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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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2799 05/01/2009 at 10:32:45 AM Self     One certainly has to wonder if we are just going down the same "ends justifies the means" path as the Japanese Unit 731 during WWII. You are losing the thing that makes us ultimately all human, viz. the intrinsic value that ALL human beings should have. You are now putting us on the same slipperly slope of utility first. The end, of course, will no doubt be the implemention of Dr. Singer's suggestion that even young infants can be done away with.

There is no many of us - and should be to you, as well - that "wisdom of repugnance" built into all of us, but suppressed in many cases. This leaves out the fact that adult stem cell research has proven much more profitable.

Another sad day for what this country was founded on if this passes. What's next? Solyent Green for "food?"

 
2800 05/01/2009 at 10:32:55 AM Self     I wish to express my deep concern and dismay at the President's ill advised decision to use federaly money to support embryonic stem cell research (ESR).

I believe this is a bizarre break with medical tradition of "First, do no harm." on a level unseen since Nazi Germany.

The reason I believe this to be the case is, it DELIBERATELY, and in every and ANY experiment, destroys a human being. To be sure, the person destroyed is only a small number of cells, but it is still a complete human being.

There is the argument that "It's an embryo." I believe this to be false and perverse. Do we say to the family of Holly Pirannen (murdered in Massachusetts by person or persons unknown) "It's only a female adolescent"? No.

This is because by saying such a thing, we avoid the reality that it is an embryonic HUMAN BEING as much as a human being as an adolescent female human being.

What's worse and the reason I mention Nazi Germany, is it uses a human being as a guinea pig. We bypass ALL the animal trials and start experimenting on a human being who cannot possibly give their consent (we don't let children buy automobiles, even if they're rich and can afford them anymore than we allow them to consent to other things). I'm sorry to be so offensive, but since when did our society get so depraved and indifferent to the primacy of human life over all other life (stupid is the best word for it), that we're experimenting on human beings and sparing the lives of Rhesus Monkeys, lab rats, lab mice, and other experimental species? Who thought this was smart.

Finally, there are three or four (you can look it up on the internet for yourself) groups, that recently induced adult cells to transform into pluripotent stem cells (I believe it's called induced pluripotent stem cell IPSC)that are as pluripotent as embryonic. In short, there is no need to sacrifice a human being.

If this method were desirable, why isn't it being funded privately? It's because it can be done without an embryo. It makes one question why, if it can be done without experimenting on an unborn child (I believe a person is a person from zygote and I'm writing for myself) this is being done at all?

ALL the experimental work being done in medicine is with the goal of saving human life and ameliorating human suffering. It is always desirable to develop an industrial process (we do this with recombinant DNA to make insulin, for example) to produce medicines. Embryos cannot possibly supply the need. Induced pluripotency is the most efficacious means to produce the needed stem cells. In fact, the - by its very nature - autologous stem cells will have no rejection problems, therefore eliminating the need for expensive and lifelong anti rejection medicines (I see that recently there has been some progress on this front by tricking the body into believing a foreign object, from a donor, is part of the original body).

The ultimate goal of this type of research is to replace body parts that have worn out. Induced pluripotency is the way to go. The body would have its OWN stem cells induced to grow into the desired tissue and it can be done using skin cells or any other desirable adult cell source.

There is no reason to use embryonic stem cells. In fact, they're a WASTE of money. The state of the art has ALREADY BYPASSED this step and it should be the burden of those, desiring to use ESC as a bioreagent, that it is necessary. If they can, why aren't they already doing this with private money? Are we using public funds to subsidize those researchers that are not knowledgeable of the methods to make pluripotent stem cells, or worse, giving them the means to experiment on human beings for no reason at all, other than they WANT to use unborn children (embryos) to experiment on?

We live in an age of space flight, jet planes, enormous ships, and many other forms of transportation. Why, aside from a perverse (perverted?) nature AND faulty logic, would our government wish to do research on the manufacturing of Spanish Galleons? The technology has clearly gone past them. Is it advantageous to subsidize (derail, from my point of view) such unecessary research, when we're already facing economic problems in our society?

Please do not do any embryonic stem cell research. Please use the money to do research into growing new limbs, spines, eyes, retinas, lungs, hearts, bones, and anti aging.

First, do no harm. Remember, we live in an age, under the malignant ideological prism, where adults actually will laud those, who deprive the innocent of their lives and vilify those, who would deprive the life of the guilty.

Second, choose innocent humen life.

Third, reward the talented and the promising.

I could go on, but I'm certain you're getting a lot of mail about this subject.

Thank you for reading mine and providing me with the opportunity to say what I think about this subject.

Sincerely,

 
2801 05/01/2009 at 10:32:59 AM Self     I totally oppose Human Stem Cell

 
2802 05/01/2009 at 10:33:03 AM Self     In regards to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requesting public comment on draft guidelines entitled “National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research”:

Since 2001, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines with great success. Government policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells. Now, the NIH wants to use taxpayer dollars to open the floodgates and allow embryonic stem cell research to continue with their blessing. This creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. As a taxpayer, I don’t believe I should be forced to support barbaric policies such as abortion and embryonic stem cell research. How can any guidelines be ethical when it involves the destruction of human life? This administration is discussing prosecution of the previous administration for war crimes involving methods used on terrorists (murderers) to extract pertinent information that would save human lives. However, this administration has no ethical problem in the destruction of innocent human lives for so called scientific purposes, or for no other purpose than convenience when it comes to abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy and even the destruction of babies who survive abortion and are born alive.

The NIH should not be allowed to establish policy and procedure to fund embryonic stem cell research using the tax dollars of Americans who oppose the destruction of human embryos that were supposedly created by in- vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and would normally be available for adoption.

 
2803 05/01/2009 at 10:33:33 AM Self     I oppose in vitro fertilization. I promote the adoption of these humun embryos.

 
2804 05/01/2009 at 10:33:36 AM Self     I believe that the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines should be directed toward ADULT stem cells, NOT embronic stem cells, since Adult Stem Cells have proved far more productive and NO embronic stem cell success have been on record so far. Why not make the maximum use of our tax dollars, instead of pouring it down a rethole?

 
2805 05/01/2009 at 10:34:49 AM Self     I am in opposition to NIH Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, pertaining to funded research, to establish policy and procedures concerning stem cell research. I object to President Obama's attempt to recind Section 2 (d) "human embryos and fetuses, as living members of the human species, are not raw materials to be exploited or commodities to be bought and sold." President Obama is not building a so-called bridge between the cultural divide by supressing biological facts about nascent human life. Just the opposite, in fact, is the demonstration of distain for pro-life possitions, especially cloning human life. He will not succeed in taking politics out of science this way. It's ludicrous to think that he will.

 
2806 05/01/2009 at 10:34:58 AM Self     Why do we continue to waste research dollars on ESR when we already have more than 70 adult stem cell procedures with proven effectiveness while all that embroynic stem cells have produced in cancerous tumors in lab animals?

 
2807 05/01/2009 at 10:35:12 AM Self     I am opposed to creating embryos in order to destroy them for research purposes.

I am not opposed to use excess embryos from fertility clinics for research purposes.

 
2808 05/01/2009 at 10:35:29 AM Self     We oppose the use of tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. The killing of life is wrong at any age and should not be supported by tax dollars.

 
2809 05/01/2009 at 10:35:34 AM Self     This time period in the United States of America will go down in our history as shameful.

STOP sending my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. Experiments have alrady been done and the embryonic stem cell have not heal NOT EVEN ONE PERSON.

SEND THIS MONEY TO REASERCH THE ADULT STEM CELLS WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN PROVEN TO WORK AND HEAL PEOPLE. THERE ARE MANY PATIENTS THAT HAVE BENEFITED FROM THEIR OWN STEM CELLS.

 
2810 05/01/2009 at 10:35:46 AM Self     President Obama: I respectfully submit to you that highly trained researchers and doctors have determined that embryonic stem cells are not nearly as effective as adult stem cells in the treatment and cure of diseases. Therefore, it is so simple to understand that it is entirely unnecessary to kill embryos for research that has no promise. Further, I submit to you that killing embryos is unethical and immoral just as abortion is unethical and immoral. I am praying that you will take another look and gain a full understanding of the harsh reality of what the cost in terms of human life is...

 
2811 05/01/2009 at 10:36:00 AM Self     please DO NOT use embronic stem cells in research. no cures have been developed using embronic stem cells, but many cures have been developed using adult stem cells. put my taxes to better use developing even more cures from adult stem cells which are ethical and don't KILL A HUMAN BEING!!!!!

 
2812 05/01/2009 at 10:36:02 AM Self     I am against the use of embryonic stem cells for research. Destroying human life in any form is demeaning and detrimental to all humans. All promising research for eliminating diseases has come from adult stem cell research. All money for research should be put into that area which shows so much hope and promise. I do not want my tax dollars given to research that kills humans, and has had zero success. The left over embryos should be adopted.

 
2813 05/01/2009 at 10:36:50 AM Self     I respectfully ask that the NIH make it clear that there are so many other ways of stem cell research showing that other types of stem cells are even more effective than ebryonic ones that it is not necessary to destroy a human being (human embryos are Babies -- not cats, dogs, etc.)to do research to help find cures and/ or treatments for diseases, conditions, etc.

Bless you and your ministry to the people of the United States.

 
2814 05/01/2009 at 10:36:53 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

Federal funds mean my taxes. It is wrong and unfair for the government to use the money of vast numbers of taxpayers who oppose this type of research.

Use ADULT STEM CELLS -- they are working!

 
2815 05/01/2009 at 10:37:02 AM Self     I want to officially state my strong opposition to federal funds being used for research on embryonic stem cells. From a moral perspective, it is very concerning to me that embryos would be created for use in a laboratory. I view each embryo as a life, and killing that life for research purposes is wrong in my opinion.

From a very pragmatic perspective, the success and promise of adult stem cell research and treatment makes the need for embryonic research unnecessary. Why put funds in very suspect research both financially and morally when research that is promising and ethical is available? This is not good business sense (even if we take out the moral angle, which I cannot)!

I urge you to not use federal funds on embryonic research. It is simply the right thing NOT to do.

Thank you.

 
2816 05/01/2009 at 10:37:09 AM Self     Dear Friends,

As DHS scrambles to come to terms with real public health risks from a flu pandemic, and as the nation tries to recover from a deep economic recession (in some localities, depression), the use of money on Embryonic Stem Cell Research is frivolous and negative. It is frivolous because funds need to be reserved for real national problems. It is negative because it cannibalizes the future of humanity for the sake of the present. As we begin to fight our country's tendencies to waste, either through consumerism or pollution, this use of public money to destroy the next generation for the sake of today runs counter to every future-oriented impulse. It is an example not only of man's inhumanity to man, but of man's inhumanity to humanity itself.

Thank you for considering these points.

 
2817 05/01/2009 at 10:37:14 AM Self     I object to these guidelines which allow experimentation on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Scientific research is finding actual breakthroughs using adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cords. This is the direction in which my tax dollars should be directed. Eliminate embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).

 
2818 05/01/2009 at 10:37:18 AM Self     Please do not support the use of embryos for research. There are organizations who have already done the research that adult stem cells are just as effective as embryonic.

Embryonic stem cell research is only supported because the murderous abortion industry wants to support their cause.

 
2819 05/01/2009 at 10:38:05 AM Self     We are opposed to embryonic stem cell research. The science is not proven, in fact, the use of adult stem cells is having great success. We do not believe that the creation of embryos simply for the purpose of research is ethically right, as that is the creation of a human life to destroy for research. Please do not consider this action, it is unnecessary when the research is there to prove that adult stem cells are quite successful when used.

 
2820 05/01/2009 at 10:38:24 AM Self     I oppose the destruction of embryonic stem cells for research and I oppose my tax dollars used for this purpose. Adult stem cells has shown all the promise and success.

 
2821 05/01/2009 at 10:38:39 AM Self     I oppose funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
2822 05/01/2009 at 10:38:56 AM Self n/a   THIS KILLING HAS GOT TO BE STOPPED ,GOD WILL HOLD THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE .FOR MURDER EVEN PRES OBAMA FOR ALLOWING THE STEM CELL RESEARCH TO CONTINUE ALA HIS MANNER OF DOING IT

 
2823 05/01/2009 at 10:39:10 AM Self     I oppose any of my tax dollars funding research on human embryonic stem cell. The encouragement of creating embryos for the purpose of destruction for the sake of research is wrong. Human life is sacred and should be regarded as such.

 
2824 05/01/2009 at 10:39:10 AM Self     this is a waste of money. for 25 yrs this has been researched with NOTHING beneficial happening.

However, research with ADULT cells HAS produced useable benefits.

Please STOP ALL EMBRIONIC research and use the money in a good way.

 
2825 05/01/2009 at 10:39:38 AM Self     I am completely opposed to spending US tax dollars on embryonic stem cell research! This destroys life, and should not be funded by federal monies.

 
2826 05/01/2009 at 10:39:43 AM Self     NO..NO..NO. THERE HAVE BEEN NO POSITUVE RESULTS FROM THESE TESTS...

 
2827 05/01/2009 at 10:39:45 AM Self     We believe that use of embyonic stem stells for research destroys life, which we oppose. There has been great progress in developing stem cells from other sources that do not destry life. Why do your Guidelines continue to promote this death destroying effort instead of increasing your funding of research that has shown to be truly effective and that does not destroy life?

 
2828 05/01/2009 at 10:39:48 AM Self     I am opposed to federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells when there is no scientific evidence to date that it is beneficial. I am opposed to the use of my tax dollars for experimentation on stem cells taken from “leftover” human embryos from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, the proposed guidelines would require their death.

 
2829 05/01/2009 at 10:40:09 AM Self     Using embryonic stem cells for research does not gather as much or as useful information as using stem cells from adults. Quit encouraging the waste of human life by using embryonic stem cells.

 
2830 05/01/2009 at 10:40:10 AM Self     The fact is that there has been no known useful cure of any disease or other ailment that has come from embroyonic stem cells. There are dozens of useful cures from adult stem cells. Now there is a means to convert adult stem cells to act like embroynic stems cells. Stop going down the dead-end street of embreyonic stem cells, which destroys life. It is insane to do so it seems to us. Why destory life when it can be done much more sucessfully other ways?

 
2831 05/01/2009 at 10:40:14 AM Self     I would like to express my opposition to the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. What these guidelines do is send tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. It is not right for the government to force tax payers to use their money against their conscience.

In addition, adult stem cells currently treat over seventy diseases. Embryonic stem cell research began twenty-five years ago and has provided zero treatments. Let's focus on what works.

 
2832 05/01/2009 at 10:40:21 AM Self     I think the new effort to use embryonic stem cells is morally wrong. Once this is started with Federal funds, there will be no stopping. As a Ph. D. in physics, I have read enough to understand that the alternative stem cell research has proven to make embryonic type research unnecessary. It is only needed for convenience.

So I ask that it not be done, and the guidelines state that federal funds not be used to support embryonic stem cell research.

Sincerely,

 
2833 05/01/2009 at 10:40:39 AM Self     I oppose these regulations.

 
2834 05/01/2009 at 10:40:42 AM Self     Americans like me have counted on our leaders to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These core values are listed in descending order. There is no liberty to pursue without life. Our government does not owe us happiness, only the ability to pursue it with in liberty. All of our rights depend upon the high value we place upon life. That is why I am saddened to see our president's quick and rash move to remove protections from the most basic form of human life. Human life itself becomes more threatened each time we weaken the foundations. Adult stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells have already proved to be more stable than embryonic stem cells. Please, avoid moving in this direction for purely political reasons. Make America the place where life itself matters most.

 
2835 05/01/2009 at 10:40:52 AM Self     These are my comments on the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, as announced in the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice.

The statement "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos,such stem cells are not themselves human embryos", doesn't really make sense. A human embryo is a future baby and can be adopted. That embryo is destroyed whem stem cells are removed.

My husband, family, and I do NOT want our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Our government should be encouraging adoption of these embryos instead of their death.

 
2836 05/01/2009 at 10:40:54 AM Self     I oppose these draft guidelines that 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. These human embryos still represent life and to use them for research purposes is cruel and inhumane. I ask that adult stem cell research be expanded because research has proved these to be valuable and effective, whereas embryonic stem cells have not been proved effective.

 
2837 05/01/2009 at 10:40:56 AM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cells for research. The only successes have come from using adult stem cells, in spite of the fact that research has been done using embryos for 25 years. Plus the fact that this opens up the avenue of "farming" embryos and cloning.

 
2838 05/01/2009 at 10:41:46 AM Self     I'm writing to ask you to decide against the destruction of embryos, each one of which is a human life.

We are hearing that opposition to embryonic stem-cell research is anti-science but that simply is not true. To date the advances made by adult stem cell research have demonstrated that no scientific loss is at stake by refusing to use embryonic stem cells.

Future generations will look back at your decision with either appreciation or horror. Please do the right thing.

 
2839 05/01/2009 at 10:41:48 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. I believe that it is immoral and contrary to the unborn's rights to life, liberty and the persuit of happiness. I don't want my tax dollars going toward the killing of human embryos.

 
2840 05/01/2009 at 10:41:50 AM Self     However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send your 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 morally and ethically opposed to this happening.

 
2841 05/01/2009 at 10:41:52 AM Self     Our oldest grandson is a gift from God's hand, through an IVF procedure. PLEASE do not approve federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. By using tax dollars on such a controversial and immoral experimentation, you are offending myself and milllions of other people who feel it is wrong to destroy embryos which could one day brought to full term.

 
2842 05/01/2009 at 10:42:03 AM Self     I oppose the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, as announced. What these guidelines do is send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. This will only encourage the production of human embryos just to kill them. Regulations should be adopted that discourage this practice in the strongest possible way.

 
2843 05/01/2009 at 10:42:11 AM Self     Last week, April 23, I understand that the NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Clearly these guidelines designate our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. These guidelines pronounce a death sentence on what we regard as 'human embryos' and we are totally opposed to this action which is a violation of human rights and destroys human life.

 
2844 05/01/2009 at 10:42:19 AM Self     I believe these guidelines are an incentive to create and destroy human embryos, a practice many Americans find morally objectional, myself included. As stated "Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to abnormal cell division and differentiation. A better understanding of the genetic and molecular controls of these processes could provide information about how such diseases arise and suggest new strategies for therapy. Human embryonic stem cells may also be used to test new drugs. " Since embryonic stem cells do not show the potential that adult stem cells do to lead to actual treatments, but will mostly be used to study abnormal cell division and differentiation, I believe the guidelines at the minimum should discourage the use of new cell lines for this kind of study. Once donors understand that there are existing cell lines available to scientists and that their donated embryos will be destroyed to study abnormalities and used for drug testing, many will see that the death of new human embryos for scientific research is unnecessary.

 
2845 05/01/2009 at 10:42:27 AM Self     I understand that 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 find it impossible to understand why our nation would encourage the destruction of life when all of the research conducted to date proves that adult stem cell research is providing healing for many serious diseases, while embryonic stem cell research has proven to form cancer and no healing has ever happened using embryonic stem cells. Why are you wasting our tax dollars on research leading to disease instead of research on the adult stem cells which has already proven to heal? I believe that embryonic stem cel research will never succed because it has at its basis the death of a living being.

 
2846 05/01/2009 at 10:42:31 AM Self     To Whom It May Concern, I, as a, United States Citizen for 47 years of my life, strongly oppose the use of tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead I promote the adoption of these human embryos. Anything else along these guidelines would be considered murder. It is our sole duty as human beings and a country with so called morals and standards to nothing less!

 
2847 05/01/2009 at 10:42:40 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars paying for these things. Please do not approve it without allowing a vote on it.

 
2848 05/01/2009 at 10:42:41 AM Self     I oppose any use of embryonic stem cells for any type of research. Using embryonic stems cell is morally wrong and so is taking the life of the unborn child in the first place.

 
2849 05/01/2009 at 10:42:46 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.

 
2850 05/01/2009 at 10:43:04 AM Self     If embyonic stem cells show no result after 25 years of research why do you wish to continue.

The definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing expecting a diferent result.

Since adult stem cells are not only working but effective, it would make more sense to pursue something that is effective. Use wisdom and pursue the right research.

 
2851 05/01/2009 at 10:43:06 AM Self     I AM STRONGLY AGAINST using Federal Funds to sponsor any sort of Human Stem Cell Guidelines as Barack Obama wants to do: On March 9, 2009, President Barack H. Obama issued Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells. The Executive Order states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law.

 
2852 05/01/2009 at 10:43:15 AM Self     March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for embroyonic stem cell research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I urge you to oppose these regulations.

 
2853 05/01/2009 at 10:43:20 AM Self     PLEASE ALLOW ME TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO President Barack's Obama executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and which has now opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) which creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I heard that last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These are American tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I firmly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It's not even about where the money comes from it is that in doing this research we are putting to death human embryos instead of promoting their adoption.

 
2854 05/01/2009 at 10:43:34 AM Self     Adult stem cell research has been very effective. T-cell research for cancer is also very impressive.

Harvesting human embryos for research is out of the question. Petri dish embryos are not normal being born outside the womb. Should have never been allowed. I believe its been documented of two deaths of humans receiving the embryo cell injections and no cures have been documented.

The umbilical cord cells are all you needed. Lets not kill any more living embryos for research. It's barbaric and inhumane.

 
2855 05/01/2009 at 10:43:52 AM Self     With infertility at the highest rates in history, DO NOT send MY tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of you promoting the adoption of these human embryos, your guidelines would require their death. Have you forgotten that full-grown people do so much more productive good in our country than dead ones? Humans are our greatest resource...more than monkeys, trees, whales, or any other endangered species you can name. Humans are THE most endangered species on the earth, with one in four being aborted as you read this! What if someone just destroyed the pre-born person who was one in a million on the intelligence scale, who has an IQ of 170, and who would have discovered the cure for all cancers? Shame on our country for not giving that person a right to be born! No wonder God is not going to step in and save our economy ~ He will have to let us self-centered citizens hit rock bottom, since we apparently never think of pleasing Him with our actions.

 
2856 05/01/2009 at 10:44:08 AM Self     I am against having additional federal funds used to support additional stem Cell research

 
2857 05/01/2009 at 10:44:12 AM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. This is just ethically wrong. I feel we should be putting our money and research efforts into adult cell research as it has already gotten many positive results in contrast to the empbryonic cell research which has not. We must have more respect for human life.

 
2858 05/01/2009 at 10:44:17 AM Organization Valley Family Forum   On behalf of the Valley Family Forum, I strongly oppose the NIH guidelines for expanding research on embryonic stem cells (ESCR).

If approved, this new proposal would invite further efforts to create life for the purpose of destroying, through research, the lives that have just been created. That runs counter to all moral and ethical principles.

In addition, research on adult stem cells has produced far more positive results in contrast to the virtual absence of positive results from ESCR.

Therefore, please keep the current guidelines in place and allocate our tax moneys to more ethical and productive purposes.

 
2859 05/01/2009 at 10:44:25 AM Self     I oppose The National Institutes of Health (NIH) request for 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.

 
2860 05/01/2009 at 10:44:33 AM Self     I am against human embryonic stem stell harvesting and experimenting! Please don't spend my money on this! You are going down the wrong road in this research. I will be watching who supports this!

 
2861 05/01/2009 at 10:44:41 AM Self     I write to oppose new guideliness that allow for further Human Embryonic Stem Cells to be harvested or used based on the very language of the proposal. "To establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law."

It is not scientifically worthy to destroy human life for Embyonic Stem Cell research when Adult Stem Cells already help to treat 70 diseases; while Embryonic Stem Cells studied for over 25 years have produced treatment for no diseases.

The President said if these Adult Stem cells were successful that we should avoid the moral argument of Embryonic Stem Cell Research and use what is working and does not create a moral debate. It is not morally or ethically responsible in the eyes of many American to produce life inorder to kill life. I have a moral and ethical problem having tax dollars fund abortion, or Human Embyonic Stem Cell Research.

Thank you for considering these concerns.

 
2862 05/01/2009 at 10:44:57 AM Self     As a taxpayer and citizen of the U.S. I object to my tax dollars being used for this type of research... enough said !!!

 
2863 05/01/2009 at 10:45:02 AM Self     In my opinion, it is absolutely unconscionable to use embrionic stem cells for research purposes, especially since so many cures for diseases have been found through experimentation with adult stem cells, which do not require the destruction of life, and for which there is no ethical dilema.

There is not a person in the world who was not an embryo early on, and the point has been magnified through "snow flake" adoptions of frozen embryos which have been implanted in the wombs of adoptive mothers and are now full-fledged, normal children, including at least one that was rescued from New Orleans after Katrina.

Moreover, in the cases where embryonic stem cells have been used to treat problems, those cells have only compounded the problems by creating horrendous tumors.

Better to spend tax dollars on adult stem cells which have been proven to be effective, and where all can agree with the experimentation involved.

Furthermore, eventually embryos will "run out." After that, no doubt unscrupulous individuals will want to "buy" eggs from young women, probably poor ones and college students, which is a dangerous and harmful practice for the women, and could interfere permanently with their fertility.

Using embryonic stem cells is just plain wrong, no matter how you look at it. Evidently the scientists who are so eager to obtain tax dollars to do their experimentation want tax dollars because money from the private sector dried up after it was learned that such experiments were a waste of money.

 
2864 05/01/2009 at 10:45:03 AM Self     Unlimited embryonic stem cell research should not be prohibited. It is a waste of potential human life. Focus should be placed on the many proven successes of adult stem cell research rather than on the embryonic stem cell process which has merely shown the risk of becoming dangerous cells.

 
2865 05/01/2009 at 10:45:06 AM Self     Why are we harvesting embryos when adult stem cells have proven effective with far less investment?

Please do not play God.

 
2866 05/01/2009 at 10:45:12 AM Self     Embronic stem cell research has been underway for over 25 years and has not produced one treatment or method of cure for any disease. Adult stem cell research on the other hand has been most effective. Why would anyone with a reasoned approach think spending federal tax dollars, our money, on such an unsuccessful program, especially now that every dollar counts, would make sense. The Obama logic defies me. During his campagin for Presidnet he told Rick Warren pursuing such an avenue, knowing the potential controversy, would not occur if there was proof it was not effective. You have the proof. So why waste our money and your time on such a dead-end research project. Say no to continued embyonic stem cell research for the right rationale.

 
2867 05/01/2009 at 10:45:21 AM Self     I am against funding Human Embryonic stem cell research. There is not need since adult human stem cells have been proven to be more promising. By funding human embryonic stem cell research the U.S. federal government is wasting our tax dollars.

Thank you

 
2868 05/01/2009 at 10:45:27 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds in the research of human embryonic stem cell. Instead, I feel we should be providing additional funds for adult stem cell research where there has been some significant results.

 
2869 05/01/2009 at 10:45:28 AM Self     Destroying viable human embryos for the sake of medical "research" is not only morally wrong but runs completely against everything this Christian nation was founded upon. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THESE GUIDELINES!

 
2870 05/01/2009 at 10:45:33 AM Self     Please do not allow human embryos – people – to be destroyed just because it is the easiest way we currently see to find solutions to other challenges we are trying to solve.

As a scientist, I realize stem cell research is a relatively new frontier with a lot of promise. However, using embryonic stem cells is not justified. There are other sources of stem cells that are also promising. Just because we can do things does not always mean we should. Just because one method of finding a cure for something appears promising does not mean that other methods would not yield the same cures. Science is not good in and of itself. It is a tool and is only good and laudable when used for good.

Please craft the guidelines to ensure that scientific research is used for good, that life is respected, and not wasted or used whimsically.

Sincerely,

*****, Ph.D.

 
2871 05/01/2009 at 10:45:34 AM       I am opposed to funding embryonic stem cell research with our tax dollars, especially if it done by killing human embryos for their stem cells.

 
2872 05/01/2009 at 10:46:15 AM Self     I am opposed to the proposed use of government funds for the purpose of 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" (page 18579). The use of adult stem cells has proven much more effective. The proposes use of embryonic stem cells is a relative waste of money and poses serious moral problems.

 
2873 05/01/2009 at 10:46:20 AM Self     Please do not reinstitute this barbaric massacre of human beings.

 
2874 05/01/2009 at 10:46:46 AM Self     In deefense of all human life from the moment of conception until the time of natural death.

 
2875 05/01/2009 at 10:46:50 AM Self     I oppose the funding of more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Our tax dollars should not be used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. Instead of promoting the adoption of these so called "leftover" human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

Currently adult stem cells are treating multiple diseases, yet even after years of research, embryonic stem cells are able to treat ZERO. This is just bad business---throwing money at an area that has not shown promising results. Rather, put our taxes to better use in supporting research for more uses for Adult stem cells.

 
2876 05/01/2009 at 10:47:02 AM Self     Talks of America's future lying with our children rings very hollow when we take away their chances to even exist. Every embryonic cell has been given a name by God. Each has as much potential as any one of us that have been allowed the blessing of life. Please...let us not be the ones who destroy that chance. Adult stem cell research is where all the strides have been made. May God bless your wise decisions.

 
2877 05/01/2009 at 10:47:21 AM Self     Its time for Americans to "respect" life and human dignity. Stop the insanity of expermentation on humans, especially in view of the fact it serves no scientific benefit--unless liberal politics is regarded as "scientific".

Totally outrageous, when one considers the depravity level man has now become. Dirty politics < call it what Stem Cell Research is really about.

 
2878 05/01/2009 at 10:47:32 AM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research on the grounds that it is unnecessary and immoral. I request you abandon embryonic stem cell research and focus your efforts on adult stem cell research where the most promising advances have been made.

 
2879 05/01/2009 at 10:47:37 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds (or any funds) to destroy human embryos for research purposes. These embryos are nascent human beings. Just because the embryos don't look like a fully-formed baby does not mean that the human embryo should not be protected. Common sense tells me that if eagle eggs and turtle eggs are recognized for what they are (nascent members of those species), and therefore are protected in their "egg" (developing) form, then developing human beings should also be saved from exploitation. Embryonic stem cell research is nothing more than the strong preying upon the weak. Why waste tax dollars on immoral procedures when so-called "adult" stem cells are already reaping treatments and cures?

 
2880 05/01/2009 at 10:47:45 AM Self     The destruction of human embryos for research and the use of tax payer dollars goes way beyond how and for what I want my tax dollars spent. Research on adult stem cells has produced results whereas human embryos has not--even if they did--it would be an immoral use that does not respect the dignity of the human person from conception. Laboratory destruction of life is still the destruction of life and NIH is not ordained to play God with these unprotected lives which will result in human cloning that makes all this even more scarry.

 
2881 05/01/2009 at 10:47:45 AM Self     i am against the use of human embryonic stem cells for research.

 
2882 05/01/2009 at 10:47:47 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

As you know, President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos only if the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells. This was a good thing.

However, on March 9, 2009, President Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the opportunity for the funding additional embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). This has created the incentive to create and destroy human embryos. As you draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research please take this into consideration.

Please do not open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars to support 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 will require their death. This is a bad thing.

Your consideration is appreciated. Not only is this a matter of life vs. death and an ethical matter but I believe adult stem cell research is where the emphasis and $'s should be placed.

 
2883 05/01/2009 at 10:48:05 AM Self     I am opposed to federal funds being used for embryonic stem cell research. American tax money should not be spent on a procedure that is so controversial for the American public. We should have a say that matters on how our money is spent.

 
2884 05/01/2009 at 10:48:23 AM Self     When current research and tests have shown great success in using stem cells other than embryonic stem cell, why would you even want to consider using embryonic stem cells? They have a much higher rate of rejection and side effects. When using a person's own stem cells, that is not a problem. Even researchers who began with embryonic stem cells have now decided to cease using them and go with the more successful and less problematic stem cells from the person in question.

Please consider rejecting any use of embryonic stem cells. Ethics aside, they just don't make sense scientifically or economically.

 
2885 05/01/2009 at 10:48:27 AM Self     To Whom it May Concern:

I am all for stem cell research as a viable answer to so many incurable diseases as well as debilitating physical conditions.

However, it appears that embryonic stem cell research is not the venue to find such answers to today's needs for the following reasons:

1) According to http://www.stemcellresearchfacts.com/ , adult stem cell research has already developed over 70 cures and treatments whereas embryonic stem cell research has produced none.

2) With the current monetary condition of our country, it would be more cost effective to apply grants and monies in that arena that produces results rather than in an area that seems to exemplify a "black hole" in effort to produce anything constructive.

3) There is much controversy on the use of embryonic stem cell research vs. adult stem cell research. Why create a problem of ethics between to opposing views when there is no problems when we can continue with adult and umbilical cord stem cells?

4) If we can reproduce those current strains of embryonic stem cells, why make more and cause such strife and division?

5) In as much as today there is still a great divide between doctors as to when life does begin, ranging from conception to delivery, why violate the ethical boundaries to work on an area to produce no solutions?

In my opinion, the removal of current stipulations on embryonic stem cells is both an error in judgment and an error in principle.

Please do not change the current status.

 
2886 05/01/2009 at 10:48:30 AM Self     We morally oppose government funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Scripture tells us that Almighty God "knew us before we were formed in our mother's womb." Destroying stem cells is tantamount to destroying life.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

 
2887 05/01/2009 at 10:48:48 AM Self     I vehemently oppose embryonic stem cell research done on cells from leftover in vitro fertilization since the procedure requires killing the embryos! Therefore, I definitely do not want my tax dollars funding this type of research!!

 
2888 05/01/2009 at 10:49:19 AM Self     Hello, I am opposed to have my tax dollars fund embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells have shown greater success and promise. Please change direction in your funding and research. Thank you,

 
2889 05/01/2009 at 10:49:41 AM Self     Hello! We oppose the use of our taxes to fund research on human embryonic stem cells. Please use our taxes to fund adult stem cell and IPS research-these are ethical and effective!When did your life begin? Ours began at conception. Thank you.

 
2890 05/01/2009 at 10:49:46 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.

 
2891 05/01/2009 at 10:49:52 AM Self     Although embryonic stem cells are not embryos themselves, the human embryo is destroyed in the process of obtaining them. This is unacceptable in the eyes of many US citizens who would be caught in the position of funding research that they are morally opposed to. Please do not use our tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research!

Adult stem cells have already shown promise in the treatment of humans. I would like to see this research continue and help many more people.

 
2892 05/01/2009 at 10:49:58 AM Self     We are opposed to using human embryonic stem cells for research. To our knowledge these types of stem cells have not shown any promise in helping any illnesses or diseases. How about using cord blood that has shown promise?

 
2893 05/01/2009 at 10:50:02 AM Self     I am deeply disturbed by yet another method of passing my tax dollars to the wrong cause. Why are you intent an funding embryonic stem cell research when there has not been one success story from this? All the success has come from adult stem cells. I'm sure there are folks who stand to make lots of money from this through the selling and buying of these stem cells. Another example where this administration is ramming things through no matter how wrong they are. We are watching very carefully.

 
2894 05/01/2009 at 10:50:14 AM Self     I do not support the funding of embryonic stem cell research in any way. Please do not proceed with this effort. It has been shown that adult stem cells are more useful in the scientific realm and have more usefulness to our research for illness. We do not need to use tissue which determines death for one human being in order to provide life for another. There are other means by which we can succeed in this process. Thank you.

 
2895 05/01/2009 at 10:50:20 AM Self     President Obama: You have opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. The drafted guidelines of the NIH opens federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Please stop. Please focus your attention on the great successes accomplished through adult stem cell research.

 
2896 05/01/2009 at 10:50:21 AM Self     I strongly oppose any level of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I am very disappointed in the current administration's ongoing attempts to promote this activity.

 
2897 05/01/2009 at 10:50:33 AM Self    

I dont want my tax dollars to be used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
2898 05/01/2009 at 10:50:36 AM Self     Please keep the research on stem cells as it says in the ollowing quote on your gudelines: 'to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy...' It has been generally known for quite a while now that there is much promise in adult stem cells and very little in embryonic stem cells. If this is so, and if it is ethically questionable, to say the least, to use embryonic stem cells for research, why do it? How can you stay ethically responsible and scientifically worthy if you disregard ethical considerations of millions of Americans and if you emphasize on embryonic stem cell research that has proven fruitless? Science has been respected in this country and the NIH also has been regarded as honest in its scientific endeavor. Please keep it so!

 



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