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Entire Comment Period: 04/23/2009-05/26/2009

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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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2660 05/01/2009 at 10:04:40 AM Self     I strongly opposne the use of taxpayer dollars to fund the experimentation research on stem cells taken from human embryos. These embryos are "supposedly" leftover from in vitro fertizlation. Let's promote the the adoption of these human embryos instead of requiring their death.

 
2661 05/01/2009 at 10:05:00 AM Self     ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law

A point is made that it is only the stem cells that are used, and that is not the embryo. But, if in the use of the stem cells, the embryo is destroyed, therein lies the question of whether this is "ethically responsible or scientifically worthy". There has been so much success with adult stem cell research and no success with embryonic in the 20+ years it has been tried. Because of this, the fact that there is a question as to whether this is an ethical procedure makes it clear that it should not be utilized. Our country should be better than this. We should not push ethical envelopes that play with the very basics of life. There is too much room for corruption. Why not just leave it alone and resist the road that can lead there.

 
2662 05/01/2009 at 10:05:22 AM Self     I oppose the use of my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
2663 05/01/2009 at 10:05:30 AM Self     I don't want my tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos

 
2664 05/01/2009 at 10:05:32 AM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future. The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines. Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes. We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

 
2665 05/01/2009 at 10:05:44 AM Self     I am opposed to research on human embryonic stem cells. Stem cell research will never be justified because it fails to recognize that the value of life is in its essence, not its utility. Please stop such a practice, for it supposes that we as men can play God.

 
2666 05/01/2009 at 10:05:57 AM Self     Hi, I am writing in opposition to the embryonic stem cell usage for research. I oppose "killing" these babies in the name of research and I also understand that even if it took place the "leftover" cells would be "discarded" instead of put out for adoption. Research so far indicates much success with adult stem cells and disease treatment. I believe we should continue to concentrate on the use of adult stem cells where success has already been shown.

 
2667 05/01/2009 at 10:06:03 AM Self     Deuteronomy 30:19,20 states, "I set before yout his day-life and death, blessing and cursing..CHOOSE LIFE, that you may live, you and your seed, by loving the Lord thy God, obeying His voice and holding fast to Him, for this is yor life and the length of your days that you may live..." By choosing abortion, the creating of life for destruction, etc, this country is choosing death and the curse. The Bible is not just a book w/a lot of stories in it. It is for instruction, teaching, and correction. Whether you believe it or not, God is and there will be a day of reckoning when those who have imposed ungodliness on this country will give an account. The blood of over 500 million babies are on those hands....

 
2668 05/01/2009 at 10:06:08 AM Self     Please respect human life and do not use Federal funds to support embryonic stem cell research because this destroys human life. President Obama said that he would not spend taxpayer dollars if he did not need to because the adult stem cells were working and they are working. Please ask him to keep his word on this issue.

Thanks,

 
2669 05/01/2009 at 10:06:20 AM Self     I am opposed to research on human embryonic stem cells. Stem cell research will never be justified because it fails to recognize that the value of life is in its essence, not its utility. Please stop such a practice, for it supposes that we as men can play God.

 
2670 05/01/2009 at 10:06:33 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2671 05/01/2009 at 10:06:34 AM Self     Please do not allow human embryos to be destroyed, and we, as voters are against research on human embryonic stem cells. These words we use "embryonic cells" are politically correct words for unborn babies. These are human life, please reconsider the new drafted guidelines under the new administration and over turn them. Please choose life. Thank you

 
2672 05/01/2009 at 10:06:41 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of Federal money, money that has been made available via taxpayer dollars. I believe it is morally wrong to use human embryonic cells for scientific use. Science has uncovered other proven methods that have proved successful in helping other human beings. Please don't make me pay for something I believe is morally wrong. The means do not justify the ends.

 
2673 05/01/2009 at 10:06:50 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem and ask that you do not do this. We are not given children for this purpose. Please use umbilical or adult stem cells for this research.

Thank you.

 
2674 05/01/2009 at 10:06:51 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2675 05/01/2009 at 10:07:17 AM Self     Please do not use our taxpayer dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. That method has been downgraded in it's potential effectiveness by those involved in the research including the gentleman who cloned the sheep. Why not put it toward ips and adult stem cell research and other more promising techniques that are also less morally objectionable?

 
2676 05/01/2009 at 10:07:30 AM Self     I am very saddened over President Obama's decision to allow federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. The previous EO that allowed research on existing lines that were established prior to that date in 2001 was bad enough, but now to open the door to permit the destruction of thousands of human beings in the name of research is unconscionable. To intentionally sacrifice one human being without his consent for the benefit of another is wrong. Even your own guidelines acknowledge that you will be ending the life of a person.

"Studies of human embryonic stem cells may yield information about the complex events that occur during human development."

To extract the stem cells from that embryo you will have to kill that individual and that is just wrong.

Please don't let this happen.

 
2677 05/01/2009 at 10:08:00 AM Self     It is simply wrong to encourage the death of tiny unborn babies as a sacrifice for the good of the many. This is especially true when promising results have already been obtained from adult stem cell research, strongly suggesting that there is more than simple expediency at work in the destruction of human embryos. Please do what is right and preserve the lives of the unborn lives and do NOT encourage stem cell research, unless it is adult stem cell research.

 
2678 05/01/2009 at 10:08:15 AM Self     National Institutes of Health: I am strongly against using embryonic stem cell research that comes from embryonic used after March 9th of this year, and especially using my tax dollars to continue using these embryos for death and not life. In others words please continue to follow the guide lines of President Bush's policy. That embryonic stem cells taken from human embroyes so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. It is offensive to me that human emryos are called "Leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

 
2679 05/01/2009 at 10:08:52 AM Self     Please do not destry/kill human embryos through research, when there have been so many promising advances in the area of adult stem cell research and very little to no evidence of any cures through embryonic stem cell research.

 
2680 05/01/2009 at 10:09:03 AM Self     I oppose any tax payer funding of embryonic stem cell research. I believe that it is ethically and morally wrong. There are no scientific reports that conclude that this research surpasses the use of adult stem cells.

 
2681 05/01/2009 at 10:09:03 AM Self     Using human embryos for testing is immoral. It should not be taking place when we have such other options as adult stem cells to research and use without killing the human being whose cells are being used for testing. Please do not allow this to continue, especially with my tax dollard doing the funding.

 
2682 05/01/2009 at 10:09:42 AM Self     I urge you to rule against the use of embryonic stem cells for research and experimentation. All of the advances have come from adult stem cells or those obtained from means other than killing embryos.

 
2683 05/01/2009 at 10:10:00 AM Self     Dear Sir or Madam:

Please be advised that I respectfully but vigorously oppose any attempt to use public funds, which include my tax dollars, to pay for the funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Although it is very easy to become de-sensitized to the personal nature of things, these embryos are human in every way, they are not mere research components and the proposed research requires their destruction and the ending of life.

As you know, there are promising alternatives, such as adult stem cells, that offer great promise for medical advances. They require no destruction of life to proceed. When these two alternatives are weighed in the balance, there can be no question which is the right road.

This is particularly true when the funds are public funds, taxed from private citizens. When tax dollars are used for immoral purposed or have immoral consequences, all citizens who are taxed are participants. I respectfully object to the use of my tax dollars to fund the immorality of ending life.

Therefore, I urge you in the strongest possible terms to choose life in the developing of rules and guidelines in matters involving embryonic stem cells.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

 
2684 05/01/2009 at 10:10:07 AM Self     We believe that the advances in adult stem cell research have far outshown the meager findings using other sources. We believe that life begins at fertilization and therefore work done on embryos is actually murder. We realize that there are embryos left from some forms of fertilization but there are better actions concerning those than as a source of embryonic stem cells. This is the begining of a slippery slope that could well move into "embryo farms" for this purpose as well as spill over into harvesting organs from those not yet dead but "surely" at that point. Foolish, you say? There are safeguards in place, you say? Well, there are safeguards in place to protect the use of embryos for this purpose and yet we are now teetering on the brink of that great chasm. Do not allow embryonic stem cell research. It will only cause damage.

 
2685 05/01/2009 at 10:10:30 AM Self     President Obama, There are ways to do research without using the cells from an embyo such as adult cells. Please end the stem cell research using embryos. Thank you for your consideration,

 
2686 05/01/2009 at 10:10:51 AM Self     In many cases laws or exceutive orders are written in such a way that a lawyer would need to interpret and i can't afford such so i just want to say i am against any law or order that has to destroy a human life in order to complete research.

 
2687 05/01/2009 at 10:11:23 AM Self     Your (HIH) guidelines for distributing funds for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) are questionable. Please know that I strongly oppose using my tax dollars to fund experiments on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in-vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines require their death. Please take time to re-evaluate these guidelines. No american should be required to subsidize such gruesome experimentation in the name of science. Thank you for your time.

 
2688 05/01/2009 at 10:12:00 AM Organization Saint Rita R.C. Church 275 Shepherd Ave Brooklyn, NY 11208 WE ARE OPPOSED TO ANY EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH!

 
2689 05/01/2009 at 10:12:17 AM Self     It has been proven that adult stem cells work, embryo cell don't.

Besides the moral issues of it, to use embryo stem cells, it doesn't make sense to use anything that doesn't work! It's wasteful to say the least, of human life, of money.

Why not focus on methods that have shown they work?

 
2690 05/01/2009 at 10:12:23 AM Self     As I read through the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, one sentence stands out, "These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose". My question is who should determine when a life created through IVF (in vitro fertilization) for "reproductive purposes" is no longer needed? It is my understanding that IVF was developed to allow a husband and wife who could not naturally conveive children, to still do so through the IVF process. So if an embryo created IVF has the potential upon the first cell division, to develop into a needy happy baby boy or girl who truly will take the responsibility to snuff out that life for the sake of research? Someone has determined that decision is not above their pay grade. From reports I have heard human stem cell research has yielded actual positive fruitful results. Please show us what has been positive or fruitful about embryonic stem cell research. Hasn't there been negative and damaging results if any? And if there are no research results from a destroyed life why fund it? Instead fund adult stem cell research.

 
2691 05/01/2009 at 10:12:35 AM Self     I believe that the use of embryonic stem cells for research is unethical and a waste of taxpayer money given the lack of promise it has shown in contrast to the use of adult stem cells.

Current regulations including "Long-standing Department of Health and Human Services regulations for Protection of Human Subjects, 45 CFR part 46, establish safeguards for individuals who are the sources of many human tissues used in research, including non-embryonic human adult stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells". However, use of embryonic stem cells for research purposes kills the human source. There are no logical arguments that killing a human being is a form of protecting them as the source of human tissues used in research.

Further, embryonic stem cells have shown little success due to our inability to control their development, whereas adult stem cells, already tailored to specific components of the body, provide much more predictable and controllable development. I believe our tax dollars should support stem cell research using only adult stem cells which are showing promise of success.

Thank you.

 
2692 05/01/2009 at 10:12:38 AM Self     President Obama I am writing to ask you please re-consider your executive order that overturned President Bush's policy on embryonic stem cell reserrch and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. It is not my desire, nor is it the desire of many of my colleagues, to send my/our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Yes, stem cell research is a necessity for combating disease. However, this type of research can and should continue to be carried out only as per President Bush's order placing a specific time constraint for experimenting on cells (those obtained prior to August 9, 2001) or by utilizing stem cells harvested from the umbilical cords of live birth children. Where is your regard for the sanctity of human life? God states that He knows us before we were formed in the womb. If that is the case, why destroy the lives that God views as precious to Himself.

 
2693 05/01/2009 at 10:12:47 AM Self     I am deeply disturbed about using my tax dollars to support and sanction the expermentation on stem cells taken from human embryos that are supposedly "leftover" from invitro fertilization. Adoption should be promoted rather that killing the embryos. As to date there is no scientific evidence that "embryonic stem cell research" has provided any benefit in the treatment of illness, whereas adult stem research is showing great signs of helping in the treatment of many health concerns. Why are we spending our money this way? I want to state my strong opposition to this practice.

 
2694 05/01/2009 at 10:12:51 AM Self     On April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars and that of many other pro-life taxpayers to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in-vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

Why is it that the Obama administration and the NIH are so "head strong" on this issue when the evidence shows that there has been greater success and greater promise with adult stem cells and those of the umbilical cords? Are you aware that there has also been experimentation with synthetic created cells that with further research and trials could circumvent this controversial issue altogether? There is an agenda here to do whatever it takes to abandon the sanctity of human life regardless of much more promising alternatives.

I implore you to please reconsider these guidelines and draft those in accordance with what has already been proven more medically successful.

 
2695 05/01/2009 at 10:12:51 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars spent experimenting on stem cells taken from human embryos. This money would be better spent promoting adoption of these human embryos, not granting incentives for killing them. Please check your conscience and realize that this is a barbaric act against the defenseless.

 
2696 05/01/2009 at 10:13:01 AM Self     please do not fund any research that requires the killing of human embryos, it is unnecessary and it is poor science

 
2697 05/01/2009 at 10:13:11 AM Self     I am adamantly opposed to experimentation which uses embryonic stem cells. Even elementary biology teaches that human life begins with the union of sperm and ovum. Though human life in its very earliest stage does not resemble the finished product which emerges with birth, it is undeniably human life. In fact, human life is continuously moving from stage to stage of viability and beauty. A person who has lived to be 100 bears little resemblance to his/her birth state.

It could be argued that a person is never truly a finished product. Does that put people at risk throughout life if they are below the accepted standard of humanity? In fact it does, under many despotic regimes throughout history, including the present. The deplorable mentality which motivated Nazi doctors and scientists to perform experiments upon hapless human beings who were deemed suitable subjects of research because the state declared them to be misfits, throwaways, and not human beings, seems to have survived to the present day. We are living in dangerous times in this nation when the stronger, the wiser, the more powerful convince themselves and others that they are entitled to decide who will involuntarily sacrifice themselves for a cause. It is truly barbaric to prey upon a class of people just because they are too young and helpless to defend themselves. The noble among us give of themselves for a worthy cause -- they do not take from others what they are unwilling to give of themselves.

In addition to the moral issue which should of itself raise red flags, the benefits of adult stem cell research have proven success in the treatment of numerous injuries and diseases. Of course, you are already aware of the many people whose lives have improved because of the use of their own stem cells. These cells were donated by willing subjects and did not result in death to the donor, but instead a better life. Sadly, the efforts to better life through the use of embryonic cells do not share the same record of success despite the cost to the tiniest of human beings who were killed in the process and the cost to society in terms of fairness, decency, and character.

For these reasons, I implore you to promote adult stem cell research and not promote embryonic stem cell research in your guidelines.

Thank you.

 
2698 05/01/2009 at 10:13:15 AM Self     Please do not use embryo stem cells for research apart from the banked umbilical cord stem cells. This practice is neither necessary nor is it wise. Our alternatives are superiour choices.

 
2699 05/01/2009 at 10:13:35 AM Self     I oppose the use of our federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research. I don't believe in "left over embryos" that were derived from intvitro ferilization being used for research, when they can be adopted by a couple who desires to have a child, but cannot. I ask that there is reconsideration in regard to embryonic stem cell research and out tax dollars being use for such.

Regards,

 
2700 05/01/2009 at 10:13:44 AM Self     It angers me that tax dollars have been approved for use for human embryo research. We've already seen far greater breakthroughs using adult stem cells, and there is no cotroversy with that research. Why are we even going down this road anymore? Let those who insist on continuing this research, find their own funding. Why should it come from tax payers who find it immoral?

 
2701 05/01/2009 at 10:13:52 AM Self     I submit to you not to support the use of government funding in any way to use human embryonic stem cells in medical research. Defending the life of an unborn human is unpopular in todays political circles. We elect public officials to protect the defenceless. Please do. Thanks,

 
2702 05/01/2009 at 10:13:53 AM Self     I oppose the federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2703 05/01/2009 at 10:14:32 AM Self     Spending additional money on experimenting with embryonic stem cells after 20 years of fruitless labor while adult stem cells have already proven effective in over 70 diseases/conditions is not only pointless & expensive it appears to be drive for notoriety rather than enhancement of health care.

 
2704 05/01/2009 at 10:14:37 AM Self     We are strongly opposed to having our tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

Embryonic stem cell research has yielded NO benefits while ADULT stem cell research HAS.

 
2705 05/01/2009 at 10:14:58 AM Self     Why must we give more tax payor dollars to ESCR when they have not had success with any of them in the many years of research.

Why must we continue to throw money away instead of promoting the Adult Stem Cell Research and even the IsP research where they are already having results.

We still stand up and say, lets have Michael J Fox as our nations test patient and use the Adult and/or IsP stem cells and see if he can be healed to something better and stop throwing away money to great scientists who are working on a deadend project.

Sincerely,

 
2706 05/01/2009 at 10:15:12 AM Self     I believe it is a scientific fact that human life begins at the moment of conception. I therefore strongly object to any of my tax money being used to kill innocent homan life.

From a practical stand point, no benefits have come from embrionic stem cell research, and other methods have been found to provide reseach material without growing embrios for the purposs of research and destruction.

Please concentrrate your research on non-embronic humam life.

 
2707 05/01/2009 at 10:15:24 AM Self     I oppose any guidelines for stem cell research that uses my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead, I believe, you should promote the adoption of these human embryos and draft guidelines that would not require their death.

 
2708 05/01/2009 at 10:15:49 AM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cell usage unilaterally!

 
2709 05/01/2009 at 10:16:01 AM Self     Please do not fund the embryonic stem cell research. It has not proven to be as successful as adult research and is an inappropriate use of the public's tax dollars.

 
2710 05/01/2009 at 10:16:07 AM Self     Please do not use my federal tax dollars to fund research using human embryonic stem cells. These are live children you are playing with.

Other stem cell research has been proven to work so consider using my tax dollars for that. Why kill children? ESCR destroys humans.

Stop killing my kids. Choose to use federal tax dollars for helping the children.

 
2711 05/01/2009 at 10:16:08 AM Self     Dear officials of NIH:

President Obama's executive order to allow stem cell research on aborted fetuses is a crime against the Maker of all life. Never should man's decisions subvert God's choice to make and sustain life. Taking of human life is a crime when a person is unborn just as much as it is a crime after delivery of a baby. The testing of adult stem cells has proven to be safe and has already helped in the cure of some diseases. Scientifically,there is no proof that stem cells taken from unborn fetuses has had any impact on the cure of diseased. We must stop this insane murder now.

Sincerely,

 
2712 05/01/2009 at 10:16:08 AM Self     I strongly oppose using embryonic stem cells for research.

 
2713 05/01/2009 at 10:16:49 AM Self     I encourage you to not continue the policy of implementing embryonic stem cell research. It has been well proven that many gains have come through adult stem cell research, while nothing has come from embryonic stem cell research but the destruction of embryos. People once thought that the earth was flat and that they fell off the face of the earth if they sailed too far. They were proven wrong about a flat earth as I also believe that current research has proven embryonic stem research is wrong and unfruitful. Thank you!

 
2714 05/01/2009 at 10:16:53 AM Self     We oppose any use of embryonic stem cells for any reason. The research we understand that is actually producing the greatest results involves adult stem cells, not embyronic cells. We want to promote exclusive research to adult cell research and not ESCR.

 
2715 05/01/2009 at 10:16:53 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is not only coming from a moral consideration, but also a common sense consideration. I have a chronic illness called crohn's disease and would gain much from stem cell research in the way of treatment and cure. I follow research closely and have found that there are many illness's already being treated with adult stem cells. Not one study has proven that embryonic stem cells are a viable treatment. Why then continue to waste time and money when there are many people such as myself out there waiting for help and hope in a viable treatment? Please give people such as myself that help and hope by putting efforts into treatments already proven, we need these treatments in a timely manner. We don't need to wait on politics and pride!

 
2716 05/01/2009 at 10:16:56 AM Self     In my deeply held belief in the sanctity of life, I believe it is murder to kill these embryos. Please do not further this research, and it is already proven scientifically that adult donor cells are far more productive in the line of this research. Furthering embryonic stem cell research is only a destruction of life, and serves to only murder someone who would have a chance to become a human, a citizen, a creation of God.

 
2717 05/01/2009 at 10:16:57 AM Self     I am very disturbed how that last week, April 23, to know that you officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. This is against the wishes of most Americans. In the twenty-five years of embryonic stem cell research, there have been no cures for diseases found! It is a waste not only of human effort, money, and time, but a waste of precious human life that is sacred and to be protected under the U.S. Constitution.

 
2718 05/01/2009 at 10:17:06 AM Self     I am writing to oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I think is should be well known to all of you that adult stem cells have been used successfully to help people. Why not encourge more research in this area? Isn't this another example of the waste of taxpayer money? There are already private funds being used for embryonic stem cell research. I suggest that NIH not use federal funds for this research.

 
2719 05/01/2009 at 10:17:16 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research for two reasons. One is that embryonic stem cells are not effective in treatments and have even proven to cause harm. Adult stem cell treatments have been highly successful – adult stem cell research is where the money should be allocated. The second and most important reason for opposing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is that destroying embryos is an affront to God because it terminates a life. Just because the government declares something legal, does not make it lawful in God’s eyes.

 
2720 05/01/2009 at 10:17:23 AM Self     Why is my tax money being used on something that violates the beliefs of my religion? Does anyone really believe that you can save life by killing?

 
2721 05/01/2009 at 10:17:44 AM Self     I wish to oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is not what this country is to stand for.

 
2722 05/01/2009 at 10:18:01 AM Self     Just a brief comment regarding stem cell research. I am opposed on two grounds. First of all there are other research projects that have already proven profitable, why not put more time and money into what works already rather than the rat hole where we hae seen no benefits thus far. Secondly the destroying of human embreyos is not ethical in my heart and mind.

 
2723 05/01/2009 at 10:18:28 AM Self     American taxpayers should not be forced to have their tax dollars go to pay for the destruction of conceived human beings, whether some consider those human beings as leftovers from invitro fertilization or not. We have reluctantly gone along with allowing existing stem cell lines from earlier research to receive tax dollars, but enough is enough. It is morally wrong to destroy human beings for research. If someone killed a pregnant mother, that individual can be charged for two murders. Therefore, that embryo in other circumstances is protected by the law. It's a human being in either situation, and we should not be forced to support with our tax dollars legalized murder. Sincerely, ***** (Very concerned and irritated taxpaying citizen)

 
2724 05/01/2009 at 10:18:33 AM Self     There have not been any discoveries made from using embryonic stem cells. Speaking with a research doctor, I was told the embryonic cells do not behave the way they thought they would. Why do we spend so much money and effort on something that isn't working? (Hum, I guess that's across the board isn't it?) I hear great things come from umbilical cords and adult stem cells. Yet at University of Cincinnati's Genome clinic, funding was halted on a cure of diabetes study which was using adult stem cells. Eyelet cell transfer was having great success. So what is going on here? Let's put the money toward something that is not only successful but does not require the sacrifice of little HUMAN babies. Doesn't anyone get it? We are killing HUMAN babies and justifying it as "choice". Yet to kill a baby seal for its fur is disgusting to us? What's with that?

 
2725 05/01/2009 at 10:18:48 AM Self     i am writting in opposition to federally mandated taxpayer funded embryonic stem cell research. as a taxpayer and citizen i oppose not only the federal government deciding what to do with my tax dollars without a majority rule vote but that the federal government should mandate the ending of human embryonic life for any reason especially for unproven ,immoral science requiring the termination of human life. already succesful stem cell research exists using placental tissue. further funding in that area makes sense. enough of the government weasles perverting the principles this country was founded on by imposing their executive/bureaucratic will. lets vote on it!

 
2726 05/01/2009 at 10:18:53 AM Organization Presbyterians Pro-Life, Research, Education, & Care, Inc. 3942 Middle Road, Allison Park, PA 15101 Presbyterians Pro-Life upholds the value of human life from fertilization until natural death. Our faith in God leads us to believe that all life belongs to him and as human beings we are prohibited from taking the life of another innocent human being. The first responsibility of any local, state, or national government is to protect the lives of those under its care. That responsibility applies to every human life, no matter its size, ability, or stage of development.

These guidelines are thoughtful in the restrictions they apply to protect those couples donating embryos, but no consideration is written herein to protect the lives of the embryos themselves. No where in this document is it stated that the research in question ALWAYS results in the death of the embryo. This is a serious omission and the primary fact that causes Presbyterians Pro-Life to urge NIH to withdraw this document.

The only way to "ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy," is to restrict all stem cell research funding to the use of adult stem cells and those derived through IPS.

The guidelines state that "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." You omit the pertinent truth that a human embryo is destroyed in order to obtain "embryonic stem cells." This statement misleads potential donors.

The guidelines require that the donor receive "Information about what would happen to the embryos in the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research", but the language is not specific in requiring fertility clinics to state that the embryo WILL DIE in the process.

Still, these problems with the guidelines are not the reason we urge you to withdraw these guidelines, but because the destruction of human embryos for research is morally wrong and taxpayers should not be forced to fund the death of innocent human beings at any stage of development. These lives, as soon as they are fertilized, are not "owned" by the parents or by the government, but by our Creator. Our Constitution states plainly that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights and the first of these is the right to life.

I urge you to retain the current Stem Cell Guidlines and to continue to deny government funding for any research that results in the death of human embryos.

Sincerely,

***** Presbyterians Pro-Life Research, Education, & Care, Inc.

Attached: Position Paper on Stem Cells

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Position Paper on Stem Cells
2727 05/01/2009 at 10:19:00 AM Self     I am stronly disappointed that federal funding may increase based on the following false hope: "Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis". There has been no credible test results from this research (ESC). However, there have been scores of positive results in patients that have received "adult" stem cells for treatment in several of the health conditions listed above. Research dollars should be directed toward effective ethical treatments; and not used to promote false hope using ESC's for political propoganda. Using science to "potentially" save a life through the destruction of another life is immoral and illresposible.

 
2728 05/01/2009 at 10:19:05 AM Self     In short, I feel it is a mistake to use Embryonic Stem Cells when we have access to Adult Stem Cells, which have proven to be more flexible than we thought. Adult Stem Cell Research has helped cure over 70 diseases. Embryonic Stem Cell Research? . . . not one. There is no moral question when it comes to using Adult Stem Cells. There is huge controversy with using Embryonic Stem Cells. No reason to go there.

 
2729 05/01/2009 at 10:19:17 AM Self     How long will it take for common sense to click in for our elected political igmos to realize that embyronic stem cells have produced NOTHING to help us win wars against disease and illness. It is only adult stem cells that a vast number of cures are here or on the brink of being discovered.To make something like embryonic stem cell a political issue just because you are a member of a certain party just baffles me and anyone with a brain. Please read the info below that was broadcast on Oprah's show, but our zero common sense pundits in Washington ignore proof. I am beginning to wonder what type brain disease is prominent in Washington.You have already proven you don't have to be a person of any/much intelligence.

Oprah Winfrey and Michael J. Fox listened in stunned silence on April 2, 2009 when the popular Dr. Mehemet Oz appeared on her program to explain that the cure for Parkinsonism, the disease that afflicts Mr. Fox, lies in his own skin cells rather than cells derived from human embryos. Millions in Oprah’s listening audience heard Dr. Oz tell Mr. Fox that embryonic stem cells are not the answer to treating or curing his or any other disease. He said the embryonic cells multiply so rapidly they are impossible to control, and if injected into a patient such as Mr. Fox, would cause cancerous tumors to form. Instead, he described how Fox’s own skin cells could be reprogrammed back to an embryo-like state in a process called induced pluripotent Stem Cell research (iPS), and then used to treat his condition. He predicted that cures would be possible in less than ten years.

 
2730 05/01/2009 at 10:19:48 AM Self     I am very much against using human embryos for stem cell research or any other research. Although my husband has a debilitating desease, we both agree that using another potential baby is wrong. If we would only use cells from adults, or umbilical cords, then we would be comfortable with that.

 
2731 05/01/2009 at 10:19:54 AM Self     Why do we have to kill embroys when it has been proven adult stem cell research works!!!! It is time to quit killing babies!!!

 
2732 05/01/2009 at 10:20:01 AM Self     I am extremely apposed to the use of human embryos for stem cell research. Put you financial and political support to further the advances already made through the adult stem cell research which aligns with the moral commitment much of this country. Your contempt for the unborn is unconscionable. I believe that for an administration that is committed to human rights it is not only inconsistent but entirely unnecessary.

Please reconsider your support and continue the ban on experimentation of human embryos.

 
2733 05/01/2009 at 10:20:22 AM Self     As a veterinarian, I have seen the current clinical applications of 'adult-type' stem cells. The evidence is plain that much clinical success has been already been achieved without the need for so-called 'embryonic' stem cells. The science behind embryonic stem cell application is all speculative at this point, and well behind current research and practical application of 'adult-type' stem cells. PLease do not fund further redundant and wasteful research using 'embryonic' stem cells when funding is needed to further already proven results using adult and autogenous stem cells. Thank you.

 
2734 05/01/2009 at 10:20:27 AM Self     As a married wife seeking fertility treatments, the thought that one of my children could be mandatorily killed for research is appalling! Please do not allow this attrocity! Thank you,

 
2735 05/01/2009 at 10:21:10 AM Self     Please do not allow Federal funds to be used to do research on Human embryos. An embyro is a human being and deserves the same rights as humans that have been born.

 
2736 05/01/2009 at 10:21:28 AM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines.

Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes.

We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

 
2737 05/01/2009 at 10:21:36 AM Self     Adult stem cell research is fine,in fact great progress in treating diseases has been made with ADULT stem cells.Donot kill the unborn to use stem cells.There has been no progress made with stem cells from the unborn.

 
2738 05/01/2009 at 10:22:11 AM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to use human embryos for study. There are many other ways to harvest stem cells without killing an embryo. There are also many couples unable to have children that would adopt these embryos and raise the children as their own.

Thank you for your time.

 
2739 05/01/2009 at 10:22:15 AM Self     It is unconscionable that the government is going to take my tax dollars to end the lives of babies. Murder is never "ethically responsible." The blood of those children will be on your hands if you do nothing to end the slaughter of them. God will hold you accountable. He is no where near as tolerant of murder as those who profit from the murdering. Commandment #6 "Thou shalt not kill." Those babies are babies the moment sperm and egg join together; completely human and entirely separate from their mothers. They are not blobs of goo that "evolve" in the womb, or petri dish. They are someone's son or daughter! Invest more effort into Adult Stem Cell research which has conclusively made medical breakthrough's that help, whereas Embryonic Stem Cells have not only NOT made progress, but have actually caused greater health problems. Thank you for your time in reading my comments!

 
2740 05/01/2009 at 10:22:28 AM Self     The NIH Stem Cell Guidelines should prohibit the use of embryonic stem cells (ESCs). It is morally unacceptable and reprehensible to use one person's body to benefit another's without the consent of the first. Furthermore, the use of ESCs is not a wise use of scarce resources (time and money). The use of induced pluripotent stem cells has shown usefulness and promise in the treatment of many ailments, while ESCs have shown more risk than benefit.

I urge the NIH to do the right thing and the wise thing in setting out tese guidlines.

 
2741 05/01/2009 at 10:22:35 AM Self     I strongly disagree with the policy put forth by President Obama and the NIH. Embryonic stem cell research is an ethical bombshell. Why does our government insist on this form of research when there are clear alternatives that are not laced with such ethical problems? I strongly believe that the government should encourage a culture of life where these "unwanted" embroys are placed for adoption rather than used in experimental research that may or may not bear fruit. The implicit implication of experimenting on human embroys is that those individuals are expendable and not guaranteed the basic freedoms our constitution grants us. I think it is a very dangerous precedent to allow parents to determine whether or not their children (regardless of age or condition) are fully human and thus worthy of life. Furthermore, this policy assumes that one class of life (namely adults) is categorically more important than another class of life (humans in an embryonic state). I imagine NIH would outright reject and condemn any proposals calling for the experimentation on toddlers, teenagers, or criminals for the potential benefit of another class of people. Why does the NIH then allow on this type of experimentation?

Sincerely,

 
2742 05/01/2009 at 10:22:51 AM Self     I strongly dissagree with embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send your tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

No human embryo is LEFTOVER. At the moment of conception it has unique DNA. Is this not the standard by which people can be sent to prison? Or worse? This is THE gold standard of identification. This is the identifier of what is human or not. It is nonsensical, illogical and therefore immoral to destroy embryos.

Please consider this carefully.

 
2743 05/01/2009 at 10:22:59 AM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates and destroys human embryos.

 
2744 05/01/2009 at 10:23:01 AM Self     I am against funding for the embryonic stem cells as explained by Father Tad from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. THank you,,

 
2745 05/01/2009 at 10:23:01 AM Self     I am writing today to express my concern regarding human embryo stem cell research. Adult stem cells have proven to be beneficial in treating disease and also cord blood has been effective. Human embryo stem cells have not been effective and using them has created tumors in patients. Doing the human embryo research causes death to an embryo and is unneccessary. I do not want my tax dollars going to promote this kind of research. There are many studies out there to back up this opinion. Why is the government so bent on pursuing this research? It's just another way to continue the assault against the unborn. Tampering with God's laws creates a losing proposition. This act also brings judgment upon our nation. I pray you will take this to heart. God bless!

 
2746 05/01/2009 at 10:23:13 AM Self     I am writing in regards to Order 13505. NIH Human Stem Cell. Stop playing God! This is murder. Just like abortion is murder. We have no right to do this. There are better ways.

 
2747 05/01/2009 at 10:23:14 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2748 05/01/2009 at 10:23:28 AM Self N/N   As far as we catholics concern agreement with this direction from Obana is a M O R T A L sin, is simply murder of the defensless. I pray God that the punishment that we will suffer will teach us a lesson from the Supreme Being. This epidemic will be like childrens play in comparison. May the Lord have mercy on all of us, some to be spare His Ire, some to receive what they deserve, according to His Mercy.

 
2749 05/01/2009 at 10:23:32 AM Self     We would like to express our opposition to the use of embryonic stem cells for research as described in the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines.

These embryos represent human life and we believe destroying them is the same as destroying a human being. Just because they can’t speak for themselves does not make them any less human.

We would rather these embryos be place up for adoption then be destroyed for research that so far has not been successful in curing any diseases.

Sincerely,

 
2750 05/01/2009 at 10:23:48 AM Self     I do not agree wit the destruction of these embryonic stem cells for any reason when the adult stem cells are working wonderfully. Why not push towards something that works instead of a "pie in the sky" research. Time is of the essence and the money is not unlimited. I might say also the patience of the American people (ME!).

Thank you for considering my opinion and input.

 
2751 05/01/2009 at 10:23:50 AM Self     I am writing to express my opposition to the use of human embryonic stem cells in this or any research to be conducted by your or any other organization.

 
2752 05/01/2009 at 10:24:00 AM Self     I'm against tax payer,s money being used to fund human stem cell research. If it's such a sure thing, let the companies that are going to collect the profits pay for the research!

 
2753 05/01/2009 at 10:24:17 AM Self     I am absolutely opposed to experimentation that destroys human embryos, including embryonic stem cell research, because of the human life that the the embryos represent. It is unconscionable and ethically wrong to take a life in this manner for potential scientific or medical advancement. Besides, adult stem cells are readily available and have demonstrated great results and potential while avoiding the moral scandal associated with embryonic stem cells.

 
2754 05/01/2009 at 10:24:25 AM Self     Please oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
2755 05/01/2009 at 10:24:26 AM Self     I am opposed to using fed funds for human embryonic research. I hope the Bush provisions will not be overturned. Thank you for reading my comments.

 
2756 05/01/2009 at 10:24:32 AM Self     I am against stem cell research. You don't have to create embyros to accomplish what you want. You can remove the cells, from a human being to do the same thing....Stop killing potential babies.......

 
2757 05/01/2009 at 10:24:37 AM Self     Human embryos are human life. Human life is not expendable. Our culture and nation will be negatively impacted by this decision. A people that are willing to sacrifice innocent life will eventually be willing to sacrifice anyone's life for any reason. Life has value or it doesn't. These embryos should be adopted out, not killed for research sake. We have no idea who these individuals will be and what a loss to society, to our nation, their deaths will be. Something of this value must not be killed and pieced out for research, especially when adult stem cell research is becoming so fruitful!!! Do not allow further destruction of human embryos.

 
2758 05/01/2009 at 10:25:02 AM Self     I am opposed to the use of Embryonic Stem Cell use.

Thank You.

 
2759 05/01/2009 at 10:25:02 AM Self     Using a human embryo for stem cell research ends a life. Killing a living organism is also the definition of murder.

How do we explain to our children that killing an embryo is any different than advocating that a drive-by shooting could produce great opportunities to harvest organs from the random victims? After all, those organs from one body could save the lives of half a dozen others who need kidneys, hearts, lungs, eyes, and other organs.

The end does NOT justify the means!

 



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