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

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

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



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2699 05/01/2009 at 10:13:35 AM Self     I oppose the use of our federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research. I don't believe in "left over embryos" that were derived from intvitro ferilization being used for research, when they can be adopted by a couple who desires to have a child, but cannot. I ask that there is reconsideration in regard to embryonic stem cell research and out tax dollars being use for such.

Regards,

 
2700 05/01/2009 at 10:13:44 AM Self     It angers me that tax dollars have been approved for use for human embryo research. We've already seen far greater breakthroughs using adult stem cells, and there is no cotroversy with that research. Why are we even going down this road anymore? Let those who insist on continuing this research, find their own funding. Why should it come from tax payers who find it immoral?

 
2701 05/01/2009 at 10:13:52 AM Self     I submit to you not to support the use of government funding in any way to use human embryonic stem cells in medical research. Defending the life of an unborn human is unpopular in todays political circles. We elect public officials to protect the defenceless. Please do. Thanks,

 
2702 05/01/2009 at 10:13:53 AM Self     I oppose the federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2703 05/01/2009 at 10:14:32 AM Self     Spending additional money on experimenting with embryonic stem cells after 20 years of fruitless labor while adult stem cells have already proven effective in over 70 diseases/conditions is not only pointless & expensive it appears to be drive for notoriety rather than enhancement of health care.

 
2704 05/01/2009 at 10:14:37 AM Self     We are strongly opposed to having our tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

Embryonic stem cell research has yielded NO benefits while ADULT stem cell research HAS.

 
2705 05/01/2009 at 10:14:58 AM Self     Why must we give more tax payor dollars to ESCR when they have not had success with any of them in the many years of research.

Why must we continue to throw money away instead of promoting the Adult Stem Cell Research and even the IsP research where they are already having results.

We still stand up and say, lets have Michael J Fox as our nations test patient and use the Adult and/or IsP stem cells and see if he can be healed to something better and stop throwing away money to great scientists who are working on a deadend project.

Sincerely,

 
2706 05/01/2009 at 10:15:12 AM Self     I believe it is a scientific fact that human life begins at the moment of conception. I therefore strongly object to any of my tax money being used to kill innocent homan life.

From a practical stand point, no benefits have come from embrionic stem cell research, and other methods have been found to provide reseach material without growing embrios for the purposs of research and destruction.

Please concentrrate your research on non-embronic humam life.

 
2707 05/01/2009 at 10:15:24 AM Self     I oppose any guidelines for stem cell research that uses my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead, I believe, you should promote the adoption of these human embryos and draft guidelines that would not require their death.

 
2708 05/01/2009 at 10:15:49 AM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cell usage unilaterally!

 
2709 05/01/2009 at 10:16:01 AM Self     Please do not fund the embryonic stem cell research. It has not proven to be as successful as adult research and is an inappropriate use of the public's tax dollars.

 
2710 05/01/2009 at 10:16:07 AM Self     Please do not use my federal tax dollars to fund research using human embryonic stem cells. These are live children you are playing with.

Other stem cell research has been proven to work so consider using my tax dollars for that. Why kill children? ESCR destroys humans.

Stop killing my kids. Choose to use federal tax dollars for helping the children.

 
2711 05/01/2009 at 10:16:08 AM Self     Dear officials of NIH:

President Obama's executive order to allow stem cell research on aborted fetuses is a crime against the Maker of all life. Never should man's decisions subvert God's choice to make and sustain life. Taking of human life is a crime when a person is unborn just as much as it is a crime after delivery of a baby. The testing of adult stem cells has proven to be safe and has already helped in the cure of some diseases. Scientifically,there is no proof that stem cells taken from unborn fetuses has had any impact on the cure of diseased. We must stop this insane murder now.

Sincerely,

 
2712 05/01/2009 at 10:16:08 AM Self     I strongly oppose using embryonic stem cells for research.

 
2713 05/01/2009 at 10:16:49 AM Self     I encourage you to not continue the policy of implementing embryonic stem cell research. It has been well proven that many gains have come through adult stem cell research, while nothing has come from embryonic stem cell research but the destruction of embryos. People once thought that the earth was flat and that they fell off the face of the earth if they sailed too far. They were proven wrong about a flat earth as I also believe that current research has proven embryonic stem research is wrong and unfruitful. Thank you!

 
2714 05/01/2009 at 10:16:53 AM Self     We oppose any use of embryonic stem cells for any reason. The research we understand that is actually producing the greatest results involves adult stem cells, not embyronic cells. We want to promote exclusive research to adult cell research and not ESCR.

 
2715 05/01/2009 at 10:16:53 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is not only coming from a moral consideration, but also a common sense consideration. I have a chronic illness called crohn's disease and would gain much from stem cell research in the way of treatment and cure. I follow research closely and have found that there are many illness's already being treated with adult stem cells. Not one study has proven that embryonic stem cells are a viable treatment. Why then continue to waste time and money when there are many people such as myself out there waiting for help and hope in a viable treatment? Please give people such as myself that help and hope by putting efforts into treatments already proven, we need these treatments in a timely manner. We don't need to wait on politics and pride!

 
2716 05/01/2009 at 10:16:56 AM Self     In my deeply held belief in the sanctity of life, I believe it is murder to kill these embryos. Please do not further this research, and it is already proven scientifically that adult donor cells are far more productive in the line of this research. Furthering embryonic stem cell research is only a destruction of life, and serves to only murder someone who would have a chance to become a human, a citizen, a creation of God.

 
2717 05/01/2009 at 10:16:57 AM Self     I am very disturbed how that last week, April 23, to know that 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. This is against the wishes of most Americans. In the twenty-five years of embryonic stem cell research, there have been no cures for diseases found! It is a waste not only of human effort, money, and time, but a waste of precious human life that is sacred and to be protected under the U.S. Constitution.

 
2718 05/01/2009 at 10:17:06 AM Self     I am writing to oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I think is should be well known to all of you that adult stem cells have been used successfully to help people. Why not encourge more research in this area? Isn't this another example of the waste of taxpayer money? There are already private funds being used for embryonic stem cell research. I suggest that NIH not use federal funds for this research.

 
2719 05/01/2009 at 10:17:16 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research for two reasons. One is that embryonic stem cells are not effective in treatments and have even proven to cause harm. Adult stem cell treatments have been highly successful – adult stem cell research is where the money should be allocated. The second and most important reason for opposing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is that destroying embryos is an affront to God because it terminates a life. Just because the government declares something legal, does not make it lawful in God’s eyes.

 
2720 05/01/2009 at 10:17:23 AM Self     Why is my tax money being used on something that violates the beliefs of my religion? Does anyone really believe that you can save life by killing?

 
2721 05/01/2009 at 10:17:44 AM Self     I wish to oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is not what this country is to stand for.

 
2722 05/01/2009 at 10:18:01 AM Self     Just a brief comment regarding stem cell research. I am opposed on two grounds. First of all there are other research projects that have already proven profitable, why not put more time and money into what works already rather than the rat hole where we hae seen no benefits thus far. Secondly the destroying of human embreyos is not ethical in my heart and mind.

 
2723 05/01/2009 at 10:18:28 AM Self     American taxpayers should not be forced to have their tax dollars go to pay for the destruction of conceived human beings, whether some consider those human beings as leftovers from invitro fertilization or not. We have reluctantly gone along with allowing existing stem cell lines from earlier research to receive tax dollars, but enough is enough. It is morally wrong to destroy human beings for research. If someone killed a pregnant mother, that individual can be charged for two murders. Therefore, that embryo in other circumstances is protected by the law. It's a human being in either situation, and we should not be forced to support with our tax dollars legalized murder. Sincerely, ***** (Very concerned and irritated taxpaying citizen)

 
2724 05/01/2009 at 10:18:33 AM Self     There have not been any discoveries made from using embryonic stem cells. Speaking with a research doctor, I was told the embryonic cells do not behave the way they thought they would. Why do we spend so much money and effort on something that isn't working? (Hum, I guess that's across the board isn't it?) I hear great things come from umbilical cords and adult stem cells. Yet at University of Cincinnati's Genome clinic, funding was halted on a cure of diabetes study which was using adult stem cells. Eyelet cell transfer was having great success. So what is going on here? Let's put the money toward something that is not only successful but does not require the sacrifice of little HUMAN babies. Doesn't anyone get it? We are killing HUMAN babies and justifying it as "choice". Yet to kill a baby seal for its fur is disgusting to us? What's with that?

 
2725 05/01/2009 at 10:18:48 AM Self     i am writting in opposition to federally mandated taxpayer funded embryonic stem cell research. as a taxpayer and citizen i oppose not only the federal government deciding what to do with my tax dollars without a majority rule vote but that the federal government should mandate the ending of human embryonic life for any reason especially for unproven ,immoral science requiring the termination of human life. already succesful stem cell research exists using placental tissue. further funding in that area makes sense. enough of the government weasles perverting the principles this country was founded on by imposing their executive/bureaucratic will. lets vote on it!

 
2726 05/01/2009 at 10:18:53 AM Organization Presbyterians Pro-Life, Research, Education, & Care, Inc. 3942 Middle Road, Allison Park, PA 15101 Presbyterians Pro-Life upholds the value of human life from fertilization until natural death. Our faith in God leads us to believe that all life belongs to him and as human beings we are prohibited from taking the life of another innocent human being. The first responsibility of any local, state, or national government is to protect the lives of those under its care. That responsibility applies to every human life, no matter its size, ability, or stage of development.

These guidelines are thoughtful in the restrictions they apply to protect those couples donating embryos, but no consideration is written herein to protect the lives of the embryos themselves. No where in this document is it stated that the research in question ALWAYS results in the death of the embryo. This is a serious omission and the primary fact that causes Presbyterians Pro-Life to urge NIH to withdraw this document.

The only way to "ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy," is to restrict all stem cell research funding to the use of adult stem cells and those derived through IPS.

The guidelines state that "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." You omit the pertinent truth that a human embryo is destroyed in order to obtain "embryonic stem cells." This statement misleads potential donors.

The guidelines require that the donor receive "Information about what would happen to the embryos in the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research", but the language is not specific in requiring fertility clinics to state that the embryo WILL DIE in the process.

Still, these problems with the guidelines are not the reason we urge you to withdraw these guidelines, but because the destruction of human embryos for research is morally wrong and taxpayers should not be forced to fund the death of innocent human beings at any stage of development. These lives, as soon as they are fertilized, are not "owned" by the parents or by the government, but by our Creator. Our Constitution states plainly that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights and the first of these is the right to life.

I urge you to retain the current Stem Cell Guidlines and to continue to deny government funding for any research that results in the death of human embryos.

Sincerely,

***** Presbyterians Pro-Life Research, Education, & Care, Inc.

Attached: Position Paper on Stem Cells

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Position Paper on Stem Cells
2727 05/01/2009 at 10:19:00 AM Self     I am stronly disappointed that federal funding may increase based on the following false hope: "Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis". There has been no credible test results from this research (ESC). However, there have been scores of positive results in patients that have received "adult" stem cells for treatment in several of the health conditions listed above. Research dollars should be directed toward effective ethical treatments; and not used to promote false hope using ESC's for political propoganda. Using science to "potentially" save a life through the destruction of another life is immoral and illresposible.

 
2728 05/01/2009 at 10:19:05 AM Self     In short, I feel it is a mistake to use Embryonic Stem Cells when we have access to Adult Stem Cells, which have proven to be more flexible than we thought. Adult Stem Cell Research has helped cure over 70 diseases. Embryonic Stem Cell Research? . . . not one. There is no moral question when it comes to using Adult Stem Cells. There is huge controversy with using Embryonic Stem Cells. No reason to go there.

 
2729 05/01/2009 at 10:19:17 AM Self     How long will it take for common sense to click in for our elected political igmos to realize that embyronic stem cells have produced NOTHING to help us win wars against disease and illness. It is only adult stem cells that a vast number of cures are here or on the brink of being discovered.To make something like embryonic stem cell a political issue just because you are a member of a certain party just baffles me and anyone with a brain. Please read the info below that was broadcast on Oprah's show, but our zero common sense pundits in Washington ignore proof. I am beginning to wonder what type brain disease is prominent in Washington.You have already proven you don't have to be a person of any/much intelligence.

Oprah Winfrey and Michael J. Fox listened in stunned silence on April 2, 2009 when the popular Dr. Mehemet Oz appeared on her program to explain that the cure for Parkinsonism, the disease that afflicts Mr. Fox, lies in his own skin cells rather than cells derived from human embryos. Millions in Oprah’s listening audience heard Dr. Oz tell Mr. Fox that embryonic stem cells are not the answer to treating or curing his or any other disease. He said the embryonic cells multiply so rapidly they are impossible to control, and if injected into a patient such as Mr. Fox, would cause cancerous tumors to form. Instead, he described how Fox’s own skin cells could be reprogrammed back to an embryo-like state in a process called induced pluripotent Stem Cell research (iPS), and then used to treat his condition. He predicted that cures would be possible in less than ten years.

 
2730 05/01/2009 at 10:19:48 AM Self     I am very much against using human embryos for stem cell research or any other research. Although my husband has a debilitating desease, we both agree that using another potential baby is wrong. If we would only use cells from adults, or umbilical cords, then we would be comfortable with that.

 
2731 05/01/2009 at 10:19:54 AM Self     Why do we have to kill embroys when it has been proven adult stem cell research works!!!! It is time to quit killing babies!!!

 
2732 05/01/2009 at 10:20:01 AM Self     I am extremely apposed to the use of human embryos for stem cell research. Put you financial and political support to further the advances already made through the adult stem cell research which aligns with the moral commitment much of this country. Your contempt for the unborn is unconscionable. I believe that for an administration that is committed to human rights it is not only inconsistent but entirely unnecessary.

Please reconsider your support and continue the ban on experimentation of human embryos.

 
2733 05/01/2009 at 10:20:22 AM Self     As a veterinarian, I have seen the current clinical applications of 'adult-type' stem cells. The evidence is plain that much clinical success has been already been achieved without the need for so-called 'embryonic' stem cells. The science behind embryonic stem cell application is all speculative at this point, and well behind current research and practical application of 'adult-type' stem cells. PLease do not fund further redundant and wasteful research using 'embryonic' stem cells when funding is needed to further already proven results using adult and autogenous stem cells. Thank you.

 
2734 05/01/2009 at 10:20:27 AM Self     As a married wife seeking fertility treatments, the thought that one of my children could be mandatorily killed for research is appalling! Please do not allow this attrocity! Thank you,

 
2735 05/01/2009 at 10:21:10 AM Self     Please do not allow Federal funds to be used to do research on Human embryos. An embyro is a human being and deserves the same rights as humans that have been born.

 
2736 05/01/2009 at 10:21:28 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.

 
2737 05/01/2009 at 10:21:36 AM Self     Adult stem cell research is fine,in fact great progress in treating diseases has been made with ADULT stem cells.Donot kill the unborn to use stem cells.There has been no progress made with stem cells from the unborn.

 
2738 05/01/2009 at 10:22:11 AM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to use human embryos for study. There are many other ways to harvest stem cells without killing an embryo. There are also many couples unable to have children that would adopt these embryos and raise the children as their own.

Thank you for your time.

 
2739 05/01/2009 at 10:22:15 AM Self     It is unconscionable that the government is going to take my tax dollars to end the lives of babies. Murder is never "ethically responsible." The blood of those children will be on your hands if you do nothing to end the slaughter of them. God will hold you accountable. He is no where near as tolerant of murder as those who profit from the murdering. Commandment #6 "Thou shalt not kill." Those babies are babies the moment sperm and egg join together; completely human and entirely separate from their mothers. They are not blobs of goo that "evolve" in the womb, or petri dish. They are someone's son or daughter! Invest more effort into Adult Stem Cell research which has conclusively made medical breakthrough's that help, whereas Embryonic Stem Cells have not only NOT made progress, but have actually caused greater health problems. Thank you for your time in reading my comments!

 
2740 05/01/2009 at 10:22:28 AM Self     The NIH Stem Cell Guidelines should prohibit the use of embryonic stem cells (ESCs). It is morally unacceptable and reprehensible to use one person's body to benefit another's without the consent of the first. Furthermore, the use of ESCs is not a wise use of scarce resources (time and money). The use of induced pluripotent stem cells has shown usefulness and promise in the treatment of many ailments, while ESCs have shown more risk than benefit.

I urge the NIH to do the right thing and the wise thing in setting out tese guidlines.

 
2741 05/01/2009 at 10:22:35 AM Self     I strongly disagree with the policy put forth by President Obama and the NIH. Embryonic stem cell research is an ethical bombshell. Why does our government insist on this form of research when there are clear alternatives that are not laced with such ethical problems? I strongly believe that the government should encourage a culture of life where these "unwanted" embroys are placed for adoption rather than used in experimental research that may or may not bear fruit. The implicit implication of experimenting on human embroys is that those individuals are expendable and not guaranteed the basic freedoms our constitution grants us. I think it is a very dangerous precedent to allow parents to determine whether or not their children (regardless of age or condition) are fully human and thus worthy of life. Furthermore, this policy assumes that one class of life (namely adults) is categorically more important than another class of life (humans in an embryonic state). I imagine NIH would outright reject and condemn any proposals calling for the experimentation on toddlers, teenagers, or criminals for the potential benefit of another class of people. Why does the NIH then allow on this type of experimentation?

Sincerely,

 
2742 05/01/2009 at 10:22:51 AM Self     I strongly dissagree with embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send your tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

No human embryo is LEFTOVER. At the moment of conception it has unique DNA. Is this not the standard by which people can be sent to prison? Or worse? This is THE gold standard of identification. This is the identifier of what is human or not. It is nonsensical, illogical and therefore immoral to destroy embryos.

Please consider this carefully.

 
2743 05/01/2009 at 10:22:59 AM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates and destroys human embryos.

 
2744 05/01/2009 at 10:23:01 AM Self     I am against funding for the embryonic stem cells as explained by Father Tad from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. THank you,,

 
2745 05/01/2009 at 10:23:01 AM Self     I am writing today to express my concern regarding human embryo stem cell research. Adult stem cells have proven to be beneficial in treating disease and also cord blood has been effective. Human embryo stem cells have not been effective and using them has created tumors in patients. Doing the human embryo research causes death to an embryo and is unneccessary. I do not want my tax dollars going to promote this kind of research. There are many studies out there to back up this opinion. Why is the government so bent on pursuing this research? It's just another way to continue the assault against the unborn. Tampering with God's laws creates a losing proposition. This act also brings judgment upon our nation. I pray you will take this to heart. God bless!

 
2746 05/01/2009 at 10:23:13 AM Self     I am writing in regards to Order 13505. NIH Human Stem Cell. Stop playing God! This is murder. Just like abortion is murder. We have no right to do this. There are better ways.

 
2747 05/01/2009 at 10:23:14 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2748 05/01/2009 at 10:23:28 AM Self N/N   As far as we catholics concern agreement with this direction from Obana is a M O R T A L sin, is simply murder of the defensless. I pray God that the punishment that we will suffer will teach us a lesson from the Supreme Being. This epidemic will be like childrens play in comparison. May the Lord have mercy on all of us, some to be spare His Ire, some to receive what they deserve, according to His Mercy.

 
2749 05/01/2009 at 10:23:32 AM Self     We would like to express our opposition to the use of embryonic stem cells for research as described in the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines.

These embryos represent human life and we believe destroying them is the same as destroying a human being. Just because they can’t speak for themselves does not make them any less human.

We would rather these embryos be place up for adoption then be destroyed for research that so far has not been successful in curing any diseases.

Sincerely,

 
2750 05/01/2009 at 10:23:48 AM Self     I do not agree wit the destruction of these embryonic stem cells for any reason when the adult stem cells are working wonderfully. Why not push towards something that works instead of a "pie in the sky" research. Time is of the essence and the money is not unlimited. I might say also the patience of the American people (ME!).

Thank you for considering my opinion and input.

 
2751 05/01/2009 at 10:23:50 AM Self     I am writing to express my opposition to the use of human embryonic stem cells in this or any research to be conducted by your or any other organization.

 
2752 05/01/2009 at 10:24:00 AM Self     I'm against tax payer,s money being used to fund human stem cell research. If it's such a sure thing, let the companies that are going to collect the profits pay for the research!

 
2753 05/01/2009 at 10:24:17 AM Self     I am absolutely opposed to experimentation that destroys human embryos, including embryonic stem cell research, because of the human life that the the embryos represent. It is unconscionable and ethically wrong to take a life in this manner for potential scientific or medical advancement. Besides, adult stem cells are readily available and have demonstrated great results and potential while avoiding the moral scandal associated with embryonic stem cells.

 
2754 05/01/2009 at 10:24:25 AM Self     Please oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2755 05/01/2009 at 10:24:26 AM Self     I am opposed to using fed funds for human embryonic research. I hope the Bush provisions will not be overturned. Thank you for reading my comments.

 
2756 05/01/2009 at 10:24:32 AM Self     I am against stem cell research. You don't have to create embyros to accomplish what you want. You can remove the cells, from a human being to do the same thing....Stop killing potential babies.......

 
2757 05/01/2009 at 10:24:37 AM Self     Human embryos are human life. Human life is not expendable. Our culture and nation will be negatively impacted by this decision. A people that are willing to sacrifice innocent life will eventually be willing to sacrifice anyone's life for any reason. Life has value or it doesn't. These embryos should be adopted out, not killed for research sake. We have no idea who these individuals will be and what a loss to society, to our nation, their deaths will be. Something of this value must not be killed and pieced out for research, especially when adult stem cell research is becoming so fruitful!!! Do not allow further destruction of human embryos.

 
2758 05/01/2009 at 10:25:02 AM Self     I am opposed to the use of Embryonic Stem Cell use.

Thank You.

 
2759 05/01/2009 at 10:25:02 AM Self     Using a human embryo for stem cell research ends a life. Killing a living organism is also the definition of murder.

How do we explain to our children that killing an embryo is any different than advocating that a drive-by shooting could produce great opportunities to harvest organs from the random victims? After all, those organs from one body could save the lives of half a dozen others who need kidneys, hearts, lungs, eyes, and other organs.

The end does NOT justify the means!

 
2760 05/01/2009 at 10:25:02 AM Self     No tax dollars should be used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. Expermentation on human embryos results in death of a human being! Efforts should be focused on adult stem cells where many successes are being found without killing a huan being.

 
2761 05/01/2009 at 10:25:09 AM Self     Please limit the research to adult stem cells.Adult stem cells have been found to give better results and no embryos are destroyed.

 
2762 05/01/2009 at 10:25:12 AM Self     The federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is a waste of money with an evil result of unethical researchers grabbing the money...private money has deemed such research a total waste with little or no hope of any medical benefit to anyone...the general public supporting government funding is uninformed and a group of simpletons

 
2763 05/01/2009 at 10:25:16 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. I would like to comment on this passage specifically. Adult stem cells have been responsible for leading towards many advances in curing or aiding in curing several diseases. To date, embryonic stem cells have not made any advances toward curing any diseases. We believe this practice of destroying human embryos for research is unethical in the highest degree. Destroying one life, for a remote possibility of an advance in health research is despicable. The laws of our land do not allow the sacrificing of one life to save another. Yet this isn't even an issue with embryonic stem cell research. No lives have been saved. If any research needs to be encouraged or funded, it would be adult stem cell research. It is odd that in your wording you say this research will still be "allowed". It should be encouraged and supported. Adult stem cell research can be completely ethical, while embryonic stem cell research is not and has not led to any scientific breakthroughs.

 
2764 05/01/2009 at 10:25:27 AM Self     Stop killing the babies these are other stem cells you can use

 
2765 05/01/2009 at 10:25:40 AM Self     I am apposed to funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I do not want my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Please use my tax dollars more wisely with ethical and proven stem cell research.

 
2766 05/01/2009 at 10:26:00 AM Self     I adamantly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Obama's executive order opens the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. This is not "ethically responsible" - destroying human life. Nor is it "scientifically worthy" as embryonic research after 25 years has yielded 0 treatments for diseases whereas adult stem cell research currently treats over 70 serious diseases.

 
2767 05/01/2009 at 10:26:03 AM Self     It is a moral tragedy to end the life of an embryo for the furthering of "science" in the interest of helping another. We should not go down the slippery slope of deciding who gets to live and who does not no matter how promising the potential. Also, the use of iPS and Adult stem cells is showing real progress and hope now without the killing of a single life. Finally, even if I did support ESC, any funding by the federal government in this area of research is going to crowd out the private investment that is already occurring.

 
2768 05/01/2009 at 10:26:30 AM Self     I am opposed to using human embryonic stem cells for research. Adult stem cells have been effective and I think we should go with that. I do not want my tax dollars to fund this type of research.

 
2769 05/01/2009 at 10:26:42 AM Self     Mr. President, if you allow this measure to take place, you will be guilty of murder in a most egregious way, and will have blood on your hands. You simply don't have the right to kill that which GOD has allowed. GOD help your soul.

 
2770 05/01/2009 at 10:26:44 AM Self     Please do not use federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells! This research requires the killing of the embryos (obviously!). I am extremely opposed to this!

And, I am very troubled by the fact that my tax dollars are used to do this!! (I hate that it is being done, and do what I can to discourage that as well.)

Finally, please DO USE TAX DOLLARS for research on adult stem cells! Those projects show incredible success already!

Thank you.

 
2771 05/01/2009 at 10:26:54 AM Self     I am opposed to the overturned decision on embryonic stem cell research

 
2772 05/01/2009 at 10:27:04 AM Self     I do not think human embyros should be for research and then destoryed. I believe that you are either pro-life or pro-death, there is nothing in between.

 
2773 05/01/2009 at 10:27:12 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.

 
2774 05/01/2009 at 10:27:21 AM Self     At this point in time, it seems that stem cell research is on the fast track. From what has been said, there are no (zero) good things that have come to light in the embryonic area and many in the adult stem cell research area. Why spend money in an area that has proved nothing at this time--especially in view of the hard economic downturn in ouir country. But since the money has been (or will be) allotted, see to it that it is not just thrown at something and hoping that we find some good results. Put the money where there has been shown some success.

 
2775 05/01/2009 at 10:27:39 AM Self     I have no strong reserves about using stem cells from previously aborted fetuses since they will be disposed of by burning anyhow. However, where I draw the line is purposely aborting fetuses for this cause and/or the selling of fetuses which I think will occur as we progress in this area. I understand that there are other ways of getting stem cells besides from fetuses, such as the lining of the uterus after a birth. If that is the case, there is no death involved and I wouldn't be opposed.

 
2776 05/01/2009 at 10:28:02 AM Self     I strongly oppose lifting the ban on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. Lifting the ban will take away incentive to adopt the "leftover" embryos from IVF and encourage their killing for research purposes. It is unconscionable that this nation, once the moral leader of the world, should engage in and promote human sacrifice! What have we come to?

 
2777 05/01/2009 at 10:29:11 AM Self     Note human embryos=human babies... Please do not kill the babies...we were all babies at one time...try to remember. Please let the babies be adopted if you determine they are "surplus". Please do not charge me for the crimes/deaths that you will cause. This issue and abortion are more important than slavery was...I anticipate that you will divide our country with this decision. BHO, you have the chance to be a great President as the wind is at your back, but you MUST represent ALL of us...on LIFE and Marriage you get a failing grade. I'm cling to what God says about this and you should listen as well.

 
2778 05/01/2009 at 10:29:25 AM Self     There are so many ways to research and use stem cells without having to use embryo cells.I feel that this is a terrible thing to do---destroying human life. Using embryos that have already been aborted is immoral. The lack of respect for human life in this country is leading us to a loss of human dignity. These things are being justified in much the same way the Germans justified killing what they thought were unworthy people.

 
2779 05/01/2009 at 10:29:25 AM Self     We are opposed to use of embryonic stem cells for research because it takes a human life. We also believe that for our government to pay for this research is a grave mistake that will lead to unknown consequences for this great nation. Please do whatever you can to stop this terrible injustice purpetrated on these defensless little lives.

 
2780 05/01/2009 at 10:29:35 AM Self     Embryonic Stem Cell Research has been a failure. The same thing can be accomplished through iPC which is showing signs of success. Adult Stem Cell Research has already produced over 70 cures. You are NOT to spend my tax dollars on something as immoral as the killing of embryos. It is both unethical and immoral. Time to get away from the faulty science. Even Dr. Oz concurred on the Oprah Winfrey show. NO SPENDING TAX DOLLARS ON EMBYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH.

 
2781 05/01/2009 at 10:29:54 AM Self     I ask that you please stop embryonic stem cell research. There has been no proof to show that embryonic stem cell research has ever been beneficial, and in some cases has shown to have the reverse effect. Please protect life, and the sanctity of life. Please stop funding embryonic stem cell research.

 
2782 05/01/2009 at 10:29:57 AM Self     Dear President Obama, Please reconsider your very liberal attitude toward Human Stem Cell transplantation. There has been a floodgate of information and discussion about this subject. Why do we need to take these cells from the unborn? Adult stem cells have been proven to work and infant have NOT. We are definitely Pro Life and while we pray for you and hope for you we can not seem to get past the idea that you have no concern for the unborn and we had so hoped your administration would have proved to be concerned for all life...

 
2783 05/01/2009 at 10:30:03 AM Self     Please please do not take this path, this slippery slope of using human life, no matter how small, and destroying it for any purpose. I urge you to consider that the sanctity and reverence for life is the cornerstone of a civilized people. You can rationalize anything. There are such clear and even more promising lines of research using adult stem cells. This is unnecessary and unconscionable. I beg you not to allow any killing of human embryos in research use.... or any use.

 
2784 05/01/2009 at 10:30:09 AM Self     I am opposed to using my tax dollars to fund human embryonic stem cell research. There are already 22 available lines for research and if more are needed, ADULT stem cells should be used which have already been proven in past reseach.

 
2785 05/01/2009 at 10:30:17 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.

 
2786 05/01/2009 at 10:30:28 AM Self     There is nothing ethically responsible or scientifically worthy about using embryos for experimentation. Being ethically responsible would be placing these embryos up for adoption. Being scientifically worthy would be continuing research on adult stem cells which have had tremendous success and do not come with the risk of tissue rejection since the cells come from the patients own body.

 
2787 05/01/2009 at 10:31:25 AM Self     Opening federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells would encourage further killing of human embryos for their cells. Please do not create an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. American tax dollars should not be used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. American tax dollars should be used in promoting the adoption of these human embryos. These draft guidelines should not require their death.

 
2788 05/01/2009 at 10:31:26 AM Self     Besides being ethically wrong this is unnecessary when adult stem cells have been proven to already cure many diseases. Please don't do this for the sake of political correctness.

 
2789 05/01/2009 at 10:31:29 AM Self     I strongly oppose use of Federal Funds for research on human embryonic stem cells

 
2790 05/01/2009 at 10:31:29 AM Self     Stop this now

 
2791 05/01/2009 at 10:31:32 AM Self     Gentlemen:

We oppose public dollars being spent on embryonic stem cell research. We believe that human life is valuable. With a shortage of adoptable children, we would rather see these embyos "adopted" to preserve the human life these embryos contain.

Secondarily, there is no real evidence that embryonic stem cell research will be successful but the use of adult stem cells is already proving exceptional results. We would encouragge spending monies in further research on adult stem cell.

 
2792 05/01/2009 at 10:31:37 AM Self     I would like to register my objection to the killing of human embryos for the purpose of using their cells for stem cell research. In my opinion, the embryo IS human life, and the use of that embryo for research is unthinkable.

Please reconsider your options as you draft guidelines for stem cell research.

Thank you.

 
2793 05/01/2009 at 10:32:04 AM Self Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Cherry Hill, New Jersey

To Whom it May Concern:

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. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts as our children may someday be free of 10-15 needles per day for the rest of their lives. Thank you!

 
2794 05/01/2009 at 10:32:06 AM Self     Please do not use federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. It is wrong to destroy life to save lives and embryonic stem cells have proven to be uncontrolable in patients. If federal funds are to be spent on stem cell research let them be spent on adult stem cell which have already proven sucessful in treating some ailments.

 
2795 05/01/2009 at 10:32:13 AM Self     I oppose any public funding of embryonic stem cell research that creates on embryo for the purpose of research and not the live of that embryo. If private enterprises feel that it is a viable option, then let them do their own funding and research. Do NOT use my tax dollars to allow 'testing' whose end is the farming and destruction of human embryos.

 
2796 05/01/2009 at 10:32:15 AM Self     I am asking that embryonic stem cell research would not be funded any more since adult stem cell therapy has shown the only promising therapy with out horrible side effects.The killing of one for another is not moral or ethical.Emryonic stem cell research is no longer "needed" since adult stem cell research made such huge advancements.

 
2797 05/01/2009 at 10:32:15 AM Self     I strongly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I strongly urge you to follow the practices the Bush administration used by not allowing any cells to be used that were taken after August 9, 2001. By doing so you help to discourage further killing of human embryos for their cells.

I hope and pray you do the right thing in this.

 
2798 05/01/2009 at 10:32:23 AM Self     Please do not approve the use of Embryonic stem cell research. They are having just as much success, if not more, using adult stem cells. I am strongly opposed to the idea of using unborn children even if it proves to improve lives of folks...even if it was myself or a child of my own.

 



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