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.

NIH received 49,015 comments by May 26, 2009, the closing date of the comment period, and have compiled these comments on this website. Any comments received via email or mail after the May 26 deadline are not included on this website. In reviewing the comments, NIH determined that 60 comments were inappropriate (i.e., contained SPAM responses or offensive language), and these comments have been excluded from this website. In addition, to protect the identities and personal information of individuals who submitted comments, NIH has removed personally identifiable information from the comments on this website even though individuals consented that the information provided could be made available for public review and posting.



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17852 05/12/2009 at 04:34:58 PM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research and vehemently object to my tax dollars going to support this. I am against this because I know that life begins at conception. Also, the research so far has shown that nothing good has come of the embryonic stem cell transplants and to make it worse, tumors have grown and made the conditions worse. Adult stem cells do not seem to grow tumors. Why do you make people pay for this when it is bad all the way around!

 
17853 05/12/2009 at 04:35:05 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
17854 05/12/2009 at 04:35:16 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

Respectfully,

 
17855 05/12/2009 at 04:35:20 PM Self     Dear Mr. President,

I admire your dedication and hard work to serve the country. Because your are the leader of this amazing country, I must let you know that I do not agree with your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

Please do not do this horrible thing. Thank you for listening to me.

God bless you and God bless America.

 
17856 05/12/2009 at 04:35:40 PM Self     Hello,

Although I am using a pre-written text, it most clearly states my opinion that I wish to share with you. Please accept it as my honest opinion.

-I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

Thank you for your attention,

 
17857 05/12/2009 at 04:35:54 PM Self     We believe that adult stem cells are just as effective and there are more of them! So why use embryos? Thank you!

 
17858 05/12/2009 at 04:36:02 PM Self     President Obama, We are oppoed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force us as a taxpayer to subsidize resrarch requiring the destruction of inocent human life. We are opposed any kind of killing fron consepchon to natural death. We beleave that if someone advisese someone to have a aborchan they are gilty of murder also.

 
17859 05/12/2009 at 04:36:14 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes. -Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. -The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17860 05/12/2009 at 04:36:26 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17861 05/12/2009 at 04:36:30 PM Self     Use adult stem cells not from unborns if you have to use them for research!

 
17862 05/12/2009 at 04:36:44 PM Self     Embryonic Stem cell research could be obsolete!! Science has developed induced pluripotent stem cells that are virtually identical to embryonic stem cells. These are developed from ordinary body cells so they can be obtained without destroying human embryos. These are also safer to use. Check out the "Bentham Open Cell Journal."

 
17863 05/12/2009 at 04:36:50 PM Self     The destruction of human life, irregardless of it's position along the cycle of life, is never justifed - even when the intent is to have the "potential" to benefit another human being through "cell-based" therapies.

Furthermore, the use of human embryos has been obviated through the scientific development and advancement of "pluripotent" cells. President Obama's Executive Order 13505 can therefore only be seen within the context of political pandering to the minority population who condone the destruction of life at any stage and who have contributed to his campaign.

 
17864 05/12/2009 at 04:37:05 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life.

-Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. Support should not be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and above all effective in treating patients.

 
17865 05/12/2009 at 04:37:06 PM Self     As a Christian, I cannot support abortion or any medical procedure/process that intentionally threatens human life in whatever form. If we are to move forward as a moral and God-centered people, we must never sacrifice the sanctity of human life for any cause no matter how noble. Medical research is such a noble cause, and those, who are involved in it, must maintain the highest moral standards while continuing to search for cures. If our nation is truly 'one nation under God', then we must continually adhere to God's Word and Biblical teachings. To do otherwise, threatens all those who are unable to defend themselves... those with disabilities, the elderly, the infirm, and the poor can easily become targets. The unborn are already being slaughtered. It's sad that in today's 'civilized society' almost anything can be justified in the name of 'medicine', 'science', or 'human rights'. I pray that our national leaders and lawmakers will turn their hearts and minds to the loving and caring heavenly Father who created us all, and seek His guidance on all matters especially those that threaten human lives, and always prefer life over any other right or cause.

 
17866 05/12/2009 at 04:37:30 PM Self     As I understand embryonic stem cells, their research, and the results of said research...

A: There is a clear and painful moral objection to using any level of human life to be used exclusively for scientific experiments

B: There is a very large concern of playing God/the supreme being and finding ways for humans to live for centuries at a time...especially at the expense of innocent human lives used for an experimental purpose only.

C: There are many reasons that cars that got less than 10 miles to the gallon are no longer being mass produced! There are also many reasons many new ideas for other products &/or services have failed to come to market...what good it is to continue to through money at a morally reprehensible research process that has produced NOTHING!!!!!!! How many times would researchers like to run experiments only to have the same useless, un-productive, and completely wasteful results?

To the best of my knowledge and as it has been reported...to date, there have been absolutely ZERO productive/successful/ground-breaking results from ANY of the embryonic stem cell research that has been done thus far. NOT A SINGLE STEP FORWARD!!! ...Not even the indication of being even faintly close to a possible step forward!!!

Yet, many individuals, continue to pour funds into this total waste of a cause...this total dead end...with serious moral concerns...

On the other hand, we DO HAVE the adult stem cell researchers and their very clear and very much in-use and effective results...Adult stem cells HAVE brought solutions and results to the table and continue to break new ground all the time!!! All this without the moral concerns the embryonic stem cells present...yet adult stem cells also have their proven success!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why would anyone want to pour money into a failed, unproductive, morally reprehensible research...when there is a VERY productive, very effective and morally sound solution ALREADY BEING USED AND EVEN FURTHER DEVELOPED?

Throw this bad idea out and run with what has worked and continues to work!!!

 
17867 05/12/2009 at 04:37:40 PM Self     I am vehemently opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of human life. I am in favor of stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Human embryonic stem cell research has been shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems as well as destroying innocent human life. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical and very effective in treating patients. There is no reason to support controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17868 05/12/2009 at 04:38:46 PM Self     There is no reason to use embryonic stem cells. They have not been proven to work. Adult stem cells work better and don't require the deaths of babies. Yes, they are human beings you want to kill for embryonic stem cells. Life begins at conception. You want to commit murder to get some cells which have not been proven to work. Blood can be saved from the umbilical cord. That has been proven to work. Why take innocent life when there is no proof these cells work?

 
17869 05/12/2009 at 04:38:49 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
17870 05/12/2009 at 04:38:54 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

I oppose this as a Christian who believes in life at conception. The Fifth Commandment states, "Thou shalt NOT kill". I am voicing my opposition to this type of stem cell research because I will be accountable before my God on Judgment Day if I do not oppose this, as will those who support this practice.

Thank you,

 
17871 05/12/2009 at 04:39:00 PM Organization Susan B. Anthony List 1800 North Kent Street, Suite 1070, Arlington, VA 22209 I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17872 05/12/2009 at 04:39:52 PM Self     I am vehemently opposed to federal funding of any type of fetal cell or tissue use. The destruction of or use of any human fetal cells or tissue for scientific or other reasons should never be permitted. I do not believe in the destruction of any human life, whether pre or post birth. The sanctity and protection of human life should be of the utmost importance to the United States government. As our great Declaration states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." A fetus is undeniably a human and has the right to life. Federal law or guidelines that would approve the pursuit and taking of that life are nothing short of murder.

 
17873 05/12/2009 at 04:40:01 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17874 05/12/2009 at 04:40:22 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17875 05/12/2009 at 04:40:46 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

 
17876 05/12/2009 at 04:40:54 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes. Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately. Please take this opportunity to stand up to President Obama's order that allows more of your tax dollars to be spent on the destruction of human life.

 
17877 05/12/2009 at 04:40:58 PM Self     I am opposed to the draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research. I am deeply concerned that I am being forced to subsidize research that not only destroys innocent human life, but has been proven ineffective and even dangerous. Embryonic stem cells cause the growth of uncontrollable tumors and rejection problems. Adult stem cells are ethical, non controversial, and have been proven effective in treating patients. Under no circumstance should taxpayer dollars be used to fund research that is unsafe and destructive of human life, especially when there is a better option. Also, the proposed regulations do not prevent funding of research that may lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be addressed.

 
17878 05/12/2009 at 04:41:16 PM Self     I was diagnosed at the age of 35 in 1993 with young-onset Parkinson’s disease. I consider medical research to be a policy issue, not a political one. People ask me if I am conservative, liberal, or any number of labels. My answer? I am ******. I give a thorough and reasoned look at the issues even when I have a vested interest. Especially when I have a vested interest. My creditability and reputation are on the line. I write and have been published too many times to count about stem cell research. Always I have sources to back me up.

A fallacy has been going around for a long time that there is an adult stem cell treatment for Parkinson’s disease. If that is the case, why am I not standing in line (along with many other people) for the treatment?

Why does a young father have trouble explaining to his children he cannot play with them (as he wonders how he will support his family)?

Why are people with PD living in fear of employers’ reactions that they have PD? A gentleman I know told his employer that he had PD. A week later he was told his job was no longer necessary and he had to go. What a coincidence. Or was it?

Why was I visiting my friend who had DBS surgery gone awry?

Why are families breaking up over a family member having PD?

Why are younger people than ever being placed in nursing homes?

Why are people losing their spouses to the complications of PD at younger ages than before?

Why is our economy being drained by SSDI and LTD payments for those with PD?

There is no adult stem cell treatment for PD. The people mentioned above would be standing in line with me if that was the case. Here I am in 2009 no longer working outside the home. I had to leave my employment in 2000 due to motor fluctuations from Parkinson’s disease.

I ask you to keep the guidelines that you submitted and follow through on them. I ask you to always remember the facts. They come before emotions in this case. Look at the facts you have garnered with the research you have done thus far. Please move forward. People who write to you without facts and with fallacies like the one above are not helping anyone. I want you to know I am not just fighting for me and the PD community. I am also fighting for the NIH. All along the ball should have been in your court with stem cell research. You are the federal agency that does basic medical research. You should have been allowed all along to make decisions. Now you have your chance to further validate the research you have done in the past and are doing now and just think what you can accomplish in the future. Thank you for your time and attention.

 
17879 05/12/2009 at 04:42:01 PM Self     I oppose embyonic stem cell research for the following reasons:

-Your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research,force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17880 05/12/2009 at 04:42:17 PM Self     ALL life(including the unborn) should be protected. Stem cells are no longer needed for any research according to medical researchers.

 
17881 05/12/2009 at 04:42:27 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

There is a young girl that lives near me that had stem cell therapy for luekemia and has been free from cancer for ten years. Her older brother grew the stem cells for her, he was a match. There are many more people like Julie that are survivers because of adult stem cell therapy, there is no reason to do embryonic stem cell therapy when adult stem cells work just fine, without having to deal with things like tumors.

 
17882 05/12/2009 at 04:42:36 PM Self     We STRONGLY OPPOSE the use of US taxpayers dollars to fund EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH. We value every human life. President Obama's Administration claims they want to defend the defenseless and those without a voice, yet, they ABANDON the UNBORN...the most defenseless of all our children.

 
17883 05/12/2009 at 04:42:59 PM Self     I am a T4 quadriplegic, and I would benefit from stem cell research. However, I would NOT benefit if those stem cells were human embryonic stem cells as described in the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research Notice. If embryonic stem cells were in any way effectual, I would rather remain a paraplegic than to know I was the beneficiary of the barbarous act of "clone and kill!"

There have been tremendous strides in the use of adult stem cells that do not destroy human life, but embryonic stem cells only produce tumors. It is insipid to believe the destruction of human life is an acceptable way to benefit human life! Moreover, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to kill human embryos when the success rate for adult stem cells is so remarkable and adult stem cells are so readily available!

The reasoning for killing embryos is not beneficial research for the improvement of life, but simply a way to tap into the tremendous monetary resources available, and you know it!

 
17884 05/12/2009 at 04:43:43 PM Self     Other options for stem cell research should be pursued first before crossing a moral boundary held by many citizens of our country, which by doing would usurp the authority held exclusively by the God of creation and violate the protection of innocent life as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

 
17885 05/12/2009 at 04:44:00 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17886 05/12/2009 at 04:44:21 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes. -Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. -The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17887 05/12/2009 at 04:45:10 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17888 05/12/2009 at 04:46:04 PM Self     We are writing to ask that you not fund stem cell research that destroys human life.

You should not fund research that destroys human life. We have adult stem cell research and umbilical cord stem cell research that has proven effective.

We do not want to be forced to pay our taxes when the money will go towards funding embryonic stem cell research.

We would like a reply to our e-mail.

Thank you.

 
17889 05/12/2009 at 04:46:14 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17890 05/12/2009 at 04:46:28 PM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research becasue I believe a life is taken in the process.

Also it has been shown that adult stem cell research offers greater results.

The Lord gave His life freely however the embryos arn't given this choice.

 
17891 05/12/2009 at 04:47:25 PM Self     I just want to register my opposition to stem cell research. As a praticing Catholic I believe that stem cells are the begining of life. I also know that more value has been found to using adult cells that don't destroy individuals. Please consider using adult cells and let the babies live. Sincerely yours for life,

 
17892 05/12/2009 at 04:47:32 PM Self     It has been proven without any doubt that embryonic stem cells cannot be controlled and develop into cancer cells. They are considered useless for the kind of research that is being touted as "on the brink" of new discoveries. However, adult stem cells have been proven effective and is being used already for many illnesses and conditions. This information is being stifled by the main stream press. Why is the non-working research being unreasonably pushed and given more funding but the research that has been proven to work being dismissed? This insistence on going down a proven wrong path will come back and haunt this country when some famous political person becomes ill with what would have been otherwise cured by adult stem cell research.

 
17893 05/12/2009 at 04:47:33 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole should be closed immediately.

 
17894 05/12/2009 at 04:47:44 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
17895 05/12/2009 at 04:48:04 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17896 05/12/2009 at 04:48:17 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17897 05/12/2009 at 04:48:39 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

 
17898 05/12/2009 at 04:48:46 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
17899 05/12/2009 at 04:49:07 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17900 05/12/2009 at 04:49:09 PM Self     I am opposed to any type of stem cell research which destroys human life.

 
17901 05/12/2009 at 04:49:19 PM Self     First: The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately

Second: Regarding my tax money: -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Third most Importantly: Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. Why possibly destroy lives to create lives, when other non-life threating options are avalible?

 
17902 05/12/2009 at 04:49:31 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Embryo-destructive stem cell research has has been a failure, ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are a success and effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

Sincerely,

 
17903 05/12/2009 at 04:49:51 PM Self     To Whom it May Concern:

I am saddened and highly opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life.I firmly believe that support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven to be successful. There is so much successful research and treatments out there--why should we take the life of a human being for another?

The ineffectiveness of Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

Please take this opportunity to stand up to President Obama's order that allows more of your tax dollars to be spent on the destruction of human life. I know of many individuals who have expereinced cancer, ALS, multiple sclerosis, etc who are NOT in favor of this order as well.

 
17904 05/12/2009 at 04:49:54 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17905 05/12/2009 at 04:50:13 PM       -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17906 05/12/2009 at 04:50:30 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Although many Americans believe wholeheartedly in the promise of great medical advancement through embryonic stem cell research, there are also many of us who believe that this is murder and absolutely should NOT be required to aid the funding of this. Additionally, while embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems, adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. Furthermore, a great number of Americans don't seem to be educated on exactly what embryonic stem cell research actually is, as evidenced by Bill Clinton in his interview on Dr. Sanjay Gupta (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2009/03/11/sot.lkl.clinton.stem.cell.cnn?iref=videosearch), who repeatedly stated that we have to be careful that the embryos never get fertilized (when by definition, an embryo is a fertilized egg). If a former president of the United States is so woefully misinformed on this issue, how can we expect the general public to make educated decisions about whether or not their tax dollars should be used for this? We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. Please put our tax dollars toward adult stem cell research instead.

One last point; the proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17907 05/12/2009 at 04:50:54 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17908 05/12/2009 at 04:51:02 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Embryo-destructive stem cell research has been a failure, ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are a success and effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

Sincerely,

 
17909 05/12/2009 at 04:51:08 PM Self     Please do not allow tax funds to be utilized for killing embryos to harvest their stem cells. ESCs have not yet cured a single malady, have caused teratomas, and have rejection issues. Meanwhile adult stem cells suffer from none of these problems and do not require the killing of a human being. They have produced more than 70 therapies right here and now. There is no legitimate reason to pursue ESC research.

Sincerely,

 
17910 05/12/2009 at 04:51:30 PM Self     I wish to express my opposition to the national funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Embryonic stem cell research, by its very nature, destroys human life. Human life is sacred.

The national good would be much better served by increasing adult stem cell research. In fact, this is more apt to produce outstanding results.

I urge the administration to back off on its plan to promote stem cell research.

 
17911 05/12/2009 at 04:51:39 PM Self     I am not in favor of my tax dollars being used for stem cell research as it has no sucess. The use of adult stem cells however has had sucess.

 
17912 05/12/2009 at 04:51:43 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17913 05/12/2009 at 04:52:09 PM Self     Please do not allow tax funds to be utilized for killing embryos to harvest their stem cells. ESCs have not yet cured a single malady, have caused teratomas, and have rejection issues. Meanwhile adult stem cells suffer from none of these problems and do not require the killing of a human being. They have produced more than 70 therapies right here and now. There is no legitimate reason to pursue ESC research.

Sincerely,

 
17914 05/12/2009 at 04:52:23 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes. -Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. -The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17915 05/12/2009 at 04:52:36 PM Self     Please be sensitive to taxpayers who object to having their tax money fund destructive embryonic cell research. Specific objections are: --Conscience. It is morally wrong to take the life of an innocent human being. --Patriotism. It is certainly un-American to deny the right of life to a person born (or having the potential to be born) in our country which proclaims that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness belong to ALL. --Consequences. This may easily lead to cloning. --Alternatives. The real breakthroughs have been, not in destructive stem cell research, but in the various alternatives such as adult cell and umbilical cord research, where real results have been obtained. Thank you for considering these points. Sincerely,

 
17916 05/12/2009 at 04:52:42 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes. -Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. -The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17917 05/12/2009 at 04:52:52 PM Self     The last society to down grade life were the "Nazi's" in 1930's Germany. We need to have a higher standard and Not kill the un-born. People are outraged by water boarding, calling it cruel and unusual, torture. These same people need to understand what happens to these tiny human research subjects. Do they feel pain? I feel pain, deep inside, for every murdered child no matter their age. Stop this now, it does not help our society, all stem cell advances to date have been from adult stem cells taken from your own body. Embryonic cells have been researched for many years and have met with total failure.

 
17918 05/12/2009 at 04:52:56 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17919 05/12/2009 at 04:53:14 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes. -Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. -The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17920 05/12/2009 at 04:53:25 PM Self     I am against the funding for embryonic stem cell research which has already proved a failure compared to the adult stem cell research that has proven wonderful results. I do not want my taxes going to ceate a life in order to destroy it for this failed research. Fund adult stem cell research, it is helping people all over the world.

 
17921 05/12/2009 at 04:53:28 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
17922 05/12/2009 at 04:54:09 PM Self     Hello.Funds should be going to stem cell research that has proven to be of great value.Embryonic stem cells have brought only negative results,including harm to people.Perhaps because they are from murdered children?

 
17923 05/12/2009 at 04:54:25 PM Self     am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17924 05/12/2009 at 04:54:38 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern,

The fact that President O'bama wants to use federal money for embryonic stem cell research is another example of how he shows no respect for the most vunerable of human life.

As the leader of our nation, he should reflect what the constitution says, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." The "life" means ALL human life, not just the lives we decide we want to keep.

I pray that President O'bama will have a change of heart to consider and protect ALL human life!

 
17925 05/12/2009 at 04:54:57 PM Self     Due to the scientific fact that the the embryos in question for medical research are genetically independent and unique human beings, they must never be killed to extract their stem cells. Deeming them "no longer needed for reproductive purposes" does not change their intrinsic make-up. An embryo created for in-vitro fertilization and then no longer needed is not categorically different then one created for research purposes in a scientific lab. The intention of their creation does not change what that intrinsically are. Both are genetically independent and unique human beings and have rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The Government of the United States must protect these rights. The allure of medical advancement for current diseases is not reason enough to proceed in this venture. Killing these human persons for their stem cells is analogous to having fully formed babies and then killing them to extract vital organs so that others might receive a transplant, be cured of a disease, etc. We must not, as a country and a world, move down this slippery slope. Also, there is the ethically responsible and morally unambiguous option of adult stem cell research for the treatment of diseases. I would much rather my taxes being put toward research of this kind that has shown real promise and no ethical drawbacks. Adult stem cells are already being used in the medical field. Embryonic stems cells are used for nothing. I do not believe this is because there has not been adequate funding since scientists in our country and other parts of the world have already been experimenting with embryonic stem cells. I ask President Obama and the US Government to reconsider this action. If it goes forward and is allowed to continue, I believe we are inching ever more closely to seeing all new human life as expendable and only useful in so much as it improves our current lives. Nothing could be further from the truth, and if we continue in this trend, I fear for the well being and long-term prosperity of our country. I will keep President Obama, lawmakers, scientists, and especially all innocent and extremely vulnerable persons in the embryonic state in my prayers.

 
17926 05/12/2009 at 04:55:06 PM Self     Stem Cell research is another form of murder. We are a better country than to use these.

 
17927 05/12/2009 at 04:55:11 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17928 05/12/2009 at 04:55:43 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17929 05/12/2009 at 04:55:44 PM Self     I am very upset to hear that President Obama wants to use taxpayers money to pay for embryonic stem cell research. This is a research that has results that have been proven to be ineffective and dangerous. While adult stem cell research has proven to be more stable, effective, AND ethical (it does not kill innocent life). Why are we choosing controversial research that kills life over solid proven research that saves lives?

I understand that this proposal also leaves huge gaps for the possibility of future cloning and human-animal hybrids. This is unacceptable and this loophole should be closed immediately.

In addition, at a time when we are now borrowing 50 cents for every dollar we spend, WHY ARE WE ARE WE LOOKING FOR MORE WAYS TO SPEND MONEY WE DO NOT HAVE!!!!

Thank you

 
17930 05/12/2009 at 04:55:45 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes. -Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. -The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17931 05/12/2009 at 04:55:53 PM Self     As a taxpayer this goes against my beliefs and I am sure that we should not be apart of this as a nation. It is a tragic, purposeful WASTE of taxpayer money (besides being highly unethical) allowing our tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research while allowing many loopholes in the guidelines which leaves many doors "open" to cloning and other unethical (to say the least) measures. Although the "theory" may be good in many people's minds, it has been PROVEN that the embryonic stem cells cause cancerous tumors. Would it not be wiser, both morally and economically, for the government to use taxpayer monies in an more efficient way by focusing on adult stem cell research? This certainly is not only ethical but has PROVEN, DOCUMENTED benefits which we are well aware of.

In conclusion, I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

 
17932 05/12/2009 at 04:56:20 PM Self   Texas PLEASE respect LIFE and do not KILL any human being for the sake of maybe helping another human being. There are NO positive results with embryonic stem cell research. Please don't waste our tax dollars on this terrible research. Please put our money into adult stem cell resarch where there have been success stories.

The reason there are no success stories with embryonic stem cells is because it is not of GOD. We are not supposed to kill one person to help another person.

The Bible (God's Word) tells us in the Fifth Commandment..."Thou shall not kill."

 
17933 05/12/2009 at 04:56:29 PM Self     -I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

-Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

-The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately. Please take this opportunity to stand up to President Obama's order that allows more of your tax dollars to be spent on the destruction of human life.

 
17934 05/12/2009 at 04:56:50 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
17935 05/12/2009 at 04:57:05 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17936 05/12/2009 at 04:57:28 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
17937 05/12/2009 at 04:57:29 PM Self     I am absolutely astounded! I have never seen an administration so obsessed with killing unborn babies. The Democrats have made abortion their number one priority. It is apparent that they are intentionally devaluing life, which makes it clear that they can not be trusted! The president has appointed avid abortionists only, and has NEVER attempted to stop the killing of babies. Stem cell research has now been allowed and encouraged at the fetal stage, when there has been developed the ability to create adult cells with the same characteristics.

I am disgusted with the Democrat party and their president. God have mercy on us all.

 
17938 05/12/2009 at 04:57:36 PM Self     To whom it may concern:

I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and have already been successful. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. America should never fund controversial research that destroys human life, especially when we have other options.

In addition, the proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. Please consider the impact of these regulations carefully, and work to protect innocent human lives now and in the future.

Sincerely,

 
17939 05/12/2009 at 04:57:52 PM Self     I can not condone the use of tax money for stem cell research. There is absolutely no reason to use embryos in this manner and using our tax dollars to destroy innocent human life is unconscionable. Please consider the opptions available and use those instead.

 
17940 05/12/2009 at 04:58:11 PM Self     Reading carefully in most articles that report on stem cells, you will find that almost all of the articles involve successful adult stem cell research. Here are summaries of some of the most interesting ones. Stem cell shots restore lost memory (New Scientist): Scientists damaged the memories of several mice, then injected stem cells from the brains of healthy newborn baby mice into the damaged brains of the adult mice; the adult mice recovered their memories within three months. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine reported in 2006 that through the use of nasal stem cells injected into an injured spinal cord the patient gained some movement. In another study involving nasal stem cells done by Australian researchers, paralyzed rats were injected with nasal stem cells and within six weeks the rats were able to move their legs. (National Right to Life News, Pro-Life News in Brief January 2009.) Along with these successes have been the falsification of many results involving embryonic stem cell research. New Scientist Reports – Questions to follow reports of stem cell diabetes cure by Peter Aldhous “Diabetes cured by stem cells! Or so you would think, judging from last week’s media coverage. The excitement focused on a trial conducted in Brazil that resulted in people with type 1 diabetes being able to live without insulin for months – in one case for three years. It is unclear however, whether the treatment constitutes a cure, or even whether any benefit was due to stem cells. ….the trial’s real significance many be to highlight that tests of risky stem cell treatments are taking place in Asia and Latin America, where approval may be granted more readily than in the US or Europe.” Sometimes the experimentations have more deadly consequences than just being unregulated. In Israel a 13 year old boy nearly died from brain and tumors which were a direct result of the embryonic stem cell tissue which was harvested from aborted fetuses. Other countries promise even more dangerous and just plain disgusting treatments involving stem cells, including a ‘frozen baby cow afterbirth’ facial. However, not all stem cell research has gone in disastrous directions. Using adult stem cells over 70 different potential cures for various devastating diseases have been found. No cures have been found by using embryonic stem cell research.

Recently on Oprah, Michael J. Fox, (a huge advocate of embryonic stem cell research to cure Parkinsons disease), was told by a leading doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, about the adult stem cell option which doesn’t involve destroying embryos. Dr. Oz said, “I think the stem cell debate is dead.” Watch the clip here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDFJOzu9SyM

Stem cells have great promise, but that promise should not come at the expense of lives, sacrificed to gain nothing. Other alternatives to embryonic stem cell research do exist… and should be explored with a passion to save lives.

sources

Aldhous, Peter. “Insight: Questions follow reports of stem cell diabetes cure.” New Scientist 21 April. 2007: p. 13

Boyd, Shaun. “Chinese Stem Cell Therapy Helps Girl See” 10 March, 2009. 16 Mar. 2009 <http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/10/national/main4856566.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_4856566>

CBS News “Timeline of Stem Cell Debate” 16 Mar. 2009 <http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/10/national/main4856566.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_4856566>

Coghlan, Andy. “Amnotic fluid supplies ‘repair kit’ for later life” New Scientist. 13 Jan. 2007.: p. 9

Coghlan, Andy. “Stem cell shots restore lost memory.” New Scientist 10 Nov. 2007: p. 10

“Fetal stem cells give boy a tumor” Washington Post. 17 Feb. 2009. 17 Mar. 2009 <http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/17/fetal-stem-cells-give-dying-boy-tumor/>

McMinn, Bryce. “Learning the Truth About Stem Cell Research Made Me Pro-Life” Lifelines. Winter 2009. p. 10

Thompson, Andrea. “A barbaric kind of beauty” Daily Mail. 7 Aug. 2006. 16 Mar. 2009 <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-399376/A-barbaric-kind-beauty.html>

Townsend, Liz. “Researchers Using Nasal Stem Cells to Treat Spine Injuries.” National Right to Life News. Jan. 2009: p. 22

Weiss, Rick, text. Aguilera-Hellweg, Max, photographs. “The Power to Divide.” National Geographic July 2005. p. 3 - 27

 
17941 05/12/2009 at 04:58:16 PM Self     As a tax paying American I am devastated that the President of my country would sanction the murder of unborn children and the undignified & inhuman use of embryonic stem cells.

Adult stem cells are perfect for the research needed to cure the many diseases that face us today and people would gladly give their consent to this method.

Since we are not perfect people how dare any one think they have the compassion or the right to create anything,without thinkibg they can clone humans.

Please Mr.Obama stop going down this horrible path.

 
17942 05/12/2009 at 04:58:32 PM Self     Comment on New Stem Cell Regulations!

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 12, 2009

To President Obama:

A few weeks ago, you signed an executive order authorizing the use of federal funds, my tax dollars, to be used for human embryonic stem cell research.

Please read my comments on these new regulations.

I am telling you not to fund stem cell research that destroys human life!

I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

I am taking this opportunity to stand up to your order that allows more of my tax dollars to be spent on the destruction of human life.

 
17943 05/12/2009 at 04:58:56 PM Self     Since adult stem cell research has already proven to be effective why continue to kill innocent life? A soultion has already been provided for you, don't be such a fool. And please do remember you are supposed to be representing me with my tax dollars.

 
17944 05/12/2009 at 04:59:05 PM Self     Suggested Comment Text: Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

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

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

 
17945 05/12/2009 at 04:59:31 PM Self     It's really very simple. You are my representative in government. While I realize that you must make a judgment about how to vote on legislation in the best interests of the people, you are also supposed to represent THEIR views and ideals about legislation. Despite how we differ in opinion on the subject of embryonic stem cell research, I would appreciate it as your constituent if you would vote my view on this legislation. I think embryonic stem cell research is unnecessary to find cures for cancer and other diseases. Adult stem cell research has shown much more promise. As your constituent, I ask that you please represent my voice in Congress on this issue. Thank you.

 
17946 05/12/2009 at 04:59:52 PM Self     I am appalled that my tax dollars will be used to fund embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cell research has proven to be more fruitful in medicine. There is no need to destroy human life in the name of, "research."

 
17947 05/12/2009 at 04:59:56 PM Self     Suggested Comment Text: Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

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

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

 
17948 05/12/2009 at 05:00:00 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes.

Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life.

The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

God bless,

 
17949 05/12/2009 at 05:00:02 PM Self     I am opposed to your draft guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, which force me as a taxpayer to subsidize research requiring the destruction of innocent human life. Support should be directed to stem cell research and treatments that do not destroy human life and are already proven successful. There is no case under which government support should be extended to human cloning or the creation of human embryos for research purposes. -Embryo-destructive stem cell research has shown to be ineffective and even dangerous, forming uncontrollable tumors and causing rejection problems. Adult stem cells are non-controversial, ethical, and most importantly, effective in treating patients. We should not fund controversial research that destroys human life when we have other options that do not destroy human life. -The proposed regulations do not prevent future funding for embryonic stem cell research that could lead to the creation of clones and human-animal hybrids. This loophole must be closed immediately.

 
17950 05/12/2009 at 05:00:09 PM Self     I'm against stem cell ,It takes a life to do this.

 
17951 05/12/2009 at 05:00:21 PM Self     Human Stem Cell is totally unacceptable. Guidelines are not necessary when Human Stem Cell is banned.

 



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