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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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3660 05/01/2009 at 01:20:26 PM Self     NIH should not allocate any further spending to research on IVF embryonic stem cells, and should direct all funding to support non-embryonic human adult stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells. With an overwhelming federal debt, in the a contracting economy, the NIH needs to be responsible in the use of taxpayer funds, and apply them to truly meet the needs of our society. The priority for research spending should be: 1) proven successful Adult stem cells (build on partial successes with spinal cord repair and Parkinsons to date and expand and improve on them), 2) investigate adult and pluripotent stem cell discoveries for new body systems and therapies (research Adult stem cells utility for organs and systems that have not been researched) and 3) breakthrough research in mechanisms to support packaging, processing, administering and delivery of therapies to expand availability and bring down costs so that therapies can be made available throughout the medical industry. IVF Embryonic stem cells have proven expensive, morally unnacceptable to the majority of our society, and damaging to the patient (tumors, etc). Further funding in this arena is irresponsible and a waste of tax-payer's money. Thank you for this opportunity to comment upon this important Guidelines draft.

 
3661 05/01/2009 at 01:20:33 PM Self     I am opposed to the proposed Stem Cell Research guidelines recently drafted. I am opposed Stem Cell Research that promotes the use of human embryos as its source. Please consider revising these guidelines to eliminate human embryos as the base source and the promotion of any future killings of innocent humans.

 
3662 05/01/2009 at 01:20:39 PM Self     I am totally against this!...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 & DESTROY HUMAN EMBRYOS. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding...ie OUR TAX PAYER DOLLARS... for research on human embryonic stem cells. PLEASE!!! He is sending 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 REQUIRE THEIR DEATH!!! THIS IS TOTALLY INSANE AND UNACCEPTABLE!!!! The REAL research shows that not one condition or disease has been helped from this!!! I, ALONG WITH THE GENERAL SANE PUBLIC, OPPOSE USE OF FEDEREAL FUNDS FOR RESEARCH ON HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS!!! PLEASE HEAR OUR CRY!

 
3663 05/01/2009 at 01:20:49 PM Self     Why do you insist on using my tax dollars to fund stem cell research from killing embryos? There are already other ways to get stem cells from adults. Not only do I believe this to be a huge waste of public money, but it's also killing human life. Seems like we're on a slipperly slope following Britain. After "growing" embryos for their stem cells, what's to stop us from "growing" humans for spare body parts?

 
3664 05/01/2009 at 01:21:00 PM Self     I would like to express my concern for the stem cell guidelines. I strongly oppose such regulation.

Regards,

 
3665 05/01/2009 at 01:21:06 PM Self     I am deeply concerned that my tax dollars will be used to fund research that requires killing of human embryos instead of allowing them to grow to viability and allowing them to be adopted when born. There are thousands of couples desiring adoption and this policy will restrict the availability of babies to help meet this need. Of course the biggest concern is the ending of human life which has clearly been show to begin at conception.

The research from adult stem cells has been very useful and is already providing treatment and cures for many diseases and conditions. The future of embryonic stem cells is much more in doubt and it is a waste of taxpayer money to continue this research. This research is currently being done in the private sector without federal funding (my money!) and though I do not agree with that either, at least I can say my tax money is not going to murder babies.

Please set very strict guidelines that minize the death of embryos and minimize or eliminate my tax dollars being used to fund this death.

 
3666 05/01/2009 at 01:22:13 PM Self     I am opposed to the federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Babies are a gift from God and I do not believe this is the morally correct thing to do. Thank you for listening!

 
3667 05/01/2009 at 01:22:52 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.

 
3668 05/01/2009 at 01:22:53 PM Self     I am totally against the use of any funding for use with Human Embryo's. I have nothing against the use of stem cells from Human volunteer stem cell usage.

 
3669 05/01/2009 at 01:22:57 PM Self     We are disapointed over the taxpayer funded use of embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have proven more hopeful and responsive.What a sad and frightening course of action our government is on.

 
3670 05/01/2009 at 01:23:11 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.

 
3671 05/01/2009 at 01:23:34 PM Self     Obama is trying every way he can to demean society as we know it. Any thing he does is not surprising to me!! He needs to back off the stem cell altogether!! Will he? NO NO

 
3672 05/01/2009 at 01:23:43 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells have no advantage towards cures but, Adult stem cells exhibit that they do.

 
3673 05/01/2009 at 01:23:46 PM Self     Since human embryonic stem cells are derived from human beings who will be killed if there stem cells are extracted, this is murder of a human being and is unacceptable. In addition, there is no credible reasoning behind this research, since it has been proven that it only ends up in developing cancer, and the only effective stem cell therapy has been with umbilical cord cells and adult stem cells. This has turned into a purely political football with the advancement by pro-abortion advocates.

 
3674 05/01/2009 at 01:23:59 PM Self     Please consider: human life does in fact begin at conception. The facilitation of conception through in vitro fertilization in no way diminishes the actuality of the human life concieved thereby (ask the happy mother who receives such an embryo back into her womb!). Therefore, it constitutes murder to throw away/harvest such a fertilized egg for so-called scientific purposes (an embryo which, by the way, has its own complete set of DNA and its own personhood, however early its stage, however unknown it is). Personhood is a gift of God, and scientists and the United States government should not try to play God by treating/legislating against human life--at any stage--as a mere convenience/inconvenience/product/commodity. I urge you to stop the human embryo stem cell research funding, not only because of these facts, but because of its potential to create a carelessness/callousness, even a monetary incentive regarding helpless pre-born human beings (these late-term abortionists... how can they sleep at night, I wonder?), and inescapably a degrading mentality/action towards human life at every stage, because the criteria will no longer be-- is it human, is it sacred, is it cherished, but rather, is it useful/lucrative? I urge you to facilitate/put funding toward ADULT stem cell research, which has as great if not greater potential for medical applications to help mankind, AND it could do so with moral integrity, with honor toward humaness in all its various stages from conception to the grave, and so accomplish a greater good for this nation's character, this nation's health and wellbeing, much more than any perceived advantages being claimed by advocates of embryonic stem cell research.

 
3675 05/01/2009 at 01:24:30 PM Self     please do fund killing Human embryonic stem cells

 
3676 05/01/2009 at 01:24:43 PM Self     The guidelines for HESC use by researchers should be straightforward and reasonable so that it enables and promotes science and research instead of creating endless paperwork and legal issues with notification of donors. Once the donor donates the embryos for science and research that should be the end of the relationship. Certainly to require notification retroactively is just creating more road blocks to HESC research that has already been blocked for more than a decade. Many American families have been traveling to China and India to obtain Stem Cell treatments that should be available in the United States of America. To allow cloning of stem cells lines will reduce the number of embryo's that need to be destroyed. It would make sense to be able to clone stem cells instead of destroying more embryos. Lets try to use some common sense for a change. Thank you.

 
3677 05/01/2009 at 01:24:45 PM Self     To whom it may concern: I oppose the taking of life to attempt to save life as in ESCR. ESCR has make zero strides in curing diseases where ASCR and IPSCR have not only provided great strides in research but numerous advances in cures. WE the PEOPLE oppose our tax dollars being used for ESCR research!

 
3678 05/01/2009 at 01:24:54 PM Self     Dear Sir or Madam,

This is simply to let you know that I OPPOSE the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

I base this opposition on the grounds that it would be using my tax dollars to pay for something that is so morally wrong to me and my family and which violates our religious beliefs. We do not wish to force our views on others, but we feel it unjust to force us to pay for something so offensive to our own values.

Thank you for your serious consideration in this matter.

 
3679 05/01/2009 at 01:25:12 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars to go toward creation or destruction of embryos for research. I know that the only real progress in this area has been found through research of ADULT stem cells. The only diseases that have been helped so far are through Adult stem cells. Why destroy an embryo when you have progress in other areas.

 
3680 05/01/2009 at 01:25:14 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 person with Parkinson's Disease, and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

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

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

 
3681 05/01/2009 at 01:25:16 PM Self     I think it it wrong for the government to use federal funds to do research on human embryonic stem cells(it is killing innocent children).

 
3682 05/01/2009 at 01:25:31 PM Self     President Obama please stop the killing of babies, life stars at the moment of conception embrionivc cells are humabn beings though crated through the science that God gave us for the benefit of Human beings not to kill them. You, your wife and your daughther s could have been embrionicells and under you guidance will not have been here.

all life should be respected and canot be terminated without due process under the law of the land.

Remember that evry child kill under your regulations is life you will have to account for to Our Heavenly father . You in a psoition of great trust and responsibility and you will be ask a lot more of our God. Sincerely

 
3683 05/01/2009 at 01:25:59 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.

 
3684 05/01/2009 at 01:26:13 PM Self     Please do not use federal funding to continue the exploitation of the human fetus. Scientific research concludes that life begins when a woman's egg is feterlized from her male partner's sperm. To used federal funding to destroy life, even in the most smallest form, would be a shame not only in the cause of scientific research which has tallied zero results using embryonic stem cells, but I feel would be a disgrace to our country's use of it's financial resources. Helping an orphange in Africa or China would be more beneficial.

 
3685 05/01/2009 at 01:26:46 PM Self     Mr. Obama--please take a hint from Kathy Ireland and thousands of others who have understood that from the scientific standpoint, an embryo is a human being at a different stage of life, like teenage years, or elderly years or adolescent time. Further, I thought that you said these types of decisions were above your pay grade. I heard you say it. Now, be a man and stick to your word and leave human life alone.

 
3686 05/01/2009 at 01:26:48 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and I strongly urge you to do the same. There has been no proof that embryonic stem cells have cured or even can cure ANY health problems, and there have been far more promising advances in every other form of stem cell (adult, etc.) besides embryonic stem cells. It is careless, wasteful, and futile, not to mention highly unethical and disgraceful, to employ embryos -- real human life -- for such flippant and careless purposes. Please protect the most helpless members of the human race among us: the unborn.

 
3687 05/01/2009 at 01:26:59 PM Self     With all the research coming in showing the success using adult human stem cells to treat so many health issues and NO success to date using embryonic stem cells, how could we even consider throwing more money into research that shows so little progress? Whether one has "moral" issues or not, this seems to be a no-brainer. Is there any chance that common sense might prevail so that we can invest our money where it counts the most?

 
3688 05/01/2009 at 01:27:01 PM Self     I am writing to ask you to stop the funding of embryonice stem cell research. Why should we spend millions of dollars on a failed research project that has shown no positive results, especially in these difficult economic times with our deficit in the trillions? If you want to use our money wisely, support adult stem cell research which has already proven itself effective.

 
3689 05/01/2009 at 01:27:16 PM Self     The same results can be accomplished without using embryonic stem cells. My own sister has had cancer and had successful stem cell treatment NOT from embryonic stem cells. \

This is just an excuse to try to make abortions and cloning seem more appetizing to some people who are actually disgusted about the sneaky tactics of this government.

We are not as stupid as you think we are.

 
3690 05/01/2009 at 01:27:18 PM Self     We oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is totally inhumane. All this does is create babies to kill them. Please do not use my tax dollars for this purpose.

Sincerely,

 
3691 05/01/2009 at 01:27:30 PM Self     I am writing to ask you to stop the funding of embryonic stem cell research. Why should we spend millions of dollars on a failed research project that has shown no positive results, especially in these difficult economic times with our deficit in the trillions? If you want to use our money wisely, support adult stem cell research which has already proven itself effective.

 
3692 05/01/2009 at 01:27:38 PM Self     I don't agree with obtaining stem cells from embryos at all. Why don't we fund cord blood donation instead?? That doesn't involve playing God. Please find other ways to perform the important, needed research.

 
3693 05/01/2009 at 01:27:40 PM Self     I oppose to the Embryonic Human Stem Research

 
3694 05/01/2009 at 01:27:47 PM Self     I am most disapointed in the decision to fund Embryonic stem cell research, instead of further funding on the adult stem cells. Much more success has been gained by the adult stem cell path than the embryonic. This has been a very political decision.

 
3695 05/01/2009 at 01:27:56 PM Self     President Obama please stop the killing of babies, life stars at the moment of conception embrionivc cells are human beings though created through the science that God gave us for the benefit of Human beings not to kill them. You, your wife and your daughthers could have been embrionic cells and under your guidance will not have been here.

All life should be respected and canot be terminated without due process under the law of the land.

Remember that every child killed under your regulations is life you will have to account for to Our Heavenly Father. You are in a position of great trust and responsibility and you will be ask a lot more of our God. Sincerely

 
3696 05/01/2009 at 01:28:05 PM Self     Please do not allow Federal 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.

Funding for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells seems appropriate and more promising in the results toward human health.

The Federal Government needs to curb spending. Please do not vote for more spending.

 
3697 05/01/2009 at 01:28:05 PM Self     The use of embryonic stem cells has not produced a successful therapy to date. However, the use of adult stem cells show great promise. Further, new breakthroughs in producing stem cells from skin tissue will likely make it unnecessary to continue experimentation on embryonic stem cells. I think it is a waste of money and resources to continue this research when there is little evidence that it will yield any success and other research is showing much more promising results. It appears to me that the politics of embryonic stem cell research are trumping the scientific value of such research.

 
3698 05/01/2009 at 01:28:32 PM Self     I don't think my tax dollars need to be spent on something like this. It is the reason that the free market includes such biotech companies as Pfizer, Genentech, Amgen, etc.

Personally, I don't agree with embryonic stem cell research and DONT want MY dollars going to fund something I believe to be wrong. After all, I already own a significant part of GM and can't wait for my Chrysler stock certificates to come back with my IRS check!

 
3699 05/01/2009 at 01:28:40 PM Self     I oppose the Obama Stem Cell Guidelines.

 
3700 05/01/2009 at 01:29:17 PM Self     To whom it may concern:

Spending our money in opposition to the American people's will is never right. Spending billions on research for procedures that have not been proven to work is ridiculous and irresponsible, especially when the adult stem research is gaining victories and already treating diseases. This ruling is immoral and unethical, to use President Obama's own words pre-election, and simply a green light to pacify the liberal left who are looking for an excuse to continue in their practices.

 
3701 05/01/2009 at 01:30:03 PM Self     I would like to express my opposition to federal funding of embryonice stem cell research. Surely, there are other ways to research possible cures for serious illnesses and injuries. The use of embryonice stem cells obtained through abortions violates the conscience of millions of Americans including me.

 
3702 05/01/2009 at 01:30:23 PM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research. I am appalled at the idea that I could be funding such research with MY tax dollars. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research and I say NO. I do not want my tax dollars to go to experimentation on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I opt for promoting the adoption of these human embryos rather than their death.

 
3703 05/01/2009 at 01:31:12 PM Self     I am writing to let you know that I the killing of human embryos for their cells. I believe that the funding that our government has given on research on over 22 stem cell lines during this past month has been morally wrong, and that the decision. I would like to request that the April 23 NIH draft, that would use tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization, be rescinded. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
3704 05/01/2009 at 01:31:36 PM Self     I am opposed to the destruction of human embryonic stem cells.

 
3705 05/01/2009 at 01:32:17 PM Self     EO 13505 allows funding for embryonic stem cell research. However, NIH policies and procedures should require clear definintion in any proposals of embryonic stem cell research proposals on why adult stem cells could not be used. Clearly all the progress in stem cell research has been with adult forms. It would be a much better use of the tax payer funds and much less objectional to many Americans to fund adult stem cells. Privately funded embryonic stem cell research has not produced the promising results seen with adult forms. Therefore, a very high high hurdle should be established in NIH policies and procedures that must demonstrate some exception promomise for the advantages of embronic stem cells. Such controversial proposals should be reviewed by a team of people, including those who believe embryonic stem cell research is unethical to establish if such an exceptional case exists.

Respectfully,

 
3706 05/01/2009 at 01:32:44 PM Self     I am very much against the use of embryonic stem cells. Research with adult stem cells has been very effective and does not involve killing a very young human being.

Additionally, "wild tumor like" growth has been reported in other countries where embryonic stem cell research has been conducted.

I respectfully request that embryos not be killed to further dubious scientific research.

 
3707 05/01/2009 at 01:32:48 PM Self     We believe that you have no right to take nor need to take the life of a baby to use for stem cell research or implanting because you can use the cells from the umbilical cord or placenta that have the same cells content. We believe that God has created that life and we have no right to end it.

 
3708 05/01/2009 at 01:32:59 PM Self     To whom it may concern,

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. In my opinion what these guidelines do is provide taxpayer dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.Please reconsdier these guiidelines to encourage the prtection and sanctity of life as is held by the majority of American citizens.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

 
3709 05/01/2009 at 01:33:12 PM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research.

 
3710 05/01/2009 at 01:33:48 PM Self     I wanted to let you know that I oppose 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. Please do not use tax payer dollars for this purpose.

 
3711 05/01/2009 at 01:34:24 PM Self     this is a test

 
3712 05/01/2009 at 01:36:04 PM Self     I oppose funding for human embryo research which involves the killing of the unborn.

 
3713 05/01/2009 at 01:36:08 PM Self     I don't want my tax money to be used in the killing of human embryos especially when adult stem cells have been successful in treating at least 70 medical conditions. Putting embryos up for adoption is a far more humane alternative.

 
3714 05/01/2009 at 01:36:37 PM Self     We oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3715 05/01/2009 at 01:37:03 PM Self     I oppose the research on embryonic stem cells. It is murder of the unborn.

 
3716 05/01/2009 at 01:37:57 PM Self     I strongly oppose any policy that uses human beings at any stage of development from single cell to natural death for experimentation or treatment.

 
3717 05/01/2009 at 01:38:47 PM Self     I oppose sending 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, the draft guidelines would require their death. Again, the government is promoting human murder. This is morally wrong!

Since adult stem cell research has been so successful, and embionic stem cell without success, why is this so important?

 
3718 05/01/2009 at 01:39:17 PM Self     There is enought children being born each day that there is enough placentas to get stem cells from and I am sure that people wouldn't care because I don't want it. I think it is killing a child that dosen't have a chance at life just for the name of sience is wrong and not just in my eyes but in Gods. He is the one that gave the child its life and humans think they can take it away. From the day of conseption, That little child is alive.

 
3719 05/01/2009 at 01:39:22 PM Self     I strongly oppose federal money being spent on embyonic stem cell research because it creates an incentive to created and destroy human embryos. There are alreay adequate embryos available for research. Any monies spent should be invested in funding research on existing human embryos.

 
3720 05/01/2009 at 01:39:41 PM Self     I value life, and therefore I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please allow the human embryos from in vitro fertilization to be submitted for adoption instead of sentenced to destruction.

 
3721 05/01/2009 at 01:39:58 PM Self     Our daughter-in-law has a beautiful sonogram of our grandson, who incidentally is protecting us by serving in Afghanistan right now. He was no bigger than a by tiny fingernail, cut he was having a good old time kicking and sliding up and down in her womb. How could anyone look at this and say that was not a baby. So, when does an life begin? It may be above President Obama's pay grade, but most of us Americans know that life is life right from the moment of conception. How can you destroy life? Adult stem cells have proven to cure diseases whereas embryonic stem cells have yet to have proof of anything except that they are killed to experiment. Why? Why not use the money to work with adult stem cells which are proven to work?

 
3722 05/01/2009 at 01:40:16 PM Self     I value life, and therefore I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please allow the human embryos from in vitro fertilization to be submitted for adoption instead of sentenced to destruction.

 
3723 05/01/2009 at 01:40:54 PM Self     I have been watching the stem cell debate and the more I examine the facts the clear my position becomes. I am all for helping people improve from technology but not at the cost of other lives. Ethics prevent me from endorsing embryonic stem cell reserch (ESC). Adult stem cell reserch (ASC) has provided over 70 treatments while ESC has provided none. Please do the right thing.

 
3724 05/01/2009 at 01:40:59 PM Self     Stop this action. It is ethically & morally wrong. There are no proven statistics that this benefits anyone. This simply promotes a wrongful agenda at the expense innocent defenseless babies.

 
3725 05/01/2009 at 01:40:59 PM Self     Comments on Draft NIH Stem Cell Guidelines

Main concern:

1. The new consent forms for deriving human ES cells from embryos would make many if not all existing human ES lines (including the so-called Presidential lines derived prior August 2001) ineligible for NIH funding. Most of the past research on human embryonic stem cell has been obtained with these lines, which are well defined and thus represent a sort of standard against which new data need to be compared. Making these lines ineligible for funding would be a major problem for ongoing research. It would prevent researchers to compare data obtained with newly derived ES cells lines with data from previously well-defined lines. Such a restriction would cause a major impediment of research and would be a waste of resources as it may require to re-generate data with the new lines. A reasonable solution would be to grandfather in the previously derived lines.

Other concerns:

2. Because differences are observed between ES lines it is important to generate new lines from embryos under newly defined conditions (for example with newly generated media). Newly derived ES cells are important for induced reprogrammed cell research as they may serve as the “gold standard” for iPS cells. Derivation of new lines should be eligible for NIH funding.

3. I believe that parthenogenetic ES cells and ES cells derived by SCNT are important research tools and their derivation should be eligible for NIH funding.

 
3726 05/01/2009 at 01:41:02 PM Self     The United States Constitution defends humans life, liberty and happiness. The littlest citizen is yet to be born and should have the constitutional right of life. Embryonic stem cell use is unproven and murder of the smallest citizen. The current administration is already the most baby killing yet. What's next? Seniors and health problem citizens? just wait and see how far this current government will go.

 
3727 05/01/2009 at 01:41:03 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax payer's money to fund embryonic stem cell research of embryos that are "left over" from in vitro fertilization.

 
3728 05/01/2009 at 01:41:10 PM Self     this is a very important issue- it was in my father-inlaw- and he was badly affected by Parkinson. My husband has familiar tremors- not as yet Parkinson disease. So it is in my family-and having 2 sons- I do worry about them!! thx you for all your support-

 
3729 05/01/2009 at 01:41:32 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

The actions on March 9,2009 by President Barack Obama are deplorable. Issuing an executive order hereby opening the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research once again illustrates the lack of concern for the most fundamental principle, respect for human life. God will not tolerate a country that kills innocent children.

God Bless and Save America from the road of "left turns" we are being led.

 
3730 05/01/2009 at 01:41:37 PM Self     To whom it may concern at the National Institutes of Health, I would like to express my opinion regarding draft of the recently posted guidelines for distributing funds for embryonic stem cell research. At this time in our country, the debate over embryonic stem cell research is far from concluded. To use federal money to fund such a controversial endeavor is not in the best interest of the public. In addition, this funding promotes the destruction of embryonic stem cells which violates the consciences of many American citizens. Federal funds would support America better if directed towards less controversial research endeavors. Thank you for acting on behalf of all the people of America. Sincerely,

A citizen of the United States of America

 
3731 05/01/2009 at 01:42:01 PM Self     I would like to speak out against the proposed legislation concerning stem cell usage. It is immoral to consider using a viable human embryo for research. This is a human being, not an *option* to experiment with.

Most Sincerely,

 
3732 05/01/2009 at 01:42:12 PM Self NA   I do not want my tax dollars spent on funding for embronic stem cell (ESC) research for the following reasons:

1) It is unethical to do so. 2) Everyone knows the medicinal use of ADULT stem cells is superior to ESC and shows much more medicinal potential than using ESC's. 3) If private companies want to pursue ESC research, they can do so using their own money. 4) PLEASE LEAVE THE TAX PAYERS OUT OF THIS!

Thank you for considering my comments.

 
3733 05/01/2009 at 01:42:26 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells

 
3734 05/01/2009 at 01:42:37 PM Self     I am vehemently opposed to using my tax dollars to destroy human embryonic cells in the name of medical research. I believe they are viable life and no life should be taken to benefit another life. Human life is precious and should be protected at all costs.

 
3735 05/01/2009 at 01:42:59 PM Self     We already have a successful way of using stem cells. Thast from adult sem cells. These have proved successful whereas the cells from embyroionic cells hav enot been successful. This is a waste of our money and a boon for drug companies. Please use a proven method. Thank you.

 
3736 05/01/2009 at 01:43:10 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of human embryo stem cells for research. Adult stem cells are proving to be more reliable for this process. Exactly at what point does an embyro become a baby?

 
3737 05/01/2009 at 01:43:25 PM Self     Adult stem cell research holds far greater promise than embryonic stem cell. Already, many treatments and cures have been proven successful with adult stem cells. Using embryonic stem cells is unnecessary, unproven and unethical.

Sincerely,

 
3738 05/01/2009 at 01:43:53 PM Self sI am against Human Embrio research from human stem Cel   I am against Human Embryo research from human stem Cells since we do not have to do that. Why research when it involves murder.

 
3739 05/01/2009 at 01:43:54 PM Self     WE OPPOSE STEM CELL RESEARCH.

 
3740 05/01/2009 at 01:44:23 PM Self     Dear Sirs: I oppose the use of federal funds being used to support any type of research on human embryonic stem cell research.

 
3741 05/01/2009 at 01:44:53 PM Self     Please reconsider and do not use my tax dollars to pay for further experimentation on human embryos for stem cell research. We have a proven and viable alternative in adult stem cells. This current proposal will create an incentive to create and destroy more human embryos instead of encouraging adoption of any existing human embryos.

I urge you to RESCIND the executive order and stop experimentation on human embryos through the use of federal taxpayer funding.

 
3742 05/01/2009 at 01:44:55 PM Self     The entire premise that this change in guidelines is based upon is flawed. There is no data that suggests that embryonic stem cell research leads us to any disease cure that can not be attained from adult stem cell research. In fact study after study have shown adult stem cell research to be of much more value in long term disease cures. The continued devaluing of human life through the destruction of human embryos is an insult to all who recognize that the same life each one of us enjoys is contained in that embryo and we have no right to either create it or destroy it. Thank God that all those who support these new guidelines were not some of the leftover embryos that they seem so ready to terminate for the supposed greater good or there would be no discussion of the matter; the people would have already been killed. Reverse this order while there is still time! Sincerely,

 
3743 05/01/2009 at 01:45:02 PM Self     I catagorically oppose the funding of research on or with embroyonic stem cells (embroyonic humans).

 
3744 05/01/2009 at 01:45:20 PM Self     I believe it is morally wrong and scientifically irresponsible for the NIG to open up funding for more research on embryonic stem cells. The Guidelines that were just announced state that the research will be done on embryos that are "no longer needed". To state that any life, no matter how small, is no longer needed is an outrage. Life is life, no matter how valuable it may seem or how small and needy it is. Those embryos deserve a chance to live and this research will not allow that chance. There are other alternatives for them, for instance, there is embryo adoption, a process that I am currently involved with.

My second concern is waste of tax dollars on an unproven method of treatments. There have been no cures to this date from embryonic stem cells. Even when tissue has been created from them, the risk of rejection from the patient is very high and that patient will be on anti-rejection medication for the rest of his or her life opening up the door for future infections. What our money should be spent on is more adult stem cell research. Many treatments have been made from them, such as bladder function to a paralyzed woman, reversal of MS symptoms and treatment of severe Parkinson's Disease, with no risk of rejection to the patient. Medically it is a much more promising and fruitful avenue to explore without the moral entrapments.

I beg you as a mother, trained scientist, and tax payer to stop the funds going to embryonic stem cell research. There are more responsible ways to obtain these cures!

 
3745 05/01/2009 at 01:45:28 PM Self     President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells. However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

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

 
3746 05/01/2009 at 01:45:36 PM Self     I do not support embryonic stem cell research and oppose the Obama embryonic stem cell regulations.

 
3747 05/01/2009 at 01:45:44 PM Self     I do not want my government to be using our tax dollars to fund this atrocity. It has been proven over and over that embryonic stems cells do not work. Moreover there has been numerous examples of the successes by using adult stem cells. This is not how our tax dollars should be used, on research that has been a proven failure and it is morally and ethically wrong.

 
3748 05/01/2009 at 01:46:31 PM Self     I'm requesting that embryonic stem cell research will not start now. It has been proven that it is not a viable means of healing diseases due to the randomness of the cells produced. Please continue with the research you have done on using one's own cells. Thank you.

 
3749 05/01/2009 at 01:46:42 PM Organization Remnant Expressive Signing Team Lancaster, OH We do not support embryonic stem cell research and we oppose the Obama embryonic stem cell regulations.

 
3750 05/01/2009 at 01:46:44 PM Organization St. Andrew Orthodox Church 4700 Canyon Crest Dr. Riverside, Ca. 92507 Orthodox Christians affirm the dignity of human life from conception until death. On principle we reject the utilization of embryonic stem cells for scientific research, and ask that federal tax-payer funds not be utilized to further such research.

 
3751 05/01/2009 at 01:46:48 PM Self     We strongly oppose stem cell research.

 
3752 05/01/2009 at 01:47:18 PM Self     We are opposed to the use of our tax dollars to fund human embryonic stem cell research. So far, there has been no evidence of any success of this research and none on the immediate horizon. We feel that we are funding a group of so-called scientists that have no real solution to the health problems that they promise to cure.

 
3753 05/01/2009 at 01:47:21 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.

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can send us an email at advocacy@jdrf.org.

Thank you!

JDRF Government Relations

Additional Background: Last month President Obama signed an Executive Order, which lifted previous federal funding restrictions on stem cell research. Although this action was a great victory for those of us in search of a cure for type 1 diabetes, our job is not done!

As part of the Executive Order, President Obama instructed the NIH to issue guidelines governing this research. You can view the NIH’s draft guidelines online by clicking here. The draft guidelines would permit federal funding for research using stem cells derived from embryos created by in-vitro fertilization and no longer needed for reproductive purposes. The draft guidelines also would ensure that embryos utilized for embryonic stem cell research were donated under the highest ethical standards. While JDRF supports these guidelines, we would encourage the NIH to extend funding eligibility to currently-funded stem cell lines and existing lines that were derived according to prevailing ethical guidelines.

 
3754 05/01/2009 at 01:47:33 PM Self     I strongly oppose the pursuit of ESCR for two reasons: The result of experimenting on a human embryo results in its destruction, and such experimentation has produced No-repeat,"NO" positive results.On the other hand, adult stem cell research has produced 70+ positive treatment results and destroys nothing. This is the only ethical an reasonable path toward stem cell reasearch, particularly with the use of taxpayer dollars.

 
3755 05/01/2009 at 01:47:55 PM Self     Dear President Obama,

I would like you re-consider your decision on Human Stem Cell research. The research is very clear that human stem cell research is not producing any cures and in fact is causing large tumors to grow in individuals it has been tried on. Killing innocent babies for research is immoral. It has no place in research. Using adult stem cells and umbilical cord cells has already proved to effective and more research dollars should be placed there.

Sincerely,

 
3756 05/01/2009 at 01:48:00 PM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to perform experiments on helpless unborn babies. With the myriad of benefits already being discovered and used successfully in the fireld of adult stem cell research, this is a waste of time, money and lives.

Thank you,

 
3757 05/01/2009 at 01:48:12 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.

 
3758 05/01/2009 at 01:48:21 PM Self     Federal funds should not be used to fund embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells have been proven to work, why kill a baby to get the stem cells. 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. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Specifically, these Guidelines describe the conditions and informed consent procedures that would have been required during the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research using these cells to be funded by the NIH. NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes, is not allowed under these Guidelines. thank you

 
3759 05/01/2009 at 01:48:23 PM Self     I vehemently oppose any and all embryonic stem cell research. This research has not come up with any solutions and human beings are being murdered. This is nothing more than political posturing on the part of those who think ESCR will come up with any cures. Please stop all ESCR now!

 



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