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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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3398 05/01/2009 at 12:24:33 PM Self     I am against the use of embryonic stem cell research. When a adult consents to the use of his or her cell for research that is their choice and the use of a embryo is wrong. They have no choice. If we allow this step what will we allow next and after that what will our limits be? Shouldn't we have some moral line? We keep making excuses to do things that border the moral line soon there will be no line or morality in our country. How sad will that be because morality is our conscious knowing the difference between right and wrong.

 
3399 05/01/2009 at 12:24:35 PM Self     I do not think it is right for my tax dollars to be spent on experiments on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. These experiments have no proof of success.

On the other hand, why not fund successful adult stem cell research that has already had proven success.

 
3400 05/01/2009 at 12:24:38 PM Self     I am opposed to federal funds being spent on experimenting with human stem cells. I oppose my tax dollars going to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. This creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
3401 05/01/2009 at 12:24:43 PM Self     I do not approve of tax money being used for stem cell research.

 
3402 05/01/2009 at 12:24:44 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research. The killing of a life is not worth this. Also, it has been shown over and over that nothing has been helped with embryonic stem cells. Why not put all your effort in adult stem cell research which has been proven to work.

 
3403 05/01/2009 at 12:24:45 PM Self     "ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law." The below portion contradicts the above statement involving the term ETHICAL in that the derivation of embryonic stem cells is from a human being in it's earliest form which has been denied his/her constitutional right to the pursuit of life as ordained by Nature: "As described in these draft Guidelines, human embryonic stem cells are cells that are derived from human embryos, are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." EUGENICS is an evil thing as it gives a hierarchal ranking of value to persons. "the embryo was created for reproductive purposes, the embryo was no longer needed for these purposes," This is a "eugenically disposable person." Such study is reprehensible - the ends does not justify the means. Adult Stem cell research is an ethical method of developing data for the betterment of science and human life and has proven results.

 
3404 05/01/2009 at 12:24:51 PM Self     I am opposed to using newly acquired human embryonic cells for research. I believe that existing stem cell lines and stem cells from umbilical cord sources should be used.

 
3405 05/01/2009 at 12:24:51 PM Self     It is barbaric to experiment on live human beings which includes by definition, human embryos.

Only adult stem cells have provided successful medical therapies. None have come from embryonic, which is more likely to result in uncontrollable cell production---cancer. Check the research and see that adult stem cells are a wiser investment of our research dollars.

 
3406 05/01/2009 at 12:24:59 PM Self     I do not support embryonic stem cell research.

 
3407 05/01/2009 at 12:25:06 PM Self     I am opposed to federal funds being spent on experimenting with human stem cells. I oppose my tax dollars going to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. This creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
3408 05/01/2009 at 12:25:08 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.

 
3409 05/01/2009 at 12:25:21 PM Self     I am opposed to federal funds being spent on experimenting with human stem cells. I oppose my tax dollars going to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. This creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
3410 05/01/2009 at 12:25:25 PM Self     "These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose."

The practice of in vitro fertilization was created in order to give women who had difficulty getting pregnant the chance to bring a child into the world. It was created to bring life, not start a life and use it for experimentation. I am not in favor of any developing embryo being used in anything but its original purpose.

 
3411 05/01/2009 at 12:25:29 PM Self     My husband suffers from Parkinson's. Certainly, we both long for a cure for him and for future victims of this disease. HOWEVER, WE OPPOSE EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH AS MORALLY WRONG. We do not want our tax money used in this manner. We DO welcome research from adult stem cells or from the placenta or umbilial cord. There is enough material available for research that we should not cross that line into using embryonic cells. It is evident there is much progress being made with adult stem cells and as yet, no progress when embryonic cells are used.

 
3412 05/01/2009 at 12:25:47 PM Self     I oppose the use of human embryos for tax-supported research. It has proven unfruitful by private research for the last 25 years, and I can't imagine why paying for this research with my tax dollars would change the results.

Adult stem cells have provided the only benefits to human medical advances, so there seems to be no need for destroying embryos waiting for adoption. We may need these children very soon simply to replace ourselves.

Please don't use tax dollars for this morally repugnant research.

 
3413 05/01/2009 at 12:25:53 PM Self     Please do not experment with a process which causes destruction of haman life, could be dangerous and has shown to cause cancer.

Thank you

 
3414 05/01/2009 at 12:26:19 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. Not one medical treatment has been shown from this type of research which takes the life of an unborn child. Yet, adult stem cells have a proven track record in treating patients.

More than 70 diseases are already being treated in patients with adult stem cells. There's a common misconception that embryonic research hasn't had the same success because it has not been legal. However, it is. In fact, the Federal government has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars to fund scientists and this research with nothing to show for it. Scientists are desperate for federal funds because most of their investors are pulling out.

At a time, when resources are limited, we should invest them in an area of science that has been proven to work, adult stem cells.

 
3415 05/01/2009 at 12:26:28 PM Self     Embryonic Stem Cell research is unethical and a waste of finite resources. Please stop, think of what you are doing, and say no to this assault on life and morality.

Thank you very much.

 
3416 05/01/2009 at 12:26:48 PM Self     Re: 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. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.

In regard to this section: No progress has been made scientifically using the embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have been proven to be scientifically useful in research and treatment. It is conceivable that eventually embryos would be created for the purpose of research and possible profit. An embryo is the most simple form of human life and as such, deserves to be protected based on the words of the Declaration of Independence of the US: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Also, the Constitution of the US insures a person (without qualification) of the right to life: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. (14 Ammendment)

 
3417 05/01/2009 at 12:26:54 PM Self     It saddens me as an American to know that "we" are killing our own in the name of unproven science. What has happened to the morals and ethics of this courntry. I do not appreciate knowing that my tax dollars are being spent in this manner. Also, giving scientists carte blanche opportunity to develop their own parameters on the use of these embryo's is unmanageable. This needs to come from direction of someone who does not have a financial stake in the matter. We as a country have lost our way if we truly think that by sacrificing our sons and daughters bring us closer to understanding the mysteries of the human body. I am looking for my leaders in this country to PROTECT us as a human beings. Who will be next? The aged? The disabled? It is time to change the course of the road we are currently on.

 
3418 05/01/2009 at 12:27:07 PM Self     Please stop the push for research on embryonic stem cells. Studies appear to confirm that adult stem cells are just as useful for this research. Anything that contributes to the already high disregard for infants in the womb needs to be abandoned.

 
3419 05/01/2009 at 12:27:16 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars being used to fund embryonic stem cell research. There has been no success in any of the research so for, and I do not believe there ever will be. How can there be good from research that involves the death of innocents.

On the other hand, there have benn great successes in the arena of adult and cord stem cell research. My question is why you keep throwing good money into research that has yielded no good results? Our tax dollars would be much better spent on researching areas that have already yielded good results.

Please do not bring more death into a culture that is already saturated with it.

 
3420 05/01/2009 at 12:27:29 PM Self     Several facts are self-evident, which the abuse of embryonic stem cells would deny or ignore. These cannot be denied:

1) Adult sem cells have shown remarkable results in the research and progress that has proven results and potential.

2) Embryonic stem cells have not produced these positive results, and in fact, honest scientists and researchers WARN that the use of embryonic stem cells threatens the recipient with potential cancer in that process.

3) If embryos are not tampered with or destroyed, within 9 months they lead to the birth of a human person, not a blob of tissue, not an ostrich, not a dog, etc. The philisophical and scientific evidence leads to the moral logic that tampering with embryos is tampering with a unique, unrepeatable, human person. There is no justification to sacrafice one person in order to supposedly 'better' another person. Even more so when there is NO proof you will in fact better anyone. And yet more so when we already can better humanity with ADULT stem cells, without sacraficing innocent human life.

4) The moral and factual blindness to the destruction of human embryonic life inevitably leads to the devaluing and discarding of OTHER human lives, even after birth and at other ages and stages, based on the unqualified discretion of governmental officials, who then take society downhill to the gas chambers for the 'benefit' of the elites. This link of the progression of disrespect for any and all human life cannot be denied or ignored without terrible consequences to the future history of the world. We SHALL NOT KILL innocent human life. Period, or rue it! No one has that rightful power to decide innocent human life has no right to its natural God-given destiny.

 
3421 05/01/2009 at 12:27:53 PM Self     I just can't encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells nor do I want my tax dollars to support this research.

President Obama's executive order that overturned President Bush's policy opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). I believe that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I understand you have officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. This violates my sincerely held religious belief about when life begins.

Besides, you are well aware that ESCR has not provided any solutions. Adult stem cell research has. Therefore, I oppose using federal funds for embryonic stem cell research.

 
3422 05/01/2009 at 12:27:54 PM Self     We do not want our Taxes to fund the killing of human embryonic stem cells to do research when we could be using adult stem cells that do not requiere killing of human life.

 
3423 05/01/2009 at 12:28:17 PM Self     I emphatically oppose my ax dollas being used for stem cell research, because this is nothing short of murder!

Please reverse your thinking, and don't make the United States a country that not only funds, but encourages murder.

 
3424 05/01/2009 at 12:28:21 PM Self     I am opposed to the exploitation of innocent human beings through scientific experimentation on human embryos by means of embryonic stem cell research.

Aside from the well documented fact that no effective cures have come from ESCR, and that adult stem cell (IPS) research has not only shown promise, but hundreds if not thousands of successes to date; it is an outrage and a crime against humanity to fund the continued ESCR.

Due to the genetic instability of embryonic stem cells, moral issues notwithstanding, it is imperative to use only adult stem cells in research to pursue cures to various diseases.

I strongly object to my tax dollars being used to promote a false and immoral imitation of scientific research such as ESCR.

 
3425 05/01/2009 at 12:28:33 PM Self     When are we going to get smart and realize that Adult Cell research which has already come up with 70 to 0 cures as compared to Embryonic Stem Cell reasearch is where we should spend our money rather than waste my hard-earned tax money on Obama Embryonic Stem Cell Regulations!

 
3426 05/01/2009 at 12:28:35 PM Self     I am an ADULT STEM CELL recipient, having received these transplants to treat multiple myeloma. Over 70 diseases are being treated with adult stem cell. We need to be intelligent enough to get past the embryonic stem cell argument. A doctor, appearing on the Oprah show, declared thet the need for embryonic stem cells is a mute point, or a dead issue. It is time to listen to reason. By the way, I am doing well. Sincerely,

 
3427 05/01/2009 at 12:28:36 PM Self     I strongly oppose the expansion of the definition of allowable human embryonic cells to include the use of in vitro embryos.

 
3428 05/01/2009 at 12:29:05 PM Self     We greatly oppose the use of federal funding to be used for embryonic stem cell research. As of this date, there are no studies to indicate this is successful research. In fact, it is the contrary. Please advance the cause for research for ADULT stem cell research which has proven to show great advances.

 
3429 05/01/2009 at 12:29:55 PM Self     I am definitely opposed to the opening of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3430 05/01/2009 at 12:29:57 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.

 
3431 05/01/2009 at 12:30:07 PM Self     Dear Sir, I writing to express my opposition to government funding of human embryonic stem cell research. As you know, last week, on April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from living human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these living human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Human embryonic stem cell research should not be allowed at all and our government certainly should not be funding it. It is a waste of taxpayer money. It cannibalizes living human embryos for experimentation that has been worst than failure because it causes tumors. This is immoral and unethical and should be illegal. Embryonic stem cells are called pluripotent but this is a misleading term. It implies it is possible to make a cell do many things but in reality it means no one has any idea what a cell is going to do and has no control over it. Not one cure has been found using embryonic stems cells while new cures using adult stem cells are being achived monthly. Adult stem cell research is moral and ethical and is so successful that government funding is unnecessary, but if tax dollars must be spent it should be spent on adult stem cell research. Sincerely,

 
3432 05/01/2009 at 12:30:07 PM Self     I very strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3433 05/01/2009 at 12:30:09 PM Self     It is not the place of the science or the government to manipulate God's power of creation. Nor should it be funded by tax payer dollars. I disagree with this decision 100%.

 
3434 05/01/2009 at 12:30:34 PM Self     I strongly support embryonic stem cell research. Those who oppose it make no sense--the cells are going to be "disposed of" anyway.

 
3435 05/01/2009 at 12:30:35 PM Self     I urge you to retract your order to fund embrionic stem cell research. No human life shold be forfeited to secure embrionic stem cells.

 
3436 05/01/2009 at 12:30:38 PM Self     Using tax dollars to support anything that a large percentage of the country considers immoral is the equivalent to discrimination and should never even be considered by our legislators. As a Christian, I feel discriminated against by this. It is an affront to me and to all believers in America. It places my heart into anguish to know that my legislators have turned against the God of our forefathers.

The real honest facts are that adult stem cells are the only thing that has ever really amounted to anything significant, and you can ask any credible scientist who knows the facts.

It seems obvious to me that the motivation behind using embryonic stem cells is NOT scientific breakthroughs, but rather, the abortion movement -- a money trail exhibited well by such organizations as Planned Parenthood. They profit from abortions, and legislation that supports embryonic stem cells will place yet another financial motivation for more abortions in order to get those stem cells. No matter the relationship, more motivation for abortions helps the abortionists.

Abortion flies right into the face of morality and virtue, and the Bible. Therefore using tax dollars for it is equivalent to discrimination against Christians. No real man of God could ever possibly support this --- it is like the Baal worshipers in the Bible who sacrificed their newborn babes to the idols. God has a lot to say about it, and any legislators who think they are Christians ought to consider God's Word rather than what their own hearts desire. We know from Scripture that God is Holy and Righteous and Just, and everyone will have to answer to Him some day for everything they have done. May our legislators feel convicted by His character; and may they hunger and thirst for righteousness when making their decisions.

 
3437 05/01/2009 at 12:30:38 PM Self     I strongly OPPOSE sending my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from HUMAN EMBRYOS that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization which has recently been drafted into NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines announced in April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their DEATH. My tax dollars need to be spent on ADULT stem cell research which has already made great advancements in the treatment of medical conditions.

 
3438 05/01/2009 at 12:30:50 PM Self     Last year, a Japanese scientist found a way to take adult stem cells and altar them so that they would be able to become different cells in the body..much as embryonic stem cells were supposed to do but were never able to. These pluripotent cells made the use of embryonic stem cells unnecessary, and their use is ethical whereas the killing of embgryos to obtain their stem cells is unethical. No taxpayer should be forced to support research that involves the killing of innocent human life.

 
3439 05/01/2009 at 12:30:57 PM Self     I am opposed to using embryonic stem cells for research. These embryonic cells should not be destroyed because they are tiny human lives. Instead, they should be put up for adoption.

Embryonic stem cell research has not had the success in that adult stem cell research. I see no reason for it to continue.

 
3440 05/01/2009 at 12:30:59 PM Self     I am agaisnt any regulation that allows and/or mandates the destruction of human embryos!

 
3441 05/01/2009 at 12:31:39 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars to be used to fund Human Embryonic Stem Cell research.

There has been success with Adult Stem Cell research, and I support using my tax dollars to fund Adult Stem Cell research.

 
3442 05/01/2009 at 12:31:42 PM Self     There have been 0 disease treatments developed using embryonic stem cells while have been several treatments realized using adult stem cell lines. Apart from the moral and ethical argument of slaughtering unborn children just to legitimize the pro-choice, abortion movement, from the strict view of medical science, the data available is nothing more than junk science to perpetuate a liberal agenda. Using embryonic stem cells to find a cure for disease is a novel idea but if you can accomplish the same thing without destroying human life in order to save human life, this why not fully utilize the proven option that has no ethical or moral conflicts of interest? We cry foul when someone unintentionally destroys an eagle's egg but you pay a doctor to slaughter an unborn baby because of potential mental distress for the mother!

 
3443 05/01/2009 at 12:32:13 PM Self     To: President Obama, I am against your lifting of President Bush's partial ban on stem cell research. I do not wish for there to be no research, but I am against creating embryos only for experimentation. There has been alot of experimentation on existing embryos and the results have been less than promising! However, ther is a great deal of promising reasearch on adult and cord blood stem cells. You should concentrate the funding on the most promising research instead of funding the death of embryos merely for the sake of insuring that abortion becomes the best way to cure illnesses in others!

 
3444 05/01/2009 at 12:32:16 PM Self     If you allow this, then you are all murderers and fools!!!

 
3445 05/01/2009 at 12:32:37 PM Self     Since NO diseases have been known to be cured by embryonic stem cells. why provide money for it's research. The money can be used for adult stem cell research which HAS cured many diseases.

 
3446 05/01/2009 at 12:32:55 PM Self     President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. 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 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.

There are no proven results from ESCR as there are from the use of adult stem cells. Seems like President Obama and NIH are pursuing the wrong path.

 
3447 05/01/2009 at 12:32:55 PM Self     A policy that either requires or encourourages the use of human embryos from any sources is wrong. Research from embryonic stem cells has been shown to far inferior from adult stem cells. While the PResident has overturned the former policy that doesn't mean that the new guidelines have to encourage embryonic stem cell research. Research should be done where there is promise and the use of adult stem cells has shown promise. In your policy please discourage research on embryos and encourage or require stem cell research on adult stem cells

 
3448 05/01/2009 at 12:32:57 PM Self     It is my sincere desire that nothing be done to encourage the production of human embryos for the express purpose of destroying them in the name of research. I oppose all use of my tax dollars for funding this research. I believe that human life begins at conception. Using human embryos for experimentation cheapens life and is morally reprehensible.

I believe it can be demonstrated conclusively that the most productive, most promising research into stem cell use in bringing healing is found in working with adult stem cells rather than with embryonic stem cells. Therefore, using embryonic stem cells in this way is not only unethical but also not a wise use of funds.

 
3449 05/01/2009 at 12:33:01 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This research is the least promising as evidenced by the business community's reluctance to enter. However, that doesn't stop the government from finding a way to spend more tax dollars during these severe economic times. This is a ridiculous, diabolic use of our tax dollars.

 
3450 05/01/2009 at 12:33:11 PM Self     As an American citizan, I strongly oppose the use of U.S. tax dollars for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is grossly inhuman and unconstitutional. I implore you to stop promoting a culture of death and to start promoting a culture of life where all human beings, even small ones, have equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 
3451 05/01/2009 at 12:33:11 PM Self     Dear Sirs---- Stem Cells are taken from living Embryoes. These are beginning PERSONS! To allow Stem Cells to be removed from Embryoes is to KILL A PERSON ---ALREADY ALIVE.

Killing an EMBRYO is MURDER ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Please do not change the existing rules for handling embryoes.

I do not wish to PAY for MURDER via my tax monies.

 
3452 05/01/2009 at 12:33:31 PM       Embryonic stem cell research kills babies. Adult stem cells are already successful in curing without death to anyone. I oppose the use of federal funds on human embryonic stem cell research.

 
3453 05/01/2009 at 12:33:39 PM Self     I am opposed to my tax dollars being used to destroy other human beings.

Life begins at conception. Research on embryonic stem cells is unethical as it destroys human life. Why is an unborn human less important than a born human? Why would you destroy unborn humans to POSSIBLY find a cure for a born human? To date, there are NO CURES OR THERAPIES THAT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FROM EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS. Private investors do NOT want to fund research that destroys humans so why would the government want to fund such research? Isn't this the ultimate form of human torture?

One should concentrate on ADULT STEM CELLS which have to date been RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER 70 CURES OR THERAPIES. This comprises ethical research where human beings are NOT destroyed.

 
3454 05/01/2009 at 12:33:40 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Doing so creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos -- human life. What these guidelines do is send tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. The decision to fund embryonic stem cell research is not only unethical, it's unnecessary. More than 70 diseases are already being treated in patients with adult stem cells. There's a common misconception that embryonic research hasn't had the same success because it's not legal. It is. In fact, the Federal government has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars to fund scientists and this research with no cures to show for it. At a time, when resources are limited, why not invest them in an area of science that has been proven to work, adult stem cells?

 
3455 05/01/2009 at 12:33:47 PM       I want to voice my opinion concerning the federal funds for research on human embroyonic stem cell . I am against this

 
3456 05/01/2009 at 12:33:53 PM Self     i dont want unborn childrens stem cells used for research.reason is adult stem cells work and if we are a nation that doesnt torture our enemies.why would we abuse a unborn persons life for any reason. mark corder

 
3457 05/01/2009 at 12:33:56 PM Self     Creating human life just to harvest those cells. Do not use MY tax dollars to experiment on embryonic stem cell research.

Medical science testing of embryonic stem cells have never led to medical success in treating illnesses such as Parkinsons disease and other illnesses that hope to find a cure through using stem cells. Adult stem cell research has been very successful in leading scientists to treatments for serious illnesses.

Stop listening to politicians who are owned by abortion special interest groups and start listening to the facts that medical science is presenting.

 
3458 05/01/2009 at 12:34:07 PM Self     Please do not use embryonic stem cells for research. They have never been effective in curing any disease, however adult stem cells have been very effective.

 
3459 05/01/2009 at 12:34:22 PM Self     Please don't do it!

 
3460 05/01/2009 at 12:34:22 PM Self     This is something I have strongly been against,as there could be good come out of it,but the reasoning behind the stem cell research is much more for evil practices.I continue to remind myself of Scripture that reads: "When the rightous Rule the people Rejoice!" I have not heard the People Rejoice since back in the 50's when we allowed God to have a say in our Country! Thank You for your time.

 
3461 05/01/2009 at 12:34:33 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that effectively 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. I understand that, on 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 would like to voice my objection to the proposal of this draft and ask no death be imposed on human embryos. My reasoning for this includes the fact that, even though there have been some good results in research of human cells, there have been no good results in that of human embryos. There must be, in no fashion, any experiments (especially not unto death) of any human embryos. The doing of such will be publicly available and will not go unnoticed.

 
3462 05/01/2009 at 12:34:47 PM Self     With all respect, I am imploring that you reconsider accepting Federal funds for the use of embryos for Stem Cell research. It has been adequately shown that various adult Stem Cells are useful in the study of various diseases so that embryo's are not necessary.

While it is debatable when life begins, it is indisputable that the embryo's cross the ethical line and exacerbates the use of abortions, especially in late term.

Please reconsider this ethical issue and refuse the funds and performing this research.

Respectfully,

 
3463 05/01/2009 at 12:35:03 PM Self     Embryonic Stem Cells should not be destroyed in the name of medical research. The private medical sector has abandoned this issue as it has produced not benefits and it is ethically wrong as well as potentially dangerous (creates tumors). On the other hand ethical means of obtaining stem cells (umbelical cord tissue, skin cells etc.) has already produced beneficial and even healing results and holds much more promise. Please do not persue the unethical embryonic stem cell research but rather whole heartedly persue adult stem cell reseach.

 
3464 05/01/2009 at 12:35:25 PM Self     That it be known that I am addamately opposed to research using embrynoic stem cells on a moral baisis. I am outraged that any of my tax dollars would be used to destroy potential human life for any purpose is morally unacceptable and a violation of my rights as a taxpayer. I will not support any candidate or administration that votes in favor of this attrosity !

 
3465 05/01/2009 at 12:35:29 PM Self     We are opposed to any Federal agency that would use any of our tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research.

 
3466 05/01/2009 at 12:35:34 PM Self     I do not wish to have my tax dollars spent on embryonic stem cell research! This research causes the death of the embryo and violates morality.

 
3467 05/01/2009 at 12:35:43 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.

 
3468 05/01/2009 at 12:35:50 PM Organization San Antonio Coalition for Life 5804 Babcock Rd. #199, San Antonio, TX 78240 I do not believe that the destruction of any human embyro's is moral or allowable for research purposes. There are so many hundreds of thousands of people waiting to adopt these dear children if only given the chance. Life begins at conception and these children deserve to have and live life to the fullest.

To date embryonic stem cell research has provided NO scientific discoveries. On the other hand adult stem cells have yeilded great advances in medicine. It is time that we take a step back and realize that we need to drop what is not proving to be successful (embryonic stem cell research) and embrace what has provided scientific results. Imagine what we could do if everyone was focused on adult stem cell research- we could hav amazing results is such a short time!

Thank you for reading my comments!

 
3469 05/01/2009 at 12:36:07 PM Self     April 30, 2009

Stem Cell Update – Michigan’s 15th Congressional District

My name is ***** and I am one of the 40,000 people living with Parkinson’s Disease here in Michigan. There are more than one million people living with PD across the nation.

Hope is incredibly important to each of us living with diseases such as PD, ALS, MS, Juvenile Diabetes and more. Hope, for me comes in many forms.

I will now be more specific. Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for myself and for the 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 specific interest.

It is clear to me that 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. I believe that it is important to acknowledge that new bureaucratic hurdles will slow the pace of progress and that it is important that new hurdles are not created..

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- 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.

For me, it is important that the final guidelines 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 it is my hope that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, I believe, that it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

Please know that more information, information that I trust is available at the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research at www.camradvocacy.org.

I can be reached by e-mail, mail, or telephone if “a voice from a shaker and a mover” be needed.

 
3470 05/01/2009 at 12:36:22 PM Self     Please do not use my tax money to fund research on stem cells 'left over' from in vitro fertilization or other stem cell lines created for the express purpose of research. This research method is a violation of my conscience, and I do not believe you have the right to force me to fund this.

 
3471 05/01/2009 at 12:36:46 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.

 
3472 05/01/2009 at 12:37:07 PM Self     Adult stem cells are in use and showing strong promise... we have yet to deliver anything tangible from the embryonic stem cell research.

I feel strongly this is a misuse of taxpayer funding and should be directed elsewhere.

Best wishes,

 
3473 05/01/2009 at 12:37:17 PM Self     Please take some pity on life. There have been no, I repeat no, significant findings with embryonic stem cells. Please halt the destruction of the little lives. There has already been enough evil with abortion, the wars in the Middle East and the terror of the of the prison camps. Why keep it going on little lives? Its like you think we don't know anything. Please satisfy the public at least a little.

 
3474 05/01/2009 at 12:37:34 PM Self     I understand that there are much better ways to do this research than to kill the embroyonic cells. Please do not approve funds for this research.

 
3475 05/01/2009 at 12:37:53 PM Self     I strongly oppose federal funding for the research on embryonic stem cells. Not only is it unfortunate that the high rate of success already obtained from adult stem cells is going unnoticed, it also pits humans against each other. We are trying to become the lords over human life. While I agree we need to do all we can to help and better society, our willingness to destroy human life in order to experiment on it clouds our reason and jades our ability to value the human person as having innate dignity. "We hold these truths to be self-evident..." It should be evident to anyone with a willingness to reflect that there is innate value to every human life, not just full-grown able-bodied adults.

 
3476 05/01/2009 at 12:37:53 PM Self     Please cease the use of embrionic stem cells in the research for health advances in the U.S. Adult stem cells are a terrific source for this exciting research that I am sure will produce a wealth of improved if not miraculous medical advances. BUT it is imperative that this nation NOT participate in or fund any research projects that rely on embryonic stems cells. This blatant disregard for human life is alarming and demoralizes the U.S. society as a whole. Thank you for your attention.

 
3477 05/01/2009 at 12:37:58 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research is immoral. We oppose this on religious and moral grounds and do not want one penny of our tax money going to fund it. Even if not funded from tax money the research should be illegal. Human life is sacred according to the vast majority of Americans. Please don't ignore our opinions.

 
3478 05/01/2009 at 12:38:02 PM Self     Whereas adult stem cell research has shown demonstrated results and embryonic stem cell research has not, I oppose the creation and destruction of human embryos for research purposes.

 
3479 05/01/2009 at 12:38:16 PM Self     Please do not encourage the killing of any more children. I understand adult stem cells have had much more encouraging results, and do not involve using unborn children for anything. Please understand this is the cry of many in the country that you're leading.

 
3480 05/01/2009 at 12:38:41 PM Self     Please protect unborn children in any stage of life. I am all for stem cell research but not at the expense of a child's life. I would like to have a healthy hip joint but not if a child is deprived of the right of life for it.

 
3481 05/01/2009 at 12:38:49 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax dollars to support embryonic stem cell research. I believe it is my right as a taxPAYER (unlike many of President Obama's recently nominated officials) to influence the use of these dollars. The use of human embryos for scientific research is unacceptable and morally wrong. There are other, better ways to stimulate this economy. Please, reconsider!

 
3482 05/01/2009 at 12:38:50 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells are promoted not for research, but to maintain abortion on demand in our country. Adult stem cells have at least as great an opportunity to fight numerous diseases (20 thus far), while embryonic stem cells have helped with zero. There is plenty of cells from umbilical cords and blood. The "raising" of embryonic stem cells is unnecessary and opens a door for Nazi like experimentation on humans.

 
3483 05/01/2009 at 12:38:57 PM Self     I am opposed to Embryonic Stem Cell Research. I am not opposed to all stem cell research, only that research that involves stem cells taken from human embryos.

 
3484 05/01/2009 at 12:38:59 PM Self     I do not think the federal government should fund the destruction of human life at any stage because it creates an untenable ethical dilemma. There is no clear reason to create a point in development at which destruction becomes unethical and so any cutoff is necessarily arbitrary. This will lead unavoidably to a slippery slope in which the age is pushed later and later over time to accommodate new medical interests (more advanced tissues, organ harvesting, and so on). The NIH guidelines should forbid the creation of embryos for any reason. Creating them for destruction in research has the pitfalls explained above. Creating them to be delivered as babies has almost zero approval at this time (although I don't suppose anyone would seek NIH funding for this purpose). I also do not think the NIH should fund research that destroys embryos from fertility clinics because that will create a difficult situation for parents who seek in vitro fertilization. Do I create some extras to be used for research? Do I fell compelled by the potential medical benefits to allow my embryos to be destroyed in research? What if there is a choice between allowing an adoptive parent to implant one of my extra embryos or donating it to research? How will I explain to my child if they ask what happened to their frozen twins? And one can imagine innumerable possible difficulties. There is really no need to fund embryonic stem cell research since new advances now allow one to create pluripotent stem cells with adult cells through reprogramming.

 
3485 05/01/2009 at 12:39:02 PM Self     I want to espress my concern at the change in embryonic stem cell research laws. Adult stem cells are the only ones that have brought results and nothing by embryonic. So why would we destroy living embryos to research something when we already have a solution. This only is a fight for human life not a true attempt at scientific research. Use the adult stem cells, dont kill life.

 
3486 05/01/2009 at 12:39:23 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to let you know I am morally opposed to the funding of embryonic stem cell research with my tax dollars. I thought President Bush's policy was commonsense and exemplary. Why does President Obama have to overturn it?

 
3487 05/01/2009 at 12:39:31 PM Self     Adult stem cells have already been proven to help in over 70 diseases. Embryonic stem cells have not helped improve one disease. Why are we using tax money, that we do not have as we are broke as a nation, to fund research which we know does not work. Embryonic stem cell research is junk science. No one else wants to fund embryonic stem cell research as they know it is junk science and a waste of money. That is why the people who want to do this type of research are begging for tax money as they can't get funding any other way.

 
3488 05/01/2009 at 12:40:16 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.

 
3489 05/01/2009 at 12:40:29 PM Self     I am morally opposed to research on embryonic stem cells. Further, since I am opposed to such, it is criminal to use my tax dollars to fund these efforts. There are always alternatives; please find them.

 
3490 05/01/2009 at 12:40:44 PM Self     The following reference has been widely disputed and among scientists as implausible - that in fact only adult stem cells have been proven to work for the following:

"Perhaps the most important potential use of human embryonic stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies. Today, donated tissues and organs are often used to replace ailing or destroyed tissue, but the need for transplantable tissues and organs far outweighs the available supply. Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis."

Let us base science on fact and not on wishful thinking!

 
3491 05/01/2009 at 12:40:55 PM Self     Please do not continue to follow Obama's guidelines. Embryonic stem cell research (ESC) kills human lives, real people with full humanity. I hope you will focus on adult stem cell research which has clearly shown the most promise. There is no need for ESCR.

Thank you,

 
3492 05/01/2009 at 12:41:01 PM Self     Please do not use tax payers dollars for the non-productive research on embryos. There are ethical methods which are producing real results

 
3493 05/01/2009 at 12:41:21 PM Self     I greatly oppose the experimentation on human embro stem cells and object to the use of tax dollars for such esperiments. The taking of life is murder and the condemation for those who perform such precedures will bring the same down on themselves and this nation. Life is precious and a gift from God and should be protected and nurtured

 
3494 05/01/2009 at 12:41:30 PM Self     There now exist different means of acquiring stem cells, other than using Human Stem Cells from fetus material---such embryonic stem cells coming from the killing of embryos.

I vehemently denounce the practice which the Obama administration, by his executive order, has once again opened up. Even Mr. Bush in 2001 was intelligent enough to stop the killing of potential human life for this now unnecessary method of cultivation of research stem cells.

It is less costly in money, time and psychological pain to utilize the means now available for this important research, instead of human embryos. Stop the nonsense and near-criminal activity that Mr. Obama has ordered.

 
3495 05/01/2009 at 12:41:33 PM Self     Please do not allow our tax dollars to go towards embryonic stem cell research! Every major development has come from adult stem cells and other alternative sources. Allowing embryonic stem cell research will increase their demand and therefore increase the desire for harvesting them, ultimately increasing the need for more aborted babies. History will undoubtedly show the open practice of abortion to be one of the most barbaric mankind has partaken in, ever. Fetus's are babies with a complete unique genome! Please allow your mind to take grasp of that reality.

 
3496 05/01/2009 at 12:41:36 PM Self     Do not allow federal dollars to be used to for embryonic stem cell research. It has shown absolutely no promise of helping to cure anything and there are far better options for the use of the money that have proven to be successful without killing a live human organism.

 
3497 05/01/2009 at 12:42:04 PM Self     We strongly urge that NO FEDERAL FUNDS (TAX MONEY) be used in any way for research on HUMAN EMBRYONIC cells. That is a monstrous violation of our consciences.

 



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