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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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4797 05/01/2009 at 05:27:51 PM Self     Please be advised that I oppose any federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. To me thus far this research is based on a "maybe", but destroying "life" in this venture. I would only approve federal funded research using adult stem cells

 
4798 05/01/2009 at 05:28:07 PM Self     I am opposed to the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. Innocent human life should not be destroyed for utilitarian reasons. So called "leftover" embryos are known by all to be human individuals. they should not have been "produced" in the first place, but now that they are, they ought not be the subject of experiments ending in their destruction. They should be protected until such time as they can be implanted in a willing woman's womb and brought to birth. It is not only the strong who have an inherent right to life.

 
4799 05/01/2009 at 05:28:38 PM Self     The use of tax payer dollars to experiment on embryo stem cells is a blatant misuse of power. There is NO scientific evidence this form of stem cell has produced anything but dangerous cells, and it not only takes one life to experiment, it has harmed other lives who were being used as guina pigs. Stems cells from cord cells or one's own body have proven to be successful, and that is where federal dollars should be directed.

 
4800 05/01/2009 at 05:29:41 PM Self     I would like to comment on funding and allowing research on embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars spent on killing embryonic stem cells or using them for research.

 
4801 05/01/2009 at 05:29:41 PM Self     I strongly disagree with being forced to pay (through taxes) for research that requires the destruction of human embryos (and hence destruction of human life). Research on adult stem cells has yielded much more in the way of potential medical therapies than has research on embryonic stem cells, and research on adult stem cells does not involve the ethical problem of requiring the destruction of a human life. Scientific research should not be divorced from morality or ethics.

 
4802 05/01/2009 at 05:29:53 PM Self     We wish to express our deep concern about the used of embryonic stem cells for research. It is apparent that there are greater options available. Cordblood stemcells and adult stemcells have shown much greater prospects than embryonic. It is a shame on this nation when we think that taking innocent life in the name of science is appropriate. Life is life and we should seek to preserve the unborns right to life over anyones right to happiness. Thank you very much for your time and your willingness to hear the people.

 
4803 05/01/2009 at 05:30:55 PM Self     It is wrong to kill babies only to further research which might or might not improve the lives of other human beings.

We might just as well kill the infirm and disabled for the same reason. Why don't we do that?

 
4804 05/01/2009 at 05:31:12 PM Self     I personally do not want my tax dollars to fund this research. It is my understanding that adult stem cells have done quite well in research and actually helping to fight different diseases. Killing an embryonic stem cell is murder to me. There are so many couples wanting children to give loving homes to. I believe this is just morally wrong!!

 
4805 05/01/2009 at 05:31:15 PM Self     We do not wish our tax dollars to go toward funding embryonic stem cell testing.

 
4806 05/01/2009 at 05:31:16 PM Self     I do not support using my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. The adoption of these human embryos--rather than drafting guidelines that require their death--is the ethical and moral action to take.

 
4807 05/01/2009 at 05:31:17 PM Self     I am writing to oppose amending the current regulations in any manner which would authorize any use of taxpayer dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. I urge the agency to retain the current regulations without amendment. The government should not be involved in creating a perverse economic incentive to destroy embryos. This embryonic stem cell research has yet to yield any of the promised benefits which are used to justify it, whereas adult stem cell research, which does not carry the ethical baggage of destroying human beings, has already yielded medical breakthroughs. This agency should not redirect federal money into a morally and ethically questionable area of research with questionable utility when there is a viable alternative which is both morally and ethically solid and which provides great potential for medical breakthroughs.

Both of my grandmothers and one of my grandfathers all suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease before their deaths and I strongly support research that would cure this horrible disease. There are many other diseases out there that also are in desperate needs of effective treatments and cures. However, I cannot support a form of research which destroys human embryos with taxpayer dollars when there is a more effective and non-controversal alternative.

If embryonic stem cell research had the great potential that its supporters claim, then it wouldn't need a government subsidy to prod researchers into exploring it. The private sector, especially drug companies, would love to discover miracle cures which could fill their bank accounts. The fact that the private sector money has moved away from embryonic stem cell research to adult stem cell research shows where drug companies, who fund research into new treatments for various disorders constantly, believe that there would be the best return on their investment. The government should follow their lead and spend its money accordingly.

For all of these reasons, I oppose the current proposed amendments to the extent that they authorize federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and urge the agency to retain the current regulations without amendment.

 
4808 05/01/2009 at 05:32:17 PM Self     Please, DO NOT fund embryonic stem cell research! It has been proven that adult stem cells are more condusive than embryonic cells.

 
4809 05/01/2009 at 05:32:35 PM Self     I think what you are doing is wrong.

This is not the change we asked for.

 
4810 05/01/2009 at 05:32:41 PM Self     If you believe, as I do, that life starts at conception then the killing of embryos for research is murder. Since no cures have come from such killing it is criminal to continue this practice. Stem cells taken from umbilical cords could be used. Life is a gift and we have no right to deny that gift from ANY person--even one that is only a few cells big. It is truly a time to pray that such research ends. Prayer is what I will continue to do!

 
4811 05/01/2009 at 05:32:42 PM Self     I am against experimenting on embryos stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I do not want to pay for killing an unborn child.

 
4812 05/01/2009 at 05:33:06 PM Self     I am opposed to federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. There are many adult stem cell lines, as well as fetal stem cells from cord blood, that can be researched for use in medical diseases. To destroy a potential human life for research is immoral and not necessary.

Regardless of the safegaurds that the government puts in place, it will only be a matter of time before cloning occurs in humans. This will be an ethical and moral disaster for the human race.

 
4813 05/01/2009 at 05:33:17 PM Self     I think that Mr.Obma is wrong and many other demacrats when it comes to abortion and stem cell research. God does not condone such acts of sin. Mr. Obama said the other night in his 100 day speach that obortion was a moral issue and needs to be decided by the mother. Well murder rape inner marrage with family members are immoral issues as well and their against the law. So i think Mr. Obama and his fellow demacrats are making up there own laws as they go. This is against the law and our constitution. Its time we act and put people in jail for breaking the law. To heal this world we need to go to the Bible and take heed to second CHRONICLES chapter 7 verse 14.Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land. God bless you and all that you do to further the kingdom of JESUS the CHRIST. your fellow brother in CHRIST JESUS.

 
4814 05/01/2009 at 05:34:00 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells: 1) Come from the destruction of living human beings (embryos) 2) Have shown no success in treating disease. Adult stem cells have been very successful. 3) Item 1 above should stop this research immediately based on respect for human life 4) Item 2 should stop this research based on common sense

 
4815 05/01/2009 at 05:34:19 PM Self     Since Obama has absolutely no morals at all about the murder of the unborn, I doubt that he can be swayed from further murder of the unborn for research. He has no conscience, no morals, he is nothing but a bloody handed murderer of the unborn.

 
4816 05/01/2009 at 05:34:20 PM Self     Very simple and straight forward:

25 years of EMBRIONIC stem cell research has produced NOTHING.

Adult stem cells have produced dozens of uses and cures. They are much more stable and predictable.

Why throw more money at something that has done nothing instead of putting that money where we are getting a good return for our investment.

If this is about finding cures and helping people, then forget about embrionic stem cells and go for the stable adult version.

BUT, if this is about POLITICAL POSTURING, then of course you will do what is politically correct and destroy America's conscience by promoting the idea that they aren't human till the court says they are human. So, pour the people's money down the drain and forget about finding real cures.

 
4817 05/01/2009 at 05:34:41 PM Self     I am writing to oppose funding of embryonic stem cell research. It is both immoral and impractical -- it is wrong to use human beings for research and it is foolish to spend money in an unproductive area when adult stem cell research has already helped people and shown more promise.

 
4818 05/01/2009 at 05:36:11 PM Self     President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells. However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

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

 
4819 05/01/2009 at 05:36:19 PM Self     Please do not expand stem cell research to include embryonic stem cells. Adult cells is where we have been successful in past. We do not need to create or kill human embryos in the name of science. Thank you.

 
4820 05/01/2009 at 05:36:25 PM Self     Federal Funds ( tax payer monies) should not be used for embyonic stem cell research. It is against moral ethics to kill unborn babies to do research. All the amazing positive information has been obtained from adult stem cells without the need to kill anyone.

 
4821 05/01/2009 at 05:36:31 PM Self     Dear Sir/Madam, I am opposed to the use of embryonic stem cells for research. Currently, adult stem cell research is yielding positive results. Furthermore, the use of human embyros is unethical. If these embyros were implanted in a human, a human would develop. As stated in the guidelines, adult stem cell funding would continue, without the destruction of potential human life. Thank you for your reconsideration of this issue. Sincerely,

 
4822 05/01/2009 at 05:36:41 PM Self     Please do not allow the destruction of human embryos for stem cell research. These could be adopted by parents who are infertile. Adult stem cell research has been very promising. Let's just focus our money where there is hope without destroying human lives.

 
4823 05/01/2009 at 05:37:23 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. You need to know than many Americans disagree with the recent executive order than President Barack Obama issued which paves the way for further embryonic stem cell research!

 
4824 05/01/2009 at 05:37:54 PM Self     Primary: to my knowledge nobody is qualified to determine when life is initiated. As such, to harvest embryonic cells and thereby to end a concieved life is barbaric, and is morally equivalent to cannibalism. Secondarily: to my knowledge and notwithstanding the value of stemcells, embryonic cells provide no advantage over other morally harvested cells.

Stop this Now!

 
4825 05/01/2009 at 05:38:42 PM Self     I believe this is wrong and should not be allowed. I know that althought Stem Cell research could have the potential to do a lot it still isn't right. If one was to steal from one to give to the needy does that make it just? The answer is no!

 
4826 05/01/2009 at 05:38:46 PM Self     Last month, when President Obama overturned the federal funding ban on embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, he left the parameters of that decision up to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH officially posted draft guidelines on ESC, which open the floodgates for the destruction of embryos at taxpayers' expense. Under the rules, my dollars would pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these tiny humans, the NIH guidelines will sentence them to death. I choose to use these comment pages to state that I do not want my tax dollars to pay for the killing of the tiny humans that remain from in vitro fertilization. I am tired of having my pro-life values ignored. therefore, I oppose the use of my tax dollars and everyone elses' tax dollars to experiment with embryonic human beings.

 
4827 05/01/2009 at 05:39:54 PM Self     Please consider changing your guidelines to represent a commitment to sustaining life and not destroying it.

There is no justifiable reason to kill embryos in order to promote the type of research you're doing.

Thank you for your consideration,

 
4828 05/01/2009 at 05:40:54 PM       Go with proven results of adult stem cells.

 
4829 05/01/2009 at 05:41:01 PM Self     I AM APPALLED AT PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR EVEN CONSIDERING THIS LEGISLATION THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO DO STEM CELL RESEARCH LEAVE THE EMBROY STEM CELLS ALONE PAY FOR THE PREGNANT WOMEN TO DONATE THE BLOOD FROM THE UMBILICAL CHORD...THAT IS A BETTER WAY THAN USING IT FOR ABORTION OR EXPERIMENTS SUCH AS THIS THIS IS A TRAVESTY AND AN INSULT TO HUMANITY NEXT, PRESIDENT OBAMA, YOU WILL BE IN AGREEMENT OF HUMAN CLONING WAKE UP AND DON'T CLAIM TO BELIEVE IN GOD AS THE LATE PAYNE STEWART WOULD SAY IN ANY ACTION THAT HE TOOK, "WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?" WELL, MR PRESIDENT, CAN YOU ANSWER THAT WITH FULL BELIEF THAT JESUS WOULD AGREE TO THIS? I DOUBT IT.....

 
4830 05/01/2009 at 05:41:04 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to President Obama's executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research. I am opposed to the NIH guidelines that propose using 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. Destroying human embryos is inhumane.

 
4831 05/01/2009 at 05:41:08 PM Self     Please do not approve Embryonic stem cell research.

Please continue support of nonembryonic stem cell research which already has a proven record of success.

 
4832 05/01/2009 at 05:41:14 PM Self     I oppose ESCR and do not support any measures to use embryonic stem cells for research. Adult stem cells have a success rate in treating diseases and illnesses 73:0 , in favor of ASC. This is bad research and should be left to the private sector.

 
4833 05/01/2009 at 05:41:19 PM Self     As one small taxpayer in the giant wheel of fortune in this misguided Country, I would like to submit my humble request that this madness of stem cell research be stopped. It is a sad state of affairs when an American citizen has no choice in the direction their tax dollars are spent. Use all the fancy terminology you choose, the bottom line is killing more unborn babies to further your scientific research. I shudder to think of what you have in store for us next!

 
4834 05/01/2009 at 05:41:29 PM Self     What if you are wrong? What IF life begins at conception? What IF each life is imbued with a God-given soul at conception? What IF you are promoting mass murder through abortion and embryonic stem cell research?

You can't be 100% certain of your position. It's convenient, sure. But what IF.....

Wouldn't society be better off erring on the side of caution? Aren't the risks of being wrong too great?

 
4835 05/01/2009 at 05:41:46 PM Self     There is no doubt in my mind that you can and will find "justification" for embryonic stem cell research. But just because you can, does not make it any less reprehensible. It would take some doing to take a position which essentially would state that adult stem cell research provides a more-than-adequate platform to reach the scientific goals that some think are only achievable through embryonic stem cell research.

 
4836 05/01/2009 at 05:41:54 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
4837 05/01/2009 at 05:41:59 PM Self     Concerning the statement: "Studies of human embryonic stem cells may yield information about the complex events that occur during human development"; Do we really need to kill embryonic human beings to know these things and is this really ethical? All humna life should be protected from conception to natural death. If we went along the lines that we need to do these studies to yield information about the complex events that occur during human development, what's to stop us from killing grandma so we could see what stage her cells are in.

Concerning the statement: "Stem cells,directed to differentiate into specific cell types, 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"; These maladies are already being treated successfully with ADULT and Pluripotent Stem cells. We don't need to spend the money on embryonic research for these purposes. Why spend money twice to get the same results. Why not increase the funding on the ethical ADULT and Pluripotenet stem cell therapies. The only time I've heard of embryonic stem cells being used was in a caes of parkinsons where the embryonic stem cells turned cancerous because of the uncontrolled cell divisions you mentioned in the guidelines. Also tremors were increased in these patients. Ther was NO relief.

 
4838 05/01/2009 at 05:44:10 PM Self     If Embryonic Cells had showed "any" promise, Commercial Companies would already be willing to invest large sums of money for Private development and research.

This is all about Money. Free Taxpayer money which can be used to build more research facilities, buy more equipment and conduct research in stem cell development in "OTHER" areas of stem cell research. This FREE Federal taxpayer money also enhances the prestige of the University and helps to increase their student enrollment.

The Universities are also interested in the "Patent Royalties" they may gain, which benefit them, but "NOT" the taxpayers. It would seem that the taxpayers should benefit from the money that is earned from their money being directly used for this research.

 
4839 05/01/2009 at 05:44:40 PM Self     Thank you for your dedication to the general health of the American public. Scientific research is cornerstone of our nation's medical advancement.

Please remember that America has a tradition of respecting human life. All human lives are valuable in our great country. As a medical student, I strive to improve the health of all people who are need of help. Even the "least of these" is worthy of such support.

Let us not forget that even the tinist American citizens deserve the right for life, liberty, and the pursuit of hapiness. You have enjoyed this American privelages. Please do not rob them from our unborn fellow humans.

Please consider guidelines that do not lead the death of more innocent human lives, even lives that are in womb of a mother. You began at the moment of your conception. Your life was spared, not by your own doing, but because other people recognized your life.

Please do not turn a blind eye to the many little lives who are unborn. They matter. They are our future. No society should destroy its own for the purpose of scientific advancement.

Thank you for your service and your time.

 
4840 05/01/2009 at 05:45:06 PM Self     Please do not use federal fund or other funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. You would be tinkering with mankind--created by God! Please read Genesis 1-3 and join me in awe of His creation story. Mankind can patch accident injuries, but even then it's God who does the healing.

 
4841 05/01/2009 at 05:45:18 PM Self     Stem cell research etc is just like abortions-plain and simple murder. This admnistration has overruled all the banned abortions and stem cell research. We are heading toward disaster by opening these thing back up. President Bush may have not done much to make people happy, but he RESPECTED life. Now all the cabinent members etc are for abortion, and just like the court justices will be to before its over with. Thank you.

 
4842 05/01/2009 at 05:45:27 PM Self     I am opposed to the particular type of unregulated stem-cell research that our current administration is trying to pass.This will lead our country down a path without the necessary ethical considerations that protect the sanctity of life.Please stop the political process currently in motion.

 
4843 05/01/2009 at 05:46:23 PM Self     I do not favor embryonic stem cell research. I am a taxpayer and a loyal American who served in our military for over twenty years. I believe that if discoveries cannot be made from the many sources of herbs, tree roots, and organic materials maybe you ought to back up and take notice. Is there a deficiency in the researchers practices? Is there any evidence that the research to this point has made medical improvements. If so, it has not been released and documented. I believe that we are responsible to God for allowing birth unobstructed to fetuses in the womb. Count me strongly as an opposer.

 
4844 05/01/2009 at 05:46:36 PM Self     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.

 
4845 05/01/2009 at 05:47:01 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please do not use our tax dollars in this way. Thank you.

 
4846 05/01/2009 at 05:47:18 PM Self     As an American, I am strongly opposed to Preident Obama's overturning of President Bush's restriction on the funding of stem cell research. It has been proven both scientifically and medically that adult stem cell is already doing wonders in the field of research and treatment of rare diseases and illnesses. Besides, it is morally wrong to create embryos (life)and destroy it for the purpose of seeking a cure. We would only be a nation amusing ourselves to death as Neil Postman warned nearly three decades ago if we think that we can live with an amoral conscience.

 
4847 05/01/2009 at 05:47:25 PM Self     There are numerous cell line available for testing right now. Adult stem cells are proving very successful in treating many diseases,and conditions at the present time. Meanwhile opening more lines means destroying embryos(would be babies) Research is supposed to build up and cure humans, not destroy them before they have a chance at life!!

 
4848 05/01/2009 at 05:47:43 PM Self     Please do not allow U.S. taxpayer money to be used to kill human embryos just to do research. Plenty of benefits have come from research of adult stem cells. This type of research should continue. Using embryonic stem cells kills the embryo. If this same embryo were in a woman's uterus and anyone destroyed it, that person could be tried for murder. How is a scientist doing research any different if the outcome is the same - a dead embryo, rather than a living human being. Thank you for considering my request.

 
4849 05/01/2009 at 05:49:29 PM Self     Please do not use federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Life begins at conception. In using embryonic stem cells you are killing the unborn child. Researches have had great success with adult stem cells and none with Embryonic stem cells. Why keep killing the unborn babies using my tax dollars when adult stem cells do a better job and no one is killed for the harvest.

 
4850 05/01/2009 at 05:49:32 PM Self     Please do not allow more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I especially do not want to fund this with MY tax dollarss. It is insane how much money has been spent with the Econimic stimulis package and all the bailouts. We are going to be saddled with a debt that this country and it's people cannot sustain!

 
4851 05/01/2009 at 05:49:39 PM Self     With such little evidence, and thus far no success, that embryonic stem cells can provide remedies, be prudent. Why put government money, which is our money, and my money, behind something that is not effective and that many people object to.

If remedies are to be found, let them be found on the dollars of private organizations and individuals. Then, if such findings are made, let our government dollars follow. But for the time being, be prudent, and do not waste our money. Sure it is not a waste in the absolute sense, for science is being promoted; however, the opportunity costs are too much. This money could go to more effective uses.

As a taxpayer and as a citizen, I ask that you not go forward with ESC research unless and until further evidence of its effectiveness is found. If our money is to go toward research, let it go toward stem cell research only.

Sincerely,

 
4852 05/01/2009 at 05:50:00 PM Self     Please oppose the use of federal funds to support embryonic stem cell research.

 
4853 05/01/2009 at 05:50:04 PM Self     If you wouldn't do it to your own chlid, why would you do it to an unborn child? Life begins at conception. What you are doing to unborn children is inhumane. I do NOT want my tax dollars paying for experiments on stem cell taken from human embryos.

 
4854 05/01/2009 at 05:50:31 PM Self     It breaks my heart to see human life treated with such indignity. And to use my tax money to pay for it. I beg of you to please quit this embryonic stem cell research now. It is not plausible to take one life to preserve another. I know that many believe that life is not sustained until birth. Unfortunately, this is a belief of convenience so that others may do as they wish. Maybe I can't stop that, but I appeal to everyone to not use my money to pursue this sick endeavor. Besides all of that, adult stem cells are the ones that hold promise. Please, rethink this. Sincerely,

 
4855 05/01/2009 at 05:51:00 PM Self     The ONLY effective research on stem cells has come from the research on ADULT stem cells!!!!!! We have had NO success from embryonic stem cell research! Check it out! It's the truth. Adult stem cell research has produced 72 cures and treatments. Embryonic stem cell research and human cloning has produced “0” cures and treatments. This doesn't even begin to touch on the ethical questions involved here! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE look at the research FACTS! Please, start thinking of these embryos as precious human lives that are being slaughtered! All reading this started out as an embryo - thank God your Mother chose to keep you! Life is gift - not a lab project!!

 
4856 05/01/2009 at 05:51:52 PM Self     I Oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human cells. This type of research has no success and has caused brain tumors when it has been used. Adult stem cells show far more promise and validated successful results. Why would anyone support embryonic research when adult stem cell research has shone great results. If all Americans new the facts of this issue, I am sure their would be strong support for Adult Stem Cell research.

 
4857 05/01/2009 at 05:51:52 PM Self     We strongly oppose any federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Research on adult stem cells has resulted in numerous medical advances while embryonic stem cell research has not been nearly as productive and cheapens our society's perception of life- a very slippery slope. Our voting record will reflect our strongly-held concerns.

 
4858 05/01/2009 at 05:52:15 PM Self     Killing human embryos for scientific research is unjustified. There are other sources of stem cells that do not require taking a human life. Maybe there are those within the government who do not mind taking the lives of their children or grandchildren, I call them "baby killers". But someone needs to defend the rights of the unborn. To do otherwise will bring down the wrath of God upon all of us.

 
4859 05/01/2009 at 05:52:27 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community, due to the fact that I have a daughter (age 43) and a son-in-law (age 47) that both suffer from Parkinson's disease, and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

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

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

 
4860 05/01/2009 at 05:52:29 PM Self     I am very much opposed to federal funds being used for embryonic stem cell research. This legislation will, in effect, license the killing of defenseless human embryos. I cannot, in good conscience support the taking of a life for any reason. The cure for a disease should not have to come at the price of killing another human being. All life is sacred and, as such, must be protected especially for those who have no voice. Please think carefully about this legislation and come to the defense and support of human life.

 
4861 05/01/2009 at 05:52:36 PM Self     If nothing else is added to the embryo to make it a human being, killing it at what ever stgage is killing a human being. I do not understand why the effort is not with adult stem cells and core blood to name just two since there have been successes. Can we not stand for life in the USA anymore?

Thank you for your time.

 
4862 05/01/2009 at 05:52:49 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research. Thank you.

 
4863 05/01/2009 at 05:52:55 PM Self     I oppose 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.

 
4864 05/01/2009 at 05:53:00 PM Self     Please do not destroy human embryos as a matter of research. More than 70 "cures" have been developed using adult stem cells but no "cures" have been developed using embryionic cells. Furthermore, embryonic stem cells will always carry a significant possibility of changing to other cells, such as cancer cells.

Please use your influence to stop embryionic stem cell research. With so many husbands and wives desiring children, but cannot bear their own, these embryos could instead be adopted and allowed the liberty and opportunity to contribute to the greater good of our society as a living person.

 
4865 05/01/2009 at 05:53:02 PM Self     Every advance produced by stem cell research has resulted from work with ADULT stem cells. At least 70 or 80 such valuable new products or procedures have been developed. Private industry gave up trying to use embryonic stem cells. In addition to being unethical, embryonic stem cell research is a TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY. All that does is provide an extra income stream for abortionists, paid for by TAXPAYERS. I OBJECT to that.

 
4866 05/01/2009 at 05:53:23 PM Self     It's already proven that adult stem cells are more effective....please don't use human embryonic cells.

 
4867 05/01/2009 at 05:53:29 PM Self     I Profoundly Protest the use of my Tax Dollars for Expiementation on Embryonic Stem Cells, gathered from ANY SOURCE. This Immoral Process involves Killing the Embryonic Stem Cells, wrather than putting them up for adoption.

 
4868 05/01/2009 at 05:53:31 PM Self     I would like to express my disappointment in the overturning of the ban on Federal Funds for research using Embryonic Stem Cells. Mostly based on a moral issue that this is the destruction of human life. But also on the fact that there have been NO successful treatments using embryonic stem cells in the world. But there have been deaths (the little boy in Italy this year). Why not put the money where it would do some good and that is with Adult and umbilical cord stem cell research. Babies are born every day in the US. Surely some of unwanted umbilical cord blood could be used? It is a win/win. No ethical issues. Proven success.

 
4869 05/01/2009 at 05:53:56 PM Self     Harvesting of embryonic stem cells is unnecessary, since adult stem cells are so much more effective-- and don't kill babies!!

 
4870 05/01/2009 at 05:53:56 PM Self     Please do not use federal funds to support the death of embryos through embryonic stem cell research that could be adopted into life. This would be a horrible crime against the unborn who have no voice to protect them. Federal funds should not be used to promote stem cell research it should be privately funded.

A Voice for the most vulnerable of all the unborn.

 
4871 05/01/2009 at 05:53:56 PM Self     By allowing funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) the government is creating an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I see this as wrong and unnecessary since only adult stem cells have proven to actually help. I do not want my tax dollars to be used for experimentation on human embryos which would require their death. I find it reprehensible that those in power will do as they please and not listen to the majority. Please rethink what you are proposing to do. Thank you.

 
4872 05/01/2009 at 05:53:57 PM Self     I strongly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
4873 05/01/2009 at 05:53:59 PM Self     Dear staff, I am writing to urge you to continue your work with adult stem cells but to restrict the creation and then destruction of embryonic stem cells. The overwhelming evidence is that adult cells have been very effective but embryonic cells have had NO success. I see no reason to continue killing human beings to proceed down a dead end road. Thank you

 
4874 05/01/2009 at 05:54:03 PM Self     This funding creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I do not want my tax dollars used to kill innocent defenseless human beings. Other types of stem cell research have shown to be beneficial without killing anyone. Please use our tax dollars wisely.

 
4875 05/01/2009 at 05:54:24 PM       The proposed guidelines make use of the terms "may" and "should" and other terms that indicate you do not know what success will come from the use of embryonic stem cells. Research on these cells has been going on for many years with NO positive results. On the other hand, there have been at least 70 positive results from the research using adult stem cells. Why should money be wasted on research that violates the ethical concerns of many and has not shown any success despite the millions of dollars that have already been spent? Please use available funds to further the success of adult stem cell research.

 
4876 05/01/2009 at 05:54:33 PM Self     Please do not destroy human life for the purpose of medical research. This speaks to the very issue of what it means to be human. Just because human embryos are "potential", rather than "functonal", they none-the-less are human life, and should be protected, not exploited - regardless of how noble the cause may appear to be

 
4877 05/01/2009 at 05:55:49 PM Organization Human Life International 4 Family Life, Front Royal, VA 22630 Harvesting ESC's results in the death of a totally unique preborn baby girl or boy. ESC's, to this point in time, have produced no medical cures as opposed to adult stem cells which have produced improvement for over 70 illnesses. In addition, ESC's are very difficult to control and have produces cancer like tumors producing death in several cases. In addition, modern technology has produced totipotent cells which can do all the same things hoped for from ESC's without the need for killing totally innocent human life as condemned by the 5th. commandment, not a suggestion from God, Himself.

 
4878 05/01/2009 at 05:56:02 PM       Embryos should never be used for research. They represent the sacred beginning of life and should be protected at all costs. Other stem cell research may be warranted but never this one. The consequences for this type of violation are far reaching and cannot possibly be understood at this point in time.

 
4879 05/01/2009 at 05:56:13 PM Self     I do not want tax dollars used for experiment on embryonic stem cells. Adult cells, yes. Embryonic stem cells, no!!! It doesn't matter whether the embryonic stem cells are frozen, stored, fresh, or whatever. I do not want tax dollars used for experiment on them.

 
4880 05/01/2009 at 05:56:54 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

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

 
4881 05/01/2009 at 05:57:02 PM Self     Please, I am firmly against using federal funds to encouragge the production and destruction of human embryos.

 
4882 05/01/2009 at 05:57:17 PM Self     The use of embryonic stem cells is an afront the sanctity of human life. These tiny babies, yes babies, should be given at the chance of life that they were created for. There are millions of couples who are unable to conceive, why then aren't these embryos used to help barren couples??

The U.S. Constitution gives the People of the United States the power to question it's government. Using this constitutionally protected right, I would like to know how the goverment thinks that my hard earned money should be used to take innocent life!?!

I urge this government to cease and desist in allowing U.S. Taxpayer money to fund the destruction of human embryos on research that has so far proved unsuccessful.

 
4883 05/01/2009 at 05:58:18 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. There is more medical evidence that adult stem cells have helped different health issues. Adult stem cells do not necessitate the killing of unborn babies.

 
4884 05/01/2009 at 05:58:29 PM Self     I am opposed to all embryonic stem cell treatments and research. This research has not yielded any sound results as has adult stem cell research. It further takes fund from research on cures that are working. It takes an innocent human life and sometimes creates one just for that taking. This Orwellian practice is dangerous.

 
4885 05/01/2009 at 05:59:05 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal money to fund research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
4886 05/01/2009 at 05:59:07 PM Self     Please do mot use any U.S. Fedural Taxes for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. You should be funding a Adult Stem Cell Reserch that coures decieses.

 
4887 05/01/2009 at 05:59:34 PM Self     I do not agree - You should not do tests on a human life. An embryo is a life and it should be adopted, not used to be tested for drugs. There is so much you can do with ADULT stem cells and it is already happening. Put your money and research there, instead of killing innocent human lives.

 
4888 05/01/2009 at 05:59:56 PM Self     I do not support the use of Government funds (my tax dollars) being used for embryonic stem cell research.

 
4889 05/01/2009 at 06:00:40 PM Self     I oppose killing other humans in any stage of development, be it 90 years after birth or any time after conception before birth. And, WE DON'T NEED A DICTATOR!!!

 
4890 05/01/2009 at 06:00:53 PM Self     Please stop the research using unborn children. Why is is NOT okay to do research using lab animals, but is IS okay to do research using unborn human children?

 
4891 05/01/2009 at 06:00:54 PM Self     I DO NOT want MY tax dollars to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Not only is it wrong to destroy human embryos, it is also a waste of time and money. MANY cures and treatments for diseases have already been developed by using adult stem cells. We should focus our research there.

 
4892 05/01/2009 at 06:02:28 PM Self     Please do not destroy human embryos for research, since that involves the taking of human life. Please keep research in ethically acceptable arenas, including the very promising research of stem cells not obtained from human embryos.

Thank you.

 
4893 05/01/2009 at 06:02:56 PM Self     As you may know, 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 and mine 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 oppose these regulations and guidelines as does every thinking man and woman and pray to God the National Institutes will do the same.

Sincerely,

 
4894 05/01/2009 at 06:03:19 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
4895 05/01/2009 at 06:03:19 PM Self     I oppose the federal government to research for embryonic stem cells.

 
4896 05/01/2009 at 06:03:27 PM Self     Guidelines for embryonic stem cell research should prohibit the creation of embryos for the purpose of research and greatly penalize such actions with cancellation of funding for a period of at least ten years. Research using existing embryos should be limited to embryos that have been stored for at least eight years. Guidelines should also stipulate that donors are not to receive any compensation, monetary or otherwise, for embryos, eggs, or sperm donated for research.

 



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