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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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3198 05/01/2009 at 11:49:03 AM Self     To date, several years of embryonic stem cell research have utterly failed to produce the slightest evidence that it may be useful in any medical therapy of any kind. This is in spite of the intense efforts and grandiose promises of ESC researchers. Such an unproductive field of research should not continue to receive funding from American tax dollars, especially considering the highly controversial nature of the research methods involved.

On the other hand, research into Adult Stem Cells has produced medically useful therapies that are currently being used to treat patients with various medical conditions. If stem cell research is to be funded by Congress, this field, which shows the most promise, should be given priority.

 
3199 05/01/2009 at 11:49:06 AM Self     Please be aware that I stand opposed to any embryonic stem cell experimentation.

 
3200 05/01/2009 at 11:49:35 AM Self     Obviously, stem cell research has become a hot topic due to the amazing possibilities it offers to help. Although I don't claim to be a scientist or researcher, what I gather from limited research is Adult Stem Cell is much more effective than Embryonic. Even if the two types were equally effective, knowing that the opportunity for exploitation is greater on the Embryonic than the Adult. I am hopeful those in charge of making the final decision on funding for research will look at ALL the data. Admittedly I am losing hope that our government is doing so. However, this area has so many ramifications of good or bad, I would hope no rush to judgment is made without extensive research and presentation of data on both sides.

 
3201 05/01/2009 at 11:49:37 AM Self     I find it very disturbing that my tax dollars are going to fund something that I feel is extremely immoral and that I have no control over it. Human life, is human life no matter how small or defenseless. To date, adult stem cells are found to be the source of many cures while embryonic stem cells have not produced any positive results at all. Why not use our financial resources more wisely instead of investing in something that is so controversial. Please discontinue funding for this unconstitutional practice. Every person created deserves a chance to live.

 
3202 05/01/2009 at 11:49:45 AM Self     A fertilized egg is a human life. Murder is illegal in the eyes of your creator. Stem cell research is dependent on the murder of human lives in pre-birth status. Your creator will hold you accountable for all the murders you legalize. You need to pray that God forgives you for what you have already done to date and repent to be forgiven.

 
3203 05/01/2009 at 11:49:50 AM Self     It is unlawful to use EMBRYONIC stem cells for research as it is unlawful to take a life. It is also unconstitutional as we all have the right to LIFE,LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. The unborn are living breathing humans PERIOD!

 
3204 05/01/2009 at 11:49:51 AM Self     The concept that the United States of America the defender of innocent, helpless people all around the world should involve themselves in the intentional destruction of the MOST innocent, MOST helpless PEOPLE in the world is a disgusting prospect.

Surely the evidence gathered so far about victories in using Adult stem cells would preclude the concept of following this course of action and the destruction of HUMAN embryos.

Going this route will surely open up an industry of creating embryos for the express purpose of their destruction, not to mention the possibility of increasing the Black Market industry of selling infant parts, etc.

Please do not go this route. The moral and ethical character of this country is at stake. We can only reap the wrath of God for a terrible decision such as this.

May the Lord grant you the wisdom and strength of character to stand against such a deplorable act.

 
3205 05/01/2009 at 11:49:53 AM Self     Murder is murder. God will have his way with you and your demons. May GOD have mercy on you.

 
3206 05/01/2009 at 11:49:57 AM Self     I know that the valuable research that is being done on diseases can be accomplished by not killing human embryos. It is very distrubing that tax money that is provided by people who don't beleive in the killing of innocent would be used in killing human embryos instead of promoting adoption. Please do not allow anymore killing for it will have an effect on our Nation. No one can justify the killing of one to save another life.

 
3207 05/01/2009 at 11:50:14 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of embryonic stem cells in research. I oppose taxpayer funding for it. This is a violation of human rights.

Why are we doing this when adult stem cells have produced so many cures and treatments and embryonic stem cells have produced only tumors? It is unethical to experiment on human embryos or destroy them. Period.

 
3208 05/01/2009 at 11:50:17 AM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. PLEASE DON'T DO THIS PRESIDENT OBAMA!

 
3209 05/01/2009 at 11:50:36 AM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

Human Embryonic Stem Cell research must be considered in the light of ethics and morality; it is impossible to justify it simply as an exercise in science, particularly while functional advances exist in adult stem cell research.

Despite questions regarding the personhood of the embryo, the identity of the embryo as human is not questionable, and personhood is at least analogous to humanity.

 
3210 05/01/2009 at 11:50:49 AM Self     We oppose the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research and any expansion of this research. Regular adult stem cells can be used much more effectively and safely which is the way to do this research.

 
3211 05/01/2009 at 11:50:52 AM Self     I want to go on record as totally opposing the use of human embryos for research or any other purpose than what they were created for; to live and bring glory to their Creator.

I find it hard to understand why this form of research is still being pursued while adult stem cells have been proven to be more effective in fighting disease. Not only more effective, but the embryonic stem cells have not cured or improved anything yet. It makes sense to me to put money towards the methods that are already working with many more things in the works.

 
3212 05/01/2009 at 11:51:12 AM Self     As parents we are just commenting on how important this is to us and our family, let alone a million other families. Getting a cure for a disease that has become a pandemic and has never been discussed or counted/recorded like type 1 diabetes should be a priority. Millions of children will benefit from stem cells, not just type 1 diabetics. We can cure a lot of suffering children with all kinds of diseases and problems. Other countries have been doing it for years and we are on the bottom of the list when it comes to stem cells. Why should Americans travel abroad for stem cells when we can do them here if allowed. Thank you

 
3213 05/01/2009 at 11:51:32 AM Self     In his statement about embryonic stem cell (ESC) research on March 9, the President claimed he did not want to make a false choice between 'sound science and moral values.' He does not need to. Already, adult stem cells have been proven to treat every single disease the President mentioned in his speech, from Parkinson's to diabetes, heart disease to spinal cord injuries.

But he ignored the most significant scientific as well as ethical aspect of the ESC issue - an alternative is available called Induced Pluripotent Stem cells (IPSC). Dr. James Thomson, the cell biologist who was one of the first to derived human ESC lines, not only has ethical concerns about ESC, but helped develop IPSC. These concerns and his work on IPSC are documented in the NT Times article link below. It is somewhat out of date, in that concerns about using viruses to transport IPSC into the body have been replaced by a totally safe mechanism.

(http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/science/22stem.html?_r=1&ex=1353387600)

There seems to be no reason to continue with ESC research with the availability of safe, cheaper and totally ethical IPSC lines. Why would anyone want to continue ESC research, which requires killing a unique living individual, when IPSC research has the same potential to provide the same medical cures?

IPSC research should totally replace ESC research. Adult stem cell research should continue. It’s a no-brainer.

 
3214 05/01/2009 at 11:52:07 AM Self     No Frankenstein medicine! Embryonic stem cell experimentation is outside the bounds of medical ethics and decency. The government has no business using taxpayer money to perpetrate this.

 
3215 05/01/2009 at 11:52:20 AM Self     I oppose the new NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines that allow federal funding on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3216 05/01/2009 at 11:52:36 AM Self     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 -- something that I am adamantly opposed to.

Instead of concentrating on Adult Stem cell research, which has proven to be highly successful, this administration seems to want to chase after pipe-dreams and possibilities that have little-to-no positive results and many negative resulting effects; such as, needless death and destruction of life. This path is morally unfathomable and highly illogical. Welcome to the age of scientific and government dysfunction!

 
3217 05/01/2009 at 11:52:36 AM Self     It would indeed be a coercion of conscience to require citizens to pay for research that we consider to be in violation of our consciences. The state should never require its citizens to fund activities that they find to be morally objectionable or forbid them to carry out duties which they consider to be morally binding. I shouldn't have to pay for this.

 
3218 05/01/2009 at 11:53:02 AM Self     We strongly object to any kind of research using embryonic stem cell. Adult stem cells have proven to work in over 70 kinds of diseases, whereas embryonic stem cell have had zero success. We also believe God does not approve of this type of research which adds one more block in America's road to depravity.

 
3219 05/01/2009 at 11:53:05 AM Self     We heartily agree with the previous administration's timeline on not allowing cells produced before 2001 for the purpose of using human stem cells in overall stem cell research. Opening up to a later date creates a huge industry for the abortion clinics to profit further from selling human stem cells from aborted babies. Recent announcements that successes of using one's own stem cells has meant than adequate supplies for research when the afflected person can contribute their own cells for solving their particular needs.

 
3220 05/01/2009 at 11:53:10 AM Self     We strongly oppose the proposal to expand embryonic stem cell research. >Such research destroys human life (the embryo). The end does not justify the means. >After years of attempts, embryonic stem cell research has not produced a single successful treatment of a disease. >Adult stem cell research, on the other hand, has produced scores of successful treatments of disease without destroying a single human life in the process. We therefore favor funding for adult stem cell research instead.

 
3221 05/01/2009 at 11:53:10 AM Self     It is completely stupid and uneducated to use embryonic stem cells when we already know that the adult stem cells work wonders. Do the people that make these decisions not look at scientific evidence?!

 
3222 05/01/2009 at 11:53:12 AM Self     The Guidelines should not be changed. Adult stem cells have proven very, very effective, negating the need for any type of fetal stem cells and, in particular, those "left over". Reason, economics and the public deserve recognition and that is: we do not want to waste money on junk science or using any stem cells left over when we already have viable science and adult cells.

 
3223 05/01/2009 at 11:53:17 AM Self     I do not agree with stem cell research that kills the embryo. Please direct funds to the research of adult stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars going to stem cell research. Thanks,

 
3224 05/01/2009 at 11:53:26 AM Self     This is to inform you that I very strongly oppose the use of human embryonic stem cells and I especially oppose (and am offended by) the use of my tax dollars for such research.

 
3225 05/01/2009 at 11:54:16 AM Self     I oppose the taking of human life in the name of research. Human beings should be protected from conception until natural death, and the money should be put toward adult stem cell research and all the promise it shows. Please stop killing our children and let them be adopted!

 
3226 05/01/2009 at 11:54:25 AM Self     I am personally opposed to the use of tax payer money to support embrionic stem cell research. There should be stricter guidelines that would require that embrios be abandoned to be used for research. Money should be used to further adult stem cell work, as these are the only cells that have proven to be effective.

 
3227 05/01/2009 at 11:54:38 AM Self     No federal funds should be used for embryonic stem cell research. The document states "The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH-funded research,...is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy..."

This research is defenitely not ethical as it takes a human life. The research is also not scientifically worthy as embryonic stem cells have only caused cancer and mutations whereas adult stem cells are being used for over 68 therapies with astounding success. Using these embryos is just plan stupid. These children should be offered for adoption as many "Snow Flake" babies have been already.

 
3228 05/01/2009 at 11:54:53 AM Self     I am opposed to the Human Stem Cell research. Please note that it is not only morally wrong, as it is the destruction of human life, but that the information that is being sought after (being information from differentiated stem cells) can be obtained from umbilical cord blood, without injury to a live, human being, with unique DNA. I do not want my tax money to have part in this destruction and mutilating and slaughtering of human life.

 
3229 05/01/2009 at 11:55:04 AM Self     Dear Sir/Madam: I am the father of a 13 year old disabled boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This is a progressive and ultimately fatal muscle wasting disease for which there is currently no treatment or cure. As such, I have a direct interest in and I completely support all stem cell research that does not involve the direct or indirect destruction of an embryonic human being to obtain stem cell lines. Furthermore, I also deplore and condemn in the strongest terms the obfuscatory misinformation that is being disseminated, propagated and promoted by proponents of embryonic stem cell research under disproportionate political and financial pressure. There are morally acceptable and scientifically efficacious non-destructive stem cell research areas and therapies that are currently yielding the most promising and provable results. For my son and many others like him suffering from neuromuscular diseases, these research approaches are the best and most efficient use of N.I.H. Human Stem Cell funds. Thank you.

 
3230 05/01/2009 at 11:55:15 AM Self     What a disaster for the world. This is why morals and ethics have to be seperate from politics. If the world would have listened to FRC and Catholic Church which tried to tell us many years ago what invitro and all this other stuff would lead too. It's not to late to listen world. We are on a slippery slope for sure.

 
3231 05/01/2009 at 11:55:29 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars funding any research on human embryo's or any embryo's for that matter. When given the moral implications of this, people should not have to fund this when it is against their moral beliefs. It is also the case that adult stem cells have had far greater success and are more promising than any emrbyonic stem cells. Thank you,

 
3232 05/01/2009 at 11:55:30 AM Self     As President Barack Obama issued an executive order last March that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), I understand the need to set guidelines as to the specifics that we, as a nation, wish to allow under this order.

First and foremost, I am morally and ethically opposed to using human embryos for research purposes and believe the government should be promoting the adoption of these little human beings rather than encouraging their destruction. (My husband and I have adopted four children and have been blessed through the process.)

Second, I find it irresponsible of our government to fund embryonic stem cell research when the human stem cell shows so much more promise.

Respectfully submitted,

 
3233 05/01/2009 at 11:55:51 AM Self     We oppose using federal money to fund human embryo stem cell research. It is unethical!!

 
3234 05/01/2009 at 11:56:05 AM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. Please use them for adult stem cell research.

 
3235 05/01/2009 at 11:56:31 AM Self     As a medical doctor, I have done many hours of research in regards to the benefit of ESCR for my patients. Despite over 20 years of working with these cells nothing comes close to human clinical trials, let alone treatment options. We read almost daily about treatments from adult stem cell research and now the promise of iPS cells. Even Oprah had Michael J. Fox on her show telling her viewers about adult stem cell promises which is the total reverse of what he said not too long ago. The medical establishment as well as the public want to know why our government will be investing in research without promise instead of investing in adult stem cell research where promise is showing results now. I, as a physician and as an American citizen abhor the use of my tax payer dollars being used to create life to kill life. Those embryo's deserve protection under our constitution - the right to LIFE, liberty and pursuit of happiness. You as well as I know that just because they are "left over" from IVF clinics that those clinics can fertilize as few or as many eggs as there is incentive. We are now making human life a commodity. Do we really want to go down that road? Just because we can do this research does not mean we should. Do we want to have no moral limitation on our science? Nazi Germany already showed us what man can justify in the name of science. Please stop.

 
3236 05/01/2009 at 11:56:37 AM Self     I heart hurts to hear Obama has lifted President Brush's policy on banning future use of Human Embryos for stem cell research. How is it possible that we can take Human life, kill it and use it for research? It is wrong! When America devalues life, even as small as an embryo, we have brought ourselves lower than low. I ask that this bill NOT be passed!

 
3237 05/01/2009 at 11:56:50 AM Self     National Institutes for Health:

Although I consider myself a Democrat, I am opposed to using federal dollars for research on human embryonic stem cells. I consider this unethical and immoral.

Sincerely,

 
3238 05/01/2009 at 11:56:54 AM Self     [[Page 18579]] These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using only those human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.

***If we can research using adult stem cells, then why do we need to destroy life potential for our research? This is wrong. Use what is available w/out destroying life. There is no "informed consent" for an embryo.

 
3239 05/01/2009 at 11:57:18 AM Self     We totally disagree with more testing to be done on more stem cells. It will only encouage people to have more abortions...thinking they are helping the nation by destorying an unborn baby. If it does in fact have to go forward, then we think there should be very strick rules laid down and monorting done of such people of instudtion that form them. Do you think that God intended for us to test the cells of our nations unborn babies? If we as a nation are not careful we will bring down the jugement of God on our own heads. We think we have faired pretty good on this earth so far without going to this point.

 
3240 05/01/2009 at 11:57:21 AM Self     We do oppose embryonic stem cell research because it does require the death of a Human Being.

 
3241 05/01/2009 at 11:57:31 AM Self     I bless those embroys that you seek to kill with life, liberty and the pursuit of freedom from your death sentence. As President Obama, you will be accountable for their blood. That is God's law which you CAN NOT override. God's laws are principles that are universal, non optional, cause and effect. You and your daughters will suffer the consequences for the choices you make. President Obama, you were designed for greatness, but not to be a great destroyer, that is the job description of the Devil. Choose this day whom you will serve, Jesus or the Devil. Greater is my Jesus and you can never stop Him. Please join Jesus. He is coming to rule this world. Justice and Righteousness are the foundation of His throne.

 
3242 05/01/2009 at 11:57:45 AM Self     Genesis 6:8&9 But Noah founf grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Also in Matthew 24 Jesus tells us it will be like it was in the days of Noah, eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. They were wrapped up in themselves and their lives with no thought of their Creator. Noah's bloodline was perfect, not genetically messed with. Our generation is even more evil. Our babies are slaughtered on the alter of pride, then cells taken from their brain stems to supposedly "cure all matter of disabilities or diseases." How can good come from the slaughter of the lambs of innocents to make it come about? Be careful God is here looking at hearts to see their intent. He did the same thing just before the flood. It won't be flood this time, but fire. Jesus stands t the door knocking! Who will nto be ashamed to let Him in? God bless America and give us wisdom and strength to do HIS will!

 
3243 05/01/2009 at 11:58:10 AM Self     Recent advances in medical science have made it abundantly clear that a unique human individual exists at the moment of the formation of a zygote. Embryos are human lives, and their discretionary destruction is homicide. I urge you to forbid any stem cell research which results in the destruction of human embryos.

 
3244 05/01/2009 at 11:58:25 AM Self     This is nothing more than an incentive to create and destroy human ebryos. Each of these is a unique human life and as such our federal government ought to be promoting their adoption. Instead this will do nothing but cause their destruction. Additionally, this will lead to the intentional creation of excess or "leftover" embryos from the in vitro fertalization process as fodder for this mad, scientific scheme. Under no circumstances should this be permitted to occur. Under no circumstances should tax dollars be spent on such an activity.

 
3245 05/01/2009 at 11:58:27 AM Self     To date there has been no positive proof of any success using embryonic stem cells. All the success to date has been accomplished with the use of adult stem cell research. We do not favor the use of the embryonic stem cells because this would require the death of the embryo. These embryos should be put up for adoption.

 
3246 05/01/2009 at 11:59:00 AM Self     Embryonic stem cells have been researched for over 20 years. Nothing useful has been found.

On the other hand, research using adult stem cells has provided many solutions to medical problems.

It is time to stop diverting money and other resources from the proven successful studies using adult stem cells and putting them into the proven failures of embryonic stem cells.

 
3247 05/01/2009 at 11:59:08 AM Self     It has been proven in research that ADULT stem cells work better for our needs. These "left over embryos" should be given up for adoption. There are many people who would love to have a baby. Conception begins at the moment the sperm and egg meet and it is a human at that time. We as a nation will be punished some day for allowing abortion and, if this goes through, stem cell research on "embryos" babies.

 
3248 05/01/2009 at 11:59:41 AM Self     Please oppose funds used for research on embryonic stem cells. Why should we kill innocent lives on research that is inconclusive? Why should we kill innocent lives at all?

Thank you

 
3249 05/01/2009 at 11:59:57 AM Self     I would like to express my sincere opposition to allowing the use of human embryoes for scientific experimentation. These are just tiny human beings, but they are human. There is a great deal of progress being made in the use of adult stem cells. We do not need to waste money on stem cells that have not been helpful, but have caused tumors and such. Sincerely,

 
3250 05/01/2009 at 12:00:46 PM Self     RE: Embryonic Stem Cell research: I understand that President Obama has directed the National Institute of Health to set up guidelines for creating and destroying HUMAN embryos. I must express my deep dissatisfaction with this! There are hundreds of childless couples who would love to be parents, yet America will be destroying their opportunity to do so. Plus, science has shown that Adult cells and cord cells have proven much more effective in finding cures than embryonic stem cells have. PLEASE DO NOT DESTROY AMERICANS WHO COULD HAVE GONE ON TO FIND CURES FOR CANCER, ALS, M.S., PARKINSONS, ETC...Thank you.

 
3251 05/01/2009 at 12:00:49 PM Self     I Oppose my tax dollars being spent on human embryonic stem cell research. My father passed away from Parkinson's disease. There is hope for a cure but not with human embryonic stem cells. We are seeing great strives in patients using their own stem cells. What a better way to help fight this disease by using your own stem cells or that of loved ones than to use unborn children. Please save the unborn children!!!!

 
3252 05/01/2009 at 12:00:51 PM Self     Please support me and many others in standing against embryonic stem cell research. ...and uphold ethical practices.

Thank you!

 
3253 05/01/2009 at 12:01:08 PM Self     If you want it use the representatives in the House and Senate and the resider of the White House's tax dollars instead of the true American's out here that don't believe in it not care to support it. The use of my tax dollar's to commit immoral behaviors is wrong and not appreciated. God and the Bible is not a thing of the pass but of the present and He will judge us for such behaviors.

 
3254 05/01/2009 at 12:01:12 PM Self     I firmly disagree with this. Science and God should always be linked. When you throw out morals and the teachings of God you will not succeed. The results will not give you what you are truly working towards. Life is Life even as an embryo. We need to start realizing that Killing is wrong no matter how small the person is. There are other ways to reach you goal without expirimenting on the tinest of our civilization.

 
3255 05/01/2009 at 12:01:15 PM Self     Research conducted on stem cells gathered from unborn Americans is nothing short of murder, just like abortion. Please do not fund embryo stem cell research. Other research shows that adult stem cells hold a greater promise for cures. Please fund adult stem cell research.

 
3256 05/01/2009 at 12:01:19 PM Self     Please do not allow embryonic stem cells to be used and allowed to be experimented on using tax dollars. Adult stem cells have had extremely successful rates of usage for helping people, whereas, the embryonic stem cells have not. In fact, there has been abnormalities at every level of experimentation. Doesn't this tell you something? That it is not meant to be used, human beings at any level are not to be experimented on.

 
3257 05/01/2009 at 12:01:44 PM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cells for any kind of scientific research. Please use the available funds for use with ADULT stem cells, which have not only been shown to have more medical applications than embryonic stem cells, but also do not require the killing of an embryo.

 
3258 05/01/2009 at 12:02:03 PM Self     When I sign on my driver's license that my organs may be donated for research after my death, I have had a say and give my permission to use my body in this way. Order 13505 does not respect the fact that the embryonic stemcells used in research are human and have been denied any rights whatsoever. How can we call that ethically responsible? Where are the ethics? Embryonic stemcell has not produced any viable treatments or cures as the cells are too immature and undeveloped, how is that scientifically worthy? NIH funded research violates its own standards and asks for more rights to do so. I oppose this research and say the respect of human life and common sense must be brought back to science and be the basis from which we will not deter.

 
3259 05/01/2009 at 12:02:32 PM Self     To whom it may concern: I strongly oppose the draft guidelines that open funds (federal funding - basically my tax dollars) for human embryonic stem cell research. I do not believe in the tampering with in vitro embryos.

 
3260 05/01/2009 at 12:02:32 PM Self     I request that you consider that both sides of the embryonic stem cells cannot be right. If the prolife side is wrong, no harm is done, and other sources of stem cells can be pursued. However, if the other side is wrong, consider the damage to human life. Doesn't it make sense to err on the side of life?

 
3261 05/01/2009 at 12:02:36 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of embryonic stem cells for research that destroys the life of the embryo. I am morally opposed to this and urge you to keep the strict guidelines already in place that prohibit further research on these embryos other than the grandfathered stem cell lines already identified.

This is a tough decision because the prospect of a cure to debilitating and fatal disease for those among us that suffer is alluring. I have compassion for all those who are suffering but am opposed to committing a wrongful act even when the intentions are good.

I would rather see federal monies be spent in research of adult or cord blood stem cells lines that do not involve the destruction of embryos. There is much promise in this research that may lead to treatment and cure of disease.

Embryonic stem cell research is a slippery slope and I believe we should not go there.

 
3262 05/01/2009 at 12:02:57 PM Self     Please do not kill the unborn children. We can use adult stem cells that DO work vs. these cells do NOT work and science has already proven this. Thank you.

 
3263 05/01/2009 at 12:02:57 PM 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.

 
3264 05/01/2009 at 12:03:03 PM Self     Note, I am a patient diagnosed with MS. I DO NOT want babies being killed to do research that has not been proven anyway. I hope and pray that only ADULT stem cells be used to do research. I do NOT believe taxpayers money should be used for any research involving killing babies. Thank you for listening and asking for public comments.

 
3265 05/01/2009 at 12:03:20 PM Self     I believe that we are all entitled to LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The includes pre-born LIVING human beings of which we already are permitted by our government to abort if we choose to do so. We do not need to help feed the abortion industry by allowing taxpayer money to go to embryonic stem cell research. Especially not when other research, such as adult stem cells/cord blood stem cell research that doesn't involve taking LIFE is a viable, even more so currently, form of stem cell research. I speak from personal experience having stored our first child's cord blood in a cord blood bank and I support this type of research, including taxpayer funding as well. But I am against our tax dollars to go to embryonic stem cell research.

 
3266 05/01/2009 at 12:03:28 PM 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 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 strongly opposed to the use of taxpayer funding to promote the death of human embryos, which would make all American taxpayers accessories to murder. I am for freedom and life, and opposed to enslavement and death which these directed guidelines will establish.

 
3267 05/01/2009 at 12:03:33 PM Self     Please protect the sanctity of human life and keep these floodgates closed. Lines already available (pre-2001) are more than sufficient to carry on any testing that needs to be done.

 
3268 05/01/2009 at 12:03:34 PM Self     PLEASE do not kill embryos for stem cell research; I do not approve of using federal tax dollars to experiment on embryonic stem cells. These are my beliefs even though my father in law died of Parkinson's Disease - I stand firm in my belief that embryos are human beings and should not be killed for research sake. Thank you

 
3269 05/01/2009 at 12:03:39 PM Self     I find it morally reprehensible that, when it has been shown that adult stem cells have been proven to work far better than embryonic stem cells, that the NIH is insistent on following terribly flawed science in the name of "research." I could understand--maybe--if there had been some proof that embryonic stems cells were working. There is no proof of this, and so I feel that this needs to be scientifically reviewed and proven, or it needs to be dropped once and for all.

 
3270 05/01/2009 at 12:03:39 PM Self     Please don't use my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead promote the adoption of these human embryos. These draft guidelines would require the death of the embryos.

 
3271 05/01/2009 at 12:04:15 PM Self     Comments: This quote says that 45 CFR part 46, establishes safeguards for human subjects. It has been established that adult stem cells are quite capable and actually, in fact, better than using embryonic cells. "Long-standing Department of Health and Human Services regulations for Protection of Human Subjects, 45 CFR part 46, establish safeguards for individuals who are the sources of many human tissues used in research, including non-embryonic human adult stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells."

The following quote says everything in and of itself. Cells from embryos are unreliable and therefore will actually divide and become something different in the body, including cancerous. "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos."

There is no reason on this green earth that we should use stem-cells from embryos. It is dangerous and not "scientifically worthy." As already been proved.

Please keep the ban on this, opposing Exec Order 13505. Taxpayers do not want their hard-earned income going to this flagrant misuse of dollars and time.

Thank you,

 
3272 05/01/2009 at 12:04:19 PM Self     I am not exactly sure when we lost the right to say where our tax dollars go, but it seems that there is not a voice to speak for the majority of the American people. I do not want my dollars to go to any program that would in any way take a life of a person that is not in any way life-threatened. How horrific it is to think that in the name of science, murder is legal. Please take a look at how these monies are going to be spent, and do not put them in line for all tax-paying Americans to be represented in a process most do not want. Why not use this money to feed the hungry, clothed the homeless, or help the elderly receive needed meds? There are far better programs and much needed care else where.

 
3273 05/01/2009 at 12:04:24 PM Self     I do NOT want any of my tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. These are human beings. Not science experiments!

While the benefits of stems cells are clear -- it has also been proven that they do not have to be EMBRYONIC stem cells. You can take stem cells out of your OWN body and inject them at a site of injury and receive the same benefit.

EMBRYONIC Stem Cell Research is not just baby TORTURE, it is BABY MURDER.

There are OTHER ways to reach your goals. Thank you.

 
3274 05/01/2009 at 12:04:27 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

 
3275 05/01/2009 at 12:04:31 PM Self     I want to encourage you to not kill human embryos for their cells. Adult stem cell research has proven results and is encouraging.

 
3276 05/01/2009 at 12:04:35 PM Self     STem cell research on adult stem cells has already shown great promise and ought to be encouraged. Stem cell research on fetal stem cells should not be funded by the tax payers as so many tax payers find abortion morally repugnant.

 
3277 05/01/2009 at 12:04:41 PM Self     Please do not use federal funds for EMBRYONIC stem cell research.

 
3278 05/01/2009 at 12:05:08 PM Self     Adult Stem Cells have proven valuable. Embryonic Stem Cells are not proving to be of value. You want to use my hard earned money for this sinful practice? My money to abort babies overseas yet be kind to terrorists? What are you thinking?

 
3279 05/01/2009 at 12:05:10 PM Self     Adult stem cells work/aborted fetuses do not have the same results

 
3280 05/01/2009 at 12:05:14 PM Self     I strongly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3281 05/01/2009 at 12:05:15 PM Self     i oppose the federal funding of embrionic stem cell research because it first degrates human live which is sacred and that it is a waste of money for it can not produce the cures that have been promised while adult and embelical card stem cells hold the key and are already producing results in humans for many of the diseases. in continuing such research we will become more and more barbaric and will be no better than the Nazis in Germany who slaughtered 8-11 million people looking to create the perfect race.

 
3282 05/01/2009 at 12:05:24 PM Self     Please don't do it! How do you control what embryos are to be used for stem cell research. Your guidlines state, "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." However, you are opening floodgates, using our tax dollars, to those unethical, dishonest persons who will not adhere to the guidelines or stretch them to suit their own ambitions. Please, please reconsider!

 
3283 05/01/2009 at 12:05:36 PM Self     As a physician and a child advocate during my 8 years in the SD House of Representatives, I would ask you to not allow frozen embryos to be used for stem cell research but to be donated to childless couples as many have. Embryonic stem cell research has not resulted in the successful treatment of one disease whereas adult stem cell research has resulted in the treatment of 70 diseases. Why continue to waste millions on this false hope? *****,MD

 
3284 05/01/2009 at 12:05:51 PM Organization Hosea 4:6 Ministries 989 Monetro Rd. N.W. I stand in strong opposition to the use of federal taxpayer money being used to conduct embryonic stem cell research of any kind, but particularly the new proposal of using "leftover" embryos derived from in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and are no longer needed for that purpose, as per Guidelines to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009. I oppose this for the following reasons: 1) Embryonic stem cell research is ethically and morally wrong, because it is at its core is the creating of life for the purpose of destroying it in hopes that something good might be derived for someone else. Which, by the way, makes it all nonsensical as well. 2) Taxpayer money should not be used for something that the a majority of Americans believe to be contrary to their ideas of life beginning at inception. 3) Embryonic stem cell research has never produced a single medical breakthrough for the treatment of diseases, injuries and genetic disorders, while adult stem cell research (which is ethical by almost any standard) continues to produce tremendous results for treatment of many of man's afflictions. To continue promoting embryonic cell research and expanding the base for harvesting embryos is unethical, ineffective, and unprofitable.

 
3285 05/01/2009 at 12:05:55 PM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

I am opposing these guidelines.

 
3286 05/01/2009 at 12:06:11 PM Self     To whom it may concern, We are writing today to voice our opposition to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. While adult stem cell research has yielded many positive results, embrynoic stem cell has not provided a single one. Not only do we object to wasting our tax dollars on failure, we strongly reject the idea of destroying human life. We know many of you look upon this issue with blinders on but medical evidence supports our claims. Please do the right thing, and stop wasting human life and stick with what is proven. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 
3287 05/01/2009 at 12:06:26 PM Self     We afford special protection to human life in our Constitution. Please do not fund the destruction of these underdeveloped human lives, conveniently referred to as embryos. They are human and have never become a frog, a goat, a tree or a whale. Please give them the dignity they deserve and prevent experimentation on them, else we go down the road of the Nazis and others who have no regard for the sanctity of human life.

 
3288 05/01/2009 at 12:06:37 PM Self     I oppose any form of embryonic stem cell research. It has not resulted in any positive results. Adult stem cell research, however, has resulted in many positive results. The embryos that are "left over" from invetro fertilizations should be available to "adopt," not be given an automatic death sentence. This is just another form of murder, just as abortion is.

 
3289 05/01/2009 at 12:06:41 PM Self     If scientists want to investigate the value of stem cells in embrionic cells, then they are free to do so, even though it has never been proven to help. But DON'T use tax payer money on something that many are so opposed to morally. That is just plain WRONG. That's why President Bush did not allow it. First try using adult stem cells which have, in many cases, proven to be effective. If President Obama said we have to be morally correct in not "torturing" war captives who have set about to kill us, then surely he can see that the same holds true in cases like this. Or is he the only one who can decide about morals??

 
3290 05/01/2009 at 12:07:05 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research has not proven to be wise use of research dollars. There have been no promising results/cures/medical advances from embryonic stem cell research. In contrast, there is much promise in adult stem cell research--in fact, there have been actual results resulting in cures and medical advances. It would make sense for the government to spend precious tax dollars on the very promising adult stem cell research rather than to waste the money on what has yielded absolutely no benefit!

 
3291 05/01/2009 at 12:07:15 PM Self     Our family opposes funding of more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. To spend more tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization, is not only bad science but desecrates God's gift of life. Offer life by promoting the adoption of these human embryos, instead of draft guidelines that would require their death.

 
3292 05/01/2009 at 12:07:20 PM Self     ". . . Adult and Placental/Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Research has resulted in thousands of successful medical procedures. This has not been accurately reported in the media. Ault [sic]stem cells come from human body tissue such as blood, bone marrow, skin, adipose, muscle tissue, and cardiac (heart) muscle tissue. They have all been changed into other body tissue types, such as heart tissue, nerve cells, brain and spinal cord tissue. Exponential research appears to be taking place with these ethical stem cell procedures." http://www.physiciansforlife.org/content/category/15/122/38/

The supposed need to do research on embryonic stem cells has become absolutely unnecessary with the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells.

"Induced pluripotent stem cells are obtained by taking an ordinary somatic (body) cell, such as a skin cell, and reprogramming it to an embryonic-like pluripotent state; the somatic cell is induced to become a pluripotent cell, much like a computer is reprogrammed to run a different program." www.stemcellresearch.org, Q & A: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Making Embryo Stem Cells Obsolete

"Monash University Professor Richard Boyd, one of Australia’s leading stem cell experts: • 'There is a definite move now towards this new [iPS] area which is potentially so much easier and free of the ethical stresses that surround classical embryonic stem cell research… By comparison with the classical embryonic stem cell process, which requires us to use thousands of eggs, this is much more efficient, technically much easier and it solves some of those more emotional dilemmas' (The Sydney Morning Herald, 11/21/07)" quoted in www.stemcellresearch.org, Q & A: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Making Embryo Stem Cells Obsolete

 
3293 05/01/2009 at 12:07:37 PM Self     To NIH, I am writing this e-mail to let you know that I oppose my tax dollars being used to to fund research on embyros for stem cell research.You know as well as I do that there has been sucess from using adult stem cell s, none from stem cells taken from embryos. Sincerely,

 
3294 05/01/2009 at 12:07:47 PM Self     I am opposed to using my money to kill human embryos to obtain cells for research purposes. There has been no successful research done on human embryos, but many successful treatments from adult stem cell research.

 
3295 05/01/2009 at 12:08:04 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cell research always involves the destruction of human life, also after many years of research on these cells, they have not produced one single medical benefit to humans. On the contrary Adult Stem Cell research has provided medical benefits in thousands of cases. The funding used for embryonic stem cell research is taking funding away from the successful & beneficial adult stem cell research, which never involves the destruction of human life.

 
3296 05/01/2009 at 12:09:08 PM Self     I very much disagree with using my tax dollars to fund research on embyro stemcells. This can be funded by private dollars and, everything I read states that adult stemcells are providing all the positive results. Thank you.

 
3297 05/01/2009 at 12:09:15 PM Self     I oppose the killing of human embryos for their cells. This is wrong and our tax dollars should not be used for this.

 



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