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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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4297 05/01/2009 at 03:32:11 PM Self     I strongly disagree with you overturning President Bush's policy on embryonic stem cell research. To a policy that makes incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Instead of promoting adoption it promotes death. So disappointed that you seem to have no regard for the unborn child.

 
4298 05/01/2009 at 03:33:08 PM Self     Human embryos are human beings in their young embryonic stage of life. All of us were at one time human embryos. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THESE YOUNG HUMAN LIVES TO BE KILLED FOR ANY REASON, inlcuding harvesting stem cells for research of any of reason!

If you want to add federal funds for research - use it for adult stem cell research. You certainly must be aware of all of the advances with adult stem cells - NOT EMBRYONIC ONES!

 
4299 05/01/2009 at 03:33:08 PM Self     Please do not consider degrading human life by the utilization of embryonic stem cells. This degradation has its roots in Nazi Germany.

 
4300 05/01/2009 at 03:33:14 PM Self     Research on human embryonic stem cell has already been shown to be useless. Embryonic stem cells have cured not even one disease. Only adult stem cells have been successful. I do not want my tax dollars used to kill embryos through further failed experiments. Rather, I call upon you to promote the adoption of these human embryos.

 
4301 05/01/2009 at 03:33:34 PM Self     research that involves embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos is WRONG, EVIL AND BAD

NO BAD, DO NOT DO THIS

 
4302 05/01/2009 at 03:33:36 PM Self     I oppose the research on embryonic step cells. This research has already proven not to be effective and adult stem cells are healing people already without the destruction of a human life.

 
4303 05/01/2009 at 03:33:53 PM Self     I appose the use of tax money to kill human embryo's for stem cell research. There has been great success with adult stem cells. In fact all the studies indicate that there has not been any promisng results from embryonic stem cell research. Why should we waste our resources with embryonic stem cells when there has been so much success with adult stem cells. Why should we pay to kill human enbryo's because scientist don't want restrictions of any kind on what they research. I for one do not want my money going to kill human embryo's. It would be in the best interest of everyone if we continue with the progress made on adult stem cells...there has already been great strides made with juvenile diabetes, spinal cord injuries and more. I would like to see my tax money continue to support the research of adult stem cells.

 
4304 05/01/2009 at 03:33:54 PM Self     I am not in favor of conducting research with embryonic stem cells. There is no need to feed the appetite of those who wish for the sacrifice of innocent human lives. Adult stem cells work much better.

 
4305 05/01/2009 at 03:33:59 PM Self     This is a crime against humanity. Cells are precious from the moment they are created. We are made in God's likeness from those same cells thus you are destroying something God has created and for which He had a purpose for its life.

 
4306 05/01/2009 at 03:34:06 PM Self     We strongly oppose the proposed embryonic stem cell research plan, and submit that we seriously object to OUR tax dollars being used to support the death of these preborn children. We don't believe in killing human embryos to harvest their cells.

With concern for our children and prayer for those who would foster this barbaric action,

 
4307 05/01/2009 at 03:34:15 PM Self     I oppose these guidelines. I believe, as do many Americans, that human life begins at conception. Using these embryonic stem cells from human embryos derived from IVF will cause the needless death of the embryos.

 
4308 05/01/2009 at 03:34:15 PM Self     Since the 22 lines of embryonic stem cells have not produced any favorable use, and adult stem cells have 70 or more medical uses, I am opposed to the further testing of embryonic stem cells. I feel that this isn't necessarilly about finding cures, but more about receiving funding for research. At the very least, if no use for has been found for embryonic stem cell research within a specified period of time, it should be abandoned & prohibited.

Sincerely,

 
4309 05/01/2009 at 03:34:49 PM Self     Taxpayers money shuld be spent on a sure thing. there are over 70 diseases treatable with adult stem cells. With over 25 years of research with embryonic stems cells there are no diseases treatable with embroyonic stem cells. The venture capitalists invest in adult stem cell research not embryonic because they want results and a return on their investment. Don't waste taxpayers money on a lost cause and don't destroy human life to do it. I truly see this administration as pro death.

 
4310 05/01/2009 at 03:34:56 PM Self     It is appalling to me that my tax dollars are being used to fund the creation of life in order to destroy it. A life has begun at conception. If that life is cut short so callously (in the name of 'science'), we should be very concerned about how the Creator feels about it. Judgment will be poured out on those who harm His children. God have mercy on our country.

 
4311 05/01/2009 at 03:35:04 PM Self     I recognize that celebrities or famous people in the public eye, such as Michael J. Fox, for example, have often spoken publicly about the need for embryonic stem cell research.

These well-known ladies and Gentlemen have been articulate and occassionally even emotionally moving in their very passionate appeals. This does not mean that I have ever bought their arguments.

I am a thirty-four year old man. For the last thirty-four years - my entire life, in other words - I have been living with a connective tissue disorder, known clinically as Osteogenesis Imperfecta (O.I.)

I have a wonderful mother, who happens to agree with me on this contriversial medical issue, a father, who loves me unconditionally, a great personal care assistant, and an awesome sister and brother-in-law + an adorable nephew. I am blessed beyond what could have imagined at birth, and thanks to the aforementioned heroes, my life is currently not that bad.

I cannot say that, despite the very best efforts of those who love me, that it has always been that way. In fact, it has not.

The other truth that you would find out anyway, if you really got to know me well, is that I am pro-life!!!

For this reason, and no other, I would have to believe that the use of embryonic stem cells were the one and only way to discover cures for currently incureable diseases. I would have to believe that Mr. Fox's very well-meaning suggestion was the sole way that these brakethroughs could occur.

I do not believe either of these claims.

I believe that the responsible procurement of adult stem cells, of which there are definitely enough, will serve everyone's needs just fine.

To think, we can meet all the needs and we don't even have to sacrifice unborn children to do so.

Perfect!

 
4312 05/01/2009 at 03:35:08 PM Self     I HAVE PARKINSONS DISEASE WITH DYSTONIA OF THE FEET. PLEASE , HELP OUR SCIENTIST FIND A CURE.

 
4313 05/01/2009 at 03:35:20 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells derive from the living bodies of human embryos. The embryos are killed by the process; thus this type of research involves the wrongful destruction of innocent, developing life. Human dignity can never benefit from this kind of lethal exploitation. To destroy human embryos for research purposes implies that some lives have more value than others, and that we may sacrifice some lives today so that future generations will benefit. This kind of reasoning is inherently dangerous. Respect for all human life – including human embryos – should guide all scientific research involving human subjects, as well as the legislative and executive branches of government that decide the funding of medical research.

 
4314 05/01/2009 at 03:35:25 PM Self     We are strongly opposed to our taxes being used to harvest embryonic stem cells. There has not been a single case proven to have helped solve any disease with embryonic stem cells, whereas adult stem cells have had overwhelming successes. You will be taking a human life...this is an abomination!

 
4315 05/01/2009 at 03:35:26 PM Self     Dear National Institutes of Health,

I am writing this letter to voice my complete opposition to the practice and use of my tax dollars in the research of human embryonic stem cells. Through simple study of human embryonic stem cell research and its benefits to mankind, there are currently no benefits or cures that have come from embryonic stem cells. However, what has been beneficial is the research into Adult stem cells which is not only ethically sound but the cells can also be found in multiple locations in the human body and (with further research) may have properties to be able to regenerate themselves (adult stem cells). On record there are 73 cures from Adult stem cells that are benefiting mankind. Embryonic stem cells have none. Please, I implore you, to stop funding an unethically sound and dead, embryonic stem cell, project. Instead look to where the benefits are coming from and invest in research for Adult stem cells. Thank you for your time.

 
4316 05/01/2009 at 03:35:31 PM Self     It is my understanding that what these guidelines do is send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

Why would our government allow the destruction of embryos that could be donated for adoption to couples that are unable to conceive naturally and cannot afford expensive alternatives? Our government should be helping it's citizens, not destroying life!

 
4317 05/01/2009 at 03:35:37 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embroyonic stem cells.

 
4318 05/01/2009 at 03:35:46 PM Self     We oppose use of federal funds for research human embryonic stem cells. We do encourage adoption for the fertilized embryos left over from in vitro fertilization.

 
4319 05/01/2009 at 03:36:00 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) which creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I do not want to send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I would rather promote the adoption of these human embryos; the draft guidelines would require their death. Adult stem cells have proven to be effective. Use them in research.

 
4320 05/01/2009 at 03:36:07 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars going to fund something that specifically requires "death" of an embryo. This is morally wrong!

 
4321 05/01/2009 at 03:36:26 PM Self     I am against the use of my tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research (ESCR)that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I am against this research because it destroys life.

There have been very promising stem cell research from adult stem cells and new born navel cord stem cells. I request the consideration be made for funding in this area.

Please DO NOT allow the research on embryonic stem cell research be funded by Federal money.

Sincerely,

 
4322 05/01/2009 at 03:36:36 PM Self     I have a cancer called "Multiple Meyloma". If it weren't for my stem cell transplant,I may not be here to type this note... The informatoin going out to the public is so far off and twisted that no one knows the real truth of what is going on with this medical reserch.. So I will leave it at that and not get on a soap box rant. Thank you !!!

 
4323 05/01/2009 at 03:36:43 PM Self     Government funding for embryonic stem cell research should not be used. Adult stem cell research has far outpaced any advances in embryonic cells and does not present any ethical controversy. If the purpose is truly to develop new cures, funds should be used to further fund promising technology: Adult Stem Cell research.

 
4324 05/01/2009 at 03:36:47 PM Self     Mr President and congress,this is to inform you we are totally opposed to using federal funding for research on human embryos.

 
4325 05/01/2009 at 03:36:58 PM Self     It is a scientific fact that there have been no benificial results from using stem cells from human embryos. In fact embyonic stem cell use has actually caused more medical problems and left the victims of this embyonic stem cell research with dashed hopes and in worse condition than before they were 'experimented on'.

Yet, there have been many beneficial advances in medicine with adult stem cell research.

There is no LOGICAL reason to allow continued use of embryonic stem cell researh when adult stem cell research is providing success with hope of healing for millions of humans.

The only reason to continue to do embyonic stem cell reseach is either for the sole purpose of gaining federal funds or for purposes other than ethical healing of humans.

Therefore, I ask that human embyonic stem cell research funding from my tax dollars not be allowed. I do not want to hurt more people and I do not want to contribute to the mutilation of tiny humans for any reason. Nor do I want my tax dollars to be used for murdering human beings, because in any culture that is unethical.

 
4326 05/01/2009 at 03:37:35 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of taxpayer money to be used for the destruction of human embryos. It is unethical to destroy a human embryo which could be adopted/implanted/carried by a women for a couple who wants a child. There have been no significant break-throughs with embryonic stem cell research however, there is great promise with the use of adult stem cells. Please fund research using adult stem cells which does not destroy a human embryo. History is full of examples where humans experimented on other humans because they did NOT consider them people, i.e, the Nazi's experimented on the Jews in the concentration camps and Black men were denied Penicillin to treat syphillis in the south....all for the "good of mankind!" Let us not make the same mistake--Killing a human embryo for the use of experimentation--is unethical.

sincerely,

 
4327 05/01/2009 at 03:37:38 PM Self     I opposed the overturning of the stem cell research to be paid for by the taxpayers. I also oppose using a fetus cells for research. I believe former President Bush's guidelines for research fit into my Christian belief more than the guidelines that President Obamha is proposing. I am speaking for the children that will be murdered in this process. Listen to the American people that are crying out for the unborn children.

 
4328 05/01/2009 at 03:37:46 PM Self     Since there has been no evidence that embryonic stem cell research is successful, why do we continue to waste tax payer money for this unethical practice? Adult stem cell research has had great success and does not require the killing of a human life. How can it be claimed that this group of people are ethically responsible when they endorse the killing of life? Each of you will be held accountable when you stand before God and try to explain your actions. Stop this barbaric practice and listen to your conscience, not a President who has no regard for the sanctity of life.

 
4329 05/01/2009 at 03:38:12 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.

 
4330 05/01/2009 at 03:38:18 PM Self     I think Embryonic Stem Cell Research is wrong I think it is immoral and destroys life. why can't we use Adult Stem Cells we are going against what our forefathers would have wanted

 
4331 05/01/2009 at 03:38:20 PM Self     I am in favor of federally funded human embryonic stem cell research. I think that any medical advancements that come as a result of this research should be clearly stated; this way anyone who opposes this work may then have the opportunity to reject any help derived from it.

 
4332 05/01/2009 at 03:38:22 PM Self     If you ask someone when life begins, you get different answers. This me to believe they really do not know and are just guessing. Life begins with the embryo. It's a slippery slope when you start messing with when life begins. Stem cell research can be done in other ways. Besides, if not you still do not take apart a life for some research. I strongly advocate that we do not use embryos for research.

 
4333 05/01/2009 at 03:38:52 PM Self     Please be very careful on this decision because interpretation between authorizatin to do stem cell research may mean to one, death to an individual is eminent and therefore, let us just let that person 'pass on' in order to get the needed produce for stem cell research or let's jump on the band wagon of abortion to get that fluid for stem cell research. Life for all is as important as life to do research for. It's one thing to use it from a body that has deceased for natural causes without encouragement or assistance but who is going to monitor that - the government again. Example: If your mother were near death and you found out that someone interpreted that if she went ahead and 'passed on' then we can get what we need for stem cell research. That is one way some people would interpret that concept.

 
4334 05/01/2009 at 03:38:54 PM Self     We believe this legislation is terrible. After we had come so far toward protecting embryonic life under the Bush administration, we have now again seen "CHANGE." I agree that CHANGE can be a good thing and CHANGE was needed; however, movement toward a completely immoral, socialist society in which the most innocent and delicate lives are not protected is not the CHANGE we should want. I knew going into President Obama's four-year term that I would disagree with most of his ideas of CHANGE and I have to say that at this point in time, I have never been less proud to be an American.

We hear of babies being killed in other countries as a form of population control and we are generally appalled by this idea; however, we have no problem with killing babies in order to do "research."

The most heart-breaking part of this is that most of the same forms of research can be done with harvested cord blood and stem cells that do not need to be obtained from embryos themselves.

America--it's time to turn our eyes upon Jesus. Life begins at conception. Psalm 106:34-43 "Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land, as the Lord had told them to. But they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs. They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood. They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves. Therefore the Lord was angry with his people and abhorred his inheritance. He handed them over to the nations, and their foes ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power. Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin."

Wake up America! We should be able to smell the stench of our own sin by now--it's disgusting. Pray for President Obama and the rest of the government--pray that they will wake up and smell their sin and realize that calling themselves "Christian" is as true as Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" statement.

 
4335 05/01/2009 at 03:39:00 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research of human embryonic stem cells.

 
4336 05/01/2009 at 03:39:00 PM Self     Murder by any name is still murder...

 
4337 05/01/2009 at 03:39:26 PM Self     To whom it may concern, I do not support the use of embryonic stem cell research as proposed in the "NIH Stem Cell Guidelines" I quote:

II. Guidelines for Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Use in Research

A. The Executive Order: Executive Order 13505, Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells, states that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), through the Director of the NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law.

Nor do I ever want my tax dollars to support this barbarian practice. I am directly opposed to the abortion of human life at any stage and certainly opposed to then use that precious little life for a scientific experiment. I never thought I would see the day when human life was so reduced to a mere approval of a bill or a sign off on paper. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for corrupting God's creation so. Sinserly, *****, PA.

 
4338 05/01/2009 at 03:40:06 PM Self     It is wrong to send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, you're trying to kill the embryos - i.e. you're commiting "MURDER"!

SO, PLEASE STOP USING OUR TAX DOLLARS TO DO STEM CELLS RESEARCH!

 
4339 05/01/2009 at 03:40:18 PM Self     We strongly oppose the use of embryonic stem cells for research purposes.

Thank you,

 
4340 05/01/2009 at 03:40:27 PM Self     Absolutely no need to use embryonic stem cells - adult stem cells are doing wonders. Trials with embryonic stem cells have been disastrous. Leave the embryonic stem cells for possible adoption. Such tests will do more harm than good. If companies still want to do them, they can use their own funds.

 
4341 05/01/2009 at 03:40:31 PM Self     Stem Cell Research can be accomplish without the use of unborn babies. This is proven to be true. How can you justify killing an unborn baby and using it to help save a life. Something is truly missing in the hearts of the supporters. God help us!

 
4342 05/01/2009 at 03:41:51 PM Self     There is no definitive proof that using embryonic stem cells can or will provide better results than adult stem cells. It is morally unethical to say the least. And as with the global warming hoax, many decide that the debate is over when they refuse to acknowledge the many who disagree and have proven them wrong. I don't care how many "celebrities", who falsely claim they "know" better, publicize and support it. That alone would make me think twice.

 
4343 05/01/2009 at 03:41:57 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for resarch on human embryonic stem cells. It kills a baby. That is murder.

 
4344 05/01/2009 at 03:41:59 PM Self     I disagree with spending my tax payer dollars to fund embronic stem cell research. I do not support killing human life to experiment on. No health improvements/innovations can be tracked back to embryonic stem cell research only adult stem cell research. Please do not spend my money to support this deadly practice. God will surely hold us all accountable.

 
4345 05/01/2009 at 03:42:13 PM Self     To whom it may concern, I am deeply opposed to the use of federal fund for embryonic stem cell research as recently approved by Pres. Obama. There is no need for this when adult stem cells are sp readily avalable, have been proven to work, and do not cause the demize of fertilized eggs.

 
4346 05/01/2009 at 03:42:29 PM Self     Please do not use federal funds to create and/or destroy embryos for research. It is immoral to take life in this way and there is NO need to do this since adult stem cells have shown to be very promising in research.

As a tax payer and a Roman Catholic, I object strenuously to using MY tax dollar to fund any form of embryonic stem cell research.

 
4347 05/01/2009 at 03:42:55 PM Self     I do not want to have any part in killing a living human being. This is our hard-earned money, and I feel you are using it in a terribly immoral way. There are already proven ways to use adult stem cells. The use of embryonic stem cells is absolutely horrific! If allowing the killing of this life is so easy for you to do, what will be next?

 
4348 05/01/2009 at 03:43:02 PM Self     It is very sad that they just want to destroy these babies. I don't think that our money should be going to this, especially in these tough economic times. I have heard some research saying that they can just do stem cell research and it is just as good as embryonic stem cell research.

 
4349 05/01/2009 at 03:43:14 PM Self    

This is to voice my opposition to the use of federal funds for research

This is to voice my opposition to the use federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
4350 05/01/2009 at 03:43:50 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to the funding of embryonic stem cell research by the NIH. It is not necessary to engage in such ethically controversial and morally irresponsible research out of a misplaced sense of scientific curiousity when more ethical and empirically successful forms of such research are available for funding.

 
4351 05/01/2009 at 03:43:51 PM Self     Life begins at conception. Whether by men and women or embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes. Life is life. If they are no longer needed for that purpose they should be treated with the same respect as any human would be afforded and be buried.

 
4352 05/01/2009 at 03:43:57 PM Self     Regarding embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos, I wish to state my OPPOSITION. I do NOT want my tax dollars to fund this killing!!

 
4353 05/01/2009 at 03:44:00 PM Self     To whom it may concern

ADULT human stem cells do not destroy the life of a human being and should be the only stem cells used for research.

Life is a very precious gift and should be protected and valued in all stages!

 
4354 05/01/2009 at 03:44:02 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of federal tax dollars for the use of Human Stem Cell research. This is a direct violation of my religious freedom as an American citizen. My tax dollars should not go to fund something that I stand against religiously. I believe that life begins at conception and that if these embryos are used for research, it is murder, just like abortion is murder. I have known couples who have done embryo adoption because they are not able to have children of their own and to think that those babies could have been sacrificed in the name of research is horrible. Thank you for allowing me to share my opinion on this matter.

 
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Please submit your comment directly to the National Institutes of Health by May 26, 2009 to oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

As you may know, President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send 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. We strongly oppose these regulations!! Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter of importance.

 
4356 05/01/2009 at 03:44:41 PM Self     I respectfully request that no additional embryonic stem cell research lines be made available for research. For over 20 years, research has been performed with embryonic stem cell research and, in this time, no proven cures or therapies have been discovered. The argument that more research with embryonic stem cells will open up new avenues is debatable. Why has nothing been found in the past 20 years? Instead, research and money should be spent on adult stem cells. With over 70 different therapies/cures, the results of this research are proven.

 
4357 05/01/2009 at 03:44:42 PM Self     I do not support my tax dollars being used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I support and promote the adoption of these human embryos instead of requiring their death.

 
4358 05/01/2009 at 03:45:04 PM Self     Matt.25:45,46a "Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment."

 
4359 05/01/2009 at 03:45:24 PM Self     It has been shown that ADULT stem cells have been successful! It has been shown that embryonic stem cells have produced absolutely NOTHING! Embryos are incipient human beings! Please do not destroy incipient human beings to produce NOTHING! GO with what has already PROVEN to be successful--adult stem cells.

 
4360 05/01/2009 at 03:45:47 PM       I oppose the use of tax dollars for funding embryonic stem cell research as it destroys human life. Adult stem cells have been found to be more effective in treating disease. Why are we not making that research more of a priority?

 
4361 05/01/2009 at 03:45:58 PM Self     This letter is in reference to draft guidelines for federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I am opposed to using my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of requiring the death of these human embryos, I request that you promote the adoption of these human embryos. While I cannot be responsible for the actions taken by individual couples when determining how to deal with "leftover" embryos, I feel it is unfair to use my tax dollars to destroy human life when I am so opposed to that.

Thank you for your consideration.

 
4362 05/01/2009 at 03:46:19 PM Self     We are vehemently opposed to use of Federal taxpayer money for use in embryonic stem cell research.

 
4363 05/01/2009 at 03:46:25 PM Self     I strongly oppose research on human embryonic stem cells which have been "left over" after in vitro fertilizations....these embryos should be offered for adoption...not sent to death. Even more so, I oppose cloning human embryos for research and experimentation. We should focus our energies on adult stem cell research which is actually showing promise. Nothing good will come from killing babies to look for cures. I'm livid that my tax dollars might be used to fund this.

 
4364 05/01/2009 at 03:46:37 PM Self     It is felt that the destroying of human embryos for the purpose of obtaining human cells for research is murder. Any time a viable fetus is killed for any purpose is murder, for example, if the murder of a pregnant human female transpires and the fetus does not survive, the perpretrator is charged with double homicide and not just with killing the mother. If this bill passes, then Obama, the Congressmen and Senators who sigh it will be guilty of murder by proxy. In addition, abortion in itself is, in my opinion, cold calculated murder and no other definition can be assigned to the act.

 
4365 05/01/2009 at 03:46:37 PM Self     I am opposed to using embrionic stem cell for research. We the public, do not hear enough on adult stem cell procedures which I understand are sufficient. I am very opposed to the gov't using my tax money for this.

 
4366 05/01/2009 at 03:46:42 PM Self     It is irresponsible that the federal government fund, let alone PERMIT, experimentation on human embryos. THEY ARE HUMAN. Those embryos will never grow into dogs, cats, frogs...only humans. Do not let these precious human beings be treated worse than animals and then discarded when they are no longer "useful." Perhaps the companies who have leftover human embryos can put them up for adoption - killing these people will only have a detrimental impact on society in the long run. Think of all the potential you are allowing to be killed. Who knows if one these people may become our President one day or may have a cure for AIDS. You'll never know if you just kill them.

 
4367 05/01/2009 at 03:47:20 PM Self     In my opinion, the regulations of NIH should forbid research on embryonic stem cells. Not ADULT stem cells, but embryonic stem cells for moral reasons - specifically human rights issues, as both biologically and genetically those embryos are human beings - embryonic human beings, but human beings nonetheless.

There are several issues involved.

1. How were those embryos - fertilized ova - obtained? From miscarriages? From abortions? From traffickers in embryos?

2. Embryonic stem cell research has been going on for 25 years without, I understand, result, whereas ADULT stem cell research has resulted in progress in treating some 70 diseases. Therefore, why all the fuss about embryonic stem cell research?

3. The most fundamental questions concerning federally funded stem cell research is that such research can now take place and be funded pursuant to a Presidential Executive Order 13505. I thought that only the House of Representatives can appropriate the funding for any Federally funded program. Under our Constitution the President does not have the power to appropriate money for anything. (A) Isn't the President unconstitutionally usurping this Constitutional prerogative of the House? (B) Are Executive Orders per se Constitutional? (C) Shouldn't matters having to do with appropriations and expenditures of Federal funds for Federal programs be decisions of our elected representatives? (C) What about "government of the people, by the people and for the people"?

Thank you,

 
4368 05/01/2009 at 03:47:32 PM Self     I plead with you to stop the use of so called "leftover" embryonic stem cells for research. You are killing the life of a child. These embryos could be used for adoptive purposes, thus saving the life of a child while also providing happiness to parents wishing for a child to love and nurture in their lives.

 
4369 05/01/2009 at 03:47:37 PM Self     I do not think thatEmbryonic cell research shoild be funded by the Federal government. I understand that a lot of research has been successful with the use of adult stem cell rsearch. I feel this should continue.

 
4370 05/01/2009 at 03:47:37 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to embryonic stem cell research as such is morally and ethically unacceptable. Life begins at conception and to "harvest" embryonic stem cells in the name of finding cures for life itself is the ultimate irony and tragedy. Taking life to cure life is inhumane, especially when adult stem cell research has been proven just as, if not more viable an option. The ramifications of continued embryonic stem cell research sets precedence without boundaries and must be stopped before further women and children are exploited in the name of science.

 
4371 05/01/2009 at 03:47:39 PM Self     I do not think thatEmbryonic cell research shoild be funded by the Federal government. I understand that a lot of research has been successful with the use of adult stem cell rsearch. I feel this should continue.

 
4372 05/01/2009 at 03:47:43 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars going to stem cell research. This is NOT something that I voted for.

 
4373 05/01/2009 at 03:47:50 PM Self     We appose our tax dollars being used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Promoting the death of these Human embroyos instead of adoption is wrong.

 
4374 05/01/2009 at 03:48:02 PM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research. I do not want my tax dollars to fund any embryonic stem cell research.

 
4375 05/01/2009 at 03:48:53 PM Self     I object to any stem-cell research wether ordered by Obama or any other person on unborn fetus.

 
4376 05/01/2009 at 03:49:10 PM Self     I'm imploring you to do away with embryonic stem cell research. As I understand it, that which has been done so far has been unsuccessful in treating any diseases, while adult stem cells, on the other hand, have been quite effective in fighting several ailments, such as cicle cell anemia. It's immoral & unethical as well, since it takes the life of an unborn baby. I get upset at the thought that my tax dollars could contribute to this, mainly because those who could from the private sector won't due to the failure of experiments to this point (they must think enough have been done, or they'd help with costs). Thanks for your attention!

 
4377 05/01/2009 at 03:49:12 PM Self     From the Federal Register Notice, dated 04/23/09 "As described in these draft Guidelines, human embryonic stem cells are cells that are derived from human embryos, are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos."

I find it difficult to believe that people who are so highly educated as to be able to endorse human embryonic stem cell experimentation cannot understand how the intentional destruction of one of these embryos is not destroying human life. If you left those cells to "divide...in culture..." and they continued to develop and you put them in an embryo-friendly environment (such as a uterus), these cells would form into a human being; not a zygote, not a fetus, a real person - like the experimenters themselves.

PLEASE do not use federal funds to promote/perform human embryonic stem cell research. You are taking a life that does not belong to you, and using my money to do it - against my will (and, even according to the government's definition, I have my rights, even if a embryo or fetus does not).

 
4378 05/01/2009 at 03:49:19 PM Self     Why is it that with the success of adult stem cell development that we must insist on using our time and money and energy in the killing of human embros.

It is a puzzle to me that thoughtful scientist exchange the saving of lives and the success with the use of adult stem cells for the proven failure of stem cell research using embros.

As a tax payer I would like to see our tax dollars used wisely and in areas of proven success.

 
4379 05/01/2009 at 03:49:25 PM Self     Why, in the name of all that is good, would we want legislation to promote stem cell research when 0 diseases have been helped by this method and 70 diseases have been cured with adult stem cells. Why waste the money and the lives to reinvent something that is already working?

 
4380 05/01/2009 at 03:49:38 PM Self     we are opposed to embryonic stem cell research- you can get the same results by using blood- why should a child have to die for this? who are we the nazi party?

 
4381 05/01/2009 at 03:49:45 PM Self     I openly oppose the use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars paying for this research which will bring death to these human embryos.

 
4382 05/01/2009 at 03:49:48 PM Self     I urge that you do not destroy human embryos in order to do stem cell research. These embryos are human life and they should never be taken purely for research. They have no voice to speak or uphold their rights and it is our duty to speak for them.

 
4383 05/01/2009 at 03:50:13 PM Self     Adult stem cells have ALREADY shown much more promise than embryonic stem cells. Put the money where proven success resides! Using embryonic stem cells is not only immoral but a waste of my taxpayer dollars. Put my tax dollars to use where success is already proven.

 
4384 05/01/2009 at 03:50:16 PM Self     I do not think thatEmbryonic cell research shoild be funded by the Federal government. I understand that a lot of research has been successful with the use of adult stem cell rsearch. I feel this should continue.

 
4385 05/01/2009 at 03:50:17 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells and believe it is in violation of my rights as a taxpayer and is an inappropriate use of tax payer monies.

 
4386 05/01/2009 at 03:50:20 PM Self     Don't do this since it is not a certainty that the stem cells are the best route to follow. Also, don't follow this road simply because of strong political pressure. Not smart!

 
4387 05/01/2009 at 03:50:24 PM Self     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 am in favor of promoting the adoption of these human embryos rather then thier death.

 
4388 05/01/2009 at 03:50:28 PM Self     The purposeful killing of an embryo, as is necessary for obtaining embryonic stem cells, is the killing of a human being. This violates the 6th Commandment, "you shall not kill." Additionally, itis done without the consent of the individual being killed. Any society which kills the most defenseless of its members for the potential good of the larger group has degraded its values, and has doomed itself.

 
4389 05/01/2009 at 03:50:48 PM Self     I think it is disgraceful that even one human being believes it is acceptable to create A LIFE for the purposes of destroying that life. We should protect our most innocent not seek to detroy them. I believe that ALL life should be respected and I believe that all (this includes the unborn) have a right to life and the pursuit of happiness as stated in our Constitution. It was not long ago that another group was thought of as less than human (slaves), thankfully we came to our senses about that issue. I find it heart breaking that an African American president would not respect all human life...of all people...he should. When will the American people come to their senses about the unborn? They are human beings and deserve to be protected. And God will surely judge those that seek to destroy the life that he has wonderfully created and I don't think he will accept ANY excuses (and that includes the excuse about the issue being "above my pay grade" or anything about seeking to make medical advances for the greater good). I can't even imagine how anyone does not shudder at the mere thought of having to stand before Almighty God and try to explain that they not only did not fight to protect the life that God created but they in fact eagerly sought to destroy it. I am so sad for anyone that will be in that position.

 
4390 05/01/2009 at 03:50:56 PM Self     I oppose any use of embryonic stem cells and funding of such by my taxpayer dollars. Life is too precious and is only given by GOD. Embryonic stem cell research is already used under the guidelines given by President Bush. Adult stem cells have much more value and do not involve taking of human life. Please have the courage to stop this madness of not valuing human life just to undertake possible uses of these cells. Private industry is welcome to invest in this research, but they don't. Here is the clue! It doesn't work!

 
4391 05/01/2009 at 03:50:59 PM Self Primary Care-Giver/ Home School Teacher/ retired Commercial RE Broker   Re: Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines as per April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice.

This is to encourage you to consider the facts that NO significant diseases have been prevented/ cured by embryonic stem cells and that the research and applications have been VERY significant with Adult Stem Cells which have cured many diseases, therefore we need NO Embryonic Stem Cell Research. I hope you will agree and vote against it.

 
4392 05/01/2009 at 03:51:17 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to this suggested change in the guidelines on moral grounds. This expansion involves - in my opinion - the taking of lives that could be cultivated for adoption. It is unconscionable to consider using our tax dollars to fund this activity that is considered by a majority of American citizens to be immoral.

 
4393 05/01/2009 at 03:51:21 PM Self     ONe does not destroy life in order to improve life. Adult stem-cell research is the way to go.

 
4394 05/01/2009 at 03:51:45 PM Self     As a healthcare professional (Physician Assistant) I spend my time trying to prolong life and increase the quality of life. While embryonic stem cell research may be promising, there have been NUMEROUS studies done on adult stem cells that have shown great results and promise cure rates for several chronic diseases. I am opposed to further research at the expense of life. The risk:benefit ratio is not worth it and above all, the sanctity of human life (no matter what stage of development) is at stake.

 
4395 05/01/2009 at 03:51:51 PM Self     These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. "They are still babies and still deserve to live. I have MS and would rather die than allow a baby to die to cure my disease."

 
4396 05/01/2009 at 03:52:08 PM Self     Please do not change the rules and guidelines regarding embryo stem cell research !!

 



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