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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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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.

 
3798 05/01/2009 at 01:59:24 PM Self     I am against Human Stem Cell research. So far no good has come from Human Stem Cell. I have not herad or read about anything good that has come from Human Cell Research. Other Stem cell research has been a lot more successful. Lke using ones own tissue to repair. The placenta used to treat.

 
3799 05/01/2009 at 01:59:26 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.

 
3800 05/01/2009 at 01:59:29 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.

 
3801 05/01/2009 at 01:59:43 PM Self     I am concerned about Parkinson's Disease BECAUSE I HAVE IT. PLEASE allow the use of stem cell research to go forward into Parkinson's Disease at the NIH research center. I am too young to die a horrible death. I have been involved in numerous charitable activities. I hope I am able to continue with your help.

 
3802 05/01/2009 at 01:59:44 PM Self     Life begins at conception, and an embryo is a human being. To kill humans to obtain stem cells is intrinsically evil. The federal government should not be funding research that destroys human life.

 
3803 05/01/2009 at 01:59:50 PM Self     I am totally against this research and the funding of any type of research related to this. This country has far more important issues right in front of us to be wasting money on this type of activity.

 
3804 05/01/2009 at 02:00:03 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.

 
3805 05/01/2009 at 02:00:15 PM Self     Science is outpacing the embryonic stem-cell debate. Despite attempting to put some constraints around embryonic stem-cell research, you are missing the point. The future of stem-cell research lies in iPS cells and adult stem cells. Dr. James Thompson, effectively the father of embryonic stem-cell research, has reinforced this in his comments (three of which are included below):

“Now with the new technique, which involves adding just four genes to ordinary skin cells, it will not be long before the stem cell wars are a distant memory. `A decade from now, this will just be a funny historical footnote.’” (The New York Times)

“While ducking ethical debate wasn’t the goal, (it is) probably the beginning of the end of the controversy over embryonic stem cells.” (Detroit Free Press)

“Speaking about this latest breakthrough, the induced cells do all the things embryonic cells do. It’s going to completely change the field.” (Medical News Today)

Why kill human embryos that, as you state "are no longer needed", when you don't need to at all? Is the government really in the position to judge whether or not a human embryo is no longer needed? Where does that lead? You can advance science and treatment options without crossing any ethical or moral boundaries. Yet you choose to open one more flap of Pandora's Box, and you are doing that with our money, against our will.

Needlessly.

Though the previous administration was accused of holding science back because of politics, you are wasting taxpayer money on "science" for equally political reasons.

We don’t see this as a “funny historical footnote.” We are profoundly disappointed and request that no funding be made available to kill human embryos, under any circumstances, especially for irrelevant “science.”

 
3806 05/01/2009 at 02:00:30 PM Self     In reference to the excerpt below...Why use embryonic stem cells when we KNOW that ADULT stem cells WORK without the destruction of human life? Put the money where we KNOW we can make a difference and NOT destroy human embryo's. Embryonic stem cells have NEVER provided good results AND can also replicate CANCER. Hello. Not the path we need to be going down.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 9, 2009, President Barack H. Obama issued Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells. The Executive Order states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law.

 
3807 05/01/2009 at 02:01:14 PM Self     We oppose the destruction of fertilized human embryos as tantamount to murder, believing that human life begins at conception. We would encourage the NIH to pursue the much more promising adult stem cell lines of research which have produced far greater results without broaching this moral issue.

Thanks and with respect,

 
3808 05/01/2009 at 02:01:37 PM Self     President Obama's executive order that overturned President Bush's policy opens the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I find it incomprhensible that our tax dollars would be used 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.

 
3809 05/01/2009 at 02:02:36 PM Self     What is the point of destroying life for human embryonic stem cells? The stem cells retrieved from adults have made an impact in the medical field. A friend's father recently received stem cells for his treatment.

 
3810 05/01/2009 at 02:02:48 PM Organization     To Whom It May Concern; I write in support of publically funded adult stem cell research. There is no viable reason to use embryonic cells of any kind as the acceptance of any use is a ruse for the furtherance of an agenda against any sanctity of human life. Adults can choose to let their cells of any kind be used. The embryo is forced to be used without consent. Use of a human body part without consent is a crime in any other sector of life in our society. This rule of use without consent should be prosecuted criminally not pursued by the very government that should protect. Sincerely,

 
3811 05/01/2009 at 02:02:50 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of 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. I have a strong moral opposition to deliberately fertilizing eggs so that the eggs may be destroyed for stem cell research...There are many other avenues that have been much more successful in stem cell research. So the argument that stem cell research cannot be accomplished without the use of fertilized eggs is specious at best. More than that, the Federal Govt has no business wasting taxpayer dollars in an area where it is clear to anyone capable of reading the Constitution that this effort is not one of the enumerated powers granted to the Federal Government. I strongly oppose taxpayer dollars going to this effort on moral grounds as well as fiscal and Constitutional grounds.

 
3812 05/01/2009 at 02:02:55 PM Self     Human embryonic stem cells should not be used for research. I do not approve of Presidents Obama's change of this policy and would like for you to maintain the Bush policy that has been place for quite a while. Killing human embrios is not a good thing and research can be done in other ways enough to help us find the results that we are looking for.

 
3813 05/01/2009 at 02:03:08 PM Self     I strongly oppose all use of Human Embryos for stem cell research. All life should be respected and we need to protect all Human life, no matter what stage.

 
3814 05/01/2009 at 02:03:40 PM Self     Please oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is inhumane. Thank you.

 
3815 05/01/2009 at 02:03:50 PM Self     Oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. There has been success with adult still cells thus avoiding the moral dilemma of tampering with embryonic life.

 
3816 05/01/2009 at 02:03:54 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.

 
3817 05/01/2009 at 02:03:55 PM Self     In his pre-election nationalized televised interview with Rick Warren, Barack Obama said “If in fact, adult stem cells are working just as well, that we would, should try to avoid any kind of moral argument.”

A twelve year old understands what he is saying, if his words mean what President Obama intended them to convey.

It is clear to the objective listener that if ASCs are working, I will avoid pursuing, pushing or funding ESCs as they are clearly morally disquieting to the soul.

At present, ASCs already treat more than 70 serious diseases while ESCs treat none.

In light of his words, his commitment to us, and in view of the undisputed facts about ASCs working "just as well," it behooves the HHS to avoid the moral uncertainty of ESC and stop wasting money that may not improve on the use of ASCs.

Sincerely,

 
3818 05/01/2009 at 02:03:55 PM Self     Please do not use federal funds to support the human embryonic stem cell research. I do not believe this is right in God's eye and I do not think our tax dollars should be used for this purpose when so many Americans do not support it. Please do not ignore the public on this issue but stand up for our rights to have a say about it.

Many thanks for your consideration of the opinions of the tax payers.

 
3819 05/01/2009 at 02:03:56 PM Self     Please stop this lunacy. Do not allow 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. These guidelines send MY tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. This goes against everything I believe. I refuse to allow my tax dollars to be used for creating and destroying human embryos.

The American Eagle AND ITS EGGS are protected under our laws. When will we start protecting human embryos? Are eagles more important than embryos? I think not! One is created in the image of God and the other is not. Listen to the people you represent. We are trying to speak loudly and clearly. YOU HAVE BEEN PUT IN OFFICE TO REPRESENT US. PLEASE START DOING THIS! DO NOT ALLOW HUMAN EMBRYOS TO BE CREATED AND DESTROYED FOR SCIENCE'S SAKE. HUMAN LIFE HAS VALUE!

 
3820 05/01/2009 at 02:04:09 PM Self     The draft guidelines do not explicitly ensure that current lines, that are already being used in research, will be eligible for federal funding. I support that the final guidelines include a provision that allows for inclusion of current lines, already being use in very important research, if those lines were derived using the prevailing ethical practices at the time. Please support the promising research techniques that have potential, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer, IVF embroyos created for research purposes, and parthenogenesis, and have these techniques eligible for federal funding. I have Parkinson's Disease and feel like this research is part of the puzzle for a treatment/cure, but the current draft limits the reseach profoundly. Please modify guidelines.

 
3821 05/01/2009 at 02:04:19 PM Self     I AM ABSOLUTELY OPPOSED TO USING FEDERAL FUNDS FOR EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH. THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR THE EXPENDITURE, WHEN WE ALREADY KNOW THAT ADULT STEM CELLS, NOT EMBRYONIC, SHOW THE MOST PROMISE. I BELIEVE THIS RESEARCH IS MERELY A VEHICLE TO LEGITIMIZE ABORTIONS...AND WILL CAUSE MORE YOUNG WOMEN TO ABORT RATHER THAN USE CONTRACEPTION. WHO WILL PAY WHEN THESE WOMEN NEED PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING FOR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER FROM HAVING AN ABORTION? THIS CONGRESS IS EMBARRASSING TO AMERICA, AND TO THE WORLD. YOU WANT TO TAKE BABIES LIVES TO SAVE OLD PEOPLE. BRILLIANT!

 
3822 05/01/2009 at 02:04:56 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of embryonic stem cell research because it requires the killing of life in its early stages. Life should always be preserved. Each adult who is walking, talking, thinking and enjoying the pleasures of life once themselves went through that very same stage of life. Please don't usurp the power of God by deciding which embryos will be allowed to live and which will be dismissed to death.

 
3823 05/01/2009 at 02:05:06 PM Self     I oppose the use of taxpayer funds to create and destroy human embryos. I do not want to be forced to be a participant in a barbaric action.

 
3824 05/01/2009 at 02:05:08 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

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

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

 
3825 05/01/2009 at 02:05:10 PM Self     Please do not fund or continue any type of support for embrionic stem cell research. These embrios are children waiting to be placed in an environment where they have the opportunity to grow and develop.

 
3826 05/01/2009 at 02:05:38 PM Self     Today May 1, 2009, I petition to oppose and abolish the practice of human stell cell (where the human embryos are used for any experimental puprposes). I don't agree with this approach of finding solutions for diseases that kill life and neither promess something for the sick but is just an experiment. I speak up for the right and dignity of each embryo that is in need to be protected.

 
3827 05/01/2009 at 02:05:50 PM Self     Dear Sir or Madam:

The deliberate destruction of precious, irreplaceable human life for the purpose of scientific research is a violation of human rights. Embryonic stem cell research for the excuse of attempting to improve the quality of existing human life is not logical. Science already has other means of creating human stem cells--THAT option should be further explored. If we humans are intelligent, logical, scientific, and humane beings, we have the duty to explore more than one option. Murdering innocent lives in an attempt to save another AND forcing unwilling taxpayers with THEIR hard earned money is ludicrous. You do NOT have my support or permission to do this.

 
3828 05/01/2009 at 02:06:48 PM Self     I do not agree with the destruction of Human embryonic cells to research them.

This is a crime of humanity.

 
3829 05/01/2009 at 02:07:26 PM Self     I would like to comment on the pending NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. In the effor to "ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy", my opinion is that it is neither. I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for this type of research as it is only made possible by the destruction of human embryos. While I understand that the tissue itself is "not an embryo", the tiisue is obtained by destruction of an embryo.

"Long-standing Department of Health and Human Services regulations for Protection of Human Subjects" should negate this destruction... the embryo is human, not canine, feline, etc.

My opposition is also based on the research results themselves. I don't feel it is either "ethically responsible" or "scientifically worthy" to pour federal funds into (embryonic) research that has not really shown the promise of alternate (adult stem cell) research. Research using adult stem cells is already showing measurable success and should be additionally funded; while embryonic stem cell research shows no measurable positive disease-fighting success and the potential to be growing into the very cancers researchers claim to want to cure!

Thansk you for your consideration.

 
3830 05/01/2009 at 02:07:37 PM Self     the time to stop the needless killing of babies is NOW! please stop this act.

 
3831 05/01/2009 at 02:07:38 PM Self     This COUNTERFEIT president that now resides in the White House has NO conscience or statute of natural human morals, in order to respect the lives of other human beings. He is also WILLINGLY (on-purpose) blind to the fact that Adult Stem Cells have treated MANY diseases SUCCESSFULLY, whereas, the murder of human life in the embryonic stage of development has had ABSOLUTELY NO positive results - ZERO - NADA - is anybody hearing this??? This habitual LIAR that is currently living off of MY TAX DOLLARS, has professed himself to be wise, only to confirm the fact that he is a FOOL! STOP WASTING OUR TAX DOLLARS!!!! LESS GOVERNMENT!!!! MORE FREE ENTERPRISE!!!!

 
3832 05/01/2009 at 02:07:56 PM Self     Adult Stem cells are excellent. Embryonic stem cells cause more problems and kill according to the New England Journal of Medicine. It is ridiculous to even consider using embryonic stem cells they are deadlly.

 
3833 05/01/2009 at 02:08:39 PM Self     Yes, I oppose stem cell research.

 
3834 05/01/2009 at 02:08:54 PM Self     I oppose federal funds being used for human embryonic stem cell research.

As concerned citizens,

 
3835 05/01/2009 at 02:08:56 PM Self     Please stop using tax dollars for Embryonic Stem Cells which, after 25 years of research, have been proven of no use & instead, divert those funds to furthering the use of Adult Stem Cells which already can be used in the treatment of over 70 diseases.

 
3836 05/01/2009 at 02:09:07 PM Self     I oppose federal funds being used for stem cell research.

 
3837 05/01/2009 at 02:09:11 PM Self     I believe the draft guidelines posted by NIH to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells uses tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I am opposed to the use of taxpayer money for such experimentation, which is morally reprehensible. If such experimentation is allowed by law, let it be done by private practice and resources, not subsidized by taxpayers who oppose such action on the grounds of conscience.

 
3838 05/01/2009 at 02:09:26 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to the lifting of restrictions on taxpayer funding of research that involves embryo-killing. As a society, I believe that we need to abide by strict ethical standards when it comes to science, and experiments which involve the death of human embryos crosses the line. As a taxpayer, I strongly object to my tax money going to such immoral research. Instead, I would like tax money to be spent on ethical adult stem cell research, which does not involve embryo-killing and is far more likely to yield successful therapies.

 
3839 05/01/2009 at 02:09:33 PM Self     I am an American Citizen and as such I believe that our founding fathers addressed this issue in both The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. I would refer you to the second paragraph found in the Declaration of Independence as stated below. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.? That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,…” What I would draw your attention to is the part that says we are all created equal and that among certain unalienable Rights we are granted Life. By creating embryos and then destroying them you are running afoul of our constitution and the Creator that created us. After reading our Constitution what right does anyone have to take away someone’s life? I am not a constitutional scholar but I do believe that Amendment XIV Ratified July 9, 1868 addresses this situation in Section 1. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” I bring this section to your attention because it says that the State shall not deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. I don’t see any due process of law used here to kill the embryos. How can an embryo be killed without due process? It would appear that embryos are not provided equal protection. After reading my comments and others that agree with me, I would suggest that you go back to our law makers and bring the matter up with them. I certainly do not feel that I have a real voice in this matter because of the way our Constitution has been violated time and time again over the years.

 
3840 05/01/2009 at 02:09:39 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.

 
3841 05/01/2009 at 02:09:46 PM Self     We strongly oppose using our tax dollars for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. We oppose the NIH drafted guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. We do not agree with experimenting 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.

 
3842 05/01/2009 at 02:09:58 PM Self     Given that adult stem cell research has yielded far more benefit in actual treatment, and that there are better methods to get stem cells, it is madness to destroy human embryos for this work. This policy is creating a market for human embryos and pulling mindshare and funding away from these better methods. This policy should be abandoned.

 
3843 05/01/2009 at 02:10:02 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of taxpayers money for research on embryonic stem cells. To date there are no reasons to continue this immoral practice as useful benefits have been provided by adult stem cells. It's a shame that the government has declared unused IVF cells to be "no longer needed for that purpose." Perhaps the government has not heard of nor chooses to acknowledge these unused IVF cells are adopted by people and BECOME people. This is a clear indictment of the government's inability to choose life when given the responsibility. An Executive order does not make something immoral, moral, no matter how many people agree with it.

 
3844 05/01/2009 at 02:10:04 PM Self     We are opposed to using federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. In essence, it is OUR tax dollars that are being used to fund this and we strongly object to the killing of these fetuses instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos.

Thank you.

 
3845 05/01/2009 at 02:10:06 PM Self     We oppose the use of Federal Funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is inhumane and we don't want our tax dollars supporting it.

 
3846 05/01/2009 at 02:10:13 PM Self     The inherent problem in in vitro fertilization is the large numbers of embryos that are not used or otherwise discarded. If we are going to take it upon ourselves to create embryos, effectively creating life, then it would be a travesty to let what we created go to waste. While we have to destroy embryos to create a stem cell line, no new embryos have to be destroyed to work with existing stem cell lines. Stem cell research offers the chance to treat many diseases such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, burns and spinal cord injuries. Not using the embryos that would be discarded, that are already allowed to be created, that offer the chance to better and save lives, is an utter waste of scientific resources.

Therefore, funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization for reproductive purposes and are no longer needed for that purpose should be allowed, and I, as a US citizen support the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.

 
3847 05/01/2009 at 02:10:19 PM Self     Dear NIH, Please do not use my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I am not in agreement with this. And to date there is no valid research to show that anything positive or of scientific value has resulted from this human embryonic stem cell research!!! What a waste of life, money, time, energy, reseach, and talent!!!

 
3848 05/01/2009 at 02:10:31 PM Self     I emphatically oppose the comments in the draft by the NIH regarding Human Stem Cell Guidelines. While it states that "Perhaps the most important potential use of human embryonic stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies" it completely ignores the fact that the only successes with stem cell research have been with ADULT & CORD BLOOD stem cells, NOT embryonic. I reject, as an American taxpayer, having my money fund a program that does not have any proof of scientific success. I also would say that as an American, with the freedom of speech, and the freedom of beliefs, have the right to determine whether I want my tax money funding the killing of human embryos. It goes against my ethical beliefs, and I feel that it is akin to manslaughter and/or murder, which last I checked, is illegal in this country. The NIH, and the White House, should not be allowed to make decisions related to both moral and ethical dilemmas that contradict the beliefs of the citizens in their country. The NIH is supposed to support ethical and useful research, since embryonic stem cell research has been proven ineffective compared to Adult Stem Cell & Cord Blood Stem Cells, I feel it is illogical for the NIH to support President Obama's ruling from the standpoint of useful science. It is also unethical to use an embryo that could become an infant, if allowed, for science-especially when that science is flawed. Funding should be given to adult stem cell research & cord blood research, but not embryonic-and I will heartily oppose any measures to the contrary.

 
3849 05/01/2009 at 02:10:31 PM Self     I'm distressed and disturbed to hear the direction that stem cell research is going. I'm appalled and dismayed that my tax dollars are going to such grisly use. Please STOP the direction of this legislation! Adult stem cells work fine! Don't kill more babies to use for experimentation!!

 
3850 05/01/2009 at 02:10:36 PM Self     On April 23,2009 the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines were announced. In response to these Guidelines, my comments follow:

I believe strongly that it is wrong to experiment on Embryo stem cells. The result is death to the Embryo. There have been no advancements in this research so far. And yet there have been many breakthrough advancements with Adult stem cells.

Please put research dollars into the research of Adult stem cells.

 
3851 05/01/2009 at 02:10:43 PM Self     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.

I strongly disagree with the presidents decision. This will only make matters worse, with more killing of human embryos. Can't you find anything better to use our tax dollars for, besides murder?

 
3852 05/01/2009 at 02:10:49 PM Organization The Association of Politically Active Christians   The Association of Politically Active Christians is opposed to the draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. The Guidelines promote research on "leftover" human embryos. As embryos are living human beings, there can be no such thing as a "leftover" human embryo. The Guidelines should be revised in a manner that promotes embryo adoption as the only ethical and responsible course of action for embryos whose parents no longer intend to implant them into the wombs of their respective mothers.

 
3853 05/01/2009 at 02:10:51 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.

 
3854 05/01/2009 at 02:11:03 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.

 
3855 05/01/2009 at 02:11:05 PM Self     I am opposed to increased use of embryonic stem cell lines for experimentaion. There has been very successful developement of treatment from adult stem cells. These adult stem cells have been transformed into cells that are as flexable as embryonic stem cells without the danger of increased risk of malignancy. If there is addtional use of embryonic stem cells I fear that the advances and potential advances in the use of adult stem cells will be over looked and neglected.

 
3856 05/01/2009 at 02:11:22 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's limited policy and opened the door for additional government funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). This creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I am opposed to my tax dollars being used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are left from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. The government does not disallow private funding of stem cell research. However, it is unethical to use government funding for this.

 
3857 05/01/2009 at 02:11:36 PM Self     Using embryonic stem cells for research purposes is ethically, morally, and medically wrong and corrupt!

1.) Ethically Wrong: To do experiments that destroy human life is ALWAYS ethically wrong! The excuse or rational that these experiments "someday," or "possibly" may offer cures is not only ethically corrupt, but is similar to what the Natzi's said and did to rationalize their horrendous and barberic "medical experiments" during WW II!

2.)Medically Wrong: The overwhelming medical, scientific, and personal history evidence is that ADULT stem cells are the ones that have brought help and healing to people with disease, not embryonic stem cells! Since ADULT stem cells have been proven effective and do not involve the taking of human life, ADULT stem cell research should be supported, not embryonic stem cell research!

3.) Morally Wrong: Embryonic stem cell research destroys and takes the life of another human life! To "kill/take" human life to "experiment" is dreadfully wrong and goes against the moral fiber and foundation that our nation was founded upon!

In addition, with so many in our nation desperately waiting to adopt a baby, the embryonic stem cell research draft guidelines would require the destruction of human embryos, rather than making them available for adoption! How tragic!

 
3858 05/01/2009 at 02:11:51 PM Self     Embrionic stem cell research is uncalled for and out of sync with the wants and desires of the American people. This research should not be funded or carried out.

 
3859 05/01/2009 at 02:12:08 PM Self     This procedure, embryonic stem cells, have not proven to be helpful in any way; in cure or therapy. The opposite has actually been the result of these proceedures - including cancer. There is much promising research in adult stem cells. As the adult stem cell therapy is actually working, (bone marrow transplant is one example) and shows the most promise, there seems to be no need to waste tax payer dollars - especially when there is a definite moral and ethical dilema in using these cells. My tax dollars should not be spent in the promotion of killing, especially defenseless unborn children.

 
3860 05/01/2009 at 02:12:12 PM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to fund research using fertilized human embryos. This topic is extremely controversial, with many agreeing with me that it is unethical (especially because more promising, uncontroversial alternatives exist in adult stem cells).

*****, MD

 
3861 05/01/2009 at 02:12:44 PM       I would rather promote adoption of embryos rather than use them for experimentation purposes. Adult stem cells are more promising and do not have moral issues attached like that from embryos.

 
3862 05/01/2009 at 02:12:50 PM Self     I strongly oppose embryonic stem cell research for a very fundamental reason - that all human life is sacred whether it be in adult form or cell form. In either case, it is human. Whether these cells would've been discarded is irrelevant. Greater advances and success in stem cell research has come from adult stem cells making embryonic stem cell research unnecessary.

 
3863 05/01/2009 at 02:13:20 PM Self     Please consider the following comments when setting up guidelines according to Pres. Obama's policy signing. If no guidelines are set up, there will be no destruction of Human Embryos. Please do not go through with the Gov. funding of "Human embryonic stem cell research and destruction. Stem cells can be obtained from other sources and the use of these sources has proven to be successful. There is no need to destroy a Human Life. A better use would be to let a husband and wife adopt them when they themselves are unable to produce their own. May God have mercy on all who seek to destroy Human Life before or after birth!!!!!!!!!! I don't know where Pres. Obama got the idea to put this policy into effect. May God also have mercy on him and his family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

***** Religion-Catholic

 
3864 05/01/2009 at 02:13:42 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.

 
3865 05/01/2009 at 02:14:18 PM Self     Why do you insist upon chasing the tailless dog of a procedure that in 25 years has shown NO cures or progress? The ADULT stem cell therapies are helping and curing patients daily. Next I suppose that you will want to fund ships to search for the edges of the flat earth.

 
3866 05/01/2009 at 02:14:23 PM Self     In regard to the NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research, I believe it is best not to fund any research where human embryos are accepted as donations.

 
3867 05/01/2009 at 02:14:26 PM Self     I truly would like to see the government stop sticking their noses where it doesn't belong. Federal funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research is wrong on many levels.

First, the free market should determine whether or not there is merit in this technology. To date, many (I believe it's over 100) research breakthroughs have occurred using adult stem cells and ZERO advancements have occurred for embryo-based research. The markets will drive us in the direction of the best solutions, and we do not need government involvement.

Second, the government should not be trampling upon moral ground by declaring what is or is not moral. Indeed, if the government pushes embryonic stem cell research, then the government is essentially imposing a state religion (i.e., the religion and culture of death), which opposes the traditions of this country and the beliefs of most of its citizens. The constitution expressly forbids the government for imposing such beliefs. Of course, if the government followed my first point (i.e., keeping its nose out of the markets), then the government would not be involved and the moral issues would be avoided.

Bottom line, we need a government that gets back to the business of protecting and coordinating a collection of free states. Lately, the government has been on an enormous "power grab" and that is scaring a lot of citizens like me.

Sincerely,

 
3868 05/01/2009 at 02:14:38 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research offers great hope and promise for curing many diseases. As part of the Parkinson's community, it is important that this research be conducted thoroughly and as soon as possible.

 
3869 05/01/2009 at 02:14:40 PM Self     please honor life

 
3870 05/01/2009 at 02:14:48 PM Self     I oppose federal funding of research on human embryos from any source.

 
3871 05/01/2009 at 02:14:51 PM Self     I only have a very few comments. It's obvious that there are benefits for adult stem cells, but none for embryonic stem cells, and adult stem cells do not take a life. Many of the people of the USA are Christians and practice what the Bible says. So, as much as I continue to pray for our nation, these kind of decisions go against what God wants from humans, and therefore negate my prayers. Unfortunately, man believes he can continue to do things that go against God's direction and still be blessed. God expects us to make good choices, not choices to benefit others profits which is what embryonic stem cell research will do. God doesn't change, so we will be punished, and my family will need feel the punishment because we are citizens of this country and have loved the good things this country has been given and also has given to others. But since God does not change, embryonic stem cell research (which supports more abortions, more profit for those involved) will cost our country dearly. You may think I'm some wacko, but really I'm only someone trying to live as God expects us to live. Discouraged, YES, but I will contine to pray and hope God moves on those making these wrong decisions and they change to listening to God.

 
3872 05/01/2009 at 02:15:03 PM Self     My family and I OPPOSE the use of federal funding,our tax dollars,for research on "HUMAN" embryonic stem cells. Science should look further for alternatives and end the assault on HUMAN LIFE.

 
3873 05/01/2009 at 02:15:19 PM Self     I strongly object to the funding of embryonic stem cell research with my tax dollars. Our tax dollars should only be spent on non-controversial needs. It is unfair to force those of us who have strong moral convictions to pay for something we do not support. All this imposter of a "president" is succeeding in doing so far is dividing the nation and encouraging the persecution of faithful christians.

 
3874 05/01/2009 at 02:15:54 PM Self     Why waste money and upset the majority of the U.S. population with funding embroynic stem cell research? The only promise is in adult stem cell research. Over 70 diseases are currently being treated with adult stem cells. There is no promise in embroynic stem cell research; so leave it alone. Put the funding where it belongs; in adult stem cell research/treatment. There is no moral problem in using adult stem cells. This is a common sense answer, but apparently only for those of us that are gifted with common sense.

 
3875 05/01/2009 at 02:16:04 PM Self     This is a prudent step forward that balances difficult trade-offs fairly and honestly.

 
3876 05/01/2009 at 02:16:42 PM Self     I am opposed to using federal funds (my tax payer dollars) to destroy embryomic stems (human life). Who is the government to determine that one life is more important than another life?

 
3877 05/01/2009 at 02:16:50 PM Self     I opose the use of embryonic stem cells research. Science has proven that adult stem cells are far more productive than embryonic. Why do we keep on insisting on ending new life when it doesn't work?

 
3878 05/01/2009 at 02:16:57 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines.

Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes.

We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

 
3879 05/01/2009 at 02:17:15 PM Self     There has always been great controversy regarding this subject and the moment that a fertilized egg becomes a living being. When now I know there are ways to create the same chemicals and treatments without using the embryo. I firmly believe that we are doing no less than the soviet camps that used people as ginny pigs in the early 1900's to test drugs and treatments for illnesses. There must be a way that my tax dollars are not spent to kill an unborn life.

 
3880 05/01/2009 at 02:17:25 PM Self     I am AGAINST using invitro fertilization embryos to get stem cells for research!!! I am AGAINST using my tax dollars to fund this!!! THIS IS SO WRONG!!! NIH should be promoting the ADOPTION of these embryos, not their DESTRUCTION!!! There are so many couples who want children but are unable to have their own. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULD BE HELPED! We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our government was instituted to secure these rights...not to pick and choose which ones to be met...and derives its powers from the consent of the governed. Well, you DO NOT HAVE MY CONSENT!!!

 
3881 05/01/2009 at 02:17:40 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. To learn more about human embryonic stem cell research, please visit the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research at www.camradvocacy.org.

 
3882 05/01/2009 at 02:18:00 PM Self     Put the money where there has been demonstrable results. Don't let embryonic stem cell research draw valuable resources away from other stem cell research that is already producing treatments and cures.

 
3883 05/01/2009 at 02:18:01 PM Self     Please do not allow public funding of embryonic stem cell research. It is wrong to use the public's money to pay for research that is extremely controversial, and for which a good portion of the population has grave concerns about. You are soliciting input so that NIH funded research conforms to strict guidelines to be sure that research is ethically responsible, and scientifically worthy. Embryonic Stem Cell research is NEVER scientifically worthy or ethically responsible, as it has never generated any positive results, and we have destroyed potential human life in the process. The great hope lies in adult stem cell research, as that is where we have seen great advances, and I propose that the funds slated for ESC research be redirected to ASC research instead.

 
3884 05/01/2009 at 02:18:22 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) is so outdated that I can't understand why this is even an issue anymore. Major advances have been made using stem cells from adults and umbilical cord cells making embryonic cell use outdated technology. My view is that embryos are life - in suspension perhaps - but life. Using these is as repulsive as "any term" abortion. I highly resent my tax dollars being used in this way. It is simply murder.

 
3885 05/01/2009 at 02:18:33 PM Self     It is my understanding that 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. As you are well aware the NIH guidelines open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. This guideline will allow 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. As a citizen who provides funds to you from my taxes, I am opposed to the destruction of life in general and am opposed to the destruction (i.e. death) of supposed "leftover" stem cells from in vitro fertilization. Please continue the policy that was instituted by the Bush administration which did not allow the destruction/death of these stem cells.

 
3886 05/01/2009 at 02:18:36 PM Self     As an American family we strongly oppose any Human Stem Cell research & would plead with you to reconsider any testing on Human Stem Cells.

Sincerely, *****, M.S.

 
3887 05/01/2009 at 02:18:59 PM Self     We oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to fund research on embryonic stem cells. Thus far, research has clearly demonstrated that adult stem cells have the potential for many cures but nothing of the sort has been demonstrated from embryonic stem cells. We are strongly pro-life and are opposed to the destruction of human life at any stage of existence.

Thank you,

 
3888 05/01/2009 at 02:19:05 PM Self     We do not need to use embryonic stem cells when adult stem cells actually work!!!!!

 
3889 05/01/2009 at 02:19:19 PM Self     We do not support this and do not want our tax dollars funding Stem Cell Research.

 
3890 05/01/2009 at 02:20:10 PM Self     These nguidelines are out of order in the fact that as a citizen of the USA, I have the right for representation of my tax dollars, I cannot agree with and strongly protest that my hard earned dolars are being spent on murder. It has been proven many times scientifically in the past three years that there are other and more productive and less expensive sources of stem cell. This is such a sad adn outrageous movce by our so called leaders of this country.

 
3891 05/01/2009 at 02:20:13 PM Self     We oppose any research on embryonic stem cells. We are in favor of research on adult stem cells which has achieved many cures. To date there have been no cures from embryonic stem cell research. Research on embryonic stem cells creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos in order to retrieve their stem cells. This is human slavery at its worst. The only thing that tops this is the dismemberment of human fetuses during abortion. These children are being punished and for what reason? Does the end justify the means? Humans are human from conception. Science has long ago established this. Human life should be protected, not bought and sold for thirty pieces of silver.

A suggestion: why not limit the number of embryos created by doctors to be used during in vitro fertilization. Then encourage adoption of the leftover embryos. Why not protect the innocents who cannot speak for themselves.

 
3892 05/01/2009 at 02:20:31 PM Self     I always welcome the advances we get from science when the research is done responsibly and care is taken to ensure the dignity and sanctity of life in all stages of development. For this reason I would urge the scientific community to continue to move forward with research on adult stem cells. Adult stem cells have already proved to be helpful. Embryonic stem cells have yet to be proven as useful. However, even if they were to be found usefuly, it is not our right to use others or body parts of others at the expense of others. The use of embryonic stem cells necessitates the life of the embryo - a very young developing human life, but a human life nevertheless. This is as wrong as taken a heart from a living human being who will then die and giving it to another. As a society we have acted irresponsibly in the past and still do in many ways. Please show the moral courage and respect for life that all of us in planet earth need to show not just to survive, but to thrive. Thank You!

 
3893 05/01/2009 at 02:20:42 PM       I strictly oppose the funding of or use of embryonic stem cells in any research. This is my money you are wasting and I do not approve. It is also murder. Please take this to heart and listen.

Thank you.

 
3894 05/01/2009 at 02:20:48 PM Self     Please put back in place the Bush stem cell regulations.

 
3895 05/01/2009 at 02:21:13 PM Self     Our Prseident is in favor of killing[abortion] humans [ babies] This immoral to the nth degree. Next it will be doing away with us useless senior citizens. Where is the end of all this. Another halocost as it was in Germany???

 
3896 05/01/2009 at 02:21:14 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research has not accomplished anything other than to grow tumors, while adult stem cell research has actually helped people. Embryonic stem cell research is controversial, while adult stem cell research is not. Embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of human life, while adult stem cell research does not. I am completely opposed to the use of public funds for embryonic stem cell research which is ineffectual, controversial, and barbarous.

 



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