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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.

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4397 05/01/2009 at 03:52:13 PM Self     We are totally opposed to our taxpayer funding being used to do research on embryonic stem cells derived from any embryos, as this involves the destruction--killing--of these embryos. We believe this is murder of human beings.

We would be in favor of these embryos that are created for in vitro fertilization being placed for adoption by couples who cannot conceive on their own. This would allow the embryos a chance at life.

 
4398 05/01/2009 at 03:52:19 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

I an writing to oppose the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines that would allow innocent unborn babies to be put to death in the name of research.

The Draft refers to these babies as "leftover" from in vitro fertilization banks. It reduces human life to the level of leftover meatloaf - of no value unless you want to brutalize them.

Medical research has consistantly proven the value of adult stem cells in treating numerous diseases with great success. It has also been proven that those treated with embryonic stem cells notonly did not improve, but developed tumors and other negative side effects not seen in adult stem cell treatment. It would seem, then, the the smart money, my money, would be better spent on research and development of adult stem cell treatments that protect the most vulnerable Americans - babies.

Therefore, I vehemently oppose the use of federal funds to suport this Draft now and in the future.

Very Sincerely Yours,

 
4399 05/01/2009 at 03:52:28 PM Self     I do not support funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

I do not support my tax dollars being used to experiment on stem cells that are taken from human embryos, supposedly "leftover" from vitro fertilization. Where these embryos could be adopted, the guidelines that would be set in motion would require them to die.

 
4400 05/01/2009 at 03:52:32 PM Self     pLEASE STOP ALL ABORTION AND STEM CELL RESEARCH

 
4401 05/01/2009 at 03:52:36 PM Self     As a Catholic, I object to having my tax dollars spent in this immoral way. Since the destruction of embryonic stem cells is the destruction of life, medical research regarding these cells can never be justified. It is never acceptable to destroying life to save a life.

 
4402 05/01/2009 at 03:52:42 PM Self     I am completely supportive of science going forward with complete freedom to do what is necessary to find cures and/or treatments for serious diseases. Please know you have my complete support and appreciation for the importance of the use of embryonic or adult stem cells, whichever is most appropriate for research on a given medical issue.

We waited seven years to get the ban lifted on federal funding for this research and it is time to get moving forward in order to save lives.

I have an atypical Parkinsonian disease, which is progressive and leads to death in less than a decade. I believe that pro-life should also mean saving the lives of living and breathing human beings, as opposed to 3-5 day old embryos that were frozen and the parents have determined to dispose of. Why not make them beneficial for those who need them rather than throwing them out with the trash?

You have my support to go forward, knowing that you will exercise ethical integrity in the decisions that are made. Thanks,

 
4403 05/01/2009 at 03:52:45 PM Self     As someone who feels that life begins at conception, I am hoping that you find a way to give these persons the opportunity to live and grow, instead of destroying them for research when so many people have benefitted from using their own stem cells to provide healing from the diseases that you are planning to do research for. There are so many infertile couples that are desperate for children that these embryos will bless. In vitro been done with so much success and joy! Please don't do this. It is wrong.

 
4404 05/01/2009 at 03:52:51 PM Self     I feel strongly that is wrong to use embrionic stem cells for scientific research. Adult stem cells should be used instead. Please write very strict guide lines for human stem cell use.

 
4405 05/01/2009 at 03:52:57 PM Self     The notice uses "ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law" repeatedly. But only "left over from IVF" is given as a "responsible" reason. What exatly are the other reasons that make these act so responsible and who will be monitoring the research? It also states that this research could "offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis." Are these just random guesses at diseases that we would 'like' to be able to cure? Where is the information regarding how much of the public's tax dollars will be used for such research and what are the consequences for those who do not comply with the "ethical" guidelines?

 
4406 05/01/2009 at 03:53:14 PM Self     The purpose of this commment it to express my concern about the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. These are not just blobs of tissue, but human life. They deserve to be adopted not experimented on. If any federal funding is involved, it should be spent on research on adult stem cells. These have already proven valuable in almost 100 incidents. Please stop this barbaric practice. Thank you.

 
4407 05/01/2009 at 03:53:21 PM Self     I oppose the use of human embryonic stem cells for research. It is taking the life of a baby. Please save these children's lives. Thank you.

 
4408 05/01/2009 at 03:53:28 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.

 
4409 05/01/2009 at 03:53:34 PM Self     President Obama has opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

The guidelines force the use of my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

It has been proven that stem recell use from other sources is much more effective and is readily available. It is hard for me to understand that a President so opposed to water-boarding "torture" of murderers is so willing to "kill" human embryos when so many people are eager to adopt. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

It is wrong to destroy human life in this manner and wrong to use my tax dollars to do it. I am vehemently against it. It offedns my moral conscience. Yours truly,

 
4410 05/01/2009 at 03:53:47 PM Self     Since there has been SUSTANTIAL SUCCESS using adult stem cells, and NO significant success using embryonic stem cells, I strongly urge the government to STOP funding embryonic stem cell research, and instead FUND ADULT STEM CELL research! Sincerely,

 
4411 05/01/2009 at 03:53:50 PM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos to further research. To create a life specifically for the use of taking the stem cells leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I have read many studies where scientists have used adult stem cells and have been very successful with their research. I believe that we should apply funding to research that doesn't unnecessarily take a human life.

 
4412 05/01/2009 at 03:53:52 PM Self     Killing an embryo for the purpose of "harvesting" stem cells is killing a human being. It is proven that adult stem cells are effective in treating disease. Embryonic stem cells are not proven, nor are they needed. None of us should be allied with killing nascent human beings. We do not approve spending our tax money for such an insidious project.

 
4413 05/01/2009 at 03:54:21 PM Self     Since science has proven methods of using stem cells, not from human embryos, there is no reason to promote using embryos from dead babies. This suggestion is ungodly and calls for destroying life instead of encouraging life. Please vote against the use of stem cells from dead babies.

 
4414 05/01/2009 at 03:54:28 PM Self     I do not agree that the Federal Goverment should provide funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization. I do not want my tax dollars funding this research.

 
4415 05/01/2009 at 03:54:39 PM Self     To whom it may concern:

I oppose the use of frozen embryos to obtain stem cells for research, and I especially oppose the use of my tax dollars to do this research. It has been shown that these frozen embryos can be implanted and develop as real human beings, which they indeed are. They are, you might say, our fellow citizens, and the fact that they are unable to protect themselves makes it even more important for us to be solicitous of them and give them a chance to survive.

This is especially true in light of the abyssmal success rate thus far on the embryo experiments that have been done. The market being what it is, if this were a promising field, you would not need taxpayer dollars to pay for it.

I do not appreciate my hard-earned dollars to be used toward a purpose which I consider immoral, and not for the "common good" that taxes were originally meant to serve.

Sincerely,

 
4416 05/01/2009 at 03:54:44 PM Self     I refer to the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice on the Draft NIH Human Cell Guidelines: "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.".

In my opinion, the words "responsible, scientifically worthy" are totally subjective. On this basis, I must object to using (my) tax dollars to fund this research. There is much room for disputable ethics within the boundaries of these words. Thank you.

 
4417 05/01/2009 at 03:55:00 PM Self     I oppose the stem cell research. you are stepping on bounderies you you have no business according the the Word of God. I oppose, I oppose, I oppose

 
4418 05/01/2009 at 03:55:09 PM Self     I thoroughly support the use of embryos left over from in vtro fertilization. for stem cell research. I do not beleive these embryos should be adopted because the resulting people can never know their birth parents or heritage. If there is moral opposition to this then stop in vitro fertilization!

 
4419 05/01/2009 at 03:55:11 PM Self     Please note that I am morally opposed to the use of embryonic stem cell research. It is taking a life. That I have tax payer dollars funding it is outrageous!

 
4420 05/01/2009 at 03:55:14 PM Self     Dear Sir/Madam,

I oppose the use of Federal dollars to fund embronic stem-cell research when there is more promise for adult-stem cell research that already has produced results unlike embronic stem-cells which has not had an proven results thus far.

I will pray for you that you make the ethical decision.

 
4421 05/01/2009 at 03:55:17 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of embryonic stem cells for the purposes of research. I am aware that stem cells can be taken from the umbilical cord and that would be acceptable to me. I am also aware that the progress we have seen medically through stem cell research has come, by a wide margin, from adult stem cells. I consider an embryo to be a living being holding potential and worth. I am against the squandering of that potential and of that life for research purposes. Couples wait months and pay thousands to adopt a child of their own everyday in this country. It is inexcusable for us to destroy life when it has been created. Please consider these arguments and vote your conscience.

 
4422 05/01/2009 at 03:55:23 PM Self     Scientific research utilizing human embryonic stem cells has yielded little or no results.

This is just another affront on the ethics and morality of the American society.

 
4423 05/01/2009 at 03:55:26 PM Self     I adamently request that my tax dollars not be spent to support, promote or advance the use of human stem cell research. It is totally contrary to my moral values.

Embryonic stem cell research has proved to be most effective.

 
4424 05/01/2009 at 03:55:58 PM Self     Taking a life to give a life is morbid. I agree we need more research in this area. But taking the life of an innocent child before they have life is against everything our christian society stands for. God is the only person who has the right to decide who lives and who dies. Him alone . Please stop Obama from making engaging the Stem cell changes into practice.

 
4425 05/01/2009 at 03:56:06 PM Self     This is a direct insult to the public and humanity. We have other means to derrive stem-cells, lab grown. Stem cell research is not the best avenue at any rate, Cord Blood Cells has a much better chance.

 
4426 05/01/2009 at 03:56:08 PM       I don't think we should use embryonic stem cells for research because human stem cells have proven to be much more reliable than embryonic stem cells which are not reliable and may form cells in the brain or other parts of the body and cause harm instead of good.

I also don't think we should destroy human life by destroying these embryonic cells which could be used for adoption of people that cannot conceive on their own.

 
4427 05/01/2009 at 03:56:17 PM Self     Please leave these embryonic stem cells alone. They have been created, but are not just cellular matter to be tampered with. God does look favorably upon anyone who tries to "play God" and mistreat "His Creation". We are praying for everyone associated with this terrible crime and wish God's mercy upon you.

sincerely,

 
4428 05/01/2009 at 03:56:19 PM Organization Ascension Family Forum P.O. Box 314, Brittany, LA 70718 To Whom It May Concern:

We are writing regarding ongoing NIH-funded research involving human embryonic stem cells. Presently no known diseases have been cured from the use of embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have proven beneficial in many cases. For this reason, it is our opinion that the government should not fund research that has not proven its effectiveness and saved lives. It is our position that this money would be better spent on paths which have provided remedies.

 
4429 05/01/2009 at 03:56:22 PM Self     Please do not use stem cells for any purpose. Adult cells have been proven beneficial. Let us not toy with life.

 
4430 05/01/2009 at 03:56:22 PM Self     Please oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Human embryos are just that "HUMAN". You should not sacrifice one life for another in the name of research.

 
4431 05/01/2009 at 03:56:42 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
4432 05/01/2009 at 03:56:51 PM Self     With the known success of adult stem cell research I would like to let you know of my opposition to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Why not let these embryos grow and bring happiness to a family through adoption?

 
4433 05/01/2009 at 03:56:53 PM Self     It has been proven that embryonic stem cell does not work but adult stem cell does work. Why waste money on this when it is morally objective to many Americans. It does not make any sense unless it is to burden all Americans with the quilt of a pro death nation. We are more pro life than you think. I do not wish for my tax money to fund embryonic stem cell research nor any pro death policy.

 
4434 05/01/2009 at 03:57:13 PM Self     I am against embryonic stem cell research and don’t want to be force to support it with my taxes.

 
4435 05/01/2009 at 03:57:13 PM Self     I am opposed to use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells are proven and effective. Embryonica stem cells are not. We must stop killing our children; their life begins at conception.

 
4436 05/01/2009 at 03:57:36 PM Self     Please do not use human embryo stem cells for experiments for human gain. It has not been sucess in one case, though adult and umbilical cord stem cells have proven to cure diseases. Thanks you.

 
4437 05/01/2009 at 03:57:54 PM Self     I am opposed to spending tax dollars on embryonic stem cell research. The success that has been achieved with adult stem cell research is indicative that it needs to be further funded and researched, not embryonic stem cell research.

 
4438 05/01/2009 at 03:57:59 PM Self     There is absolutely nothing to be gained by doing any experimentation with these embryos. These are little people and they deserve life. The US is acting like we are Germans and the embryos are little Jews. Stop this killing!

 
4439 05/01/2009 at 03:58:05 PM Self     Please stop using embryonic stem cells. Period.

 
4440 05/01/2009 at 03:58:12 PM Self     I think it is indefensible to use embryonic stem cells for research because adult stem cells are more reliable and available.

Why offend the moral code of citizens and doctors and medical personnel who are pro-life? It's not even necessary to use aborted babies. Where is the conflict? It's not about science; it is about a political agenda.

 
4441 05/01/2009 at 03:58:14 PM Self     President Obama, Please reconsider your support of Embryonic Stem Cell Research. I hope this is not offensive to you, but it seems pretty silly and wasteful to consider continuing this research, since it has not produced any positive results in addtion to the fact that human lives are being used in the process. Other Stem Cell Research has made such strides, and produced so many positive results that it seems to be the logical course to follow and to support. Taxpayers like myself do not appreciate our tax money being wasted. Please also consider God's commands about taking a human life. Sincerely,

 
4442 05/01/2009 at 03:58:31 PM Organization Floors r us   I don't agree with any of the guidelines in this document nor with even if the idea stem cell research.

 
4443 05/01/2009 at 03:58:50 PM Self     I find this change in policy appalling on many levels. One, "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." is a twisted comment impying that it does not come from of affect the potential life of the embryo - this is not true. Two, The new guidelines for research are too vague: "Removing Barriers" and opens to all sorts of interpretations. Three, I am totally opposed to diverting monies from successful research on adult stem cells, to unsuccessful research on embryonic stem cells. Four: I don't see any comment on restricting the financial reimbursement of the donating institution. Five: The verbage of "the attending physician responsible for reproductive clinical care and the researcher deriving and/or proposing to utilize human embryonic stem cells should not have been the same person." is extemely alarming, it implies that it would be acceptable, but not recommended that the doctors be one in the same!!! Six: Equally problematic is the guideline stating "the results of research using the human embryonic stem cells may have commercial potential, and a statement that the donor(s) would not receive financial or any other benefits from any such commercial development." This further implies that there is some financial gain 'commercial potential' allowable!!!! This is vague enough to allow the donor physician to have financial gain. Seven: the comment in guidelines "4. There was a clear separation between the prospective donor(s)'s decision to create human embryos for reproductive purposes and the prospective donor(s)'s decision to donate human embryos for research purposes." Is WAY TOO VAGUE. It could be construed as 10 min separation.

On the whole I am totally opposed to the lifing of this ban, the President has made a big mistake, and in addition I am appalled at the ambiguity that exists in these guidelines regarding such a morally sensitive topic!!!

 
4444 05/01/2009 at 03:58:51 PM Self     I adamantly oppose the new guidelines set out for ESCR. I am offended that my and my family's tax dollars will be going toward practices that I find morally reprehensible. I am disappointed and saddened that my tax dollars will be going toward the destruction of human embryos (that can be created solely for the purpose of research and destruction). Is this what we have come to as a society. Why is there no tax dollars being put into the research of adult stem cells (like iPSC), which have already been proven in MANY tests to cure a variety of ailments?

 
4445 05/01/2009 at 03:59:05 PM Self     RE: DRAFT NIH HUMAN STEM CELL GUIDELINES.

WHEN ONE IS COMMITTED TO ENGAGE IN SUICIDE, IT IS A MOOT POINT TO PREFER ONE APPROACH OVER ANOTHER. THE BASIC MORAL ISSUE OF SUICIDE AS A MORAL ISSUE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED. THE DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO EXECUTE THIS ACT DO NOT NEGATE THE ACT'S IMMORALITY.

SIMILARLY, WHEN EMBRYONIC LIFE IS NO LONGER RESPECTED AS BEING INALIENABLY HUMAN, HOW ONE SEEKS TO EXPERIMENT WITH IT RENDERS THE FUNDAMENTAL MORAL AND ETHICAL ISSUE TO BE MOOT. WHEN THE FUNDAMENTAL MORAL ISSUE IS COMPROMISED EVERY OTHER CONSIDERATION REMAINS EXCEEDINGLY ANTI-MORAL AND ANTI-ETHICAL.

NO HUMAN BEING, EXCEPT ADAM AND EVE, IS EXEMPTED FROM PASSING THROUGH THE EMBRYONIC STAGE OF HUMAN LIFE. AND THE CASES OF ADAM AND EVE ARE MIRACULOUSLY AND SUPERNATURALLY REVEALED TO MANKIND BY SACRED SCRIPTURE. ADULTS THAT HAVE ESCAPED THE ABORTIVE HOMICIDAL STAGE OF HUMAN EMBRYOS UNSCATHED ARE NOT ENDOWED WITH THE MORAL RIGHT TO EXPERIMENT WITH OTHER HUMAN EMBRYOS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

RESPECTFULLY YOURS, \ *****, PH.D., PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF PHILOSOPHY

 
4446 05/01/2009 at 03:59:19 PM Organization FAMCO   As an organization supporting and assisting healthy families, we are opposed to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells are proven and effective. Embryonica stem cells are not. We must stop killing our children; their life begins at conception.

 
4447 05/01/2009 at 03:59:25 PM Self     There has been no success in embryonic stem cell research. When they use it they get tumors. There is success in Adult stem cell research and there is nothing unethical about using adult stem cell lines. With embryonic stem cell research you are destroying life or what could potentially become a baby.

 
4448 05/01/2009 at 03:59:45 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. God will hold those responsible who continue down this path of killing the innocent unborn that He has given life to. I do not want my tax dollars used for this ungodly act!!! What about doing somthing positive with these human embryos?? There are many couples who would love to have children and can't - why not promote adoption for these human embyos instead??

 
4449 05/01/2009 at 03:59:47 PM Self     Please stop forcing $$ into a documented failure, embryonic stem cell research.

Support adult stem cell research that is already treating 90 diseases!

 
4450 05/01/2009 at 04:00:21 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars spent for experimentation on embryonic cells that require the death of embryos.

 
4451 05/01/2009 at 04:00:44 PM Self     I am opposed to government funding of stem cell research. I supported President Bush's policy on this issue.

 
4452 05/01/2009 at 04:00:51 PM Self     I am sending this in opposition to your using our tax dollars to fund research on human embryonic stem cells. Human life is sacred and I am concerned that embryos are being created and destroyed; providing funds for this only encourages more of this to be happening. PLEASE STOP using federal money for immoral spending.

 
4453 05/01/2009 at 04:01:10 PM Self     I am 100% opposed to using Federal Funds on embryonic stem cell research. My vote is NO. We slide down a slippery slope when we put one life above another. This is not unlike the doctors at the Death Camps during WWII experimenting on the Jewish prisoners for the good of the Nazi soldiers. Never Again! A person is a person no matter how small . . .even Dr. Seuss knew that!

 
4454 05/01/2009 at 04:01:20 PM       At the present time, over 70 different diseases have been successfully treated with adult stem cell. No diseases have been successfully treated with embryonic stem cells. It would seem eminently more sensible to fund research that is actually working and does not destroy a human life. I would urge that the embryonic stem cell research be prohibited for this reason.

 
4455 05/01/2009 at 04:01:36 PM Self     The impostor, currently holding the office of President Of the United States, will be held accountable, when he meets his Maker, for endorsing the killing of innocent human life.

Research has already shown that adult stem cells work (70 diseases have been addressed) versus embryonic stem cells, which don't (Zero (o) diseases addressed).

 
4456 05/01/2009 at 04:01:41 PM Self     I am VERY opposed to embryonic stem cell research. I applauded President Bush and his strong moral standards - it makes me very sad to see all of his hard work erased by a simple signature from a new president who seems to have asolutely no moral conscience at all!

 
4457 05/01/2009 at 04:01:46 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the funding for more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

I do not want the dollars that I pay in taxes to support this type of activity. This is an attack on innocent life and another form of dictatorship with misshandleing of tax funds. This is not right, and the people involved with the support of this type of wreckless activity shall be held accountable for the shedding of innocent blood. No one has the right to do this! Stop with the corrupt thinking!! This does not promote LIFE, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness...Just because these little lives have not drawn a breath of oxygen, does not mean they are not alive. Because they are unable to speak, does not give anyone the right to destroy a developing embryo. Life is our future and should be protected, not destroyed.

 
4458 05/01/2009 at 04:02:26 PM Self     One of the guidelines missing in what information is required to be shared with donors before they make a decision to donate is that you do not inform them that many people consider human life to begin at conception and that the embryos in question are living human beings to those who hold this view.

 
4459 05/01/2009 at 04:02:39 PM Self     Please do not pass this bill. Money for research is being sent in the wrong direction. There has been no success at the embryonic stem cell level in finding cures. However, adult stem cell research has proven successful and is already used to help many diseases. Why put money where there is no progress, is it only to fulfill a political agenda that science continues to keep searching for success from embryonic stem cells. If, however, you want to use them, they can actually be gathered without lose of life by utilizing cells retrieved from embyllical cords after a mature live birth has occurred. How many births are there each day in our nation - lots of embyllical cords are available. Most people approve stem cell research, just not the unsuccessful embryonic stem cells. If this was a business, when the owners see an action is not proving successful or productive they would discontinue that action no longer wasting time and money. Please stop wasting my tax money on dead end research and spend that money, time, and expertise on the proven way, through adult stem cells.

 
4460 05/01/2009 at 04:02:43 PM Self     We oppose the use of Federal funds in experimenting on human embryionic stem cells. Please recognize that there have been many succeses in using adult stem cells in helping many with "incurable" diseases that are now progressing to better health.

 
4461 05/01/2009 at 04:02:54 PM Self     Please please please do not go forward this this order to destroy more human embryos for the sake of scientific research. In this great country of ours, we have the smartest people working on behalf of our citizens to find cures for terrible diseases. There will be other ways to obtain these cells and these cures but killing innocent human lives is not the answer. I believe life begins at conception. The babies that are being sacrificed for science have no voice but ours and I am speaking for the millions that are in heaven right now.

 
4462 05/01/2009 at 04:03:02 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells will never produce any cures because for the last 25 yrs Embyonic stem cell research has proven uneffective and zero cures have been found.

So please don't give any of our money to something that is obsolete and ineffective and will never work.

 
4463 05/01/2009 at 04:03:02 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for any type of human embryonic research. Embryos are human life, and their destruction is murder - no matter how one tries to justify it. Please do not use the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans to fund morally objectionable science. To date, not ONE cure has been found from research done on embryonic stem cells. However, over 70 diseases are currently being treated with the use of embryonic stem cells. Let's fund science that is actually working - not a liberal wish list.

 
4464 05/01/2009 at 04:03:24 PM Self     Life begins at conception because allowing a fertilized egg to come to full term results in a human being.

Stem cell research from cells other than a developing human has already proven successful.

The guidelines do not require full informed consent for the parents of the human embryos as to their options for their human embryos to be adopted by other infertile couples.

 
4465 05/01/2009 at 04:03:38 PM Self     It is totally contrary to life, at any stage in the womb.

 
4466 05/01/2009 at 04:03:41 PM Self     I am outraged that President Obama would allow would allow embryonic stem cell research. Statistic show that adult stem cells have proven to work in 75% of cases and Embryonic stem cells have a 0% success rate. There are people begging to adopt a baby and non are available. What are you thinking??? President Obama said he had a moral responsibilities, where is it? Does this message sound angry,yes I am. Please reconsider your draft on Embryonic Stem Cell.

 
4467 05/01/2009 at 04:04:02 PM Self     I believe life begins at conception and therefore dissagree with the below section from the draft.

"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."

There is no reason to use embryonic stell cells for research when adult stem cells have proven sucessful. Please remove section allowing any embyonic stem cell research from final draft. Thank you.

 
4468 05/01/2009 at 04:04:30 PM Self     Please do not use the embryonic stem cells for research; you would be destroying human life. They do not make cures; only the adult Sincerely,stem cells have a proven record of that.

 
4469 05/01/2009 at 04:05:01 PM Self     I oppose President Barack Obama's executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and allows for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
4470 05/01/2009 at 04:05:02 PM Self     Sirs: We adamantly oppose the liberalization of the stem cell guidelines that were set by the previous administration. There is a moral problem here of killing embryos for research. Would you all kill babies for this also? Does anyone not value human life anymore? Please reject the President's initiatives! Thank you,

 
4471 05/01/2009 at 04:05:18 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not want public tax dollars used to destroy embryos that could be adopted, or to create an incentive to create more of these embryos for experimental purposes. There has been no evidence of ESCR providing cures for any diseases - it does not work. The only cures that have been developed have come from research on adult stem cells.

 
4472 05/01/2009 at 04:05:22 PM Self     First of all to be sure I do NOT BELIEVE that ANY comments taken on here will EVER REALLY influence our presidents choices on his agenda!!!! That being said I'll at least give you mine.... It is an absurd consideration to make decisions based on 25 years of FAILED SCIENCE finding ZERO cures using embrionic stem cells when adult stem cells have PROVEN RESULTS and cured over 70 different diseases already with even more to come!!! STOP playing politics with LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But that shows who you are anyway!! Your word is worth NOTHING!!!

 
4473 05/01/2009 at 04:05:25 PM Self     Please do not use the embryonic stem cells for research; you would be destroying human life. They do not make cures; only the adult stem cells have a proven record of that.

 
4474 05/01/2009 at 04:05:25 PM Self     My husband and I are totally against federally funding of stem cell embryos. In fact we are against killing all embryos. Abortion is murder. Our government has enough blood on its hands without killing innocent victims.

 
4475 05/01/2009 at 04:05:34 PM Self     We oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
4476 05/01/2009 at 04:05:50 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.

 
4477 05/01/2009 at 04:05:56 PM Self     As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is requesting public comment on draft guidelines entitled ``National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research'' (Guidelines), I am giving my comments in this document.

I am opposed to the funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF). I think President Barack H. Obama's issued Executive Order 13505: to Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells is unnecessary and imprudent.

The ban on funding of human embryo research known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, or (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 110-161, 3/11/ 09) addressed the limited use and guidlines for embryonic stem cell usage.

It is recognized that the stem cell's derived from other sources other than embryonic stem cells are more efficient in some aspects. Since there are benefits and there are ample quantities of alternative sources of stem cells outside of embryonic stem cells I suggest that those be the source for scientific research.

It is unnecessary to harvest embroys for science, it is distastful and attacks the sanctity of human beings. I disagree with this practice and would encourage the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to reinstate the ban on this practice.

 
4478 05/01/2009 at 04:05:57 PM Self     Life begins at conception. Destroying these embryo's is destroying life. It is murder and it is wrong. Please don't allow the funding of this barbaric test. Adult skins cells are used to find the cures. Fund that. Thank you!

 
4479 05/01/2009 at 04:06:10 PM Self     I strongly disagree with using human embryonic stem cells to conduct research and experimentation. I realize that those embryos that will be used are considered "left overs", however, no human is a "left over". If these embryos were offered for adoption purposes, would they not be as "useful" as using them on experiments that may not work? Whether you regard an embryo as human life or not, it seems that adult stem cells have shown more promise than embryonic stem cells, so why not focus our efforts there?

 
4480 05/01/2009 at 04:06:31 PM Self     I am grieved and angered by the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidlines. We are in grave danger of disregarding life at every stage and development when we begin creating human beings and then killing those human beings for the supposed help and health of other human beings. This unjust, vile and evil practice should not be in a country that stands for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness- not death for those who cannot defend themselves so that someone may or most likely not find a cure for disease.

Adult stem cells have been found to work well against many diseases. Embryonic stem cells have had NO success what so ever. I beg you DO NOT cave to the pressure of increased revenue or politics. You will lose your souls over this.

 
4481 05/01/2009 at 04:07:48 PM Self     life begins at conception

 
4482 05/01/2009 at 04:08:26 PM Self    

Regarding the National Institute of Health and Human Services draft for Human Stem Cell Research Notice:

The human embryonic stem cells that are being referred to in your research guidelines are babies produced by their parents. The father's sperm fertilizes the mother's egg. This makes a human life! How could you possibly have the right to "kill" these little human beings for research! You don't have this right! You would be destroying life, not protecting life! With all the wonderful results that have come about using adult stem cells, that don't kill babies, what possible reason is there to use "embryos", or in actuality "babies" to try to find cures, etc. for diseases. You surely wouldn't want to start a baby factory to grow parts, seeds, etc. to mend adults and other human lives that are sick. You don't kill one to save the other! Would any of you donate your grandbaby to the cause of research, or your own child? Give this some serious thought!

Please don't pursue this avenue of research. Don't issue the death penalty to human embryos.

 
4483 05/01/2009 at 04:08:27 PM Self     My father has Parkinsons, so stem sell research is really important to my family. But what previous studies have shown is that there is little promise in embryonic stem cell research, whereas adult stem cell research is quite promising for his disease and others. Why harm unborn babies when there is little coming from it anyway? Why not stick to what is showing results, adult stem cells? I completely oppose embryonic stem sell research, but am excited about adult stem cell research. Lets care for the weakest of us, protect little babies and don't let this embryonic stem cell research hurt them!

 
4484 05/01/2009 at 04:09:00 PM Self     It is a proven fact that embrionic stem cells have not produced even one cure for anything at any time. Adult stem cells have produced cures for over 50 different diseases and I resent any monies being used for embrionic stem cell research. This is a waste of lives and money.

 
4485 05/01/2009 at 04:09:02 PM Self     I desperately do not want tax dollars used to support medical procedures, including research, that I am morally opposed to. While I have great sympathy for those with severe disabilities and support personally certain organizations to advance medicine and research in different areas, I cannot see need of federal funding for the killing of embryos. Is this where medical funding should be placed right now in this frightening time of economic downfall? These are my dollars that I have been given to be a good steward of. Forcing me to monetarily support such procedures is a violation of my religious freedom and my freedom of speech.

 
4486 05/01/2009 at 04:09:16 PM Self     We oppose the use of human embryos for research in any shape or manner. Such research is immoral and violates the basic decencies of a society to protect the most vulnerable.

 
4487 05/01/2009 at 04:09:29 PM Self     Please use only ADULT stem cells. Adult stem cells have been very successful so there is no need to kill babies to use embryonic stem cells. Thank you.

 
4488 05/01/2009 at 04:09:46 PM Self     The use of federal funds and taxpayer money for research on human embryos is an abomination. Human life should not be used for research at any stage, and especially not paid for by those who oppose such immoral methods.

 
4489 05/01/2009 at 04:10:38 PM Self     I strongly oppose these regulations. I believe sufficient research has been done to use adult stem cells only - they are already helping suffering patients! A human life is a human life... regardless of it's method of creation.

 
4490 05/01/2009 at 04:11:23 PM Self     I do not approve of my tax dollers going into this research.

 
4491 05/01/2009 at 04:12:08 PM Organization Illinois Right to Life Committee 65 E. Wacker PL, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601 First, I would hope that funding decisions are based not just on these guidelines, but also on the practicality of the project being funded. With the tremendous progress being made using adult stem cells, cord blood stem cells, and the rapid advances being achieved with the ethical alternative to embryonic stem cells called Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS cells), these projects should be given priority consideration for funding. If not, then the funding is based on politics and not science.

Second, the guidelines themselves create two huge loopholes that require revision to limit funding to projects that will rely on truly excess embryos.

The new guidelines are too broad in that they allow destruction of newly created embryos who were never frozen, thus increasing the prospects for a rushed and biased consent process.

Also, despite the claims that the guidelines will only involve human embryos who would otherwise be destroyed, federal tax dollars will be a stimulus that encourages destruction of living embryonic human beings for stem cell research, especially if any preference is given to this research over the non-embryonic stem cell research referenced above.

Recall that a number of experts have already declared that the progress with iPS cells has effectively rendered the use of embryonic stem cells "obsolete." Fund projects that will truly advance science rather than politics.

 
4492 05/01/2009 at 04:12:22 PM Self     We oppose using our tax dollars to fund destructive embryonic stem cell research. This is very offensive and quite frankly, reminds of Hitler's Germany where they experimented on our Jewish sisters and brothers. Please so not allow this destruction with our tax dollars...Thank you.....

 
4493 05/01/2009 at 04:12:24 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I view this as barbaric and unnecessary, given the promise shown by research in adult stem cells.

 
4494 05/01/2009 at 04:12:41 PM Self     In regards to the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice, Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines: I am against Embryonic stem cell research. Why not use adult stem cells? Has anything been proved worthwhile in using embryonic cells? I have heard of NO positive results. Enlighten me.

 
4495 05/01/2009 at 04:12:54 PM Self     Please treat human life with dignity.

 
4496 05/01/2009 at 04:12:57 PM Self     Using human stem cell research is not only inhumane, but is murder. As a nation we should not be promoting the research of Human Stem Cell. How can we as a nation turn aside from the fact that Human Stem Cell research involves the process of killing innocent unborn babies. This act of murder is not only affecting the mothers but it affects the entire nation. I would not want to be given stem cells that was implanted into my body to help with my sickness and come to find out that it only too lives of innocent children to keep me alive.

 



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