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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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3598 05/01/2009 at 01:03:07 PM Self     I totally oppose the stem cell research. President Obama is doing everything that is against nature's plan and God's plan. Mr. Obama has no right to kill the human embryos for his political gains. Please stop this killing of innocent lives. Where is he leading this country to? He is allowing embryos being killed and legalizing abortion. He is no better than Bush who killed innocent people. Shame on you. Sorry to say that but it is not right to do the human stem cell research by killing the embryos of innocent babies.

 
3599 05/01/2009 at 01:03:20 PM Self     Please do not use federal funds for stem cell research!

 
3600 05/01/2009 at 01:03:22 PM Self     Since the positive results is stem cell research are from adult stem cells, and using embryos results in the destruction of human life, I implore you to rethink the use of my tax money. Please do not use my hard earned money to support the destruction of human life. Please do use my tax dollars to support adult stem cell research.

 
3601 05/01/2009 at 01:03:55 PM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cells.

To this date, they have not cured a single disease.

On the other hand, adult stem cells have done much toward aiding in many diseases.

So, why bother?

 
3602 05/01/2009 at 01:03:59 PM Self     Please do not implement Executive Order 13505, which will kill more unborn children after it enslaves them. Pray, repent, rethink and turnaround... for the sake of your soul, ours and the future of the human race. rethinks this evil!

God bless and help you!

 
3603 05/01/2009 at 01:04:05 PM Self     Time and time again the public has received the report from various sources that embryonic stem cells have failed to produce a mechanism for cure of disease. Recently, the renowned Dr. Mehmet Oz publicly stated that "the stem cell debate is over." They are not the answer. However, we are well aware that adult stem cells and other tissue sources of stem cells are actively working to cure or improve conditions in over 70 disease states. So, NO, further taxpayer money thrown at this purely political issue is not "ethically responsible" nor " scientifically worthy." It is a moral outrage!

 
3604 05/01/2009 at 01:04:26 PM Self     I oppose tax dollars being used to experiment with embryonic stem cells. There is a huge amount of success noted with adult cells so why spend (waste) money on something that is not proven.

 
3605 05/01/2009 at 01:04:40 PM Self     It is a waste to continue to put money, time, effort, and most importantly human lives into research that has been consistantly unsuccessful for 25 yrs. Embryonic stem cells treat NO diseases. While adult stem cell research currently treats around 75 diseases. Why not put more money, time, and effort into something that is producing results. Especially if you insist on using tax dollars to do it, and the majority of tax payers are against the destuction of innocent human life, whether it be by abortion or embryonic stem cell research. After 25 years of research with no results why aren't we moving on? Especially considering that we have other options that are proving effective. We can cure or treat 75 diseases with adult stems cells. How many more diseases could we be curing if we had been putting all of our resources and manpower into something fruitful, rather than something that has proven to be a tremendous waste over and over again.

 
3606 05/01/2009 at 01:04:42 PM       Please focus funding and research on adult stem cells instead of on embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cell research has proven more effective and is not entwined with questionable ethical issues. God/ The Universe/ Good Karma... will bless our research efforts as we strive to do things that are most ethical and honoring of life.

 
3607 05/01/2009 at 01:04:55 PM Self     With over 22 stem cell lines being researched currently, why is it important to research human embryonic stem cells? A human life, once conceived in the mother's womb, deserves every right to live, not be killed for future research.

 
3608 05/01/2009 at 01:05:17 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.

 
3609 05/01/2009 at 01:05:42 PM Self     No ESCR, please use adult stem cells only.

We should not destroy life (if you think embryos are not life, what would you say if they discovered embyos on Mars? "LIFE!".

What if you were the embryo? How would you to be dealt with?

ESCR has not proven anything, adult stem cells are useful!

 
3610 05/01/2009 at 01:05:45 PM Self     I do not approve of the killing of human embryos. Funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. This is an unjust act on human life; even if it is the "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I, and others that I know would not want more federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells; really I don't think that American's tax dollars should be funding acts such as this. I completely disagree with funding human embryonic stem cell research.

 
3611 05/01/2009 at 01:06:25 PM Self     I oppose the use of my tax money to do resarch on stem cells. They are still human lives that deserve a chance to live not a chance to die. Please stop funding this now.

 
3612 05/01/2009 at 01:06:55 PM Self     Adult Stem Cells have been proben to work and work better than embryo stem cells. STOP THE KILLING OF INNOCENT LIFE!!!

 
3613 05/01/2009 at 01:07:16 PM Self     I am completely opposed to the use of my taxpayer dollars in order to fund the destruction of human embryos for experimentation.

I do support research on adult stem cells, which have proven to be very effective.

Thank you.

 
3614 05/01/2009 at 01:07:16 PM Self     It's easy to understand why we would want to use embryos for research. Human history shows that if a vulnerable group of people gets in our way or has something we want, it’s convenient to define personhood in terms which exclude them. Indians got in the way of Westward settlement so we said they were subhuman to justify the U.S. Army slaughtering them. We wanted the uncompensated work product of blacks so we said they were subhuman to justify taking their freedom. Unborn children have gotten in the way of our sexual “liberation” so we say they are subhuman to justify taking their lives though abortion. If we fist dehumanize the group, we than can justify taking from them.

The gravest of evils occur when the dehumanization becomes institutionalized and supported by the government. Taxpayer dollars are now being used to discriminate against a single group of people (the “unwanted” embryos). Now that we have crossed the line of killing human beings for research where do we stop? How about aborted babies? They are already dead anyway. How about the elderly? How about poor people? How about Jews? Perhaps anyone that the government determines is more valuable dead than alive could be used for research.

With the perfectly moral and very promising research being done with adult stem cells, there is absolutely no reason taxpayer dollars should be funding embryonic stem cell research.

Remember when a United States citizen was created with certain unalienable rights, the first of which was LIFE. With Roe vs. Wade, our state granted the absolute legal right for one citizen to have another killed in order to solve their own personal, social or economic problem. With the taxpayer funding of embryonic research we will be paying people to create people and then kill people in order to possibly help other people. Have we completely lost our moral compass?

 
3615 05/01/2009 at 01:07:29 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern,

I am opposed to using my tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research because it has already been proven that more help is being obtained from using adult stem cells. Why not use our money to pursue and area known to be successfull as opposed to one that has already had proven flaws. With as much debt as we are obtaining, we need to use our money wisely.

 
3616 05/01/2009 at 01:07:34 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern,

The use of embryonic stem cells (ESC)for scientific study is not only morally problematic, it is yesterday's science.

On a moral plane, these embryos are human life! How dare you endanger human life at any stage of development for your own comfort and peace of mind. Ironically EMC research minimizes humanity. In the name of helping mankind EMC makes human life a commodity no different than slavery did in early America. Further, EMC science objectifies human life leading to the exploitation of the same for personal gratification and comfort. There is no justification for using another human life for my comfort.

With the already proven and undeniably successful adult stem cell advancements, one could liken EMC research to studying baking techniques for wood stoves in an age of microwave oven technology. I emplore you to see the redundant, dangerous and unnecessary nature of EMC science.

Sincerely

 
3617 05/01/2009 at 01:07:47 PM Self     I believe it is both immoral and impractical to continue esc research when there is an ethical and moral alternative that has already yielded results.

 
3618 05/01/2009 at 01:08:04 PM Self     Please do not use our tax dollars to use in the killing of embryonic cells for research. I am opposed to this destruction of life and it would be a further insult to use our money to fund what we are against fundamentally!

 
3619 05/01/2009 at 01:08:06 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research has yielded no clinical cures, while adult stem cell research has yielded many. We should not be doing that which is controversial, just because we can. We should put our research money where we are getting proven results. President Obama's executive order is wrong. There is no ethical way to use embryonic stem cells, because it is ethically wrong to use them.

 
3620 05/01/2009 at 01:08:13 PM Self     Advances in science, medicine, and technology may hold promises of improved health and well-being, but may also devalue human life and human dignity. Stem cells, cloning, genetic engineering, and other new technologies need to be evaluated carefully within both a scientific and an ethical framework. I opposes research that destroys, harms, or manipulates an embryonic human being. However, I support research and therapies using "adult" stem cells (such as from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood), which is not ethically problematic and has already resulted in useful therapies in human patients. I believes that good science is also ethical science, and supports biotechnologies that advance scientific knowledge and medical treatments, while valuing all human life and maintaining human dignity.

These statements are from the FRC wed page, but they line up with what I believe.

 
3621 05/01/2009 at 01:08:49 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Remember you work for the people.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

 
3622 05/01/2009 at 01:09:14 PM Self     We oppose the use of federal tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. Please continue research on adult stem cells but not embryonic.

 
3623 05/01/2009 at 01:10:09 PM Self     I believe the destruction of human life in any form for the purpose of experimentation that has ben proven a failure for treatment of health is wrong when other stemcell research is bringing results now. I also opose the cloneing research as well.

 
3624 05/01/2009 at 01:10:23 PM Self     Don't allow the application of my tax dollars for the use of new embryonic stem cell research. This type of research devalues human life. I see this as no less heinous than Hitler's SS experiments on people during World War Two.

 
3625 05/01/2009 at 01:10:38 PM Self     To: National Institute of Health Re: Embryonic stem cell research

To whom it may concern:

We are opposed to embryonic stem cell research.

 
3626 05/01/2009 at 01:10:57 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. 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. These guidelines 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.

 
3627 05/01/2009 at 01:11:06 PM Self     THERE HAS BEEN MUCH POSITIVE RESULTS FROM ADULT STEM CELLS. I HAVE YET TO HEAR OF ANY POSITIVE RESULTS FROM EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS. SO WHY THE PRESSURE? WHY NOT CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE ADULT STEM CELLS? IT SEEMS IT IS JUST ONE MORE 'REASON' TO KILL BABIES! WHY BE QUILTY OF THAT? BECAUSE KILLING BABIES IS NOT NECESSARY! PROCEED WITH THE POSITIVE RESEARCH ON ADULT STEM CELLS AND LETS HEAR MORE ABOUT THE GREAT RESULTS PEOPLE ARE HAVING WITH THAT.

THANKS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!

 
3628 05/01/2009 at 01:11:09 PM Self     Please. No embryonic stem-cell research. Please no feeding off the killed. Please serve life and goodness and simplicity.

Thank you.

 
3629 05/01/2009 at 01:11:23 PM Self     We don't want to send our tax dollars so others can 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.

Why are you not promoting the use of adult stem cells, which have been helpful in so many applications already? Why resort to killing unborn children?

 
3630 05/01/2009 at 01:11:27 PM Self     The continued support of embryonic stem cell research is morally and financially wrong. The murder of a human for research is unacceptable-regardless of age from the time of conception.

Embryonic stem cells have not been found to treat any diseases successfully. In the current state of economic crisis where every household is trimming their budgets and redirecting their funds to pay bills, NIH and other federally funded programs really need to evaluate and TRIM funding of projects that are not showing benefit. Where is the benefit in the sacrifice of these unborn future leaders and researchers that could save your life some day?

 
3631 05/01/2009 at 01:11:40 PM Self     I do not wish my tax dollars used for funding for research using human embryonic stem cells which are derived from human embryos. I understand human embryos are destroyed to obtain these cells.

I would encourage my tax dollars to be spent on research on adult stem cells.

Thanks.

 
3632 05/01/2009 at 01:11:50 PM Self     Please know that we are strongly opposed to the use of federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research.

 
3633 05/01/2009 at 01:12:16 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of Embryonic Stem Cells for research.

 
3634 05/01/2009 at 01:12:26 PM Self     NO EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH.........NEVER!!!!! I OPPOSE IT TOTALLY!

 
3635 05/01/2009 at 01:12:48 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. 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.

Embryonic stem cells have only proven to be dangerous causing unchecked tumor growth. Adult stem cells have proven successful in treatments of several diseases and do NOT require the death of a human being (embryo). I oppose the use of federal funds (my money) to support research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3636 05/01/2009 at 01:12:50 PM Self     Dear Elected and Appointed Officials, I am strongly opposed to the research on and commensurate destruction of unborn lives. I am specifically referring to what will happen to human embryos if you continue down your current path of stem cell research. Stop and think about all of the success that has been medically documented through the use of adult stem cells. Why take a life to do research when you have a very viable alternative? I strongly urge you to stop this madness and do what is ethically right. Moreover, I abhor the fact that you would do this with my tax dollars. Please change direction now and DO NOT do research on embryos.

 
3637 05/01/2009 at 01:13:06 PM Self     NO, NO, NO. My comment is NO.

 
3638 05/01/2009 at 01:13:21 PM Self     I oppose the legalization of embryonic stem cell research on ethical grounds. There are better sources of stem cells available for research, and the alternatives do not involve the harvesting of tissue from human beings whose lives were taken for the convenience of another. My opposition to embryonic stem cell use is a natural and logical result of my belief that abortion on demand is morally and ethically contrary to the best our civilization has to offer. We cannot expect anything of lasting good to come from violating the clear and objective will of God, which has been declared publicly by God throughout history, through the scriptures, the reason of men such as Hippocrates, through nature, and to our individual consciences.

 
3639 05/01/2009 at 01:13:36 PM Self     It is my understanding that there have been no beneficial results from embryonic stem cell research and that there has been progress and good results from adult stem cell research. Please do NOT spend any more of the taxpayers money on embryonic stem cell research. Concentrate on the area where we do have good results.

 
3640 05/01/2009 at 01:13:59 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.

 
3641 05/01/2009 at 01:14:17 PM Self     I ***** strongly oppose the use of my tax dollars to support the use of and destruction of embrionic stem cells for medical purposes. The destruction of embrionic stems cells is a huge moral issue with a majority of Americans,that should be respected. The facts of science do not support the success of the use of embrionic stem cells. The facts do show that adult and other stem cells are having success in treating diseases. Science does not trump our moral and ethical issues. I hope and pray that those in leadership positions, who work for us, have ears to listen to the cries of the people. Our God hears the cries of ALL his creation, including the tiniest and most vulnerable. "A country that murders it children, is a country without hope" Pope John Paul 11

 
3642 05/01/2009 at 01:14:40 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order (Executive Order 13505) 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. As a citizen of the United States, I do not approve of the use of 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 believe that these embryos are human beings. I do not approve of the use of my tax dollars to destroy human beings.

 
3643 05/01/2009 at 01:15:21 PM Self     I'm greatly disappointed in the President's decision to resume embryonic stem cell research. In our society where so many voices cry, "the right to choose", I would ask, what voice or choice does an embryo have? Yes, it may be euphemistically named 'viable tissue' but if left alone it would become a living human being. There has been much progress made with non-embryonic cells and I believe that is the avenue of research to pursue.

 
3644 05/01/2009 at 01:15:21 PM Self     Our family is strongly opposed to embryonic stem cell research in any capacity. The sanctity of human life which begins at conceptions should be given full value. Please do not allow ANY government funding for this vicious practice.

 
3645 05/01/2009 at 01:15:33 PM Self     Please do NOT allow my tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. Stem cells in adult humans will sufficiently fulfill the needs of any research done and will allow those embryos to exist and one day become the babies they are, not some gross human experiment.

 
3646 05/01/2009 at 01:15:53 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3647 05/01/2009 at 01:16:16 PM Self     Please Be on record that my wife and I are adamantly opposed to any, and all, experimentation on embryonic stem cells as advocated by the President. The science supporting embryonic stem cell experiments is flawed and has not produced anything significant to date.

Adult Stem Cell Research has proven to be the viable method for finding cures for many physical problems, and it does not require killing an innocent life while yet an embryo.

 
3648 05/01/2009 at 01:16:36 PM Organization St. Peter Damian Fraternity Secular Franciscan Order 34 South Chestnut Street New Paltz, N.Y. 12561-1995 We oppose the use of federal funds for research on human emmbryonic Stem cells.

 
3649 05/01/2009 at 01:16:40 PM Self     Dear Sir or Madam:

The NIH has been instructed to prepare guidelines for the expenditure of public funds on embryonic stem cell research. I would like to express my oppostion to this. Adult stem cells have already been show far superior for medical purposes while embryonic cells actually cause tumors making them dangerous to a recipient. ESCR is more political than medical and serves only to further degrade the value of human life in our country. Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

 
3650 05/01/2009 at 01:16:46 PM Self     This is outragous, President Bush's policy should have been left alone. He had morals, unlike what we have running the countye now. You people are asking for God's judgment.

 
3651 05/01/2009 at 01:16:52 PM Self     Dear Sirs:

I am utterly dismayed that there is now permission given to create embryonic stems strictly for the purpose of killing them to do research. Moral ethics need to appear in someone's concience at this sad time in our country's history.

Sincerely yours,

 
3652 05/01/2009 at 01:17:40 PM Self     I am vehemently opposed to using federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. This will increase the destruction of human embryos, which is ethically and morally wrong. Embryos are not property to be donated to be destroyed. They are lives, it their earliest state.

Results from adult stem cell research prove that these cells can be used instead of destroying the life of an embryo.

Thank you!

 
3653 05/01/2009 at 01:17:49 PM Self     We understand that the NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is inhumane to send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" after vitro fertilization. Why not promote the adoption of these human embryos to thousands who can not have children? Any draft containing guidelines which would require the death of human embryos is horrific.

 
3654 05/01/2009 at 01:17:52 PM Self     What will our contempt for life cost us?

 
3655 05/01/2009 at 01:18:42 PM Self     I do not support embryonic stem cell research. Put that support toward adult stem cell research, which has shown much more promise, and does not destroy life.

 
3656 05/01/2009 at 01:18:57 PM Self     Adult stem cell research has shown much progress and has been actually used to treat multiple medical conditions. Embryonic stem cell research has had NO success in treating any medical condition. Additionally, recent research has shown the propensity of embryonic stem cells to develop cancer (something adult stem cells have not done). Do not promote a culture of death -- whether by killing embryos or by increasing the possibility of cancer.

 
3657 05/01/2009 at 01:19:25 PM Self     please oppose all federal funding for the use of research using embryonic stem cells. They have not proven the most helpful and there is no reasson to continue to persue their destruction.

 
3658 05/01/2009 at 01:20:09 PM Self     Playing God as if we absolutely know what the consequences are in the long run are short sighted and unwise. Just because we are capable of doing a thing does not automatically mean we should do it. Conscious consideration should be taken before the action. Weighing both sides, asking what the costs are and having the integrity to make the decision that reflects that integrity is priority. Looking to the Source as who is in control rather than substituting and elevating ourselves to that position to control sheds light on how to proceed. The desire to help in one area of life does not justify taking away from another area of life. An alternative, a win-win is a solution, not a win-lose. In deciding the guidelines for funding for Stem Cell Research I ask that you carefully consider and use integrity as your compass to do what is right, not what is popular, not what is convenient, not compromise one life for another but to find the solution that promotes life for all regardless of what stage of life. Life is life. Thank you for your time and I hope you were able to listen with your heart as well as your mind.

 
3659 05/01/2009 at 01:20:09 PM Self     70 cures have come from ADULT stem cell research. President Obama admitted that there was a moral and ethical element to embryonic stem cell research. He said that is adult stem cell lines are working just as well, we should avoid moral arguments. I appears our president reversed the ban on embryonic stem cell research for ONLY political reasons since ADULT stem cell research has PROVEN SUCCESSFUL. I oppose research on embryos. Our government should not be funding this immoral research.

 
3660 05/01/2009 at 01:20:26 PM Self     NIH should not allocate any further spending to research on IVF embryonic stem cells, and should direct all funding to support non-embryonic human adult stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells. With an overwhelming federal debt, in the a contracting economy, the NIH needs to be responsible in the use of taxpayer funds, and apply them to truly meet the needs of our society. The priority for research spending should be: 1) proven successful Adult stem cells (build on partial successes with spinal cord repair and Parkinsons to date and expand and improve on them), 2) investigate adult and pluripotent stem cell discoveries for new body systems and therapies (research Adult stem cells utility for organs and systems that have not been researched) and 3) breakthrough research in mechanisms to support packaging, processing, administering and delivery of therapies to expand availability and bring down costs so that therapies can be made available throughout the medical industry. IVF Embryonic stem cells have proven expensive, morally unnacceptable to the majority of our society, and damaging to the patient (tumors, etc). Further funding in this arena is irresponsible and a waste of tax-payer's money. Thank you for this opportunity to comment upon this important Guidelines draft.

 
3661 05/01/2009 at 01:20:33 PM Self     I am opposed to the proposed Stem Cell Research guidelines recently drafted. I am opposed Stem Cell Research that promotes the use of human embryos as its source. Please consider revising these guidelines to eliminate human embryos as the base source and the promotion of any future killings of innocent humans.

 
3662 05/01/2009 at 01:20:39 PM Self     I am totally against this!...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 & DESTROY HUMAN EMBRYOS. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding...ie OUR TAX PAYER DOLLARS... for research on human embryonic stem cells. PLEASE!!! He is sending 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 REQUIRE THEIR DEATH!!! THIS IS TOTALLY INSANE AND UNACCEPTABLE!!!! The REAL research shows that not one condition or disease has been helped from this!!! I, ALONG WITH THE GENERAL SANE PUBLIC, OPPOSE USE OF FEDEREAL FUNDS FOR RESEARCH ON HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS!!! PLEASE HEAR OUR CRY!

 
3663 05/01/2009 at 01:20:49 PM Self     Why do you insist on using my tax dollars to fund stem cell research from killing embryos? There are already other ways to get stem cells from adults. Not only do I believe this to be a huge waste of public money, but it's also killing human life. Seems like we're on a slipperly slope following Britain. After "growing" embryos for their stem cells, what's to stop us from "growing" humans for spare body parts?

 
3664 05/01/2009 at 01:21:00 PM Self     I would like to express my concern for the stem cell guidelines. I strongly oppose such regulation.

Regards,

 
3665 05/01/2009 at 01:21:06 PM Self     I am deeply concerned that my tax dollars will be used to fund research that requires killing of human embryos instead of allowing them to grow to viability and allowing them to be adopted when born. There are thousands of couples desiring adoption and this policy will restrict the availability of babies to help meet this need. Of course the biggest concern is the ending of human life which has clearly been show to begin at conception.

The research from adult stem cells has been very useful and is already providing treatment and cures for many diseases and conditions. The future of embryonic stem cells is much more in doubt and it is a waste of taxpayer money to continue this research. This research is currently being done in the private sector without federal funding (my money!) and though I do not agree with that either, at least I can say my tax money is not going to murder babies.

Please set very strict guidelines that minize the death of embryos and minimize or eliminate my tax dollars being used to fund this death.

 
3666 05/01/2009 at 01:22:13 PM Self     I am opposed to the federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Babies are a gift from God and I do not believe this is the morally correct thing to do. Thank you for listening!

 
3667 05/01/2009 at 01:22:52 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.

 
3668 05/01/2009 at 01:22:53 PM Self     I am totally against the use of any funding for use with Human Embryo's. I have nothing against the use of stem cells from Human volunteer stem cell usage.

 
3669 05/01/2009 at 01:22:57 PM Self     We are disapointed over the taxpayer funded use of embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have proven more hopeful and responsive.What a sad and frightening course of action our government is on.

 
3670 05/01/2009 at 01:23:11 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.

 
3671 05/01/2009 at 01:23:34 PM Self     Obama is trying every way he can to demean society as we know it. Any thing he does is not surprising to me!! He needs to back off the stem cell altogether!! Will he? NO NO

 
3672 05/01/2009 at 01:23:43 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells have no advantage towards cures but, Adult stem cells exhibit that they do.

 
3673 05/01/2009 at 01:23:46 PM Self     Since human embryonic stem cells are derived from human beings who will be killed if there stem cells are extracted, this is murder of a human being and is unacceptable. In addition, there is no credible reasoning behind this research, since it has been proven that it only ends up in developing cancer, and the only effective stem cell therapy has been with umbilical cord cells and adult stem cells. This has turned into a purely political football with the advancement by pro-abortion advocates.

 
3674 05/01/2009 at 01:23:59 PM Self     Please consider: human life does in fact begin at conception. The facilitation of conception through in vitro fertilization in no way diminishes the actuality of the human life concieved thereby (ask the happy mother who receives such an embryo back into her womb!). Therefore, it constitutes murder to throw away/harvest such a fertilized egg for so-called scientific purposes (an embryo which, by the way, has its own complete set of DNA and its own personhood, however early its stage, however unknown it is). Personhood is a gift of God, and scientists and the United States government should not try to play God by treating/legislating against human life--at any stage--as a mere convenience/inconvenience/product/commodity. I urge you to stop the human embryo stem cell research funding, not only because of these facts, but because of its potential to create a carelessness/callousness, even a monetary incentive regarding helpless pre-born human beings (these late-term abortionists... how can they sleep at night, I wonder?), and inescapably a degrading mentality/action towards human life at every stage, because the criteria will no longer be-- is it human, is it sacred, is it cherished, but rather, is it useful/lucrative? I urge you to facilitate/put funding toward ADULT stem cell research, which has as great if not greater potential for medical applications to help mankind, AND it could do so with moral integrity, with honor toward humaness in all its various stages from conception to the grave, and so accomplish a greater good for this nation's character, this nation's health and wellbeing, much more than any perceived advantages being claimed by advocates of embryonic stem cell research.

 
3675 05/01/2009 at 01:24:30 PM Self     please do fund killing Human embryonic stem cells

 
3676 05/01/2009 at 01:24:43 PM Self     The guidelines for HESC use by researchers should be straightforward and reasonable so that it enables and promotes science and research instead of creating endless paperwork and legal issues with notification of donors. Once the donor donates the embryos for science and research that should be the end of the relationship. Certainly to require notification retroactively is just creating more road blocks to HESC research that has already been blocked for more than a decade. Many American families have been traveling to China and India to obtain Stem Cell treatments that should be available in the United States of America. To allow cloning of stem cells lines will reduce the number of embryo's that need to be destroyed. It would make sense to be able to clone stem cells instead of destroying more embryos. Lets try to use some common sense for a change. Thank you.

 
3677 05/01/2009 at 01:24:45 PM Self     To whom it may concern: I oppose the taking of life to attempt to save life as in ESCR. ESCR has make zero strides in curing diseases where ASCR and IPSCR have not only provided great strides in research but numerous advances in cures. WE the PEOPLE oppose our tax dollars being used for ESCR research!

 
3678 05/01/2009 at 01:24:54 PM Self     Dear Sir or Madam,

This is simply to let you know that I OPPOSE the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

I base this opposition on the grounds that it would be using my tax dollars to pay for something that is so morally wrong to me and my family and which violates our religious beliefs. We do not wish to force our views on others, but we feel it unjust to force us to pay for something so offensive to our own values.

Thank you for your serious consideration in this matter.

 
3679 05/01/2009 at 01:25:12 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars to go toward creation or destruction of embryos for research. I know that the only real progress in this area has been found through research of ADULT stem cells. The only diseases that have been helped so far are through Adult stem cells. Why destroy an embryo when you have progress in other areas.

 
3680 05/01/2009 at 01:25:14 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 person with Parkinson's Disease, 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.

 
3681 05/01/2009 at 01:25:16 PM Self     I think it it wrong for the government to use federal funds to do research on human embryonic stem cells(it is killing innocent children).

 
3682 05/01/2009 at 01:25:31 PM Self     President Obama please stop the killing of babies, life stars at the moment of conception embrionivc cells are humabn beings though crated through the science that God gave us for the benefit of Human beings not to kill them. You, your wife and your daughther s could have been embrionicells and under you guidance will not have been here.

all life should be respected and canot be terminated without due process under the law of the land.

Remember that evry child kill under your regulations is life you will have to account for to Our Heavenly father . You in a psoition of great trust and responsibility and you will be ask a lot more of our God. Sincerely

 
3683 05/01/2009 at 01:25:59 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.

 
3684 05/01/2009 at 01:26:13 PM Self     Please do not use federal funding to continue the exploitation of the human fetus. Scientific research concludes that life begins when a woman's egg is feterlized from her male partner's sperm. To used federal funding to destroy life, even in the most smallest form, would be a shame not only in the cause of scientific research which has tallied zero results using embryonic stem cells, but I feel would be a disgrace to our country's use of it's financial resources. Helping an orphange in Africa or China would be more beneficial.

 
3685 05/01/2009 at 01:26:46 PM Self     Mr. Obama--please take a hint from Kathy Ireland and thousands of others who have understood that from the scientific standpoint, an embryo is a human being at a different stage of life, like teenage years, or elderly years or adolescent time. Further, I thought that you said these types of decisions were above your pay grade. I heard you say it. Now, be a man and stick to your word and leave human life alone.

 
3686 05/01/2009 at 01:26:48 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and I strongly urge you to do the same. There has been no proof that embryonic stem cells have cured or even can cure ANY health problems, and there have been far more promising advances in every other form of stem cell (adult, etc.) besides embryonic stem cells. It is careless, wasteful, and futile, not to mention highly unethical and disgraceful, to employ embryos -- real human life -- for such flippant and careless purposes. Please protect the most helpless members of the human race among us: the unborn.

 
3687 05/01/2009 at 01:26:59 PM Self     With all the research coming in showing the success using adult human stem cells to treat so many health issues and NO success to date using embryonic stem cells, how could we even consider throwing more money into research that shows so little progress? Whether one has "moral" issues or not, this seems to be a no-brainer. Is there any chance that common sense might prevail so that we can invest our money where it counts the most?

 
3688 05/01/2009 at 01:27:01 PM Self     I am writing to ask you to stop the funding of embryonice stem cell research. Why should we spend millions of dollars on a failed research project that has shown no positive results, especially in these difficult economic times with our deficit in the trillions? If you want to use our money wisely, support adult stem cell research which has already proven itself effective.

 
3689 05/01/2009 at 01:27:16 PM Self     The same results can be accomplished without using embryonic stem cells. My own sister has had cancer and had successful stem cell treatment NOT from embryonic stem cells. \

This is just an excuse to try to make abortions and cloning seem more appetizing to some people who are actually disgusted about the sneaky tactics of this government.

We are not as stupid as you think we are.

 
3690 05/01/2009 at 01:27:18 PM Self     We oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is totally inhumane. All this does is create babies to kill them. Please do not use my tax dollars for this purpose.

Sincerely,

 
3691 05/01/2009 at 01:27:30 PM Self     I am writing to ask you to stop the funding of embryonic stem cell research. Why should we spend millions of dollars on a failed research project that has shown no positive results, especially in these difficult economic times with our deficit in the trillions? If you want to use our money wisely, support adult stem cell research which has already proven itself effective.

 
3692 05/01/2009 at 01:27:38 PM Self     I don't agree with obtaining stem cells from embryos at all. Why don't we fund cord blood donation instead?? That doesn't involve playing God. Please find other ways to perform the important, needed research.

 
3693 05/01/2009 at 01:27:40 PM Self     I oppose to the Embryonic Human Stem Research

 
3694 05/01/2009 at 01:27:47 PM Self     I am most disapointed in the decision to fund Embryonic stem cell research, instead of further funding on the adult stem cells. Much more success has been gained by the adult stem cell path than the embryonic. This has been a very political decision.

 
3695 05/01/2009 at 01:27:56 PM Self     President Obama please stop the killing of babies, life stars at the moment of conception embrionivc cells are human beings though created through the science that God gave us for the benefit of Human beings not to kill them. You, your wife and your daughthers could have been embrionic cells and under your guidance will not have been here.

All life should be respected and canot be terminated without due process under the law of the land.

Remember that every child killed under your regulations is life you will have to account for to Our Heavenly Father. You are in a position of great trust and responsibility and you will be ask a lot more of our God. Sincerely

 
3696 05/01/2009 at 01:28:05 PM Self     Please do not allow Federal 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 for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells seems appropriate and more promising in the results toward human health.

The Federal Government needs to curb spending. Please do not vote for more spending.

 
3697 05/01/2009 at 01:28:05 PM Self     The use of embryonic stem cells has not produced a successful therapy to date. However, the use of adult stem cells show great promise. Further, new breakthroughs in producing stem cells from skin tissue will likely make it unnecessary to continue experimentation on embryonic stem cells. I think it is a waste of money and resources to continue this research when there is little evidence that it will yield any success and other research is showing much more promising results. It appears to me that the politics of embryonic stem cell research are trumping the scientific value of such research.

 



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