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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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3098 05/01/2009 at 11:28:07 AM Self     To Whom It May Concern: Since life begins at conception, your proposed guidelines are killing innocent beings, even though you cannot see them as such in their present form. And since ADULT STEM CELLS AND PLACENTAL STEM CELLS AND OTHER STEM CELLS FROM ADULT TISSUE have already treated and cured numerous diseases, it is not just unnecessary to continue with embryonic stem cells, it is criminal and morally reprehensible. STOP ALL FUNDING FOR EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH!!!!!!!!!!!

 
3099 05/01/2009 at 11:28:20 AM Self     I am oppose to embryonic stem cell research. It has never shown any promise to help fight or cure diseases. Money should go into adult stem cell research, which has already provided many success stories for cures.

 
3100 05/01/2009 at 11:29:26 AM Self     I am apposed to the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research.

 
3101 05/01/2009 at 11:30:09 AM Self     We are against opening up research to more embryonic stem cells. The fact that these cells are available in other countries and yet no progress has been made with the research on them, leads us to believe that this is a political statement and not a scientific, medical decision. Adult stem cells are being found to be very viable means of addressing disease. But there is no evidence that embryonic cells are useful. In fact the current research shows that the real key to diseases like MS and Parkinson's are to be found in regressing a patient's own cells and using them for treatment. That way you avoid rejection. This is the cutting edge area - not embryonic cells which have not been shown to be viable even though they have been used in research for as many years as adult cells have. This is purely a political decision which is aimed to placate the pro-abortion groups. This will also deny these embryos of life and love through adoption. It is the propaganda of these pro-abortion groups that have pushed for this despite scientific proof that this is not the avenue that cures for disease will come from. It is counter productive to spend time and money on things that are not going to prove viable when we have viable means of addressing these diseases. The only thing this will address is the agenda of the pro-abortion groups and the political future of liberal politicians.

 
3102 05/01/2009 at 11:30:09 AM Self     I am opposed to the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. There is no need to destroy human life for this kind of research. Adult stem cells are already providing cures whereas embryonic stem cells have completely failed. Don't waste my tax dollars in this time of economic hardship. Adult stem cells are where the real promise of cures are and they don't destroy a human life.

 
3103 05/01/2009 at 11:30:25 AM Self     I am vehemently opposed to embryonic stem cell research. In my view it would set us on the path to blatant disregard for the sanctity of human life. It is not our place to decide who should live and who should die.

It is inconceivable and unbelievable that anyone would even consider human beings as "spare parts."

Please stop this degrading practice from becoming a part of our culture and moral heritage!

Respectfully,

 
3104 05/01/2009 at 11:30:37 AM Self     I disagree strongly with the recent order by President Obama and am increasingly dissatisfied with his profession of faith. His decisions are against everything biblical. Life is precious and given as a gift from God, a God that someday not only Obama but all those who stand by him with a decision to kill/destroy a precious life. My strong objection is to President Barack Obama issued executive order on March 9, 2009that 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 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. My hard earned tax dollars (since I do pay a great deal more than the average US citizen) I DO NOT WANT being applied to this bill. The country is in debt and is on the verge of crumbling and the new administration comes up with ridiculous ideas like this. Furthermore I would not want to be in your shoes when you are dead and in front of a holy and righteous GOD for killing his creation. Hebrews 10:31 "It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of a LIVING GOD"

 
3105 05/01/2009 at 11:31:06 AM Self     Please do not allow public funding of expirimentation on human embryos! Emryonic stem cell work has been very problematic and not at all productive. In contrast adult stem cell work has been extremely productive and has already had many great medical successes! So put all of our public funds into adult stem cell work!

 
3106 05/01/2009 at 11:31:07 AM Self     As a father I am concerned about what life will be like in the future for our children, if we contimue on the road we are on, life will determined and enabled by science and medicine. However I and many others feel that life is determined by by our Creator- God. If we take over the ability to determine who should or should not live, we are stepping into dangerous waters. Please 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 promoting the adoption of these human embryos, the new draft guidemlines would require their death. Could you look at one chlid and say you are going to die and another you can live? Or, say I am going to end your life so that someone else can have a "better" life?

Please do not accept these new guidelines! Our fututre is on the line.

 
3107 05/01/2009 at 11:31:17 AM Self     Research on adult stem cells has produced results. Research on embryonic stem cells has NOT produced results.

Moreover, there are NO moral or ethical issues with experimenting on adult stem cells. On the other hand, there are THE HIGHEST and MOST SEVERE (life/death) moral or ethical issues with experimenting on embryonic stem cells.

Therefore, common sense would lead one to conclude that the intelligent policy to adopt on this issue is to allow research on adult stem cells that HAS generated results with NO moral or ethical reservations. Furthermore, common sense would also direct an intelligent person to conclude that it is foolish to pursue a policy of research and experimentation on embryonic stem cells that has produced NO results and yet has THE HIGHEST and MOST SEVERE moral or ethical issues attached to it. In other words, why pursue a policy that will only engender controversy, dissension, and fighting, but no cures for any diseases - unless your business is to generate controversy, dissension, and fighting (lawyers)?

 
3108 05/01/2009 at 11:31:22 AM Self     With new information on Stem Cell Research I am totally against supporting the use of stem cells from embyros.

 
3109 05/01/2009 at 11:31:24 AM Self     Please do not support this. Our country was not founded on the principles that are set forth in these guidelines. I implore that you do not go forward with this.

 
3110 05/01/2009 at 11:31:38 AM Self     A large percentage of tax payers believe that human life begins at conception, perhaps a majority. These same people find the use of their taxes to fund scientific experimentation which destroys human life to be abhorrent. This sort of experimentation should be prohibited regardless of the funding source, but it it is not, then it certainly should not be financed by taxation.

The yield of cures from embryonic stem cell research has been dismal compared with adult stem cells. I believe this is a political agenda, not scientific. I am opposed to my taxes being used for this disgusting purpose. Please do not allow this to continue in the name of science or medical advancement.

 
3111 05/01/2009 at 11:31:57 AM Self     It is absolutely stupid to waste more time and money on embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells are already used to treat desease and we don't have to kill anything. After at least 11 years, embryonic stem cells are treating NO desease.

How many governmental idiots does it take to understand playing to this interest group is a waste?

STOP IT!

 
3112 05/01/2009 at 11:32:13 AM Self     We adamantly oppose the use of federal funds--our hard earned tax dollars--for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please make sure that the decisions that are made on this issue are representative of the majority of American taxpaying citizens.

 
3113 05/01/2009 at 11:32:18 AM Self     I disagree with your draft because I believe that destroying frozen embryos is destroying life. Please revise the draft so that embryo lines already being used may continue to be used, but not allowing new ones to be formed. There is no need for more destruction of life.

 
3114 05/01/2009 at 11:32:37 AM Self     I totally disagree with the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. Human embryos should not be used for research. Each of these embryos represents a human life and by tampering with them as proposed in this legislation is against what we as human beings should be doing to other human beings.

 
3115 05/01/2009 at 11:32:41 AM Self     Embryonic stem cell research has yet to be proven to be useful in treating any medical condition. There is an unacceptable level of risk involved in the spending of these funds when so many in the country are out of work, stressed financially and in need of support to help them through these difficult times. There needs to be more proof (supported by private funds of those who feel there is value to this type of research) that embryonic stem cell has application and usefulness to a broad portion of the population before the funds of people who are barely making their own montly commitments is taken to fund such unproven science.

 
3116 05/01/2009 at 11:32:53 AM Self registered Nurse, New York State   Ethically responsible, scientifically worthy. One does not have to have any education, though being in the health field gives me one over Pres, Obama on this! Stem cell has purpose and US has gone forward without Obams's say so. I like science and proof is in what our Country went forward in success or is improving on the proper scientific result, Why this nation allowed the likes of one egotistic non- qualified man to be Pres of US. with so little screening (sign of the times.) God says the time is coming and now(soon) will be when I will come to gather my own. God has his eye on what he has proclaimed, "In the beginning God created all." Be His creation. Follow your spirit. Truth or healing is in the correct use of knowledge God given! Wise up, America. Run a check on Mr Obama, he is the opposite of good (bad) for America and God 's justice will come.

 
3117 05/01/2009 at 11:33:02 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.

 
3118 05/01/2009 at 11:33:30 AM Self     I do not support continuing stem cell research if there is no protection for unborn embryos. Please re-instate the protection given by President Bush. It is wrong and immoral to create embryos knowing you will kill them, using them for research.

 
3119 05/01/2009 at 11:33:43 AM Self     I am writing to ask that you DO NOT USE FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS TO FUND THE DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN EMBRYOS DURING THROUGH STEM CELL RESEARCH.

Recent technology using ADULT CELLS, however is showing much promise, and according to medical experts should be available within 9 years. With a proven track record of success, it would be much more beneficial for the NIH to fund continued research in this arena. The use of human embryos for stem cell research, however, has resulted in myriad problems, so it is not efficacious to continue in this line of research.

 
3120 05/01/2009 at 11:34:13 AM Self     I am writing to voice my objection to the use of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I view embryonic stem cell research as necessitating the termination of a human life. The same goals could be achieved by leaving former President Bush's policy in tact. I appeal to you to exercise your authority to raise the standard once more so that all human life can be treated as valuable. Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Your help would be greately appreciated in this matter.

 
3121 05/01/2009 at 11:34:30 AM Self     Obama said that abortion is an issue that "...individual women have to wrestle with... And I think they are in a better position to make these decisions ultimately than members of Congress or a president of the United States... So that has been my consistent position. The other thing that I said consistently during the campaign is I would like to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies that result in women feeling compelled to get an abortion, or at least considering getting an abortion... Now, the Freedom of Choice Act is not highest legislative priority..." He said it was a moral decision for each individual. Well, he is now making a moral decision for millions of babies and millions of people. Embryonic stem cells are viewed as babies by many people and now they will have to go against their morals and let their money go to promoting research that kills babies. I do not care how many ways you can twist if it is or is not a baby. The point is that for those that do view embryonic stem cells as a person, you are taking that choice away. You cannot change someone's morals. Instead of letting an individual choose to support abortion or not, now it will be a forced support. What is wrong with adult stem cell and other stem cell studies? They have shown to be far more promising than Embryonic stem cell research. Why must you pursue a dead end that is a dead end in more ways than one? Why must this be done?

 
3122 05/01/2009 at 11:34:42 AM Self     I oppose the destruction of human life even for seemingly beneficial health purposes.

 
3123 05/01/2009 at 11:34:53 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3124 05/01/2009 at 11:34:57 AM Self     The killing of human embryos is just one more step in the immoral road to genocide. The Federal Government seems bent on destroying morality in America. Our rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness given to us by our Creator are being denied more each day in America. This is indeed a sad period in American history where a great country is self destructing.

 
3125 05/01/2009 at 11:35:14 AM Self     I am writing as a citizen opposed to any Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Years of privately/corporately funded research on different types of stem cells have resulted in numerous treatments using adult stem cells and, in recent months, multiple methods of inducing pluripotent stem cells from sources which do not rely on sources that many consider morally wrong. Adult stem cells are already being used in treatments for over 70 different diseases and conditions, including trials on Parkinson's disease that have resulted in over an 80% reduction in symptoms for some patients, while years of embryonic stem cell research (both privately funded and publicly funded under the Bush administration guidelines) have resulted in no viable treatments and typically result in cancerous growths when the embryonic stem cells encounter adult stems cells (the best result to date being a little over a week with no cancerous growths in a small percentage of trials). This moral quagmire with no real hope of results is not what my taxpayer money should be spent on, especially when the alternatives pose no moral or additional health problems and are already returning live-saving and life-improving results.

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3126 05/01/2009 at 11:35:14 AM Self     I support the sanctity of life from beginning to end. I believe that we are created in the image of God and we have absolutely no right to destroy human life at any point in development--even to save another human life.

When we begin to play at being Creator--we claim a wisdom and power that is not ours. It is a very slippery slope that may not be easily contained or reversed. Indeed, the results may bring our own self-made judgment on this nation.

 
3127 05/01/2009 at 11:35:28 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.

 
3128 05/01/2009 at 11:35:36 AM Self     My grandaughter has type 1 diabetes, and the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed my 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.

 
3129 05/01/2009 at 11:36:07 AM Self     I urge the NIH to reconsider their guidelines allowing use of stem cells from fertilized embryos. There are much more ethical, moral, and effective methods for obtaining stem cells for research (e.g., adult stem cells and iPs cells). I strongly object to having my tax dollars fund research that could encourage creation of "extra" embryos for use in scientific experiments. These are embryos which could be adopted rather than destroyed.

 
3130 05/01/2009 at 11:36:25 AM Self     To whom it may concern: I would like to take this opportunity to oppose 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, the proposed Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines would require their death. Thank you for time and consideration on this moral and ethical matter.

 
3131 05/01/2009 at 11:36:28 AM Self     The government does not need to throw more money at NIH Human Stem Cell research. Adult stem cells are healing at this time 80 diseases and embryonic at this point 0. Why would you want to destroy human empryos when Adult stem cells work. Save our hard earned taxpayer money and stop this nonsence.

 
3132 05/01/2009 at 11:36:44 AM Self     Do you not know, Embryonic Stem cell research involves the killing of human life! I do not want my tax dollars to fund this type of science. This is what the Nazis did, only you kill something with no voice. This is shameful. Adult stem cell research is ethical and has huge benifits to curing desease. Reconsider your position please and stop taking the country into a culture of death.

 
3133 05/01/2009 at 11:36:47 AM Self     Please do not use embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos!

 
3134 05/01/2009 at 11:36:58 AM Self     Human embryos are tiny but living human beings. Killing these embryos to extract their stem cells is MURDER according to the legal definition of MURDER. Funding murder by our federal government is to turn the government into an instrument of MURDER. The fact that a sitting president approves of this is indefensible.

Successful programs for adopting these human embroys are in place and working. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

Please do not allow this to happen.

 
3135 05/01/2009 at 11:37:01 AM       It is wrong for the American government to use human embryonic stem cell in any manner for experimentation.

Adult stem cells have already proven to be a reliable source for procuring curses for many diseases.

My wife and I kindly request that President Obama be advised to cease and decest from any further human embryonic stem cell research.

 
3136 05/01/2009 at 11:37:15 AM Self     I object to and comment on the following portions of the draft:

[See following excerpt of Summary][I object to the phrase "ethically responsible" since the stated goal of this research is fundamentally irresponsible ethically as it destroys a human embryo which is endowed by God as a sacred human being with its own right to life. The rights of these tiny human beings to live is protected under our U.S. Constitution]-------- The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH-funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. Internal NIH procedures, consistent with Executive Order 13505 and these Guidelines, will govern the conduct of intramural NIH research involving human stem cells.

[See following excerpt of Part II. B.7 d][My objection is that this statement does not go far enough in informing the "donor" of the intended results of this science, i.e. that the human embryo is not just human tissue but is in fact a complete human life in essential genetic code. I suggest that the "donor" be informed that the result of this science will actually "result in the death of the human being, one life killed per each human embryo placed into this research". I further emplore you to inform the "donor" that NOT donating the human embryos may result in these embryos being "adopted" by adults wishing to bring these embryos to term in order to adopt a human baby. ] ----- Information about what would happen to the embryos in the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research;

I further comment that the NIH should require a reasonable period of time for greater public debate and more extensive inclusion of ethicists' debate and comment.

 
3137 05/01/2009 at 11:37:18 AM Self     I think that it is a CRIME and a WASTE of our taxpayers money to invest these dollars in embryonic stem cell research that is controversial (and as many people including me think it is IMMORAL) and has not shown one single benefit in curing anything..its all theory. On the otherhand, that money COULD and SHOULD fund adult stem cell research that has been PROVEN to be effective as stated below: The extraction of stem cells from adults and umbilical cord blood causes no harm to the patient. These are completely life-affirming options of research. Cures to diseases can be found without killing human beings unlike Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

Research using stem cells obtained from adults and umbilical cord blood has been used to help thousands of people with various ailments. At least 73 different diseases or ailments have been treated with or helped by the use of adult stem cells including with Parkinson's, spinal cord injuries, various forms of leukemia, heart damage, and various forms of cancer.

 
3138 05/01/2009 at 11:37:20 AM Self     I just think that when there is scientific proof that the use of Adult Stem Cells is already successful in many areas and NONE to show embryonic stem cells are helpful why not put the money into what is already working. Please take the time to research this before throwing away money and creating life only to destroy it, when perhaps the answer lies right in front of you in what is already working.

 
3139 05/01/2009 at 11:37:41 AM Self     The use of stem cells from Embryos goes against the word of GOD which this great nation was founded upon. This is one of the basest forms of human degradation known to mankind and must be stopped by any means necessary. The cities of Sodom and Gomora were destroyed by God for atrocities such as this. Man now has the scientific power to destroy himself with little interaction from God but He will move His finger as necessary to ensure our destruction if we continue down this path. On my behalf and the behalf of those too busy with unemployment, bankruptcy and the myriad other problems we are all faced with today, please end this madness. Mankind is not meant to live forever. Jesus died for our sins so that we may join him in the Kingdom of Heaven. Are we so terrified that we did not live a life worthy of Heaven that we must prolong our existence even at this terrible cost? He had a plan for us and we have strayed from His path so far that it is no longer in sight for many of us. Read your Bible, live happy, treat others as you would be treated yourself, laugh often. Do not kill your brother in an effort to cheat death; it comes for us all and you will either be very lonely when it does or surrounded by the Light of God and fearless of what lies beyond this earthly realm. Stop the madness.

 
3140 05/01/2009 at 11:37:42 AM Self     This is a serious misuse of tax dollars, not to mention a moral atrocity. Please stop the funding for human embryonic stem cell research. There is no valid evidence that can promote the killing of human life. Life begins at the moment of conception.

 
3141 05/01/2009 at 11:37:50 AM Self     I have two things to say about Stem Cell Guidelines. First of all, there is no proof that embryonic stem cells are of greater value than adult stem cell research.

The second thing I have to say regarding this matter is that it is a scientific fact that there is nothing needed further from a mother or a father genetically to cause an enbryo to become an adult human, beyond the same things that we all need once we are born...Nourishment and shelter, which are provided by the mother through the protective environment of the womb.

If all it takes is renaming an unborn baby, regardless of the developmental status of that baby, with a term like "embryo" to make people no longer have a conscience about killing that baby, the floodgates of inhumanitarian treatment are opened even further than they currently are.

 
3142 05/01/2009 at 11:37:57 AM Self     I am writing you to oppose the use of federal tax dollars for the purpose of conducting research on human embyonic stem cells.  This practice would create 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 my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. The federal dollars could be redirected toward adult stem cell research where there is a record of sucess and lack of funding.

 
3143 05/01/2009 at 11:38:02 AM Organization Family Research Council 801 G Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001 I firmly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3144 05/01/2009 at 11:38:09 AM Self     he purpose of this message is to record my opposition to the Obama embryonic stem cell regulations, and the draft guidlines that NIH officially posted. These guidelines would open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I oppose these regulations and guidelines, as they would waste my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. What this country should be doing instead, is promoting the adoption of these human embryos. The draft guidelines would require death of these lives.

 
3145 05/01/2009 at 11:38:26 AM Organization Word to the World Ministries 5758 Groom Rd, Baker, LA 70714 RE: A Public Response to: [Federal Register: April 23, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 77)] [Notices] [Page 18578-18580] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr23ap09-42]

On March 9, 2009, President Barack H. Obama issued Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells.

AS A TAX-PAYING, AMERICAN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN ADAMANTLY OPPOSE THIS ENDEAVOR TO ENGAGE IN HUMAN STEM CELLS RESEARCH FOR ANY REASON. THIS IS AGAINST NOT ONLY OUR MORAL FIBER OF A HUMAN RACE, AMERICAN CITIZENS, BUT AS OUR SPIRITUAL BELIEFS THAT ANY HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED TO GOD, AND IS THEREFORE IN HIS HANDS AND NOT TO BE AMENDED BY MANS. Respectfully Submitted, Rev. ***** Baker, Louisiana

 
3146 05/01/2009 at 11:38:47 AM Self     I am against research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes. They should be given to the owners for proper burial. I am not against research using adult stem cells.

 
3147 05/01/2009 at 11:38:48 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3148 05/01/2009 at 11:38:52 AM Organization Word to the World Ministries 5758 Groom Rd, Baker, LA 70714 RE: A Public Response to: [Federal Register: April 23, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 77)] [Notices] [Page 18578-18580] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr23ap09-42]

On March 9, 2009, President Barack H. Obama issued Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells.

AS A TAX-PAYING, AMERICAN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN ADAMANTLY OPPOSE THIS ENDEAVOR TO ENGAGE IN HUMAN STEM CELLS RESEARCH FOR ANY REASON. THIS IS AGAINST NOT ONLY OUR MORAL FIBER OF A HUMAN RACE, AMERICAN CITIZENS, BUT AS OUR SPIRITUAL BELIEFS THAT ANY HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED TO GOD, AND IS THEREFORE IN HIS HANDS AND NOT TO BE AMENDED BY MANS. Respectfully Submitted, Rev. ***** Baker, Louisiana

 
3149 05/01/2009 at 11:38:59 AM Self     I am very much opposed to the killing of human embryos for the sake of research. Especially when adult stem cell research has been much more successful with no killing of human life.

I urge you to support research with adult stem cells and not embryonic stem cells.

 
3150 05/01/2009 at 11:39:09 AM Self     I am opposed to Federal Funding of human embryonic stem cell research. With the millions of families waiting to adopt children, it's purre evil for our government to fund the murder of all of these innocent lives.

 
3151 05/01/2009 at 11:39:21 AM Self     To Whom it may concern,

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

I find it baffling that there is a desire to continue this research when, according to reliable sources, in 25 yrs. of research on embryonic stem cells, this research has failed to yield a single treatment for any disease. On the other hand, Adult Stem Cell research has yielded treatment for over 70 serious diseases.

I ask that, rather than using embryonic stem cells in research, that adult stem cells be used instead. Common sense science would deem this a wise choice.

I also ask that you promote adoption, rather than death, for the human embryos that the parents have chosen not to use.

Sincerely,

 
3152 05/01/2009 at 11:39:48 AM Self     I oppose research on human embryonic stem cells. It is morally and ethically wrong. Instead of taking a shotgun approach, especially during this difficult economic time, it would be better to strategically prioritize where to focus funding and considering adult stem cell R&D has produced dozens of beneficial treatments, and embyonic has not produced any, I recommend continuing with adult stem cell research and discontinuing embryonic stem cell research. Thank you.

 
3153 05/01/2009 at 11:39:58 AM Self     It sickens me to think that once again we, the taxpayers, are going to have to come out of pocket to fund the immorality of others.

One more tactic of doing their best to get rid of the middle class by taxing us to death.

 
3154 05/01/2009 at 11:39:59 AM Self     1. There is no scientific evidence that stem cell research will produce any useful results. This has become a political issue.

2. Adult stem cells are equal or better than embryonic for these research purposes.

3. The country is broke and along with the Mars rover, there are far more responsible uses for this research money.

4. Everyone knows this issue is nothing more than a ploy by the very lucrative abortion industry to legitimize and expand their barbaric practices for money. How pathetic that America has fallen to this level, with the full support of the White House.

5. I should also mention that the secondary driver is a multitude of 'researchers' eager to get on the government dole, instead of getting a real job. Of course, they will list many profound-sounding reasons for their taxpayer funded playtime.

How about doing the right thing for America for a change.

 
3155 05/01/2009 at 11:40:41 AM Self     The confusion on this issue is two-fold.

First, Pres. Bush allowed PRIVATE experimentation on EXISTING stem cell lines but CORRECTLY did NOT ALLOW taxpayer dollars to subsidize this. Private funding and research is the backbone of our R&D industry, and private dollars will follow successes, as opposed to federal dollars which subsidize losing research and seek to choose winners regardless of results.

Secondly, embryonic stem cell research has provided ZERO treatments thus far BUT has shown negative side effects. Whereas, adult, skin, umbilical cord, and pluripotent stem cell research have provided over 75 treatments thus far, and without the moral problem of destroying human life.

THUS, Taxpayer dollars should not be used to subsidize any stem cell research. Follow the results that work and allow the private money to go there, keeping government hands out of it except for this. We should outlaw embryonic stem cell research because it goes against American values of protecting life - it is the government's job to secure the inalienable right of LIFE as expressed so eloquently in the Declaration of Independence. Times and Technology may change but Principles should not. In a day where science is getting ahead of and providing many new challenges to our moral compass, we must use unchanging principles to re-establish ethical standards for today.

 
3156 05/01/2009 at 11:41:00 AM Self     I am appalled, but not surprised that this administration would encourage the killing of more babies by lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research. These babies could be put up for adoption for the many Americans who are forced to adopt from other countries at a very high cost because unwanted babies in America are simply killed. Further more, science has proven beyond a doubt that adult stem cells are more effective eliminating the need for embryonic cells. What has happened to American values? Sincerely,

 
3157 05/01/2009 at 11:41:18 AM Self     I oppose the new embrionic stem cell regulations. It is killing the unborn, when what should happen, is the embrios should be available for adoption by couples who want a baby.

 
3158 05/01/2009 at 11:41:44 AM Self     Do not spend any of our Tax Dollars on embrionic stem cell research or give it to any organization that engages in it or provides abortions. I want no part in these grevious sins against God and the Human Family. If you don't agree I am praying for your lost soul to know the Truth, receive His Love and be set free.

To the lost souls who are living and breathing: How did that happen? Your life is a gift from God and your Parents. Turn your hearts from pursuing death and destruction of life. Stop supporting the abortion agenda and experimentation on human embryonic stem cells. These are sins against God and the Human Family. "But who can discern his errors? Clear me from hidden faults" (Ps 19:12 [18:13]). Failure to recognize my guilt, the illusion of my innocence, does not justify me and does not save me, because I am culpable for the numbness of my conscience and my incapacity to recognize the evil in me for what it is. ("Pope Benedict V! Sec. 33 Spe Salvi])

 
3159 05/01/2009 at 11:41:52 AM Self     I don't know why we have to allow research on embryonic stem cells when for over 25 years nothing has been accomplished. Adult stem cell research has found many uses. Non have been found using embryonic stem cells. How does killing babies solve anything.

 
3160 05/01/2009 at 11:42:22 AM Self Professor of Catholic Theology   Use of so called "left over embryos" is not morally acceptable to a large number of taxpayers and therefore should not be funded. The end does not justify the means. Embryonic life is still life. Will we soon use "discarded" elderly people for experiments or aborted fetuses for spare parts?

 
3161 05/01/2009 at 11:42:24 AM Self     I would like to register my opposition to the use of federal taxpayer funds for embryonic stem cell research. I am one of millions of taxpayers who believe that this type of research is ethically wrong. Besides the ethical questions, adult stem cells are proving to be more effective in research. With limited funds available, priority should go where science dictates and that would mean towards adult stem cell research.

 
3162 05/01/2009 at 11:42:26 AM Self     First of all the destruction of a human embryo is the taking of the most helpless and innocent of human life. Further there is no reasonable need for it because the use of adult stem cells is already providing wonderful treatments and the possibility of more given time and money for research. Also there are many families that are unable to have a child or more children. They would love to have the opportunity to grow these embryos into productive human beings that hold much greater promise for problem solving than some pie-in-the-sky research. Children, loved and well taught hold the forth the hope of a bright tomorrow for everyone. Given these facts, how can we justfy the destruction of such fragile life and the use of limited moneies, space, equipment, and time to do reseach on these tiny human beings? Justification of such research would be difficult even if we knew for sure that great good was the end result. We have no such certain knowledge. It will be hard to defend and to live with the decission to carry out such human sacrifice without sure and certain accomplishments ahead. Please take all of these facts into consideration before taking such serious life taking steps. Thank You,

 
3163 05/01/2009 at 11:42:32 AM Self     I believe it is unconscionable and beyond moral and ethical guidelines to use embroynic stem cells for research for supposed scienticfic progress. The dignity of life should not be subjugated to such debased standards.

We can do stem cell research from existing human subjects that has as promising results.

 
3164 05/01/2009 at 11:42:59 AM Self     In my opinion, based on scientific fact, human embryonic stem cell research is flawed from its foundation. It is based on the assumption that an embryo is not a life, when every biologist knows that it is. Additionally, extensive embryonic stem cell research already performed before and under the Bush restrictions (an obviously unethical political compromise) was equally unacceptable to me.

Interestingly, none of this embryonic stem cell research has resulted in any scientific breakthrough of consequence, while adult stem cell research has been highly successful, without the loss of any life or potential life. Consequently, I do not believe that any NIH monies (taxpayer resources) should be used for any embryonic stem cell research, other caveats not with standing.

 
3165 05/01/2009 at 11:43:08 AM       I am incensed at the executive order to allow human stem cell research and the current guidelines on it that the NIH has made. I am opposed to using our tax dollars for this purpose. Please rescind this order.

 
3166 05/01/2009 at 11:43:16 AM Self     Human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes, even though no longer needed for that purpose, are unquestionably human beings in an early stage of development. This makes their use in scienfitic experiments unethical, no matter the perceived benefits from the research. This being the case, public tax dollars should not be used to promote, encourage, or in any way advance the devaluation and disrespect for human life. Until such research can be banned, it certainly should not be supported with tax dollars taken from citizens adamantly opposed to the killing of innocent life.

 
3167 05/01/2009 at 11:43:27 AM Self     I am against the murder of human persons in the embryonic stage of their lives for the research and development of cures for diseases. Embryonic stem cell research has not provided any cures after 25 years of reseach. However, adult stem cell research has provided cures for as many as 70 diseases. I do not want my taxpayer dollars used for the destruction of human life to save another. This is evil and I will not partake of it. Would you just concentrate on what has proven effective and stop the murder of preborn babies. Our country will suffer greatly for destroying God's gift of human life.

 
3168 05/01/2009 at 11:43:31 AM Self     I strongly urge the NIH to fund more fully stem cell research that does not required the destruction of fully viable human embryos.

A human embryo contains all of the genetic material necessary to become a fully mature human. These are not chickens or rats we are talking about, but healthy humans in a state of cryogenic suspended animation that do not have the ability to speak for themselves on this issue.

I remind the NIH that all humans on this planet were once embryos and this stage of development is no different than going from teenager to adult. Embryo is only a term given to a new human being and that human should have rights protected under the Constitution of the United States of America.

Further, alternative methods of stem cell research have already produced hundreds of therapies and some limited cures for certain diseases while stem cell research from destroyed embryos has not. In fact researchers have found that the early embryonic stem cells appear to be much too unstable to ever be effectively used.

NIH and the current administration would be wearing collective eggs on their faces if this much needed alternative research is slowed due to funding of this extremely tragic type of embryonic research that has, to this date, showed extremely limited hope of being a practical solution for combatting disease.

Every effort should be made for these embryos to be adopted through established agencies rather than destroying them for albeit altruistic purposes.

Thank you,

 
3169 05/01/2009 at 11:43:34 AM Self     I am very much against the killing of human embryos to use their stem cells for research, or any other reason. I should certainly NOT be forced to pay for this with my tax dollars!

Adult stem cells have proved their value in the areas that embryonic cells would be applied - there is no scientific justification for killing human embryos. There is no political justification to make me pay for it.

 
3170 05/01/2009 at 11:43:39 AM Self     Why is it such a priority to use embryonic stem cells for research, when adult stem cells have already proven to have benefits? Apparently, like as in most cases, this is driven by a political agenda that has absolutely nothing to do with actual results. Are there no moral guidelines we adhere to in anything anymore?

 
3171 05/01/2009 at 11:43:51 AM Self     Do you not know that killing unborn children is the ultimate in predatory animal behavior?

 
3172 05/01/2009 at 11:44:46 AM Self     Please do not turn our nation into a Nazi reproduction. Please recognize the value of all human life. Young life stem cell research has not proven itself to be effective, and even if it did, it still involves the murder of human life.

Please stand of the sacredness of all humanity which is created in the image of Creator God.

Everyone reaps what they sow. God sees all.

(1 John 5:10-13—the Bible)

 
3173 05/01/2009 at 11:44:47 AM Self     I have read that there are approximately 80 plus cures that have resulted from Adult stem cell research, and (0) cures for anything resulting from embryonic research. Furthermore Embryonic stem cell research has been shown that any possible break thorough will take at least 15 to 20 years. Do we really want to spend that kind of money that shows no real promise anytime in the near future?

I have also read that Adult stem cells can be harvested from umbilical cords, and also from other parts of the body based on a MIT and Harvard studies. So there will never be any kind of shortest with regards to having Adult stems available. These stem cells are fully developed and do not suffer from the effects that embryonic stems do.

Why would anyone consider that spending money on embryonic stem cell research will produce results when virtually every research study has shown that all experiments end up being a cancerous type of mutation because embryonic stem cells not fully developed cells?

In implore you to reconsider using any tax payer money for these types of experiments that hold no real value in either the short or long term.

Sincerely,

 
3174 05/01/2009 at 11:44:48 AM Self     I do not understand why there is so much interest in destroying embryos in the continued search for something that has proven unsuccessful. As I understand it, embryonic stem cells are currently successfully treating nothing, while adult stem cells are proving very successful and no one has to die to procure them. If indeed stem cell research is to receive taxpayer money, why not spend it on safe and proven adult stem cell research?

 
3175 05/01/2009 at 11:44:50 AM Self     If God wanted this it would have happened a long time ago. Leave to God what is His and remember nothing will happen unless God lets it. HE IS IN CONTROL!

 
3176 05/01/2009 at 11:44:53 AM Self     The continued research on embryonic stem cells does not only destroy a human life but it is an irresponsible use of taxpayer money. After 25 years of research on embryonic stem cells absolutely NO cures have resulted. Research money is better spent on adult stem cells, which so far has resulted in at least 70 CURES of diseases. Please reconsider to only use taxpayer money on adult stem cell research which has much more potential to lead to medical cures than ESC research. Thank you for your consideration.

 
3177 05/01/2009 at 11:44:58 AM Self     Having two friends who have received and successfully responded to the use of their own adult stem cells, we sincerely question the use of our tax dollars to kill human embryos to harvest embyonic stem cells for research purposes.

 
3178 05/01/2009 at 11:45:04 AM Self     This is appalling! If an embryo is not a person than it is never a person. If an embryo is a person it is always a person. The use of one person for the potential of help to another is Nazism. I am completely opposed to this activity, especially when stem cells from grown humans harvested while they remain alive is producing better results.

 
3179 05/01/2009 at 11:45:11 AM Self     As a tax payer, I oppose the killing of human beings in the name of research,especially the utilization of federal tax dollars to do so. Life begins at conception and human embryos that are are controversily destroyed in stem cell research constitutes the killing of a human life. This action is unconstitutional and furthermore debatably a criminal act against mankind. To consider embyos as non-human is at best based on a belief or faith system that is not based on absolute fact. Science therefore should always err on the side of protecting life and in all instances. Valuable research in this area should be limited to adult cells where a human life is not destroyed.

 
3180 05/01/2009 at 11:45:29 AM Self     I respectfully request that my taxpayer dollars NOT be used for the destruction of human embryos. Please continue your research with adult stem cells and the promise that they have already shown without destroying the unborn and the potential for life that they hold.

 
3181 05/01/2009 at 11:45:39 AM Self     I have read that there are approximately 80 plus cures that have resulted from Adult stem cell research, and (0) cures for anything resulting from embryonic research. Furthermore Embryonic stem cell research has been shown that any possible break thorough will take at least 15 to 20 years. Do we really want to spend that kind of money that shows no real promise anytime in the near future? I have also read that Adult stem cells can be harvested from umbilical cords, and also from other parts of the body based on a MIT and Harvard studies. So there will never be any kind of shortest with regards to having Adult stems available. These stem cells are fully developed and do not suffer from the effects that embryonic stems do.

Why would anyone consider that spending money on embryonic stem cell research will produce results when virtually every research study has shown that all experiments end up being a cancerous type of mutation because embryonic stem cells not fully developed cells?

In implore you to reconsider using any tax payer money for these types of experiments that hold no real value in either the short or long term.

Sincerely,

 
3182 05/01/2009 at 11:45:46 AM Self     I am writing to oppose funding of embryonic stem cell research by the NIH beyond what is presently being done within the guide- lines as set up by Pres. Bush. Research has achieved tremendous success in the use of adult stem cells and other lines of stem cells. In fact their success rate has far exceeded research of embryonic stem cells. The ESCR encourages incentives to create and destroy human embryos as well as opening the door to 'human cloning' which is totally unacceptable. Irregardless of the notion that 'cloning' will not happen - there are many in the science community who would be inclined to experiment. Only God can create life!

 
3183 05/01/2009 at 11:46:08 AM Self     Please limit your use of embryonic stem cells to those defined by the prior president, George Bush.

 
3184 05/01/2009 at 11:46:45 AM Self     I am saddened by our culture’s acceptance of death over life, whether it is abortion or experimenting on embryonic stem cell research. You, the NIH are charged with drafting guidelines for distributing funds for embryonic research. I request that you do not further encourage accepting death over life by pushing the funding of embryonic stem cell research onto the American public. You can help turn this awful tide of death by being responsible stewards of America’s taxes.

 
3185 05/01/2009 at 11:46:46 AM Self     I strongly oppose this possible change in policy toward funding of embryonic stem cell research for several reasons: 1)An embryonic stem cell is a human life with great potential 2)To kill such a person with the hope that it will save another person is morally wrong. There is no guarantee that such a scenario will even happen. Why kill a young person to save an older one? 3)It is verifiably documented that adult stem cell reseach has already saved many lives, and continues to be very promising. 4)If the government crosses over this moral line and makes this legal, what is going to prevent it or any other entity, person from deciding that human life needs to end in support of a "greater good". How is the greater good defined? The premise should always be that human life is the right of eveyone in the USA; our great Constitution says that we each are endowed with inalienable rights, including the right to "LIFE", liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 5)Killing such a life directly goes against the US Constitution and the intent of our Founding Fathers. 6)Killing of another person or interrupting his/her existence is playing God. There is a reason why one of the Ten Commandments says "You shall not kill". Thank you.

 
3186 05/01/2009 at 11:46:49 AM Self     I am absolutely opposed to the destruction of human embryos for stem cell research or any other reason. The draft guidelines entitled ``National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research'' (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.

Those embryos could instead be used by other infertile couples who desire children and would be a far more humane choice.

 
3187 05/01/2009 at 11:47:22 AM Self     My family objects to the funding of stem cell research and the continued expansion of the culture of death especially in light of the the lack of significant results of this process. The progress of the adult and cord cell method has proved to be vastly more effective to treat a number of illnesses. The main reason why the government has to fund embryonic stem cell research is because no other public organization will due to it's lack of progress as compared to adult and cord. Face the facts and put the money where the real results are instead of backing a looser .

Thank you,

 
3188 05/01/2009 at 11:47:25 AM Organization Always Home Personal Care Services   The use of adult stem cells has a proven track record. We are supportive of the research using adult stem cells only.

 
3189 05/01/2009 at 11:47:56 AM Self     We would beseech you to NOT go forward with any funding of embryonic cell research. It is a fact that adult stem cells have proven themselves to be very effective in a number of medical cases whereas embryonic stem cells have yet to prove any significance in medicine. What it has done is murder hundreds if not thousands of innocent babies.....yes, we said babies. This is in essence Genocide. Do you really want the blood of babies on your hands? The blood will cry out.

 
3190 05/01/2009 at 11:47:56 AM Self     I suffer from multiple sclerosis and this is year 21 for me. I use canes, a walker or wheelchair to get around. I am not opposed to using my own stem cells to heal me or cord blood cells but I am opposed to using any embryonic cells even the ones used in the Bush administration. I am against the 4/23/09 guidelines and feel that we are opening pandora's box by using in vitro baby stem cells and tax dollars to fund all of this. My mental state/ conscience would be affected more then healing coming from in vitro stem cells. Please stop this from happening.

 
3191 05/01/2009 at 11:48:12 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my tax dollars (federal funds) in the promotion of or actual research on human embryonic stem cells! Spend my money for research on adult stem cells.

 
3192 05/01/2009 at 11:48:19 AM Self     Please DON'T permit the use of embryos for Stem Cell research. Adults research is fine since they are already living. Tax dollars are fine for research if it's not the unborn.

 
3193 05/01/2009 at 11:48:23 AM Self     Frankly, I am appalled that the government will be basically supporting infanticide. Biology textbooks clearly teach that life begins at fertilization. "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." The above statement taken directly from the Federal Notice, is extremely disturbing. How will the government check to ensure 'extra' embryos are not created for the specific purpose of taking their stem cells? NO diseases have been helped using stem cells from babies, while adult stem cells already are used to treat different diseases.

 
3194 05/01/2009 at 11:48:31 AM Self     Please do not harvest human embryos for stem cell research.

 
3195 05/01/2009 at 11:48:48 AM Self     Use no human embryos for research or experimentation!

 
3196 05/01/2009 at 11:48:50 AM Self     As you know embryonic stem cells have not saved a single life, while research on adult stem cells has yielded very promising results. I oppose research on embryonic stem cells, and I oppose funding by the federal government to conduct such research.

 
3197 05/01/2009 at 11:49:01 AM Self     I am writing in opposition to embryonic stem cell research. It destroys a human life and it is not necessary as research with other non-embryonic stem cells has proven to be be more effective in finding cures.

 



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