Listing of Comments on Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines
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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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5896 05/02/2009 at 01:08:28 AM Self     I do not support the proposed changes to NIH's Stem Cell Guidelines as outlined in the President's Executive Order 13505. There remains far too many ethical questions that have not been fully explained or outlined to the public. Moreover, the idea of stem cell research has only been an idea thrown out there with little understanding other than that it sounds good because it might lead to cures for a number of dibilitating diseases. This is such a sensitive issue and topic that it deserves far more explaining.

For example, 1). What measures of "success" will be used; 2). How will we make certain that donors will not be pressured to make a decision about what to do with their frozen embryo(s) before they are ready to do so; 3). How can we be certain that in the name of research and science, we will not move to a position of creating embryos solely for this purpose; 4). And what about the rights of taxpayers who do not wish to fund these procedures with their tax dollars? If someone has a strong, religious belief against stem cell research, why should they not be afforded the right to not be connected in anyway to this policy? There should be a box on future tax forms that must be checked if you agree/disagree with your tax dollars be used for this purpose.

In short, much more needs to be explained and the full extent as well as changes that will come with this proposed order understood before we should ever consider Executive Order 13505. It is a highly controversial topic that demands and deserves more attention and detail from those proposing it.

 
5897 05/02/2009 at 01:09:21 AM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cell for stem cell research. Adult stem cells are currently used in successful medical treatment. Embryonic stem cells have not cured but caused medical problems. Our funds must go to the proven area of stem cell cures and research, that is adult stem cells.

 
5898 05/02/2009 at 01:09:24 AM Self     I oppose federal funds being used for research on embryonic stem cells.

 
5899 05/02/2009 at 01:10:58 AM Self     As soon as the embryonic stem cells are removed from the embryo, it ceases to be a viable human embryo. Life has essentially been stopped. It is the same as removing a beating heart from an unwilling donor for research. A life has been ended for just the hope of the potential benefit for an unknown person. Tax dollars should never be used for something that takes the life of one to benefit another. "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves embryos."

 
5900 05/02/2009 at 01:12:12 AM Self     I am in great opposition to research on human embryonic stem cells. It is inhumane and morally wrong. What kind of value do we put on human life in this democracy? It is an outrage!

 
5901 05/02/2009 at 01:13:24 AM Self     If someone came up to you and said, "Hey, by the way I took your money and used it to murder children." I think most of us would be outraged and we would call the police and have them arrested. The outrageous and lack of commom sense when phrased as above we are able to discern that there is something wrong with the killing of life. But when we change the language to soothe our conscience by just calling life embryonic or fetus we somehow are able to look the other way while a crime against humanity is being committed. We, all of us, are an accomplice to a crime. The crime of murder.

 
5902 05/02/2009 at 01:14:14 AM Self     Embryonic Research should not take place simply because these are a life and they deserve a chance to live. It is not up to us to take a life before it has had a chance to survive and thrive. Please do not allow this to go forward.

 
5903 05/02/2009 at 01:15:51 AM Self     Funds should be predominantly allocated and spent on research applying already proven adult stem cells and on pluripotent stem cells which offer the most promise, rather that embryonic stem cells. These research areas do not raise moral concerns, do not kill a human embryo and offer higher probability of success across a wide range of potential diseases.

 
5904 05/02/2009 at 01:16:32 AM Self     1) Adult cells from the person are more effective in aiding disease than those from newborns or stem cells; 2) Since people carry their own it is not necessary to kill a potential person to harvest cells for aiding recovery; 3) Some of the stem cell work done aided persons with various diseases then after awhile the problem returned; therefore Allow the various companies to do their research with their money and let the government try to keep the nation safe from terrorists, and economically sound.

 
5905 05/02/2009 at 01:18:33 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing very small human beings in the embryonic stage. That was my stage of development once upon a time--I'm thankful that I was allowed to live and not given over to research. It is a proven fact, (but not widely published,) that adult stem cells and umbilical cord cells are being used to do phenomenal things---WITHOUT DESTROYING A HUMAN BEING. A nation without GOD is a nation without a conscience---and that is exactly where we stand today---a nation without a conscience. The end DOES NOT justify the means!!!! NO to embryonic stem cell research.

"Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." Proverbs 14:34

Respectfully submitted,

 
5906 05/02/2009 at 01:19:42 AM Self     As a retired obstetrical R.N., I strongly oppose the use of federal dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. This is misuse of tax dollars in the worst way, for while it appears to support research to bring improvement to the lives of some human beings, it kills other human beings in one of their earliest stages of development. This is as bad as if we were eating our young.

 
5907 05/02/2009 at 01:20:49 AM Self     In response to the Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research Notice, I would urge all involved to strongly and seriously reconsider using public tax funds to support human stem cell research. I am against using public funds for this type of research for many reasons. First and notably, if this were truly a "scientifically worthy" practice, ample funding would be available through private grants and private corporation research and development funds. Adult stem cells are proven to be more effective in treatment, more stable, more readily available, and can be experimented on without causing harm to the donor from which the stem cells are derived. Adult stem cells may be worthy of public funding, and yet even without that funding will continue to be developed into effective treatments for "diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis" without compromising moral and ethical standards. It cannot be "ethically responsible", or morally acceptable when any human with potential (including a human embryo) is destroyed in the name of research. An ethical use of funding would be to promote adoption alternatives for unwanted embryos. As a public school teacher, I often recognize, encourage, and have the opportunity to see children in difficult circumstances rise above those circumstances to become a wonderful contribution to society. All human life has potential when given the support and opportunity to thrive. Sentencing an embryo to death because of the choices and consent of that embryo's mother is inexcusable “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”. It is stated in this Draft Statement that, "human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." While this is technically true, human embryonic stem cells are not derived from embryos without having a significant, even deadly, effect upon those embryos. Legal does not automatically mean ethical. I find it interesting that "informed consent was obtained for the donation of the embryo". I was unaware that the embryo was of legal age to give that consent. Or am I to assume logically that, as a parent, I can ethically donate my three year old to research that may or will cause death to my child? I believe that would rightly be judged as severe child abuse. Finally, "no financial inducements (may be) provided for donation of the embryo" implies that no one will benefit financially from the destruction of an embryo. In reality, financial gain is not only possible, but guaranteed to researchers who obtain public funds to conduct their research. Using public funding in this manner is an irresponsible abuse of power.

 
5908 05/02/2009 at 01:21:16 AM Self     I am appalled that the government wants to use my tax money to kill embryos for research. Why would you want to waste money and effort this way? Adult stem cells have already provided many cures and treatments, while embryonic stem cells continue to disappoint. The "leftover" embryos slated for destruction could be adopted, as so many "snowflake children" already have been. We should not destroy these precious lives.

 
5909 05/02/2009 at 01:21:44 AM Self     Please don't use my tax dollars to do experiments on these young people. Why must we kill our most helpless for our own possible gain. Is this not total selfishness to force others to die in hopes of helping ourselves. Have we really done anyone any good if we cannot recognize another's life for our own convenience? Are we not called to help ALL humans not just the ones we choose?

 
5910 05/02/2009 at 01:23:15 AM Self     To begin with, it was wrong to create those human embryos! Unfortunately this cannot be undone. Whether an embryo will be born or not, it has the same human life now as it will have later. If they are not adopted, we must let them die a natural death; killing them would be the second wrong! Two wrongs never make one right! My tax dollars must not be used for any experimentation on them!

 
5911 05/02/2009 at 01:23:31 AM Self     Thank you for hearing the peoples' comments.

Since we don't really know WHEN life begins, it seems appropriate and responsible to err on the side of "do no harm". Let's look for other ways to answer the needs we seek from embryonic stem cells.

Adult stem cells have given us much more success, so far, than embryonic stem cells. Let's go with those and see how far we can go.

As Americans, we are bound to do the honorable thing, the right thing - that is what America has been known for since its beginning. Let's refocus ourselves and make decisions based on this first, and as sure as you're reading this, success WILL come because with choosing the right way eventually comes responsible answers.

Please say no to compromising and harming what just may be a living human being. Each embryo may be someone like you, or someone you love. Do you know for sure?

Thank you for considering making responsible, loving choices.

 
5912 05/02/2009 at 01:23:44 AM Self     I AM IN DIRECT MORAL OPPOSITION TO EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH AND I DO NOT WANT TO FUND IT WITH MY TAX DOLLARS. I AM A REGISTERED VOTER AND AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. I HOPE YOU WILL BEAR IN MIND MY VIEWS ON THIS ISSUE AS IT SEEMS THAT THE OPINIONS OF THE PEOPLE DON'T MATTER MUCH TO OUR ELECTED SERVANTS ANYMORE. EVEN THOUGH THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE PAID, BY THE PEOPLE, TO DO.

 
5913 05/02/2009 at 01:31:07 AM Self     Life is valuable in God's sight. There are no scientific results of healing mfrom this type of stem cell use and it should not be done or continued.

 
5914 05/02/2009 at 01:31:21 AM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. As taxpayers we are not in favor of this executive order. This encourages the further killing of human embryos for their cells. We know that stem cells from other sources that do not destroy life are a viable option for research. Please do not go back to the dark ages. If you decide to proceed with embryonic stem cell research you will be going backwards instead of forwards. We do not support ESCR and do not want our tax dollars to support this kind of research. Thank you for noting our position. After all, we do pay the bills.

 
5915 05/02/2009 at 01:31:58 AM Self     The guidelines that our president Obama is trying to implement will 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. Please help us put an end to the 'Death Industry' in this country. I do not want my tax dollars going to this neo-nazi cause. God's will be done.

 
5916 05/02/2009 at 01:32:43 AM Self     I am morally opposed to embryonic stem cell research. There has yet to be any disease cured or treated as a result of this kind of destructive research, and I encourage others to consider the lack of evidence supporting this practice.

 
5917 05/02/2009 at 01:33:21 AM Self     What a shame that our Country has come to this point

Our Nation is on the verge of leaving the things our Country is built on . A God giving life.

 
5918 05/02/2009 at 01:34:04 AM Self     When any law passes that devalues life, the line is erased and life is not valued anywhere.

 
5919 05/02/2009 at 01:34:39 AM Self     Please don't use taxpayer's monies for something that has not been successful compared to adult stem cell. Both methods have been researched without federal funding over the past few years and only the adult stem cells has proven to be successful. It will be a total waste of money which could be directed toward the successful path and therefore continue improving more human lives.

Thank you for your consideration.

 
5920 05/02/2009 at 01:34:55 AM Self Do not use embryonic stem cells for research. It has ALREADY been exhausted and no viable good has come from it. Do not waste any more of tax payers money for a dead issue. DO NOT remove the wall that President Bush put up.

 
5921 05/02/2009 at 01:35:30 AM Self     Using human embroyonic stem cells for research is an affront to life. It degrades the dignity of person and pushes our nation to embrace a culture of death. The use of adult stem cells has made available many therapies and has greater potential for the future. That is where research should be focused.

 
5922 05/02/2009 at 01:35:47 AM Self     We are against the use of tax-payer money for embryonic stem cell research. We prefer that the monies would go to adult stem cell research which has produced many cures whereas embryonic stem cells have had zero success rate. Embryonic stem cell research is literally a dead-end street, with no results and the killing of innocent human beings. Tax-payers money will be wasted and vulnerable human lives exploited.

We believe that funding of embryonic stem cell research is politically motivated rather than scientifically sound--and at the expense of hard-working American tax-payers.

 
5923 05/02/2009 at 01:37:27 AM Self     I do not want any of my tax dollars used to experiment on human embryonic stem cells!

 
5924 05/02/2009 at 01:38:14 AM Self     Please do not kill in the name of research. God will not bless your works of destruction to human life, the embro. As the gladoriators fought their last fight due to a tiny person crying out 'In the name of Christ, Stop'. So I too cry out 'In the name of Christ, Stop'.

 
5925 05/02/2009 at 01:41:50 AM Self     I am opposed to American's tax dollars going to fund experiments on stem cells taken from human embryos, that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, the draft guidelines for NIH human stem cells would require their death. I pray these guidelines will be reversed.

Thank you.

 
5926 05/02/2009 at 01:43:45 AM Self     i do not agree with embyonic stem cell search, please discontinue funds to this when there is no evidence and there has never been that it works for anything. not to mention it's inhumane.

thank you so much

 
5927 05/02/2009 at 01:44:48 AM Self     I oppose and resent my taxpayer funds going towards embryonic stem cell research! Stick with adult stem cells!

 
5928 05/02/2009 at 01:50:36 AM Self     "research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law" there is NOTHING "ETHICAL" about slaughtering human beings... they are human at the moment of conception. If this point is argued, I wish SOMEONE would show me EXACTLY WHERE the baby changes other than the time needed to fully develop. Nothing changes except the place of residence. That baby will continue to grow and mature for many many years. It is STILL a BABY... even in the WOMB. DO NOT use them for research! IT IS DESTROYING A LIFE! I DO NOT WANT MY TAX DOLLARS BEING USED FOR THIS!! SHORT AND SIMPLE, DO NOT KILL BABIES AND DO NOT USE MY TAX DOLLARS TO DO IT, PLEASE!!!

 
5929 05/02/2009 at 01:51:30 AM Self     I oppose the regulations allowing federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
5930 05/02/2009 at 01:52:20 AM Self     To whom it may concern:

Embryonic stem cell research is unethical to say the least. And in view of the great successes accomplished with adult stem cells, embryonic stem cell research is unnecessary.

I ask that it be defunded and outlawed permanently.

Thank You,

 
5931 05/02/2009 at 01:53:44 AM Self     I encourage all those in the National Institute for Health to not allow for any type of embryonic stem cell research, only adult stem cell research, because the Adult stem cells are where all the progress has been.

 
5932 05/02/2009 at 01:54:13 AM Self     Taxpayer money should not be used to fund embryonic stem cell research for any reason!! Killing human life at any stage is inhumane and violates our Constitutional Bill of Rights! Keep taxpayer's money out of the equation!!!

 
5933 05/02/2009 at 01:55:44 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds - our tax dollars - to kill human embryos for the sake of collecting their stem cells. It is morally wrong, and it's simply not necessary! The treatments and cures that have come from stem cells have come from ADULT STEM CELLS. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Why not put the money where it is best used? That is, in the funded research of ADULT stem cells. They have already produced so many successes. Be smart! Is it ethical and moral to kill these embryos, when they could be adopted, then implanted, and become someones long wished-for child? NO! Is it responsible and ethical to waste tax dollars on a course of action that up to now has failed miserably when compared to the success of adult stem cell research, treatments, and cures? NO! I am disabled, and have many health problems. I would rather continue to live my life this way, or even die, rather than see these unborn lives taken for my sake. Do what is right. We are not God! We do not have the right to take their lives.

 
5934 05/02/2009 at 01:57:32 AM Self     I am opposed to using embryonic stem from aborted babies for any reason.

 
5935 05/02/2009 at 02:03:20 AM Self     I do not wish to have my taxes pay for embryonic stem cell research. I do however willing give my taxes to adult stem cell research. Adult stem cell research has made tremendous advances to healing people than embryonic stem cells.

 
5936 05/02/2009 at 02:10:13 AM 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. 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.

 
5937 05/02/2009 at 02:14:23 AM Self     Please do not use tax money on these useless experiments that discards human life

 
5938 05/02/2009 at 02:20:07 AM Self     We believe that human embryos are human beings. We believe that human embryos remaining from in vitro fertilization should be available for adoption. Human embryos should not be used as spare parts for scientific research. Adult stem cells have proven to be successful in treating patients battling cancer, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and many other illnesses. In Nov. of 2009, our daughter, *****, who suffered from Hodgkins disease, had a successful Stem Cell Rescue in which thousands of her own stem cells were collected, purified and replanted in her body. She is now cancer-free. We ask that you ban the use of human embryos for scientific research. Scientists should use adult stem cells to treat diseases.

 
5939 05/02/2009 at 02:24:24 AM Self     The taking of life in order to save life, is incomprehensible to me. Adult stem cells are available, and can be used. Why is it necessary to kill the unborn?

How many of todays most brilliant people would be here, if this practice had been in use a century ago?

Stop killing the unborn to save those that were fortunate enough to be carried to term.

 
5940 05/02/2009 at 02:24:33 AM Self     As an obstetrician/gynecologist committed to the preservation of life, I am bewildered at President Obama's overturning of the previous funding guidelines on embryonic stem cell research. Human life begins at the time of fertilization and the stem cells created thereby have thus far found no appreciable scientific utility in the treatment of human disease. Indeed, substitutes have found wide applicability from sources that do not require the destruction of human embryos but are to be found in commonly available and cheaper sources such as skin tissues. I encourage the continuation of the policies withholding funding for human embryo stem cell research. Continuing these policies is consistent with sound scientific principles of research and is not a violation of the essence of our humanity.

 
5941 05/02/2009 at 02:25:55 AM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I oppose this, there is NO reason why I should have to pay for 'anyone's' abortion. In addition, embryonic stem cell Research is a complete waste of money, When adult stem cells, used without destroying growing babies, have been use for over 70 successful years.

 
5942 05/02/2009 at 02:31:01 AM Self     I was raised to be proud of my heritage, a heritage that was founded upon freedom to worship as I believe, freedom to speak my mind about what I feel strongly about without fear of censorship, reprisal, or punishment. Freedom to bear arms and protect myself and my family.

I have always prized these freedoms and been proud of the government that protected them. Now though, it seems that the government wants to restrict what I say, to punish me for having an opinion that differs from the headonistic liberal agenda, and voicing my concerns will in the near future be a criminal act. People who speak openly about their Christian faith are being labeled as terrorists, and people who call immorality "sin", are ridiculed as "hate" criminals. There is very little left in our government today that I feel I can be proud of. It is wrong that so many who have such strong convictions about the sanctity of human life, those of us to whom it is abhorant to take any human life beyond conception, those of us to whom that life is a sacred Holy thing, could be compelled by the government, a government that is supposed to protect our freedoms, to suppoprt through forced taxation the destruction of human life for any reason. To be compelled to support, with our tax dollars, research on embryonic stem cells, that has heretofor been without any positive merit, when adult stem cell research, which does not rely upon trade in death, has provided so many medical advances, is beyond tyranical.

When I was a child I heard missionaries relate tales of foreign soldiers giving Christian villagers an opportunity to renounce Christ and live, or refuse and die. For the first time in my life I can believe that such things will soon be happening here, in my own country, the country my fathers fought so hard to defend from that very type of poison.

Please do not force those of us who believe it is wrong to take human life at any point after conception to support with our toil and labor(the source of tax revenue)any research that might result in the loss of such Holy and sacred human life.

 
5943 05/02/2009 at 02:33:39 AM Self     As a physician and person who desires to see disease cured and the sick healed, I am against the funding of stem cell research as outlined in the new guidelines. I see the financial motives of many of these researchers to tap into my money paid through income taxes. It makes me sick.

 
5944 05/02/2009 at 02:33:43 AM Self     Please do not support Human Stem Cell activities.

 
5945 05/02/2009 at 02:39:43 AM Self     The NIH ahould not be finding embryonic stem cell research. The summary states the purpose of the draft guidelines is "to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law." It is not ethically responsible to allow research on embryos. Firstly, they are clearly human and nothing else. If there is any question as to their status of personhood or humanity we must always err on the side of protecting each and every person including a tiny individual and unique embryo. Secondly, Once we allow human experimentation in embryos, why not in the next stage of life? Step by step we can easily end up with experimentation on any person who is eak and cannot defend themselves. The purpose of government is to protect those who are weak. If we do not draw the line at the moment of conception, when there is a unique, unrepeatable living human, then where do we draw the line and how far can it be moved? Is it scientifically worthy? Current research has shown only cancerous results and very little promise for stem cells from embyos. Adult stem cells, however, have carried out many of the promising hopes science has had for stem cells. It seems clear that empbyonic stem cells have not proven to be scientifically worthy of the hopes held for them, and too throw more money after bad results is simply ridiculous.

 
5946 05/02/2009 at 02:45:55 AM Self     We are writing to object to the proposed human stem cell guidelines enabling use and eventual destruction of embryonic stem cells. 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.

Also during that time iPS stem cells have been developed that use adult stem cells, which research has shown are more stable, more useful, more patient-specific, and more successful. Thousands of people's lives have been improved through actual application of this research. This pales with worldwide embryonic stem cell results to date, which have been plagued with "stability" issues and little to zero successful results.

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. 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.

Several world-reknown stem cell research groups have abandoned embryonic stem cell lines and have devoted their research to adult stem cells. The US Government, however, is taking different action. One has to question whether the President and this policy are truly operating off the facts as revealed in the scientific community's own actions, or the politics of special interests out of touch with science or ethics.

Thank you for reading this letter and for your thoughtful consideration of its contents. Regards,

 
5947 05/02/2009 at 02:47:32 AM Self     AS A CATHOLIC, I DO NOT AGREE WITH YOUR POLICY.

 
5948 05/02/2009 at 02:52:11 AM Self     This measure is not necessary, has no promise of being fruitful, and is a waste of taxpayer's money. Please do not allow this to become law. It is a crime against humanity, and more specifically, a crime against God. While our court systems might offer probation for offenders on this planet, God is not mocked and will judge accordingly.

 
5949 05/02/2009 at 03:00:55 AM Self     I oppose the use of Federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cell research has consistently proven more promising and avoids the controversy associated with the serious ethical charges against human embryonic stem cell research.

 
5950 05/02/2009 at 03:07:05 AM Self     In God's opinion (and mine) according to the Bible, life begins at conception. Therefore I respectfully submit that to continue to experiment with live human beings in embryonic stem cell research is both immoral and illegal, according to our constitution.

Do not continue down this road when HUGE progress has been made with non-embryonic stem cells from adult skin cells and from cord blood and other sources.

If you're trying to save lives, start with the in vitro embryos!

 
5951 05/02/2009 at 03:08:28 AM Self     We favor President Bush's policy to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos 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. We vehemently oppose this action and also oppose any possibility of OUR tax dollars to be used for these purposes.

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5952 05/02/2009 at 03:09:04 AM Self     I would just like to go on record as someone and a famiy who is entirely pro-life that this is morally and economically wrong. I am all for the curing of disease but we all know it can be done with adult stem cells also. This bill will give young girls the incentive to go out and get pregnant and abort their babies for financial gain, we all know the government will pay them in the name of research. And who will foot the cost of these abortions, medicaid , Child Health Plus, other state or federally funded Health Insurance Programs. Wealthy or Middle Class teenage girls or women will have no need to offer their fetus for stem cell research for monetary gain or the sake of research, it will be welfare or drug addicted street mothers who will offer their unborn fetuses for your cause. You should be ashamed to even consider this prospect, We hear over and over how bad the economic times are , and You really think state funded abortions in the name of Stem Cell Research is the answer. You seem to thing the American people are blind to what the outcome of passing this bill will be but we are not and we would be wrong if we just stood back and allowed it to pass without voicing our opinions. President Obama professes to be a godly Christian man , than how can he justify the killing of innocent fetuses for his cause. I would ask on behalf of my children and their children and the future generations that you rethink the passing of this bill and do the RIGHT THING for once. Sincerely , *****, a concerned American Family

 
5953 05/02/2009 at 03:13:27 AM Self     When does it make it right for us to play like we are God? Never.

 
5954 05/02/2009 at 03:15:01 AM Self     We are very opposed to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. We are pro-life, and want to see these embryos have the chance to live, which is their right as well as ours. We people have been commanded not to take a human life.

Sincerely,

 
5955 05/02/2009 at 03:16:15 AM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send 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 innocent human lives, these draft guidelines would require their death. The darkness of Nazi Germany has infested our country! Adult stem cell research has provided many successes without the necessity of murdering babies; whereas the deadly embryonic stem cell research has produced nothing but failures. Move away from this demonic insanity!!!

 
5956 05/02/2009 at 03:18:32 AM Organization St. Patrick's Church PO Box 98, Scotia, CA 95565-0098 I am utterly opposed to any cloning of human embryos, or killing embryos for the body parts. Such practices are barbaric and totally unnecessary.

 
5957 05/02/2009 at 03:20:10 AM Self     Please refrain from using embryonic stem cells when adult stem cells will more reliably and more ethically produce the same or better outcome.

 
5958 05/02/2009 at 03:22:30 AM Self     I oppose the proposed legislation to do embryonic stem cell research at the expense of the taxpayers. I regret the direction that this is taking us and i believe that we are generationg thousands of stem cells a day and we do not need to experiment with embryos.

 
5959 05/02/2009 at 03:27:28 AM 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.

 
5960 05/02/2009 at 03:28:59 AM Self     I do not believe in killing embryos for stem cell research. Unused embryos from invitro fertilazation procedures could be used for couples that hope to adopt. An embryo is a child waiting to be born, and shouldn't be killed.

 
5961 05/02/2009 at 03:38:46 AM Self     I will not accept (underline begin)any(underline end) material from fetal stem cells in my body for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimers, or dementia.

It is playing with fundamental life when ADULT STEM CELLS are shown to be effective.

 
5962 05/02/2009 at 03:45:42 AM Self     Why waste money on Embryonic Stem Cell research when about 70 diseases have alredy been cured with Adult Stem Cells. ESC cause cancer and will NEVER be useful. Imagine all the good this money would do if given for Adult Stem Cell research.

IT'S A NO BRAINER

 
5963 05/02/2009 at 03:47:44 AM Self     Mr. Raynard S. Kington, Acting Director, NIH:

RE: Executive Order 13505 involving human embryonic stem cell research. The executive order issued by President Barack Obama is unacceptable and morally wrong.

 
5964 05/02/2009 at 03:59:04 AM Self     I vote no to continue research and development of NIH Human Stem Cells.

 
5965 05/02/2009 at 04:06:53 AM Self     Abortion should rare and expensive! Government should never be responsible for elimination human life and never available for anyone over 21 old.

 
5966 05/02/2009 at 04:24:33 AM Self     I would like to encourage President Obama to cease further human stem cell research.

 
5967 05/02/2009 at 04:39:58 AM Self     I strongly support President Obama's new guidelines for stem cell research. We should leave no stone unturned in the scientific search for cures to the many medical conditions that may be helped by such research.

Please do not listen to opponents of stem cell research who want to impose their personal religious beliefs on the rest of us.

Thank you.

 
5968 05/02/2009 at 04:40:27 AM Self     I am writing in opposition to Federal funds being spent on stem cell reseach. The reseach on human adult stem cells is showing great promise an the taking of life for a life is against all that is good.

 
5969 05/02/2009 at 04:40:49 AM Self     Dear sirs,

I want it made known to you that I am totally against the use of federal funds for stem cell research. To fund interference with a human embryo for any purpose is to interfere with what God intended. Human life is being tampered with in stem cell research and government is not only approving it, but funding it?? This is morally wrong and should be altogether banned, not supported. God is not mocked!

 
5970 05/02/2009 at 04:46:22 AM Self     We oppose the removal of restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research because those restrictions violate the sanctity of human life by causing the destruction of tiny, innocent human beings.

The use of tax dollars to fund this research violates our respect for the sanctity of human life. It allows our tax dollars to be used for research which violates our ethics and morals.

This removal of restrictions will divert research dollars from adult stem cell research which has already produced many cures.

 
5971 05/02/2009 at 04:53:32 AM Self     when eric liddel refused to run the olympic race on a sunday the king called him arrogant...he replied arrogance lies in the man that would seek another man to go against his conscience. i oppose use of federal funds for research. i believe life begins at the fertilization of the ovum---an embryo is a human being.

 
5972 05/02/2009 at 04:57:07 AM Self     Regarding the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines: Based on my belief that an embryo is a human life, I oppose the government's use of my tax dollars to fund emybryonic stem cell research. I believe embryos have the right to life and should be treated with the same respect as any other human being. I believe scientists will mutilate and kill these tiny, helpless humans in their pursuit of scientific research. Adult stem cell research has been proven to yield spectacular results in disease prevention and cure, and should continue to be pursued in place of embryonic stem cell research. I opppose all activity involving embryos with the exception of allowing the embryo to become the person he or she was created to be by God. I oppose the implementation of Executive Order 13505 on the grounds that scientific research involving human embryos is murder and therefore unethical and illegal.

 
5973 05/02/2009 at 05:07:35 AM Self     Are there any men or women who exist that come from something other than human embryos? Doesn't the Constitution of the US defent human life - at all stages?

 
5974 05/02/2009 at 05:16:05 AM Self     Let me state clearly that I am not in favor of creating embryos for research.

 
5975 05/02/2009 at 05:35:26 AM Self     Dear NIH,

Please carefully consider your guidelines for stem cell research. Stem cells from consenting adults have already proven effective in treating health related problems, while the stem cells from unborn babies has not yielded any effective treatments. To approve the use of stem cells from unborn babies is a waste of time, money, and more importantly a life that is priceless and unable to defend itself. We should never sanction the killing of unborn babies for the sake of scientific study, especially when there are thousands of adults who would willingly give their stem cells. Please make the standards strict: insist on the willing consent from an adult donor.

Thank you,

 
5976 05/02/2009 at 05:38:25 AM Self     I will make this short but to the point. "Thou shalt not Kill" sayeth the Lord! Using embryoes left over from invitro fertilization and using them for experimentation is in effect killing a potential human being. We will never know what that human being that these scientists killed could have contributed to the society that could have loved and protected it! Also 70 diseases are curently being treated with ADULT STEM CELLS with great success, and in 25 years of research with ESC there is not one success story! The President is also wasting 8 billion dollars of our hard earned taxpayer money which slays me in hard times like this! I repeat " THOU SHALT NOT KILL." sayeth the Lord. This president is obviously heartless when it comes to human life!

 
5977 05/02/2009 at 05:45:12 AM Self     Adult stem cells have been proven to treat conditions and the same with umbilical cords materials. The dollars spent on that research will actually help people, without offending the tens of millions of people who believe that working with embryonic stem cells is manipulating and hurting human life. Please spend our federal dollars on something that will help people, adult stem cell and umbilical cord research, not embryonic. I oppose this proposed regulation. No further work on these embryos.

 
5978 05/02/2009 at 05:51:30 AM Self    

 
5979 05/02/2009 at 05:55:58 AM Self     Embryionic Stem cell research is a slippery slope-do not go there. No where in the continuum of development can we say this is or is not human without subjectivity. We must protect all life or have all life subjected to a changing definition of who can or cannot be protected. The real advance in curing disease is with adult stem cells where there has been amazing progress without the moral debate. Keep it that way and do not use our tax dollars for destroying embryos-developing babies.

 
5980 05/02/2009 at 05:59:43 AM Self     Please do not use stem cells from human embryos created to be used for invitrofertilization to further stem cell research. Cord blood stem cell research and other types of stem cell research have been much more fruitful. Please go back to President Bush's regulations as a model.

 
5981 05/02/2009 at 06:01:07 AM Self     Please do not use human embryos for scientific research. It is not good or moral to destoy a human being for any reason. I would rather see my tax dollars going towards adoption of these human embyos. It is the right thing to do.

 
5982 05/02/2009 at 06:01:13 AM Self     I would ask you not to use living human embryo's for research. As a human I find this destruction of human life appalling. As a taxpayer I find it very ill conceived and wasteful. It appears that certain researchers have their eyes on the money not on real and proven research. Thank you,

 
5983 05/02/2009 at 06:06:52 AM Self     I am opposed to taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research because it destroys an innocent life, and it has not proven successful in any treatment applications; whereas adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells, a totally ethical alternative, have proven effective in at least seventy different illness treatments. I would think that, if there is promise in embryotic stem cells, the private sector would be heavily invested and would tell the federal government to go find something else to throw money away on. I believe this government move has everything to do with blurring understanding of the sanctity of life, and nothing to do with science.

 
5984 05/02/2009 at 06:07:44 AM Self     why use embrionic stem cells that haven't got the necessary qualities to help people when even I know adult stem cells do? Corrupt desperados selling your souls at every turn

 
5985 05/02/2009 at 06:17:45 AM Self     I Do Not want my Tax dollars used for ESC Research. I'm not saying it's a waste but feel that those that want it should pay for it. Please use my Tax dollars for something else. Ask those that want ESC Research if they're willing to pay for it.

 
5986 05/02/2009 at 06:24:02 AM Self     Please do not allow the use of human embryos for the stem cell research that is being considered.

 
5987 05/02/2009 at 06:25:11 AM Self     These guidelines as proposed use public funds to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. While politically correct, this is simply immoral and unethical. It is also another blatant waste of public funds which government has been taking and spending like never before. Adult stem cells are far more promising and organizations that don't require public funding are government should be conducting the research in the first place.

Public funding should not be necessary for research involving adult or embryonic cell cells (although adult stem cells can be obtained ethically and morally. The destruction of innocent life is wrong whether cells were obtained before or after August 9, 2001.

Obscenely expensive research using other people's money simply for political reasons is irresponsible. The killing of human embryos to supply stem cells for this research is cause for national shame.

Government has now created financial incentives (with my money) to create and destroy human embryos. The draft guidelines for distributing funds for this human embryonic stem cell research will allow even more tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. This is morally and ethicall outrageous.

Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Shame on us.

 
5989 05/02/2009 at 06:30:48 AM Self     I believe that the use of embryonic stem cells is wrong. The use of adult stem cells is being used successfully and there is no reason to kill embryos for this reason.

 
5990 05/02/2009 at 06:31:59 AM 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.

 
5991 05/02/2009 at 06:40:46 AM Self     i do not believe in taking the lives of unborn babies just so the medical community can have an unending supply of stemcells to experiment with. these embryos are living babies,created by GOD . they were given a soul and an intelligence.they feel,they think and they are alive. the researchers are no less murderers than the nazis were. GOD said thou shalt not kill.THAT SHOULD SAY IT ALL.

 
5992 05/02/2009 at 06:40:47 AM Self     Please add my name to the list of people who object to tax dollars being used for embryonic stem cell research. An embryo is a human life which deserves respect. As there are better, more efficient and successful alternatives to ESCR, overturning the ban on ESCR amounts to greed and money. Adult stem cell research is the future of medicine.

 
5993 05/02/2009 at 06:41:15 AM Self     The killing of life to promote life denies the value of each individual life. It is a slippery slope when one life becomes more valuable than another.. Thank you.

 
5994 05/02/2009 at 06:42:38 AM Self     Don't kill embro's just for their DNA. Adopt them out.

 
5995 05/02/2009 at 06:47:01 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars to be used to fund embryonic stem cell research. I am a person who was diagnosed with MS at age 40. I am very thankful that I no longer have symptons but even if I did I would not sacrifice the unborn human beings to do research. There has been much success with adult stem cells and that is where I would support the research.

 



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