Listing of Comments on Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines
Entire Comment Period: 04/23/2009-05/26/2009

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On April 23, 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published draft stem cell guidelines for public comment in the Federal Register. The purpose of these guidelines are to implement President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13505 “Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells,” which was issued on March 9, 2009.

NIH received 49,015 comments by May 26, 2009, the closing date of the comment period, and have compiled these comments on this website. Any comments received via email or mail after the May 26 deadline are not included on this website. In reviewing the comments, NIH determined that 60 comments were inappropriate (i.e., contained SPAM responses or offensive language), and these comments have been excluded from this website. In addition, to protect the identities and personal information of individuals who submitted comments, NIH has removed personally identifiable information from the comments on this website even though individuals consented that the information provided could be made available for public review and posting.



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3698 05/01/2009 at 01:28:32 PM Self     I don't think my tax dollars need to be spent on something like this. It is the reason that the free market includes such biotech companies as Pfizer, Genentech, Amgen, etc.

Personally, I don't agree with embryonic stem cell research and DONT want MY dollars going to fund something I believe to be wrong. After all, I already own a significant part of GM and can't wait for my Chrysler stock certificates to come back with my IRS check!

 
3699 05/01/2009 at 01:28:40 PM Self     I oppose the Obama Stem Cell Guidelines.

 
3700 05/01/2009 at 01:29:17 PM Self     To whom it may concern:

Spending our money in opposition to the American people's will is never right. Spending billions on research for procedures that have not been proven to work is ridiculous and irresponsible, especially when the adult stem research is gaining victories and already treating diseases. This ruling is immoral and unethical, to use President Obama's own words pre-election, and simply a green light to pacify the liberal left who are looking for an excuse to continue in their practices.

 
3701 05/01/2009 at 01:30:03 PM Self     I would like to express my opposition to federal funding of embryonice stem cell research. Surely, there are other ways to research possible cures for serious illnesses and injuries. The use of embryonice stem cells obtained through abortions violates the conscience of millions of Americans including me.

 
3702 05/01/2009 at 01:30:23 PM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research. I am appalled at the idea that I could be funding such research with MY tax dollars. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research and I say NO. I do not want my tax dollars to go to experimentation on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I opt for promoting the adoption of these human embryos rather than their death.

 
3703 05/01/2009 at 01:31:12 PM Self     I am writing to let you know that I the killing of human embryos for their cells. I believe that the funding that our government has given on research on over 22 stem cell lines during this past month has been morally wrong, and that the decision. I would like to request that the April 23 NIH draft, that would use tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization, be rescinded. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
3704 05/01/2009 at 01:31:36 PM Self     I am opposed to the destruction of human embryonic stem cells.

 
3705 05/01/2009 at 01:32:17 PM Self     EO 13505 allows funding for embryonic stem cell research. However, NIH policies and procedures should require clear definintion in any proposals of embryonic stem cell research proposals on why adult stem cells could not be used. Clearly all the progress in stem cell research has been with adult forms. It would be a much better use of the tax payer funds and much less objectional to many Americans to fund adult stem cells. Privately funded embryonic stem cell research has not produced the promising results seen with adult forms. Therefore, a very high high hurdle should be established in NIH policies and procedures that must demonstrate some exception promomise for the advantages of embronic stem cells. Such controversial proposals should be reviewed by a team of people, including those who believe embryonic stem cell research is unethical to establish if such an exceptional case exists.

Respectfully,

 
3706 05/01/2009 at 01:32:44 PM Self     I am very much against the use of embryonic stem cells. Research with adult stem cells has been very effective and does not involve killing a very young human being.

Additionally, "wild tumor like" growth has been reported in other countries where embryonic stem cell research has been conducted.

I respectfully request that embryos not be killed to further dubious scientific research.

 
3707 05/01/2009 at 01:32:48 PM Self     We believe that you have no right to take nor need to take the life of a baby to use for stem cell research or implanting because you can use the cells from the umbilical cord or placenta that have the same cells content. We believe that God has created that life and we have no right to end it.

 
3708 05/01/2009 at 01:32:59 PM Self     To whom it may concern,

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. In my opinion what these guidelines do is provide taxpayer dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.Please reconsdier these guiidelines to encourage the prtection and sanctity of life as is held by the majority of American citizens.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

 
3709 05/01/2009 at 01:33:12 PM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research.

 
3710 05/01/2009 at 01:33:48 PM Self     I wanted to let you know that I oppose 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. Please do not use tax payer dollars for this purpose.

 
3711 05/01/2009 at 01:34:24 PM Self     this is a test

 
3712 05/01/2009 at 01:36:04 PM Self     I oppose funding for human embryo research which involves the killing of the unborn.

 
3713 05/01/2009 at 01:36:08 PM Self     I don't want my tax money to be used in the killing of human embryos especially when adult stem cells have been successful in treating at least 70 medical conditions. Putting embryos up for adoption is a far more humane alternative.

 
3714 05/01/2009 at 01:36:37 PM Self     We oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3715 05/01/2009 at 01:37:03 PM Self     I oppose the research on embryonic stem cells. It is murder of the unborn.

 
3716 05/01/2009 at 01:37:57 PM Self     I strongly oppose any policy that uses human beings at any stage of development from single cell to natural death for experimentation or treatment.

 
3717 05/01/2009 at 01:38:47 PM Self     I oppose sending tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, the draft guidelines would require their death. Again, the government is promoting human murder. This is morally wrong!

Since adult stem cell research has been so successful, and embionic stem cell without success, why is this so important?

 
3718 05/01/2009 at 01:39:17 PM Self     There is enought children being born each day that there is enough placentas to get stem cells from and I am sure that people wouldn't care because I don't want it. I think it is killing a child that dosen't have a chance at life just for the name of sience is wrong and not just in my eyes but in Gods. He is the one that gave the child its life and humans think they can take it away. From the day of conseption, That little child is alive.

 
3719 05/01/2009 at 01:39:22 PM Self     I strongly oppose federal money being spent on embyonic stem cell research because it creates an incentive to created and destroy human embryos. There are alreay adequate embryos available for research. Any monies spent should be invested in funding research on existing human embryos.

 
3720 05/01/2009 at 01:39:41 PM Self     I value life, and therefore I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please allow the human embryos from in vitro fertilization to be submitted for adoption instead of sentenced to destruction.

 
3721 05/01/2009 at 01:39:58 PM Self     Our daughter-in-law has a beautiful sonogram of our grandson, who incidentally is protecting us by serving in Afghanistan right now. He was no bigger than a by tiny fingernail, cut he was having a good old time kicking and sliding up and down in her womb. How could anyone look at this and say that was not a baby. So, when does an life begin? It may be above President Obama's pay grade, but most of us Americans know that life is life right from the moment of conception. How can you destroy life? Adult stem cells have proven to cure diseases whereas embryonic stem cells have yet to have proof of anything except that they are killed to experiment. Why? Why not use the money to work with adult stem cells which are proven to work?

 
3722 05/01/2009 at 01:40:16 PM Self     I value life, and therefore I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please allow the human embryos from in vitro fertilization to be submitted for adoption instead of sentenced to destruction.

 
3723 05/01/2009 at 01:40:54 PM Self     I have been watching the stem cell debate and the more I examine the facts the clear my position becomes. I am all for helping people improve from technology but not at the cost of other lives. Ethics prevent me from endorsing embryonic stem cell reserch (ESC). Adult stem cell reserch (ASC) has provided over 70 treatments while ESC has provided none. Please do the right thing.

 
3724 05/01/2009 at 01:40:59 PM Self     Stop this action. It is ethically & morally wrong. There are no proven statistics that this benefits anyone. This simply promotes a wrongful agenda at the expense innocent defenseless babies.

 
3725 05/01/2009 at 01:40:59 PM Self     Comments on Draft NIH Stem Cell Guidelines

Main concern:

1. The new consent forms for deriving human ES cells from embryos would make many if not all existing human ES lines (including the so-called Presidential lines derived prior August 2001) ineligible for NIH funding. Most of the past research on human embryonic stem cell has been obtained with these lines, which are well defined and thus represent a sort of standard against which new data need to be compared. Making these lines ineligible for funding would be a major problem for ongoing research. It would prevent researchers to compare data obtained with newly derived ES cells lines with data from previously well-defined lines. Such a restriction would cause a major impediment of research and would be a waste of resources as it may require to re-generate data with the new lines. A reasonable solution would be to grandfather in the previously derived lines.

Other concerns:

2. Because differences are observed between ES lines it is important to generate new lines from embryos under newly defined conditions (for example with newly generated media). Newly derived ES cells are important for induced reprogrammed cell research as they may serve as the “gold standard” for iPS cells. Derivation of new lines should be eligible for NIH funding.

3. I believe that parthenogenetic ES cells and ES cells derived by SCNT are important research tools and their derivation should be eligible for NIH funding.

 
3726 05/01/2009 at 01:41:02 PM Self     The United States Constitution defends humans life, liberty and happiness. The littlest citizen is yet to be born and should have the constitutional right of life. Embryonic stem cell use is unproven and murder of the smallest citizen. The current administration is already the most baby killing yet. What's next? Seniors and health problem citizens? just wait and see how far this current government will go.

 
3727 05/01/2009 at 01:41:03 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax payer's money to fund embryonic stem cell research of embryos that are "left over" from in vitro fertilization.

 
3728 05/01/2009 at 01:41:10 PM Self     this is a very important issue- it was in my father-inlaw- and he was badly affected by Parkinson. My husband has familiar tremors- not as yet Parkinson disease. So it is in my family-and having 2 sons- I do worry about them!! thx you for all your support-

 
3729 05/01/2009 at 01:41:32 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

The actions on March 9,2009 by President Barack Obama are deplorable. Issuing an executive order hereby opening the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research once again illustrates the lack of concern for the most fundamental principle, respect for human life. God will not tolerate a country that kills innocent children.

God Bless and Save America from the road of "left turns" we are being led.

 
3730 05/01/2009 at 01:41:37 PM Self     To whom it may concern at the National Institutes of Health, I would like to express my opinion regarding draft of the recently posted guidelines for distributing funds for embryonic stem cell research. At this time in our country, the debate over embryonic stem cell research is far from concluded. To use federal money to fund such a controversial endeavor is not in the best interest of the public. In addition, this funding promotes the destruction of embryonic stem cells which violates the consciences of many American citizens. Federal funds would support America better if directed towards less controversial research endeavors. Thank you for acting on behalf of all the people of America. Sincerely,

A citizen of the United States of America

 
3731 05/01/2009 at 01:42:01 PM Self     I would like to speak out against the proposed legislation concerning stem cell usage. It is immoral to consider using a viable human embryo for research. This is a human being, not an *option* to experiment with.

Most Sincerely,

 
3732 05/01/2009 at 01:42:12 PM Self NA   I do not want my tax dollars spent on funding for embronic stem cell (ESC) research for the following reasons:

1) It is unethical to do so. 2) Everyone knows the medicinal use of ADULT stem cells is superior to ESC and shows much more medicinal potential than using ESC's. 3) If private companies want to pursue ESC research, they can do so using their own money. 4) PLEASE LEAVE THE TAX PAYERS OUT OF THIS!

Thank you for considering my comments.

 
3733 05/01/2009 at 01:42:26 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells

 
3734 05/01/2009 at 01:42:37 PM Self     I am vehemently opposed to using my tax dollars to destroy human embryonic cells in the name of medical research. I believe they are viable life and no life should be taken to benefit another life. Human life is precious and should be protected at all costs.

 
3735 05/01/2009 at 01:42:59 PM Self     We already have a successful way of using stem cells. Thast from adult sem cells. These have proved successful whereas the cells from embyroionic cells hav enot been successful. This is a waste of our money and a boon for drug companies. Please use a proven method. Thank you.

 
3736 05/01/2009 at 01:43:10 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of human embryo stem cells for research. Adult stem cells are proving to be more reliable for this process. Exactly at what point does an embyro become a baby?

 
3737 05/01/2009 at 01:43:25 PM Self     Adult stem cell research holds far greater promise than embryonic stem cell. Already, many treatments and cures have been proven successful with adult stem cells. Using embryonic stem cells is unnecessary, unproven and unethical.

Sincerely,

 
3738 05/01/2009 at 01:43:53 PM Self sI am against Human Embrio research from human stem Cel   I am against Human Embryo research from human stem Cells since we do not have to do that. Why research when it involves murder.

 
3739 05/01/2009 at 01:43:54 PM Self     WE OPPOSE STEM CELL RESEARCH.

 
3740 05/01/2009 at 01:44:23 PM Self     Dear Sirs: I oppose the use of federal funds being used to support any type of research on human embryonic stem cell research.

 
3741 05/01/2009 at 01:44:53 PM Self     Please reconsider and do not use my tax dollars to pay for further experimentation on human embryos for stem cell research. We have a proven and viable alternative in adult stem cells. This current proposal will create an incentive to create and destroy more human embryos instead of encouraging adoption of any existing human embryos.

I urge you to RESCIND the executive order and stop experimentation on human embryos through the use of federal taxpayer funding.

 
3742 05/01/2009 at 01:44:55 PM Self     The entire premise that this change in guidelines is based upon is flawed. There is no data that suggests that embryonic stem cell research leads us to any disease cure that can not be attained from adult stem cell research. In fact study after study have shown adult stem cell research to be of much more value in long term disease cures. The continued devaluing of human life through the destruction of human embryos is an insult to all who recognize that the same life each one of us enjoys is contained in that embryo and we have no right to either create it or destroy it. Thank God that all those who support these new guidelines were not some of the leftover embryos that they seem so ready to terminate for the supposed greater good or there would be no discussion of the matter; the people would have already been killed. Reverse this order while there is still time! Sincerely,

 
3743 05/01/2009 at 01:45:02 PM Self     I catagorically oppose the funding of research on or with embroyonic stem cells (embroyonic humans).

 
3744 05/01/2009 at 01:45:20 PM Self     I believe it is morally wrong and scientifically irresponsible for the NIG to open up funding for more research on embryonic stem cells. The Guidelines that were just announced state that the research will be done on embryos that are "no longer needed". To state that any life, no matter how small, is no longer needed is an outrage. Life is life, no matter how valuable it may seem or how small and needy it is. Those embryos deserve a chance to live and this research will not allow that chance. There are other alternatives for them, for instance, there is embryo adoption, a process that I am currently involved with.

My second concern is waste of tax dollars on an unproven method of treatments. There have been no cures to this date from embryonic stem cells. Even when tissue has been created from them, the risk of rejection from the patient is very high and that patient will be on anti-rejection medication for the rest of his or her life opening up the door for future infections. What our money should be spent on is more adult stem cell research. Many treatments have been made from them, such as bladder function to a paralyzed woman, reversal of MS symptoms and treatment of severe Parkinson's Disease, with no risk of rejection to the patient. Medically it is a much more promising and fruitful avenue to explore without the moral entrapments.

I beg you as a mother, trained scientist, and tax payer to stop the funds going to embryonic stem cell research. There are more responsible ways to obtain these cures!

 
3745 05/01/2009 at 01:45:28 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 to support research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3746 05/01/2009 at 01:45:36 PM Self     I do not support embryonic stem cell research and oppose the Obama embryonic stem cell regulations.

 
3747 05/01/2009 at 01:45:44 PM Self     I do not want my government to be using our tax dollars to fund this atrocity. It has been proven over and over that embryonic stems cells do not work. Moreover there has been numerous examples of the successes by using adult stem cells. This is not how our tax dollars should be used, on research that has been a proven failure and it is morally and ethically wrong.

 
3748 05/01/2009 at 01:46:31 PM Self     I'm requesting that embryonic stem cell research will not start now. It has been proven that it is not a viable means of healing diseases due to the randomness of the cells produced. Please continue with the research you have done on using one's own cells. Thank you.

 
3749 05/01/2009 at 01:46:42 PM Organization Remnant Expressive Signing Team Lancaster, OH We do not support embryonic stem cell research and we oppose the Obama embryonic stem cell regulations.

 
3750 05/01/2009 at 01:46:44 PM Organization St. Andrew Orthodox Church 4700 Canyon Crest Dr. Riverside, Ca. 92507 Orthodox Christians affirm the dignity of human life from conception until death. On principle we reject the utilization of embryonic stem cells for scientific research, and ask that federal tax-payer funds not be utilized to further such research.

 
3751 05/01/2009 at 01:46:48 PM Self     We strongly oppose stem cell research.

 
3752 05/01/2009 at 01:47:18 PM Self     We are opposed to the use of our tax dollars to fund human embryonic stem cell research. So far, there has been no evidence of any success of this research and none on the immediate horizon. We feel that we are funding a group of so-called scientists that have no real solution to the health problems that they promise to cure.

 
3753 05/01/2009 at 01:47:21 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.

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can send us an email at advocacy@jdrf.org.

Thank you!

JDRF Government Relations

Additional Background: Last month President Obama signed an Executive Order, which lifted previous federal funding restrictions on stem cell research. Although this action was a great victory for those of us in search of a cure for type 1 diabetes, our job is not done!

As part of the Executive Order, President Obama instructed the NIH to issue guidelines governing this research. You can view the NIH’s draft guidelines online by clicking here. The draft guidelines would permit federal funding for research using stem cells derived from embryos created by in-vitro fertilization and no longer needed for reproductive purposes. The draft guidelines also would ensure that embryos utilized for embryonic stem cell research were donated under the highest ethical standards. While JDRF supports these guidelines, we would encourage the NIH to extend funding eligibility to currently-funded stem cell lines and existing lines that were derived according to prevailing ethical guidelines.

 
3754 05/01/2009 at 01:47:33 PM Self     I strongly oppose the pursuit of ESCR for two reasons: The result of experimenting on a human embryo results in its destruction, and such experimentation has produced No-repeat,"NO" positive results.On the other hand, adult stem cell research has produced 70+ positive treatment results and destroys nothing. This is the only ethical an reasonable path toward stem cell reasearch, particularly with the use of taxpayer dollars.

 
3755 05/01/2009 at 01:47:55 PM Self     Dear President Obama,

I would like you re-consider your decision on Human Stem Cell research. The research is very clear that human stem cell research is not producing any cures and in fact is causing large tumors to grow in individuals it has been tried on. Killing innocent babies for research is immoral. It has no place in research. Using adult stem cells and umbilical cord cells has already proved to effective and more research dollars should be placed there.

Sincerely,

 
3756 05/01/2009 at 01:48:00 PM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to perform experiments on helpless unborn babies. With the myriad of benefits already being discovered and used successfully in the fireld of adult stem cell research, this is a waste of time, money and lives.

Thank you,

 
3757 05/01/2009 at 01:48:12 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.

 
3758 05/01/2009 at 01:48:21 PM Self     Federal funds should not be used to fund embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells have been proven to work, why kill a baby to get the stem cells. 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. Specifically, these Guidelines describe the conditions and informed consent procedures that would have been required during the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research using these cells to be funded by the NIH. NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes, is not allowed under these Guidelines. thank you

 
3759 05/01/2009 at 01:48:23 PM Self     I vehemently oppose any and all embryonic stem cell research. This research has not come up with any solutions and human beings are being murdered. This is nothing more than political posturing on the part of those who think ESCR will come up with any cures. Please stop all ESCR now!

 
3760 05/01/2009 at 01:48:39 PM Self     I strongly oppose the pursuit of ESCR for two reasons: The result of experimenting on a human embryo results in its destruction, and such experimentation has produced No-repeat,"NO" positive results.On the other hand, adult stem cell research has produced 70+ positive treatment results and destroys nothing. This is the only ethical and reasonable path toward stem cell reasearch, particularly with the use of taxpayer dollars.

 
3761 05/01/2009 at 01:48:48 PM Self     This type of thing is sick and appalling. Those who think these type of things up, as well as those who agree have no heart or love, nor any respect for life. It only shows how truly reprehensible our nation has become. If our leaders really cared about us they would have love and concern for all life.

 
3762 05/01/2009 at 01:48:51 PM Self     It is difficult to understand why the NIH would choose death over life while pursuing embryonic stem cell research which has yielded no credible results in 25 years! Why not fund the adult stem cell research which is yielding astounding results nearly every day.

 
3763 05/01/2009 at 01:50:36 PM Self     I am not in favor of the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. It's hard to belive that if there is a traffic fatility of a pregnant woman, the person gets charged with two (2) counts of murder, but it's OK to kill a human baby for stem cell research!!! What a double standard. Please reconsider where your conscience is on this matter. It's OK in one instance, but not in another.

 
3764 05/01/2009 at 01:50:36 PM Self     I would prefer that my hard earned tax dollars would not go to this research. I do believe that there is much better research that funding could go towards to help those that are hungry and thirsty not just abroad but here in our own country. Furthermore I believe that there are many great parents out there that would be willing to take these embryos and raise them as their own children due to certain issues of their own health. My faith also causes me to hold this practice as evil and horrible. Please take these comments into consideration while you move forward on these guidelines.

 
3765 05/01/2009 at 01:50:38 PM       I oppose the use of federal funds for human embryotic stem cell research. Thank for your concern.

 
3766 05/01/2009 at 01:51:49 PM Self     Please do not allow any funding for more research on human embryonic stem cells. No matter how young or old, or at what stage of development, embryos are human beings and must be protected and adopted, not killed for research.

The use of adult stem cells has proven to be more successful than embryonic stem cells, so research on embryonic stem cells should not even be considered.

I am adamantly opposed to embryonic stem cells being used for any kind of research. Please promote the adoption of human embryos, instead.

 
3767 05/01/2009 at 01:52:12 PM Self     I am adamantly opposed to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. 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, this would require their death. Life begins at conception!

 
3768 05/01/2009 at 01:52:23 PM Organization Sovereign Grace Bible Church   Human embryos are human persons in an undeveloped state and thus deserve all the protections of any person, including the Right to Life. No embryo should be intentionally killed for research purposes any more than any other person should be killed for research purposes. This practice of killing embryos for research is no different than what Hitler did in WWII when he did "medical research" on the Jews.

This wickedness of murder of innocent persons will bring God's judgment on our nation as surely as Hitler's did on Germany.

Mr Obama is a fool to think God will not require the blood of these innocent victims at his hand and the hand of all those who participate in this gruesome process.

Adult stem cell research has yeilded dozens of cures, embryonic stem cell research has yeilded none, nor will it, because adult stem cells belong in adults, not embryonic cells, which belong in developing babies in the womb.

Put limited funds into adult stem cell research where there are proven results that harm no one and kill no persons to produce. Put any excess embryos up for adoption, and pass legislation to stop excess production of embryos by fertility doctors.

 
3769 05/01/2009 at 01:52:33 PM Self     I BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF FUNDING EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH. I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD FIRST ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO USE THEIR OWN FUNDS FOR RESEARCH. SECONDLY THERE HAS BEEN GOOD SUCCESS WITH ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH AND EMBRYONIC HAS NOT HAD GOOD SUCCESS. THERE ARE PLENTY OF EMBILICAL CORDS THAT ARE ROUTINLELY DISSCARDED EVERYDAY. I THINK I WOULD PUT MY MONEY WHERE THERE IS ALREADY GOOD PROGRESS AND SUCCESS! I HOPE YOU WILL STUDY THIS VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU THROW OUR TAX MONEY AWAY! I HOPE YOU USE ALL THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE AVAILABLE TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION POSSIBLE, OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!

 
3770 05/01/2009 at 01:53:40 PM Self     Mr. President,

There is no reason to use embryonic stem cells for research. Stem cells from living adults also work just fine. Please reconsider.

 
3771 05/01/2009 at 01:54:00 PM Self     I strongly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is not needed.

 
3772 05/01/2009 at 01:54:06 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send 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 strongly oppose this action, it has been proven the adult stem cells are more viable and more successful. Please, oppose this legislation.

 
3773 05/01/2009 at 01:54:06 PM Self     Dear NIH Researchers, I'm pleading my case before you NOT to spend the tax dollars on the research for the Human Stem Cells. I realize this is giving several people new jobs. However, it has been a proven fact that human beings are able to reproduce their OWN stem cells if they need that for their own bodies. This needless spending is only driving our economy into deeper debt. Please consider listening to the pleas of the public sector that sees and understands that this is a needless task with the waste of tax dollars. Thank you!!

 
3774 05/01/2009 at 01:54:20 PM Self     Please stop funding the destruction of human embryos. These are human lives and are not expendable or disposable, regardless of the research benefits you think may be derived from them.

 
3775 05/01/2009 at 01:54:29 PM Self     PLEASE d o n ' t use aborted stem cells!!! IT's murder in God's eyes. With that happening we ALL will be brought to justice thru God's eyes and we ALL will have to pay for the wrath he brings on us. I feel that we are already starting to feel His wrath upon us, throughout the entire world.

If you think I'm a fool----eventually will see the light, if not now, will at Judgement Day, I have peity for their souls.

 
3776 05/01/2009 at 01:54:33 PM Self     Support of the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines is a crucial and critical mark in history in the medical and science field. There is an undeniable need for “ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and applicable” research and advancement for stem cell medical therapy applications. The most exciting cause for stem cell research are the potential cures and therapies that can be derived from medical research. With further Federal grants and funding to support stem cell research, in the near future we will be able to cure the following: Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Leukemia, Diabetes, traumatic spinal cord injuries, coronary heart disease, breast and other types of cancers, and repair lost hearing and vision. Stem cells can also be used for more effective drug testing. Some of the “most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to abnormal cell division and differentiation”. A better understanding of the genetic and molecular controls of these processes could provided by the study and use of stem cell therapy. “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.” The great thing about stem cells however, is there is no immune rejection, as the cells are derived from the patient. The means for the thousands of people on the donor list, waiting for liver, kidneys, and hearts, they will one day be able to grow their own life essential organs, without having to take immune suppressant drugs for the rest of their lives. All of this is possible and achievable with the support of concerned citizens and public officials who are willing and open to backing up stem cell research.

 
3777 05/01/2009 at 01:55:07 PM Self     Please reconsider the use of embryonic stem cells. In 25 years of experiments on embryonic stem cells, there hasn't been one cure found for any disease or condition. There are more than 80 that have been found using adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are too unpredictable due to their early development and cause cancer because of their fast reproduction of cells. This was stated by Dr. Oz on the Oprah Show in April 2009. Adult stem cells cause no moral issue and can be reduced back to younger forms to be used in other capacities. We don't need embryos used for anything but their intended purpose; a baby. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration in this important issue in our world today.

 
3778 05/01/2009 at 01:55:10 PM Self     Stem cells may not be human embryos in and of themselves, however, they come from human embryos. The destruction of human embryos is morally and ethically unacceptable. The use of adult human stem cells does not violate moral and ethical standards. There is no valid reason to use embryonic stem cells when adult stem cells are readily available.

 
3779 05/01/2009 at 01:55:20 PM Self     We are in strong opposition to using embryonic stem cells for research. There are other ways to use stem cells that do not destroy human life. Please have a conscience and do what is right. Thank you for considering our comments.

 
3780 05/01/2009 at 01:55:26 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds 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.

 
3781 05/01/2009 at 01:56:00 PM Self     To All at the National Institute Of Health:

I adamently oppose the murder of embryos for Human Stem Cell research. These are human beings, made in the image of God and it is murder to destroy them for research. Thank you

 
3782 05/01/2009 at 01:56:18 PM Self     Plain and simple, it is a waste of money and a sin, since ambilical cord and other human sourses is the only stem cells that have ever proven to cure or help in any way.

 
3783 05/01/2009 at 01:56:19 PM Self     I am writing to say that I emphatically oppose the use of tax dolars to fund stem cell research on human embryos. These so-called "leftover" embryos from invitro fertilization could easily be adopted by families who desire childbirth by this method. Funding of such research provides and calls for the killing of these human embryos. Please allow, as was previously done under the Bush administration, only for research upon those stems cells previously acquired. Please do not fund the killing of anymore human embryos.

 
3784 05/01/2009 at 01:56:19 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.

 
3785 05/01/2009 at 01:56:27 PM Self     All innocent human life ought to be ALWAYS protected in law. This is the most basic of basic requirements of legitimate and just government. Intentionally exposing human embryos--and they are embryos, even though not yet implanted in a woman--to death, is an unconscionable violation of the intrinisic dignity of human beings, and murder.

 
3786 05/01/2009 at 01:56:46 PM Self     Please do not go in favor of stem cell research. Thank you

 
3787 05/01/2009 at 01:56:47 PM Self     Please stop research that destroys embryos. Stem cell research is important, but adult stem cell research has not only actually provided over 70 proven treatments, but does not destroy life in the process. Please do not use more federal tax dollars to promote the creating and destroying of more embryos. We should be discontinuing embryonic stem cell research as it is immoral, controversial and has only produced treatements that produce tumors. Focus on adult stem cell research, which is voluntary, medically relevant and has no moral/controversial aspects.

 
3788 05/01/2009 at 01:56:53 PM Self     It has been shown that the embreonic stem cells provide a potentially disasterous result. Much better success has been reached by using adult stem cells and if possible stem cells from the person needing them so there is no rejection at all.

 
3789 05/01/2009 at 01:56:57 PM Self     ESCR is bad science, a waste of tax payer dollars and unethical! I think Planned Parenthood, ACLU, AU and other extreme left liberal groups like it because it will provide a need for dead aborted babies of all gestational ages and will keep their blood money flowing.

Earlier research disuades the use of ES cells showing no value or potential to help patients of any deseases. Adult stem cells on the other hand, have already proved to be useful at treating many diseases. Of course, these groups don't want to talk about that because of the aforementioned blood money flow.

So in conclusion, throwing hard earned tax payer dollars at ESCR at this difficult economical time in history does not make even one bit of sense. Furthermore, it only hastens the need for God to judge and punish this nation for allowing this immoral aand inhumane policy that costs real lives only worsens an already bad economy.

 
3790 05/01/2009 at 01:57:10 PM Self     I am very much opposed to the use of human embryonic stem cell research. Many advances have already been made with adult stem cells. Why not direct the funding in this (adult stem cells) direction?

 
3791 05/01/2009 at 01:57:21 PM Self     How do you reconcile the care of the beating heart of a war criminal with the "no-care" for an embryo?

 
3792 05/01/2009 at 01:57:27 PM Self     We are opposed to embryonic stem cell research in any form because we do not believe it is ethically responsible and scientifically worthy to kill human embryos. We believe it to be illegal because it is equivalent to manslaughter.

We do support adult stem cell research because it is ethically responsible and scientifically worthy and because of the many cures that research has produced already.

 
3793 05/01/2009 at 01:57:57 PM Self     WRONG..EVIL..MURDER..

WHEN A SEED IS PLANTED IT'S DESTINY IS TO BECOME WHAT GOD (NATURE)INTENDED. ONLY MAN INTERFERRING WITH WHAT IS NATURAL KILLS THE INTENDED RESULT OF THE ACTION..

IS THIS THE CHANGE YOU HAVE IN MIND FOR THIS WORLD ..TO CHANGE GOOD TO EVIL?? ALL OF THE PROPOSED ACTIOPNS BY YOU DO THIS EVIL. KILLING HUMAN LIFE AND STOPPING IT FROM NATURALLY HAPPENING BY GAY MARRIAGE???

I CAN NOT CONDON WHAT YOU AND YOURS ARE DOING..MUST BE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR THOSE THAT INTERFER WITH GOD...GLAD HE WILL JUDGE YOU IN FRONT OF US ALL...

 
3794 05/01/2009 at 01:58:32 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.

 
3795 05/01/2009 at 01:58:51 PM Self     WRONG..EVIL..MURDER..

WHEN A SEED IS PLANTED IT'S DESTINY IS TO BECOME WHAT GOD (NATURE)INTENDED. ONLY MAN INTERFERRING WITH WHAT IS NATURAL KILLS THE INTENDED RESULT OF THE ACTION..

IS THIS THE CHANGE YOU HAVE IN MIND FOR THIS WORLD ..TO CHANGE GOOD TO EVIL?? ALL OF THE PROPOSED ACTIOPNS BY YOU DO THIS EVIL. KILLING HUMAN LIFE AND STOPPING IT FROM NATURALLY HAPPENING BY GAY MARRIAGE???

I CAN NOT CONDON WHAT YOU AND YOURS ARE DOING..MUST BE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR THOSE THAT INTERFER WITH GOD...GLAD HE WILL JUDGE YOU IN FRONT OF US ALL...

 
3796 05/01/2009 at 01:59:06 PM Self     I Oppose these actions on stem cells and spending our Tax Dollars.

 
3797 05/01/2009 at 01:59:20 PM Self     I am oppose to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 



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