 30:19,20 states, "I set before yout his day-life and death, blessing and cursing..CHOOSE LIFE, that you may live, you and your seed, by loving the Lord thy God, obeying His voice and holding fast to Him, for this is yor life and the length of your days that you may live..." By choosing abortion, the creating of life for destruction, etc, this country is choosing death and the curse. The Bible is not just a book w/a lot of stories in it. It is for instruction, teaching, and correction. Whether you believe it or not, God is and there will be a day of reckoning when those who have imposed ungodliness on this country will give an account. The blood of over 500 million babies are on those hands....

 
2668 05/01/2009 at 10:06:08 AM Self     Please respect human life and do not use Federal funds to support embryonic stem cell research because this destroys human life. President Obama said that he would not spend taxpayer dollars if he did not need to because the adult stem cells were working and they are working. Please ask him to keep his word on this issue.

Thanks,

 
2669 05/01/2009 at 10:06:20 AM Self     I am opposed to research on human embryonic stem cells. Stem cell research will never be justified because it fails to recognize that the value of life is in its essence, not its utility. Please stop such a practice, for it supposes that we as men can play God.

 
2670 05/01/2009 at 10:06:33 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2671 05/01/2009 at 10:06:34 AM Self     Please do not allow human embryos to be destroyed, and we, as voters are against research on human embryonic stem cells. These words we use "embryonic cells" are politically correct words for unborn babies. These are human life, please reconsider the new drafted guidelines under the new administration and over turn them. Please choose life. Thank you

 
2672 05/01/2009 at 10:06:41 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of Federal money, money that has been made available via taxpayer dollars. I believe it is morally wrong to use human embryonic cells for scientific use. Science has uncovered other proven methods that have proved successful in helping other human beings. Please don't make me pay for something I believe is morally wrong. The means do not justify the ends.

 
2673 05/01/2009 at 10:06:50 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem and ask that you do not do this. We are not given children for this purpose. Please use umbilical or adult stem cells for this research.

Thank you.

 
2674 05/01/2009 at 10:06:51 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2675 05/01/2009 at 10:07:17 AM Self     Please do not use our taxpayer dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. That method has been downgraded in it's potential effectiveness by those involved in the research including the gentleman who cloned the sheep. Why not put it toward ips and adult stem cell research and other more promising techniques that are also less morally objectionable?

 
2676 05/01/2009 at 10:07:30 AM Self     I am very saddened over President Obama's decision to allow federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. The previous EO that allowed research on existing lines that were established prior to that date in 2001 was bad enough, but now to open the door to permit the destruction of thousands of human beings in the name of research is unconscionable. To intentionally sacrifice one human being without his consent for the benefit of another is wrong. Even your own guidelines acknowledge that you will be ending the life of a person.

"Studies of human embryonic stem cells may yield information about the complex events that occur during human development."

To extract the stem cells from that embryo you will have to kill that individual and that is just wrong.

Please don't let this happen.

 
2677 05/01/2009 at 10:08:00 AM Self     It is simply wrong to encourage the death of tiny unborn babies as a sacrifice for the good of the many. This is especially true when promising results have already been obtained from adult stem cell research, strongly suggesting that there is more than simple expediency at work in the destruction of human embryos. Please do what is right and preserve the lives of the unborn lives and do NOT encourage stem cell research, unless it is adult stem cell research.

 
2678 05/01/2009 at 10:08:15 AM Self     National Institutes of Health: I am strongly against using embryonic stem cell research that comes from embryonic used after March 9th of this year, and especially using my tax dollars to continue using these embryos for death and not life. In others words please continue to follow the guide lines of President Bush's policy. That embryonic stem cells taken from human embroyes so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. It is offensive to me that human emryos are called "Leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

 
2679 05/01/2009 at 10:08:52 AM Self     Please do not destry/kill human embryos through research, when there have been so many promising advances in the area of adult stem cell research and very little to no evidence of any cures through embryonic stem cell research.

 
2680 05/01/2009 at 10:09:03 AM Self     I oppose any tax payer funding of embryonic stem cell research. I believe that it is ethically and morally wrong. There are no scientific reports that conclude that this research surpasses the use of adult stem cells.

 
2681 05/01/2009 at 10:09:03 AM Self     Using human embryos for testing is immoral. It should not be taking place when we have such other options as adult stem cells to research and use without killing the human being whose cells are being used for testing. Please do not allow this to continue, especially with my tax dollard doing the funding.

 
2682 05/01/2009 at 10:09:42 AM Self     I urge you to rule against the use of embryonic stem cells for research and experimentation. All of the advances have come from adult stem cells or those obtained from means other than killing embryos.

 
2683 05/01/2009 at 10:10:00 AM Self     Dear Sir or Madam:

Please be advised that I respectfully but vigorously oppose any attempt to use public funds, which include my tax dollars, to pay for the funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Although it is very easy to become de-sensitized to the personal nature of things, these embryos are human in every way, they are not mere research components and the proposed research requires their destruction and the ending of life.

As you know, there are promising alternatives, such as adult stem cells, that offer great promise for medical advances. They require no destruction of life to proceed. When these two alternatives are weighed in the balance, there can be no question which is the right road.

This is particularly true when the funds are public funds, taxed from private citizens. When tax dollars are used for immoral purposed or have immoral consequences, all citizens who are taxed are participants. I respectfully object to the use of my tax dollars to fund the immorality of ending life.

Therefore, I urge you in the strongest possible terms to choose life in the developing of rules and guidelines in matters involving embryonic stem cells.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

 
2684 05/01/2009 at 10:10:07 AM Self     We believe that the advances in adult stem cell research have far outshown the meager findings using other sources. We believe that life begins at fertilization and therefore work done on embryos is actually murder. We realize that there are embryos left from some forms of fertilization but there are better actions concerning those than as a source of embryonic stem cells. This is the begining of a slippery slope that could well move into "embryo farms" for this purpose as well as spill over into harvesting organs from those not yet dead but "surely" at that point. Foolish, you say? There are safeguards in place, you say? Well, there are safeguards in place to protect the use of embryos for this purpose and yet we are now teetering on the brink of that great chasm. Do not allow embryonic stem cell research. It will only cause damage.

 
2685 05/01/2009 at 10:10:30 AM Self     President Obama, There are ways to do research without using the cells from an embyo such as adult cells. Please end the stem cell research using embryos. Thank you for your consideration,

 
2686 05/01/2009 at 10:10:51 AM Self     In many cases laws or exceutive orders are written in such a way that a lawyer would need to interpret and i can't afford such so i just want to say i am against any law or order that has to destroy a human life in order to complete research.

 
2687 05/01/2009 at 10:11:23 AM Self     Your (HIH) guidelines for distributing funds for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) are questionable. Please know that I strongly oppose using my tax dollars to fund 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 require their death. Please take time to re-evaluate these guidelines. No american should be required to subsidize such gruesome experimentation in the name of science. Thank you for your time.

 
2688 05/01/2009 at 10:12:00 AM Organization Saint Rita R.C. Church 275 Shepherd Ave Brooklyn, NY 11208 WE ARE OPPOSED TO ANY EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH!

 
2689 05/01/2009 at 10:12:17 AM Self     It has been proven that adult stem cells work, embryo cell don't.

Besides the moral issues of it, to use embryo stem cells, it doesn't make sense to use anything that doesn't work! It's wasteful to say the least, of human life, of money.

Why not focus on methods that have shown they work?

 
2690 05/01/2009 at 10:12:23 AM Self     As I read through the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, one sentence stands out, "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". My question is who should determine when a life created through IVF (in vitro fertilization) for "reproductive purposes" is no longer needed? It is my understanding that IVF was developed to allow a husband and wife who could not naturally conveive children, to still do so through the IVF process. So if an embryo created IVF has the potential upon the first cell division, to develop into a needy happy baby boy or girl who truly will take the responsibility to snuff out that life for the sake of research? Someone has determined that decision is not above their pay grade. From reports I have heard human stem cell research has yielded actual positive fruitful results. Please show us what has been positive or fruitful about embryonic stem cell research. Hasn't there been negative and damaging results if any? And if there are no research results from a destroyed life why fund it? Instead fund adult stem cell research.

 
2691 05/01/2009 at 10:12:35 AM Self     I believe that the use of embryonic stem cells for research is unethical and a waste of taxpayer money given the lack of promise it has shown in contrast to the use of adult stem cells.

Current regulations including "Long-standing Department of Health and Human Services regulations for Protection of Human Subjects, 45 CFR part 46, establish safeguards for individuals who are the sources of many human tissues used in research, including non-embryonic human adult stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells". However, use of embryonic stem cells for research purposes kills the human source. There are no logical arguments that killing a human being is a form of protecting them as the source of human tissues used in research.

Further, embryonic stem cells have shown little success due to our inability to control their development, whereas adult stem cells, already tailored to specific components of the body, provide much more predictable and controllable development. I believe our tax dollars should support stem cell research using only adult stem cells which are showing promise of success.

Thank you.

 
2692 05/01/2009 at 10:12:38 AM Self     President Obama I am writing to ask you please re-consider your executive order that overturned President Bush's policy on embryonic stem cell reserrch and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. It is not my desire, nor is it the desire of many of my colleagues, to send my/our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Yes, stem cell research is a necessity for combating disease. However, this type of research can and should continue to be carried out only as per President Bush's order placing a specific time constraint for experimenting on cells (those obtained prior to August 9, 2001) or by utilizing stem cells harvested from the umbilical cords of live birth children. Where is your regard for the sanctity of human life? God states that He knows us before we were formed in the womb. If that is the case, why destroy the lives that God views as precious to Himself.

 
2693 05/01/2009 at 10:12:47 AM Self     I am deeply disturbed about using my tax dollars to support and sanction the expermentation on stem cells taken from human embryos that are supposedly "leftover" from invitro fertilization. Adoption should be promoted rather that killing the embryos. As to date there is no scientific evidence that "embryonic stem cell research" has provided any benefit in the treatment of illness, whereas adult stem research is showing great signs of helping in the treatment of many health concerns. Why are we spending our money this way? I want to state my strong opposition to this practice.

 
2694 05/01/2009 at 10:12:51 AM Self     On April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars and that of many other pro-life taxpayers 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.

Why is it that the Obama administration and the NIH are so "head strong" on this issue when the evidence shows that there has been greater success and greater promise with adult stem cells and those of the umbilical cords? Are you aware that there has also been experimentation with synthetic created cells that with further research and trials could circumvent this controversial issue altogether? There is an agenda here to do whatever it takes to abandon the sanctity of human life regardless of much more promising alternatives.

I implore you to please reconsider these guidelines and draft those in accordance with what has already been proven more medically successful.

 
2695 05/01/2009 at 10:12:51 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars spent experimenting on stem cells taken from human embryos. This money would be better spent promoting adoption of these human embryos, not granting incentives for killing them. Please check your conscience and realize that this is a barbaric act against the defenseless.

 
2696 05/01/2009 at 10:13:01 AM Self     please do not fund any research that requires the killing of human embryos, it is unnecessary and it is poor science

 
2697 05/01/2009 at 10:13:11 AM Self     I am adamantly opposed to experimentation which uses embryonic stem cells. Even elementary biology teaches that human life begins with the union of sperm and ovum. Though human life in its very earliest stage does not resemble the finished product which emerges with birth, it is undeniably human life. In fact, human life is continuously moving from stage to stage of viability and beauty. A person who has lived to be 100 bears little resemblance to his/her birth state.

It could be argued that a person is never truly a finished product. Does that put people at risk throughout life if they are below the accepted standard of humanity? In fact it does, under many despotic regimes throughout history, including the present. The deplorable mentality which motivated Nazi doctors and scientists to perform experiments upon hapless human beings who were deemed suitable subjects of research because the state declared them to be misfits, throwaways, and not human beings, seems to have survived to the present day. We are living in dangerous times in this nation when the stronger, the wiser, the more powerful convince themselves and others that they are entitled to decide who will involuntarily sacrifice themselves for a cause. It is truly barbaric to prey upon a class of people just because they are too young and helpless to defend themselves. The noble among us give of themselves for a worthy cause -- they do not take from others what they are unwilling to give of themselves.

In addition to the moral issue which should of itself raise red flags, the benefits of adult stem cell research have proven success in the treatment of numerous injuries and diseases. Of course, you are already aware of the many people whose lives have improved because of the use of their own stem cells. These cells were donated by willing subjects and did not result in death to the donor, but instead a better life. Sadly, the efforts to better life through the use of embryonic cells do not share the same record of success despite the cost to the tiniest of human beings who were killed in the process and the cost to society in terms of fairness, decency, and character.

For these reasons, I implore you to promote adult stem cell research and not promote embryonic stem cell research in your guidelines.

Thank you.

 



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