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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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3560 05/01/2009 at 12:55:47 PM Self     The only thing I will reference is my anger that MY President and MY government is telling me that My taxes will be used to advance human embryo studies. This make me furious. More and more, with this new administration, I feel that we are in a dictatorship rather than a democracy. It seems that this is not MY government anymore and that frightens me beyond reason. What is happening to this country? We were founded on In God We Trust and the more we take God out of our lives, the faster this country is spiralling down.

 
3561 05/01/2009 at 12:55:48 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to any federally funding of embryonic stem cell research. There are other sources of stem cells, which can and should be utilized in medical research when financial conditions change. This area of study should be delayed until the economic conditions change.

 
3562 05/01/2009 at 12:55:55 PM Self     I personally believe that it is morally wrong to use aborted fetuses for research. It is bad enough that a woman will kill her unborn child but to then use it for science. I believe that stem cell research can be obtained in other ways.

 
3563 05/01/2009 at 12:56:03 PM Self     Dear Sir or Madam

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.

Thank you for permitting me the opportunity to comment.

 
3564 05/01/2009 at 12:56:10 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 
3565 05/01/2009 at 12:56:46 PM Self     Please,

I believe that an entity becomes a child at conception when the embryonic process is kickstarted. It makes no difference the Size of the human, the Level of development of the human, the Environment of the human or the Degree of dependency of the human, no human being should be experimented on, period. If there is even the slightest conceivable chance that a living thing is human than you must PRESERVE AND PROTECT not destroy! Does a demolition engineer blow up a building before checking to see if anyone is inside?

Please, I urge you, do not allow any of our tax dollars to fund these experiments.

Most Sincerely,

 
3566 05/01/2009 at 12:56:57 PM Organization Calvary Chapel Carmel Valley   I support stem cell research from adult stem cells only. So far, they are the ones that have been used successfully to treat many. Embryonic stem cells have no evidence whatsoever of being used successfully. It is a travesty to "use" our babies as parts to fix people. We must stop this horrific practice, and continue to use adult stem cells only.

 
3567 05/01/2009 at 12:57:03 PM Self     I think that our tax dollars would be better spent working on the promising field of adult stem cell research. I also feel it is inappropriate for the government, which is supposed to represent us, to use our funds to kill or destroy these embryos when there are so many people who would love to adopt and cannot due to a shortage of children. We will need more workers in the future too and the birth rate is falling.

 
3568 05/01/2009 at 12:57:03 PM Self     I want to voice my discontent on your use of embryonic stem cells. This is immoral.

 
3569 05/01/2009 at 12:57:47 PM Self     I am against embryonic stem cell research. I had heard that adult stem cells have already helped in curing some disease, where embryonic has not. If that is true I have to wonder why they continue to use embryonic stem cells in the research. I am against abortion therefore I oppose embryonic stem cell research.

 
3570 05/01/2009 at 12:57:47 PM Self     We need to expend our resources in profitable activity. Adult stem-cells continue to prove viable, embryonic stem-cells do not. Besides, the moral implications should not be over looked.

 
3571 05/01/2009 at 12:57:49 PM Self     I want to voice my opinion that this practice is completely wrong and my view is that it is destroying human beings for research. You can call them embryos or whatever you want but they are human beings, just like all of us. I for one would never ever give you my child for any of your research.

 
3572 05/01/2009 at 12:58:14 PM Self     Past medical experimentation and results have proved that the use of adult stem cell research is a valuable addition to solutions for illnesses and diseases. However, the same thing CANNOT be said for our tests with embryonic stem cells. This is not only a question of what is most effective from the record of the past, it is also a very real moral question. I urge you to avoid at all costs the actions that constitute creating life for the express purpose of destroying it. Not only is that against the principles of science, but also against the laws of decency and morality that God has given us. Please encourage research that saves ALL lives, not destroys them under pretext of benefical action. Thank you!

 
3573 05/01/2009 at 12:58:27 PM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I am writing to say that I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embyonic stem cells. I am asking that you please reconsider this decision. Thank you.

 
3574 05/01/2009 at 12:58:50 PM Self     In following these guidlines you are disregarding the value and worth of life. This is a great mistake and will result in only death. The Author of all life is closely watching all that you do, and you will stand in judgment before Him.

 
3575 05/01/2009 at 12:58:51 PM Self     Respectfully, Stem cell research has shown 0 results to help cure 0 diseases while Adult Stem Cell research has resulted in over 70 helpful results for over 70 diseases. Please do not cut off Adult Stem cell research and stop funding stem cell research especially since it is the destruction of life.

 
3576 05/01/2009 at 12:59:00 PM Self     "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos..." The key word in the preceding excerpt from the “Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research Notice,” is "derived." This means that the host embryo dies.

“Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to abnormal cell division and differentiation.” Very true, and the cost of dealing with these diseases over the course of an “imperfect” human life is very high. This is one reason that Downs Syndrome babies identified through amniocentesis are recommended for “termination”—death through abortion. You are opening the floodgates for this very same despicable act of unnatural selection.

I am a quadriplegic and stand to benefit from stem cell breakthroughs that could result in my recovery. However, I am less interested in my own recovery than I am the casual disregard for human life represented by Executive Order 13505. This President’s record in the Senate reflects his sentiments on the sanctity of human life. His choice as Secretary of Health and Human Services confirms that he has no regards for the unborn, whatsoever. The notion that this will be conducted in a manner that is “ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law” is utterly preposterous.

The elements: • Financial opportunity for big companies through taxpayer funding to produce more stem cell lines; • Financial opportunity for domestic economy to “avoid” births of less-than-perfect children and consequently bear the costs of their medical care over their lifetime; • Lack of oversight endemic to bloated federal government; • A President and an Administration with blood-stained hands already turning a blind eye to the deaths of thousands of babies in the US EVERY DAY.

This Executive Order is flawed in its conception, and must not stand. God hears and avenges the cry of innocent blood. Our President may have no regard for the opinions of our Creator, but the vast majority of Americans do!

I say NO to Executive Order 13505!

 
3577 05/01/2009 at 12:59:09 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3578 05/01/2009 at 12:59:22 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

As a citizen of the United States I want to express my opposition to the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines as announced in the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice. I believe a better use for these embryos is adoption and ask the government to protect the embryos from being sacrificed for research.

 
3579 05/01/2009 at 12:59:23 PM Self     Ever since Bush 2 submitted his regressive stem cell research lines I have anxiously been waiting for a President with the prescience to open up this field of potentially groundbreaking research and development. With proposed new guidelines awaiting approval, I hope that the widest latitude is given to scientists to use all available stem cell lines from whatever source derived. This is no time for the NIH to timidly approach this area of research that holds so much promise for so many afflicted persons who could be helped. I believe that the majority of Americans encompassing all religious affiliations and all political preferences join me in my observations.

 
3580 05/01/2009 at 12:59:27 PM Self     The government has no business promoting or funding Human Stem Cell Research. Embryos will be killed in order to further this work, and on the basis of human dignity I am totally oppose and urge our government to desist this research.

 
3581 05/01/2009 at 12:59:42 PM Self     Thank you for the opportunity to state my comments. I'm not a scientist, but the statement than an embryo is not a human embryo seems to draw a dangerously fine line between what life is and when it is viable. If a childless couple goes through the physical and financial difficulties of IVF, they must have faith to believe that at least one of the embryos will successfully go through the stages to become a human baby. Stem cell research from live humans has been as successful or perhaps more than embryonic stem cell research. Why not try to use these embryos for what they were meant for?

 
3582 05/01/2009 at 12:59:44 PM Self     I urge you to reinstate policy that limits funding for embryonic stem cell research to it's previous limits. It is perfectly clear that the greatest advances in stem cell research has come from adult stem cells. It only makes sense to put the funding toward adult stem cell research. Please for the benefit of all people!

 
3583 05/01/2009 at 12:59:57 PM Self     I am opposed to President Barack Obama's executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I do not want my tax dollars to require the death of human embryos, especially since all the success in treating diseases with stem cells has come from using ADULT stem cells.

 
3584 05/01/2009 at 12:59:59 PM Self     I am opposed to the killing of embryos for use in stem cell research. They are human beings. Embryonic stem cell research is outdated and has produced 0 results thus far in improving a person's health. Adult stem cells, which do not require the killing of embryos, have proven effective in treating more than 70 diseases or health problems.

 
3585 05/01/2009 at 01:00:03 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

Further killing of human embryos for their cells is blood on the hands of the American people. God will not forgive the nation who sheds innocent lives. this is one of the reasons, we are experiencing the wrath of God. I pray the the president and his administration open their hearts, minds, eyes and ears to the Holy Spirit and ask God's forgiveness for these actions.

 
3586 05/01/2009 at 01:00:37 PM Self     Please do not allow the use of embryo's for research. It is murder in my opinion. I am sure there are better ways to spend my tax money!

 
3587 05/01/2009 at 01:00:40 PM Self     It is poor business as well as poor morals to continue to fund embyonic stem cell research, an area of research which has yielded NO positive results in 25 years of intense effort yet compromises major moral standards. This is especially poor use of funds when the alternative - adult stem cell research - has yielded positive results which are currently being used to address over 70 different serious medical conditions.

 
3588 05/01/2009 at 01:00:54 PM Self     The debate over the use of embryonic stem cells for research, etc. should be over! Last year, a Japanese scientist found a way to take adult stem cells and altar them so that they would be able to become different cells in the body--much as embryonic stem cells were supposed to do but were never able to (they produced tumors and never a single cure or treatment.) These pluripotent cells made the use of embryonic stem cells unnecessary, and their use is ethical whereas the killing of embryos to obtain their stem cells is unethical.

Moreover, no taxpayer should be forced to support research that involves the killing of innnocent human life.

 
3589 05/01/2009 at 01:01:06 PM Self     Please don't mandate tax payers to pay for embryonic stem cell research. This research is currently being done in the private sector and after many years has not reaped any benefits to anyone. Adult stem cell research has already effectively helped with many diseases and shows more promising potential for more improvements for American's health. Requiring American's to fund research that has had no fruits and doesn't show any potential to do so is an irresponsible use of tax payers' money.

 
3590 05/01/2009 at 01:01:06 PM Self     There is absolutely NO reason to use human embryos for stem cell research. Adult stem cells have shown useful applications and do not require the destruction of human life. All human beings were once embryos. They deserve our respect and protection.

My primary concern is respect for life. However, I also do not want to be forced to pay for the destruction of human life through my tax dollars. Please correct the guidelines for federal funding to not destroy human life.

Thank you.

 
3591 05/01/2009 at 01:01:15 PM Self     Embrionic stem cells do not work. Adult stem cells are proven to work. Why must you kill the unborn you sick demented liberal! And yes I am an extremist!!!!!

 
3592 05/01/2009 at 01:01:17 PM Self     A well-renowned medical expert, Dr Oz, has stated that embryonic stem cells are not effective in mitigating any disease; rather, when introduced to the host they will "run amok" and ultimately become cancerous. Adult stem cells from the patient to be treated, on the other hand, have been shown to CURE diseases. Therefore, this NIH proposal should not even be considered. No more government waste.

 
3593 05/01/2009 at 01:01:40 PM Self     Please support adult stem cell research totally. Do not allow taxpayer support for embryonic stem cell research. The adult stem cell research has shown extremely better results without the extended problems witnessed with the embryonic stem cell research. It is time that we make principled decisions that are moral and ethical.

 
3594 05/01/2009 at 01:01:50 PM Self     Source: www.youtube.com Science Matters #1: Dr. Oz explains to Oprah and Michael J. Fox why embryonic stem cell research is dangerous and won't cure Parkinson's, but Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell research will! Supporting documents:...

 
3595 05/01/2009 at 01:02:31 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send your tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
3596 05/01/2009 at 01:02:53 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

Sincerely,

 
3597 05/01/2009 at 01:02:58 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 
3598 05/01/2009 at 01:03:07 PM Self     I totally oppose the stem cell research. President Obama is doing everything that is against nature's plan and God's plan. Mr. Obama has no right to kill the human embryos for his political gains. Please stop this killing of innocent lives. Where is he leading this country to? He is allowing embryos being killed and legalizing abortion. He is no better than Bush who killed innocent people. Shame on you. Sorry to say that but it is not right to do the human stem cell research by killing the embryos of innocent babies.

 
3599 05/01/2009 at 01:03:20 PM Self     Please do not use federal funds for stem cell research!

 
3600 05/01/2009 at 01:03:22 PM Self     Since the positive results is stem cell research are from adult stem cells, and using embryos results in the destruction of human life, I implore you to rethink the use of my tax money. Please do not use my hard earned money to support the destruction of human life. Please do use my tax dollars to support adult stem cell research.

 
3601 05/01/2009 at 01:03:55 PM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cells.

To this date, they have not cured a single disease.

On the other hand, adult stem cells have done much toward aiding in many diseases.

So, why bother?

 
3602 05/01/2009 at 01:03:59 PM Self     Please do not implement Executive Order 13505, which will kill more unborn children after it enslaves them. Pray, repent, rethink and turnaround... for the sake of your soul, ours and the future of the human race. rethinks this evil!

God bless and help you!

 
3603 05/01/2009 at 01:04:05 PM Self     Time and time again the public has received the report from various sources that embryonic stem cells have failed to produce a mechanism for cure of disease. Recently, the renowned Dr. Mehmet Oz publicly stated that "the stem cell debate is over." They are not the answer. However, we are well aware that adult stem cells and other tissue sources of stem cells are actively working to cure or improve conditions in over 70 disease states. So, NO, further taxpayer money thrown at this purely political issue is not "ethically responsible" nor " scientifically worthy." It is a moral outrage!

 
3604 05/01/2009 at 01:04:26 PM Self     I oppose tax dollars being used to experiment with embryonic stem cells. There is a huge amount of success noted with adult cells so why spend (waste) money on something that is not proven.

 
3605 05/01/2009 at 01:04:40 PM Self     It is a waste to continue to put money, time, effort, and most importantly human lives into research that has been consistantly unsuccessful for 25 yrs. Embryonic stem cells treat NO diseases. While adult stem cell research currently treats around 75 diseases. Why not put more money, time, and effort into something that is producing results. Especially if you insist on using tax dollars to do it, and the majority of tax payers are against the destuction of innocent human life, whether it be by abortion or embryonic stem cell research. After 25 years of research with no results why aren't we moving on? Especially considering that we have other options that are proving effective. We can cure or treat 75 diseases with adult stems cells. How many more diseases could we be curing if we had been putting all of our resources and manpower into something fruitful, rather than something that has proven to be a tremendous waste over and over again.

 
3606 05/01/2009 at 01:04:42 PM       Please focus funding and research on adult stem cells instead of on embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cell research has proven more effective and is not entwined with questionable ethical issues. God/ The Universe/ Good Karma... will bless our research efforts as we strive to do things that are most ethical and honoring of life.

 
3607 05/01/2009 at 01:04:55 PM Self     With over 22 stem cell lines being researched currently, why is it important to research human embryonic stem cells? A human life, once conceived in the mother's womb, deserves every right to live, not be killed for future research.

 
3608 05/01/2009 at 01:05:17 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 
3609 05/01/2009 at 01:05:42 PM Self     No ESCR, please use adult stem cells only.

We should not destroy life (if you think embryos are not life, what would you say if they discovered embyos on Mars? "LIFE!".

What if you were the embryo? How would you to be dealt with?

ESCR has not proven anything, adult stem cells are useful!

 
3610 05/01/2009 at 01:05:45 PM Self     I do not approve of the killing of human embryos. Funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. This is an unjust act on human life; even if it is the "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I, and others that I know would not want more federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells; really I don't think that American's tax dollars should be funding acts such as this. I completely disagree with funding human embryonic stem cell research.

 
3611 05/01/2009 at 01:06:25 PM Self     I oppose the use of my tax money to do resarch on stem cells. They are still human lives that deserve a chance to live not a chance to die. Please stop funding this now.

 
3612 05/01/2009 at 01:06:55 PM Self     Adult Stem Cells have been proben to work and work better than embryo stem cells. STOP THE KILLING OF INNOCENT LIFE!!!

 
3613 05/01/2009 at 01:07:16 PM Self     I am completely opposed to the use of my taxpayer dollars in order to fund the destruction of human embryos for experimentation.

I do support research on adult stem cells, which have proven to be very effective.

Thank you.

 
3614 05/01/2009 at 01:07:16 PM Self     It's easy to understand why we would want to use embryos for research. Human history shows that if a vulnerable group of people gets in our way or has something we want, it’s convenient to define personhood in terms which exclude them. Indians got in the way of Westward settlement so we said they were subhuman to justify the U.S. Army slaughtering them. We wanted the uncompensated work product of blacks so we said they were subhuman to justify taking their freedom. Unborn children have gotten in the way of our sexual “liberation” so we say they are subhuman to justify taking their lives though abortion. If we fist dehumanize the group, we than can justify taking from them.

The gravest of evils occur when the dehumanization becomes institutionalized and supported by the government. Taxpayer dollars are now being used to discriminate against a single group of people (the “unwanted” embryos). Now that we have crossed the line of killing human beings for research where do we stop? How about aborted babies? They are already dead anyway. How about the elderly? How about poor people? How about Jews? Perhaps anyone that the government determines is more valuable dead than alive could be used for research.

With the perfectly moral and very promising research being done with adult stem cells, there is absolutely no reason taxpayer dollars should be funding embryonic stem cell research.

Remember when a United States citizen was created with certain unalienable rights, the first of which was LIFE. With Roe vs. Wade, our state granted the absolute legal right for one citizen to have another killed in order to solve their own personal, social or economic problem. With the taxpayer funding of embryonic research we will be paying people to create people and then kill people in order to possibly help other people. Have we completely lost our moral compass?

 
3615 05/01/2009 at 01:07:29 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern,

I am opposed to using my tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research because it has already been proven that more help is being obtained from using adult stem cells. Why not use our money to pursue and area known to be successfull as opposed to one that has already had proven flaws. With as much debt as we are obtaining, we need to use our money wisely.

 
3616 05/01/2009 at 01:07:34 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern,

The use of embryonic stem cells (ESC)for scientific study is not only morally problematic, it is yesterday's science.

On a moral plane, these embryos are human life! How dare you endanger human life at any stage of development for your own comfort and peace of mind. Ironically EMC research minimizes humanity. In the name of helping mankind EMC makes human life a commodity no different than slavery did in early America. Further, EMC science objectifies human life leading to the exploitation of the same for personal gratification and comfort. There is no justification for using another human life for my comfort.

With the already proven and undeniably successful adult stem cell advancements, one could liken EMC research to studying baking techniques for wood stoves in an age of microwave oven technology. I emplore you to see the redundant, dangerous and unnecessary nature of EMC science.

Sincerely

 
3617 05/01/2009 at 01:07:47 PM Self     I believe it is both immoral and impractical to continue esc research when there is an ethical and moral alternative that has already yielded results.

 
3618 05/01/2009 at 01:08:04 PM Self     Please do not use our tax dollars to use in the killing of embryonic cells for research. I am opposed to this destruction of life and it would be a further insult to use our money to fund what we are against fundamentally!

 
3619 05/01/2009 at 01:08:06 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research has yielded no clinical cures, while adult stem cell research has yielded many. We should not be doing that which is controversial, just because we can. We should put our research money where we are getting proven results. President Obama's executive order is wrong. There is no ethical way to use embryonic stem cells, because it is ethically wrong to use them.

 
3620 05/01/2009 at 01:08:13 PM Self     Advances in science, medicine, and technology may hold promises of improved health and well-being, but may also devalue human life and human dignity. Stem cells, cloning, genetic engineering, and other new technologies need to be evaluated carefully within both a scientific and an ethical framework. I opposes research that destroys, harms, or manipulates an embryonic human being. However, I support research and therapies using "adult" stem cells (such as from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood), which is not ethically problematic and has already resulted in useful therapies in human patients. I believes that good science is also ethical science, and supports biotechnologies that advance scientific knowledge and medical treatments, while valuing all human life and maintaining human dignity.

These statements are from the FRC wed page, but they line up with what I believe.

 
3621 05/01/2009 at 01:08:49 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Remember you work for the people.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

 
3622 05/01/2009 at 01:09:14 PM Self     We oppose the use of federal tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. Please continue research on adult stem cells but not embryonic.

 
3623 05/01/2009 at 01:10:09 PM Self     I believe the destruction of human life in any form for the purpose of experimentation that has ben proven a failure for treatment of health is wrong when other stemcell research is bringing results now. I also opose the cloneing research as well.

 
3624 05/01/2009 at 01:10:23 PM Self     Don't allow the application of my tax dollars for the use of new embryonic stem cell research. This type of research devalues human life. I see this as no less heinous than Hitler's SS experiments on people during World War Two.

 
3625 05/01/2009 at 01:10:38 PM Self     To: National Institute of Health Re: Embryonic stem cell research

To whom it may concern:

We are opposed to embryonic stem cell research.

 
3626 05/01/2009 at 01:10:57 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
3627 05/01/2009 at 01:11:06 PM Self     THERE HAS BEEN MUCH POSITIVE RESULTS FROM ADULT STEM CELLS. I HAVE YET TO HEAR OF ANY POSITIVE RESULTS FROM EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS. SO WHY THE PRESSURE? WHY NOT CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE ADULT STEM CELLS? IT SEEMS IT IS JUST ONE MORE 'REASON' TO KILL BABIES! WHY BE QUILTY OF THAT? BECAUSE KILLING BABIES IS NOT NECESSARY! PROCEED WITH THE POSITIVE RESEARCH ON ADULT STEM CELLS AND LETS HEAR MORE ABOUT THE GREAT RESULTS PEOPLE ARE HAVING WITH THAT.

THANKS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!

 
3628 05/01/2009 at 01:11:09 PM Self     Please. No embryonic stem-cell research. Please no feeding off the killed. Please serve life and goodness and simplicity.

Thank you.

 
3629 05/01/2009 at 01:11:23 PM Self     We don't want to send our tax dollars so others can 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 are you not promoting the use of adult stem cells, which have been helpful in so many applications already? Why resort to killing unborn children?

 
3630 05/01/2009 at 01:11:27 PM Self     The continued support of embryonic stem cell research is morally and financially wrong. The murder of a human for research is unacceptable-regardless of age from the time of conception.

Embryonic stem cells have not been found to treat any diseases successfully. In the current state of economic crisis where every household is trimming their budgets and redirecting their funds to pay bills, NIH and other federally funded programs really need to evaluate and TRIM funding of projects that are not showing benefit. Where is the benefit in the sacrifice of these unborn future leaders and researchers that could save your life some day?

 
3631 05/01/2009 at 01:11:40 PM Self     I do not wish my tax dollars used for funding for research using human embryonic stem cells which are derived from human embryos. I understand human embryos are destroyed to obtain these cells.

I would encourage my tax dollars to be spent on research on adult stem cells.

Thanks.

 
3632 05/01/2009 at 01:11:50 PM Self     Please know that we are strongly opposed to the use of federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research.

 
3633 05/01/2009 at 01:12:16 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of Embryonic Stem Cells for research.

 
3634 05/01/2009 at 01:12:26 PM Self     NO EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH.........NEVER!!!!! I OPPOSE IT TOTALLY!

 
3635 05/01/2009 at 01:12:48 PM Self     President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

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

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

 
3636 05/01/2009 at 01:12:50 PM Self     Dear Elected and Appointed Officials, I am strongly opposed to the research on and commensurate destruction of unborn lives. I am specifically referring to what will happen to human embryos if you continue down your current path of stem cell research. Stop and think about all of the success that has been medically documented through the use of adult stem cells. Why take a life to do research when you have a very viable alternative? I strongly urge you to stop this madness and do what is ethically right. Moreover, I abhor the fact that you would do this with my tax dollars. Please change direction now and DO NOT do research on embryos.

 
3637 05/01/2009 at 01:13:06 PM Self     NO, NO, NO. My comment is NO.

 
3638 05/01/2009 at 01:13:21 PM Self     I oppose the legalization of embryonic stem cell research on ethical grounds. There are better sources of stem cells available for research, and the alternatives do not involve the harvesting of tissue from human beings whose lives were taken for the convenience of another. My opposition to embryonic stem cell use is a natural and logical result of my belief that abortion on demand is morally and ethically contrary to the best our civilization has to offer. We cannot expect anything of lasting good to come from violating the clear and objective will of God, which has been declared publicly by God throughout history, through the scriptures, the reason of men such as Hippocrates, through nature, and to our individual consciences.

 
3639 05/01/2009 at 01:13:36 PM Self     It is my understanding that there have been no beneficial results from embryonic stem cell research and that there has been progress and good results from adult stem cell research. Please do NOT spend any more of the taxpayers money on embryonic stem cell research. Concentrate on the area where we do have good results.

 
3640 05/01/2009 at 01:13:59 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

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

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.

 
3641 05/01/2009 at 01:14:17 PM Self     I ***** strongly oppose the use of my tax dollars to support the use of and destruction of embrionic stem cells for medical purposes. The destruction of embrionic stems cells is a huge moral issue with a majority of Americans,that should be respected. The facts of science do not support the success of the use of embrionic stem cells. The facts do show that adult and other stem cells are having success in treating diseases. Science does not trump our moral and ethical issues. I hope and pray that those in leadership positions, who work for us, have ears to listen to the cries of the people. Our God hears the cries of ALL his creation, including the tiniest and most vulnerable. "A country that murders it children, is a country without hope" Pope John Paul 11

 
3642 05/01/2009 at 01:14:40 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order (Executive Order 13505) that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. As a citizen of the United States, I do not approve of 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.

I believe that these embryos are human beings. I do not approve of the use of my tax dollars to destroy human beings.

 
3643 05/01/2009 at 01:15:21 PM Self     I'm greatly disappointed in the President's decision to resume embryonic stem cell research. In our society where so many voices cry, "the right to choose", I would ask, what voice or choice does an embryo have? Yes, it may be euphemistically named 'viable tissue' but if left alone it would become a living human being. There has been much progress made with non-embryonic cells and I believe that is the avenue of research to pursue.

 
3644 05/01/2009 at 01:15:21 PM Self     Our family is strongly opposed to embryonic stem cell research in any capacity. The sanctity of human life which begins at conceptions should be given full value. Please do not allow ANY government funding for this vicious practice.

 
3645 05/01/2009 at 01:15:33 PM Self     Please do NOT allow my tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. Stem cells in adult humans will sufficiently fulfill the needs of any research done and will allow those embryos to exist and one day become the babies they are, not some gross human experiment.

 
3646 05/01/2009 at 01:15:53 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3647 05/01/2009 at 01:16:16 PM Self     Please Be on record that my wife and I are adamantly opposed to any, and all, experimentation on embryonic stem cells as advocated by the President. The science supporting embryonic stem cell experiments is flawed and has not produced anything significant to date.

Adult Stem Cell Research has proven to be the viable method for finding cures for many physical problems, and it does not require killing an innocent life while yet an embryo.

 
3648 05/01/2009 at 01:16:36 PM Organization St. Peter Damian Fraternity Secular Franciscan Order 34 South Chestnut Street New Paltz, N.Y. 12561-1995 We oppose the use of federal funds for research on human emmbryonic Stem cells.

 
3649 05/01/2009 at 01:16:40 PM Self     Dear Sir or Madam:

The NIH has been instructed to prepare guidelines for the expenditure of public funds on embryonic stem cell research. I would like to express my oppostion to this. Adult stem cells have already been show far superior for medical purposes while embryonic cells actually cause tumors making them dangerous to a recipient. ESCR is more political than medical and serves only to further degrade the value of human life in our country. Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

 
3650 05/01/2009 at 01:16:46 PM Self     This is outragous, President Bush's policy should have been left alone. He had morals, unlike what we have running the countye now. You people are asking for God's judgment.

 
3651 05/01/2009 at 01:16:52 PM Self     Dear Sirs:

I am utterly dismayed that there is now permission given to create embryonic stems strictly for the purpose of killing them to do research. Moral ethics need to appear in someone's concience at this sad time in our country's history.

Sincerely yours,

 
3652 05/01/2009 at 01:17:40 PM Self     I am vehemently opposed to using federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. This will increase the destruction of human embryos, which is ethically and morally wrong. Embryos are not property to be donated to be destroyed. They are lives, it their earliest state.

Results from adult stem cell research prove that these cells can be used instead of destroying the life of an embryo.

Thank you!

 
3653 05/01/2009 at 01:17:49 PM Self     We understand that the NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is inhumane to send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" after vitro fertilization. Why not promote the adoption of these human embryos to thousands who can not have children? Any draft containing guidelines which would require the death of human embryos is horrific.

 
3654 05/01/2009 at 01:17:52 PM Self     What will our contempt for life cost us?

 
3655 05/01/2009 at 01:18:42 PM Self     I do not support embryonic stem cell research. Put that support toward adult stem cell research, which has shown much more promise, and does not destroy life.

 
3656 05/01/2009 at 01:18:57 PM Self     Adult stem cell research has shown much progress and has been actually used to treat multiple medical conditions. Embryonic stem cell research has had NO success in treating any medical condition. Additionally, recent research has shown the propensity of embryonic stem cells to develop cancer (something adult stem cells have not done). Do not promote a culture of death -- whether by killing embryos or by increasing the possibility of cancer.

 
3657 05/01/2009 at 01:19:25 PM Self     please oppose all federal funding for the use of research using embryonic stem cells. They have not proven the most helpful and there is no reasson to continue to persue their destruction.

 
3658 05/01/2009 at 01:20:09 PM Self     Playing God as if we absolutely know what the consequences are in the long run are short sighted and unwise. Just because we are capable of doing a thing does not automatically mean we should do it. Conscious consideration should be taken before the action. Weighing both sides, asking what the costs are and having the integrity to make the decision that reflects that integrity is priority. Looking to the Source as who is in control rather than substituting and elevating ourselves to that position to control sheds light on how to proceed. The desire to help in one area of life does not justify taking away from another area of life. An alternative, a win-win is a solution, not a win-lose. In deciding the guidelines for funding for Stem Cell Research I ask that you carefully consider and use integrity as your compass to do what is right, not what is popular, not what is convenient, not compromise one life for another but to find the solution that promotes life for all regardless of what stage of life. Life is life. Thank you for your time and I hope you were able to listen with your heart as well as your mind.

 
3659 05/01/2009 at 01:20:09 PM Self     70 cures have come from ADULT stem cell research. President Obama admitted that there was a moral and ethical element to embryonic stem cell research. He said that is adult stem cell lines are working just as well, we should avoid moral arguments. I appears our president reversed the ban on embryonic stem cell research for ONLY political reasons since ADULT stem cell research has PROVEN SUCCESSFUL. I oppose research on embryos. Our government should not be funding this immoral research.

 



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