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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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3760 05/01/2009 at 01:48:39 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 and reasonable path toward stem cell reasearch, particularly with the use of taxpayer dollars.

 
3761 05/01/2009 at 01:48:48 PM Self     This type of thing is sick and appalling. Those who think these type of things up, as well as those who agree have no heart or love, nor any respect for life. It only shows how truly reprehensible our nation has become. If our leaders really cared about us they would have love and concern for all life.

 
3762 05/01/2009 at 01:48:51 PM Self     It is difficult to understand why the NIH would choose death over life while pursuing embryonic stem cell research which has yielded no credible results in 25 years! Why not fund the adult stem cell research which is yielding astounding results nearly every day.

 
3763 05/01/2009 at 01:50:36 PM Self     I am not in favor of the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. It's hard to belive that if there is a traffic fatility of a pregnant woman, the person gets charged with two (2) counts of murder, but it's OK to kill a human baby for stem cell research!!! What a double standard. Please reconsider where your conscience is on this matter. It's OK in one instance, but not in another.

 
3764 05/01/2009 at 01:50:36 PM Self     I would prefer that my hard earned tax dollars would not go to this research. I do believe that there is much better research that funding could go towards to help those that are hungry and thirsty not just abroad but here in our own country. Furthermore I believe that there are many great parents out there that would be willing to take these embryos and raise them as their own children due to certain issues of their own health. My faith also causes me to hold this practice as evil and horrible. Please take these comments into consideration while you move forward on these guidelines.

 
3765 05/01/2009 at 01:50:38 PM       I oppose the use of federal funds for human embryotic stem cell research. Thank for your concern.

 
3766 05/01/2009 at 01:51:49 PM Self     Please do not allow any funding for more research on human embryonic stem cells. No matter how young or old, or at what stage of development, embryos are human beings and must be protected and adopted, not killed for research.

The use of adult stem cells has proven to be more successful than embryonic stem cells, so research on embryonic stem cells should not even be considered.

I am adamantly opposed to embryonic stem cells being used for any kind of research. Please promote the adoption of human embryos, instead.

 
3767 05/01/2009 at 01:52:12 PM Self     I am adamantly opposed to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. 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, this would require their death. Life begins at conception!

 
3768 05/01/2009 at 01:52:23 PM Organization Sovereign Grace Bible Church   Human embryos are human persons in an undeveloped state and thus deserve all the protections of any person, including the Right to Life. No embryo should be intentionally killed for research purposes any more than any other person should be killed for research purposes. This practice of killing embryos for research is no different than what Hitler did in WWII when he did "medical research" on the Jews.

This wickedness of murder of innocent persons will bring God's judgment on our nation as surely as Hitler's did on Germany.

Mr Obama is a fool to think God will not require the blood of these innocent victims at his hand and the hand of all those who participate in this gruesome process.

Adult stem cell research has yeilded dozens of cures, embryonic stem cell research has yeilded none, nor will it, because adult stem cells belong in adults, not embryonic cells, which belong in developing babies in the womb.

Put limited funds into adult stem cell research where there are proven results that harm no one and kill no persons to produce. Put any excess embryos up for adoption, and pass legislation to stop excess production of embryos by fertility doctors.

 
3769 05/01/2009 at 01:52:33 PM Self     I BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF FUNDING EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH. I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD FIRST ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO USE THEIR OWN FUNDS FOR RESEARCH. SECONDLY THERE HAS BEEN GOOD SUCCESS WITH ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH AND EMBRYONIC HAS NOT HAD GOOD SUCCESS. THERE ARE PLENTY OF EMBILICAL CORDS THAT ARE ROUTINLELY DISSCARDED EVERYDAY. I THINK I WOULD PUT MY MONEY WHERE THERE IS ALREADY GOOD PROGRESS AND SUCCESS! I HOPE YOU WILL STUDY THIS VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU THROW OUR TAX MONEY AWAY! I HOPE YOU USE ALL THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE AVAILABLE TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION POSSIBLE, OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!

 
3770 05/01/2009 at 01:53:40 PM Self     Mr. President,

There is no reason to use embryonic stem cells for research. Stem cells from living adults also work just fine. Please reconsider.

 
3771 05/01/2009 at 01:54:00 PM Self     I strongly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is not needed.

 
3772 05/01/2009 at 01:54:06 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 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 strongly oppose this action, it has been proven the adult stem cells are more viable and more successful. Please, oppose this legislation.

 
3773 05/01/2009 at 01:54:06 PM Self     Dear NIH Researchers, I'm pleading my case before you NOT to spend the tax dollars on the research for the Human Stem Cells. I realize this is giving several people new jobs. However, it has been a proven fact that human beings are able to reproduce their OWN stem cells if they need that for their own bodies. This needless spending is only driving our economy into deeper debt. Please consider listening to the pleas of the public sector that sees and understands that this is a needless task with the waste of tax dollars. Thank you!!

 
3774 05/01/2009 at 01:54:20 PM Self     Please stop funding the destruction of human embryos. These are human lives and are not expendable or disposable, regardless of the research benefits you think may be derived from them.

 
3775 05/01/2009 at 01:54:29 PM Self     PLEASE d o n ' t use aborted stem cells!!! IT's murder in God's eyes. With that happening we ALL will be brought to justice thru God's eyes and we ALL will have to pay for the wrath he brings on us. I feel that we are already starting to feel His wrath upon us, throughout the entire world.

If you think I'm a fool----eventually will see the light, if not now, will at Judgement Day, I have peity for their souls.

 
3776 05/01/2009 at 01:54:33 PM Self     Support of the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines is a crucial and critical mark in history in the medical and science field. There is an undeniable need for “ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and applicable” research and advancement for stem cell medical therapy applications. The most exciting cause for stem cell research are the potential cures and therapies that can be derived from medical research. With further Federal grants and funding to support stem cell research, in the near future we will be able to cure the following: Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Leukemia, Diabetes, traumatic spinal cord injuries, coronary heart disease, breast and other types of cancers, and repair lost hearing and vision. Stem cells can also be used for more effective drug testing. Some of the “most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to abnormal cell division and differentiation”. A better understanding of the genetic and molecular controls of these processes could provided by the study and use of stem cell therapy. “Today, donated tissues and organs are often used to replace ailing or destroyed tissue, but the need for transplantable tissues and organs far outweighs the available supply. Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues.” The great thing about stem cells however, is there is no immune rejection, as the cells are derived from the patient. The means for the thousands of people on the donor list, waiting for liver, kidneys, and hearts, they will one day be able to grow their own life essential organs, without having to take immune suppressant drugs for the rest of their lives. All of this is possible and achievable with the support of concerned citizens and public officials who are willing and open to backing up stem cell research.

 
3777 05/01/2009 at 01:55:07 PM Self     Please reconsider the use of embryonic stem cells. In 25 years of experiments on embryonic stem cells, there hasn't been one cure found for any disease or condition. There are more than 80 that have been found using adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are too unpredictable due to their early development and cause cancer because of their fast reproduction of cells. This was stated by Dr. Oz on the Oprah Show in April 2009. Adult stem cells cause no moral issue and can be reduced back to younger forms to be used in other capacities. We don't need embryos used for anything but their intended purpose; a baby. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration in this important issue in our world today.

 
3778 05/01/2009 at 01:55:10 PM Self     Stem cells may not be human embryos in and of themselves, however, they come from human embryos. The destruction of human embryos is morally and ethically unacceptable. The use of adult human stem cells does not violate moral and ethical standards. There is no valid reason to use embryonic stem cells when adult stem cells are readily available.

 
3779 05/01/2009 at 01:55:20 PM Self     We are in strong opposition to using embryonic stem cells for research. There are other ways to use stem cells that do not destroy human life. Please have a conscience and do what is right. Thank you for considering our comments.

 
3780 05/01/2009 at 01:55:26 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
3781 05/01/2009 at 01:56:00 PM Self     To All at the National Institute Of Health:

I adamently oppose the murder of embryos for Human Stem Cell research. These are human beings, made in the image of God and it is murder to destroy them for research. Thank you

 
3782 05/01/2009 at 01:56:18 PM Self     Plain and simple, it is a waste of money and a sin, since ambilical cord and other human sourses is the only stem cells that have ever proven to cure or help in any way.

 
3783 05/01/2009 at 01:56:19 PM Self     I am writing to say that I emphatically oppose the use of tax dolars to fund stem cell research on human embryos. These so-called "leftover" embryos from invitro fertilization could easily be adopted by families who desire childbirth by this method. Funding of such research provides and calls for the killing of these human embryos. Please allow, as was previously done under the Bush administration, only for research upon those stems cells previously acquired. Please do not fund the killing of anymore human embryos.

 
3784 05/01/2009 at 01:56:19 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.

 
3785 05/01/2009 at 01:56:27 PM Self     All innocent human life ought to be ALWAYS protected in law. This is the most basic of basic requirements of legitimate and just government. Intentionally exposing human embryos--and they are embryos, even though not yet implanted in a woman--to death, is an unconscionable violation of the intrinisic dignity of human beings, and murder.

 
3786 05/01/2009 at 01:56:46 PM Self     Please do not go in favor of stem cell research. Thank you

 
3787 05/01/2009 at 01:56:47 PM Self     Please stop research that destroys embryos. Stem cell research is important, but adult stem cell research has not only actually provided over 70 proven treatments, but does not destroy life in the process. Please do not use more federal tax dollars to promote the creating and destroying of more embryos. We should be discontinuing embryonic stem cell research as it is immoral, controversial and has only produced treatements that produce tumors. Focus on adult stem cell research, which is voluntary, medically relevant and has no moral/controversial aspects.

 
3788 05/01/2009 at 01:56:53 PM Self     It has been shown that the embreonic stem cells provide a potentially disasterous result. Much better success has been reached by using adult stem cells and if possible stem cells from the person needing them so there is no rejection at all.

 
3789 05/01/2009 at 01:56:57 PM Self     ESCR is bad science, a waste of tax payer dollars and unethical! I think Planned Parenthood, ACLU, AU and other extreme left liberal groups like it because it will provide a need for dead aborted babies of all gestational ages and will keep their blood money flowing.

Earlier research disuades the use of ES cells showing no value or potential to help patients of any deseases. Adult stem cells on the other hand, have already proved to be useful at treating many diseases. Of course, these groups don't want to talk about that because of the aforementioned blood money flow.

So in conclusion, throwing hard earned tax payer dollars at ESCR at this difficult economical time in history does not make even one bit of sense. Furthermore, it only hastens the need for God to judge and punish this nation for allowing this immoral aand inhumane policy that costs real lives only worsens an already bad economy.

 
3790 05/01/2009 at 01:57:10 PM Self     I am very much opposed to the use of human embryonic stem cell research. Many advances have already been made with adult stem cells. Why not direct the funding in this (adult stem cells) direction?

 
3791 05/01/2009 at 01:57:21 PM Self     How do you reconcile the care of the beating heart of a war criminal with the "no-care" for an embryo?

 
3792 05/01/2009 at 01:57:27 PM Self     We are opposed to embryonic stem cell research in any form because we do not believe it is ethically responsible and scientifically worthy to kill human embryos. We believe it to be illegal because it is equivalent to manslaughter.

We do support adult stem cell research because it is ethically responsible and scientifically worthy and because of the many cures that research has produced already.

 
3793 05/01/2009 at 01:57:57 PM Self     WRONG..EVIL..MURDER..

WHEN A SEED IS PLANTED IT'S DESTINY IS TO BECOME WHAT GOD (NATURE)INTENDED. ONLY MAN INTERFERRING WITH WHAT IS NATURAL KILLS THE INTENDED RESULT OF THE ACTION..

IS THIS THE CHANGE YOU HAVE IN MIND FOR THIS WORLD ..TO CHANGE GOOD TO EVIL?? ALL OF THE PROPOSED ACTIOPNS BY YOU DO THIS EVIL. KILLING HUMAN LIFE AND STOPPING IT FROM NATURALLY HAPPENING BY GAY MARRIAGE???

I CAN NOT CONDON WHAT YOU AND YOURS ARE DOING..MUST BE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR THOSE THAT INTERFER WITH GOD...GLAD HE WILL JUDGE YOU IN FRONT OF US ALL...

 
3794 05/01/2009 at 01:58:32 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.

 
3795 05/01/2009 at 01:58:51 PM Self     WRONG..EVIL..MURDER..

WHEN A SEED IS PLANTED IT'S DESTINY IS TO BECOME WHAT GOD (NATURE)INTENDED. ONLY MAN INTERFERRING WITH WHAT IS NATURAL KILLS THE INTENDED RESULT OF THE ACTION..

IS THIS THE CHANGE YOU HAVE IN MIND FOR THIS WORLD ..TO CHANGE GOOD TO EVIL?? ALL OF THE PROPOSED ACTIOPNS BY YOU DO THIS EVIL. KILLING HUMAN LIFE AND STOPPING IT FROM NATURALLY HAPPENING BY GAY MARRIAGE???

I CAN NOT CONDON WHAT YOU AND YOURS ARE DOING..MUST BE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR THOSE THAT INTERFER WITH GOD...GLAD HE WILL JUDGE YOU IN FRONT OF US ALL...

 
3796 05/01/2009 at 01:59:06 PM Self     I Oppose these actions on stem cells and spending our Tax Dollars.

 
3797 05/01/2009 at 01:59:20 PM Self     I am oppose to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3798 05/01/2009 at 01:59:24 PM Self     I am against Human Stem Cell research. So far no good has come from Human Stem Cell. I have not herad or read about anything good that has come from Human Cell Research. Other Stem cell research has been a lot more successful. Lke using ones own tissue to repair. The placenta used to treat.

 
3799 05/01/2009 at 01:59:26 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.

 
3800 05/01/2009 at 01:59:29 PM Organization Sovereign Grace Bible Church   Human embryos are human persons in an undeveloped state and thus deserve all the protections of any person, including the Right to Life. No embryo should be intentionally killed for research purposes any more than any other person should be killed for research purposes. This practice of killing embryos for research is no different than what Hitler did in WWII when he did "medical research" on the Jews.

This wickedness of murder of innocent persons will bring God's judgment on our nation as surely as Hitler's did on Germany.

Mr Obama is a fool to think God will not require the blood of these innocent victims at his hand and the hand of all those who participate in this gruesome process.

Adult stem cell research has yeilded dozens of cures, embryonic stem cell research has yeilded none, nor will it, because adult stem cells belong in adults, not embryonic cells, which belong in developing babies in the womb.

Put limited funds into adult stem cell research where there are proven results that harm no one and kill no persons to produce. Put any excess embryos up for adoption, and pass legislation to stop excess production of embryos by fertility doctors.

 
3801 05/01/2009 at 01:59:43 PM Self     I am concerned about Parkinson's Disease BECAUSE I HAVE IT. PLEASE allow the use of stem cell research to go forward into Parkinson's Disease at the NIH research center. I am too young to die a horrible death. I have been involved in numerous charitable activities. I hope I am able to continue with your help.

 
3802 05/01/2009 at 01:59:44 PM Self     Life begins at conception, and an embryo is a human being. To kill humans to obtain stem cells is intrinsically evil. The federal government should not be funding research that destroys human life.

 
3803 05/01/2009 at 01:59:50 PM Self     I am totally against this research and the funding of any type of research related to this. This country has far more important issues right in front of us to be wasting money on this type of activity.

 
3804 05/01/2009 at 02:00:03 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.

 
3805 05/01/2009 at 02:00:15 PM Self     Science is outpacing the embryonic stem-cell debate. Despite attempting to put some constraints around embryonic stem-cell research, you are missing the point. The future of stem-cell research lies in iPS cells and adult stem cells. Dr. James Thompson, effectively the father of embryonic stem-cell research, has reinforced this in his comments (three of which are included below):

“Now with the new technique, which involves adding just four genes to ordinary skin cells, it will not be long before the stem cell wars are a distant memory. `A decade from now, this will just be a funny historical footnote.’” (The New York Times)

“While ducking ethical debate wasn’t the goal, (it is) probably the beginning of the end of the controversy over embryonic stem cells.” (Detroit Free Press)

“Speaking about this latest breakthrough, the induced cells do all the things embryonic cells do. It’s going to completely change the field.” (Medical News Today)

Why kill human embryos that, as you state "are no longer needed", when you don't need to at all? Is the government really in the position to judge whether or not a human embryo is no longer needed? Where does that lead? You can advance science and treatment options without crossing any ethical or moral boundaries. Yet you choose to open one more flap of Pandora's Box, and you are doing that with our money, against our will.

Needlessly.

Though the previous administration was accused of holding science back because of politics, you are wasting taxpayer money on "science" for equally political reasons.

We don’t see this as a “funny historical footnote.” We are profoundly disappointed and request that no funding be made available to kill human embryos, under any circumstances, especially for irrelevant “science.”

 
3806 05/01/2009 at 02:00:30 PM Self     In reference to the excerpt below...Why use embryonic stem cells when we KNOW that ADULT stem cells WORK without the destruction of human life? Put the money where we KNOW we can make a difference and NOT destroy human embryo's. Embryonic stem cells have NEVER provided good results AND can also replicate CANCER. Hello. Not the path we need to be going down.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 9, 2009, President Barack H. Obama issued Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells. The Executive Order states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law.

 
3807 05/01/2009 at 02:01:14 PM Self     We oppose the destruction of fertilized human embryos as tantamount to murder, believing that human life begins at conception. We would encourage the NIH to pursue the much more promising adult stem cell lines of research which have produced far greater results without broaching this moral issue.

Thanks and with respect,

 
3808 05/01/2009 at 02:01:37 PM Self     President Obama's executive order that overturned President Bush's policy opens the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I find it incomprhensible that our tax dollars would be used 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.

 
3809 05/01/2009 at 02:02:36 PM Self     What is the point of destroying life for human embryonic stem cells? The stem cells retrieved from adults have made an impact in the medical field. A friend's father recently received stem cells for his treatment.

 
3810 05/01/2009 at 02:02:48 PM Organization     To Whom It May Concern; I write in support of publically funded adult stem cell research. There is no viable reason to use embryonic cells of any kind as the acceptance of any use is a ruse for the furtherance of an agenda against any sanctity of human life. Adults can choose to let their cells of any kind be used. The embryo is forced to be used without consent. Use of a human body part without consent is a crime in any other sector of life in our society. This rule of use without consent should be prosecuted criminally not pursued by the very government that should protect. Sincerely,

 
3811 05/01/2009 at 02:02:50 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of 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. I have a strong moral opposition to deliberately fertilizing eggs so that the eggs may be destroyed for stem cell research...There are many other avenues that have been much more successful in stem cell research. So the argument that stem cell research cannot be accomplished without the use of fertilized eggs is specious at best. More than that, the Federal Govt has no business wasting taxpayer dollars in an area where it is clear to anyone capable of reading the Constitution that this effort is not one of the enumerated powers granted to the Federal Government. I strongly oppose taxpayer dollars going to this effort on moral grounds as well as fiscal and Constitutional grounds.

 
3812 05/01/2009 at 02:02:55 PM Self     Human embryonic stem cells should not be used for research. I do not approve of Presidents Obama's change of this policy and would like for you to maintain the Bush policy that has been place for quite a while. Killing human embrios is not a good thing and research can be done in other ways enough to help us find the results that we are looking for.

 
3813 05/01/2009 at 02:03:08 PM Self     I strongly oppose all use of Human Embryos for stem cell research. All life should be respected and we need to protect all Human life, no matter what stage.

 
3814 05/01/2009 at 02:03:40 PM Self     Please oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is inhumane. Thank you.

 
3815 05/01/2009 at 02:03:50 PM Self     Oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. There has been success with adult still cells thus avoiding the moral dilemma of tampering with embryonic life.

 
3816 05/01/2009 at 02:03:54 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.

 
3817 05/01/2009 at 02:03:55 PM Self     In his pre-election nationalized televised interview with Rick Warren, Barack Obama said “If in fact, adult stem cells are working just as well, that we would, should try to avoid any kind of moral argument.”

A twelve year old understands what he is saying, if his words mean what President Obama intended them to convey.

It is clear to the objective listener that if ASCs are working, I will avoid pursuing, pushing or funding ESCs as they are clearly morally disquieting to the soul.

At present, ASCs already treat more than 70 serious diseases while ESCs treat none.

In light of his words, his commitment to us, and in view of the undisputed facts about ASCs working "just as well," it behooves the HHS to avoid the moral uncertainty of ESC and stop wasting money that may not improve on the use of ASCs.

Sincerely,

 
3818 05/01/2009 at 02:03:55 PM Self     Please do not use federal funds to support the human embryonic stem cell research. I do not believe this is right in God's eye and I do not think our tax dollars should be used for this purpose when so many Americans do not support it. Please do not ignore the public on this issue but stand up for our rights to have a say about it.

Many thanks for your consideration of the opinions of the tax payers.

 
3819 05/01/2009 at 02:03:56 PM Self     Please stop this lunacy. Do not allow an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. These guidelines send MY tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. This goes against everything I believe. I refuse to allow my tax dollars to be used for creating and destroying human embryos.

The American Eagle AND ITS EGGS are protected under our laws. When will we start protecting human embryos? Are eagles more important than embryos? I think not! One is created in the image of God and the other is not. Listen to the people you represent. We are trying to speak loudly and clearly. YOU HAVE BEEN PUT IN OFFICE TO REPRESENT US. PLEASE START DOING THIS! DO NOT ALLOW HUMAN EMBRYOS TO BE CREATED AND DESTROYED FOR SCIENCE'S SAKE. HUMAN LIFE HAS VALUE!

 
3820 05/01/2009 at 02:04:09 PM Self     The draft guidelines do not explicitly ensure that current lines, that are already being used in research, will be eligible for federal funding. I support that the final guidelines include a provision that allows for inclusion of current lines, already being use in very important research, if those lines were derived using the prevailing ethical practices at the time. Please support the promising research techniques that have potential, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer, IVF embroyos created for research purposes, and parthenogenesis, and have these techniques eligible for federal funding. I have Parkinson's Disease and feel like this research is part of the puzzle for a treatment/cure, but the current draft limits the reseach profoundly. Please modify guidelines.

 
3821 05/01/2009 at 02:04:19 PM Self     I AM ABSOLUTELY OPPOSED TO USING FEDERAL FUNDS FOR EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH. THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR THE EXPENDITURE, WHEN WE ALREADY KNOW THAT ADULT STEM CELLS, NOT EMBRYONIC, SHOW THE MOST PROMISE. I BELIEVE THIS RESEARCH IS MERELY A VEHICLE TO LEGITIMIZE ABORTIONS...AND WILL CAUSE MORE YOUNG WOMEN TO ABORT RATHER THAN USE CONTRACEPTION. WHO WILL PAY WHEN THESE WOMEN NEED PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING FOR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER FROM HAVING AN ABORTION? THIS CONGRESS IS EMBARRASSING TO AMERICA, AND TO THE WORLD. YOU WANT TO TAKE BABIES LIVES TO SAVE OLD PEOPLE. BRILLIANT!

 
3822 05/01/2009 at 02:04:56 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of embryonic stem cell research because it requires the killing of life in its early stages. Life should always be preserved. Each adult who is walking, talking, thinking and enjoying the pleasures of life once themselves went through that very same stage of life. Please don't usurp the power of God by deciding which embryos will be allowed to live and which will be dismissed to death.

 
3823 05/01/2009 at 02:05:06 PM Self     I oppose the use of taxpayer funds to create and destroy human embryos. I do not want to be forced to be a participant in a barbaric action.

 
3824 05/01/2009 at 02:05:08 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.

 
3825 05/01/2009 at 02:05:10 PM Self     Please do not fund or continue any type of support for embrionic stem cell research. These embrios are children waiting to be placed in an environment where they have the opportunity to grow and develop.

 
3826 05/01/2009 at 02:05:38 PM Self     Today May 1, 2009, I petition to oppose and abolish the practice of human stell cell (where the human embryos are used for any experimental puprposes). I don't agree with this approach of finding solutions for diseases that kill life and neither promess something for the sick but is just an experiment. I speak up for the right and dignity of each embryo that is in need to be protected.

 
3827 05/01/2009 at 02:05:50 PM Self     Dear Sir or Madam:

The deliberate destruction of precious, irreplaceable human life for the purpose of scientific research is a violation of human rights. Embryonic stem cell research for the excuse of attempting to improve the quality of existing human life is not logical. Science already has other means of creating human stem cells--THAT option should be further explored. If we humans are intelligent, logical, scientific, and humane beings, we have the duty to explore more than one option. Murdering innocent lives in an attempt to save another AND forcing unwilling taxpayers with THEIR hard earned money is ludicrous. You do NOT have my support or permission to do this.

 
3828 05/01/2009 at 02:06:48 PM Self     I do not agree with the destruction of Human embryonic cells to research them.

This is a crime of humanity.

 
3829 05/01/2009 at 02:07:26 PM Self     I would like to comment on the pending NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. In the effor to "ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy", my opinion is that it is neither. I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for this type of research as it is only made possible by the destruction of human embryos. While I understand that the tissue itself is "not an embryo", the tiisue is obtained by destruction of an embryo.

"Long-standing Department of Health and Human Services regulations for Protection of Human Subjects" should negate this destruction... the embryo is human, not canine, feline, etc.

My opposition is also based on the research results themselves. I don't feel it is either "ethically responsible" or "scientifically worthy" to pour federal funds into (embryonic) research that has not really shown the promise of alternate (adult stem cell) research. Research using adult stem cells is already showing measurable success and should be additionally funded; while embryonic stem cell research shows no measurable positive disease-fighting success and the potential to be growing into the very cancers researchers claim to want to cure!

Thansk you for your consideration.

 
3830 05/01/2009 at 02:07:37 PM Self     the time to stop the needless killing of babies is NOW! please stop this act.

 
3831 05/01/2009 at 02:07:38 PM Self     This COUNTERFEIT president that now resides in the White House has NO conscience or statute of natural human morals, in order to respect the lives of other human beings. He is also WILLINGLY (on-purpose) blind to the fact that Adult Stem Cells have treated MANY diseases SUCCESSFULLY, whereas, the murder of human life in the embryonic stage of development has had ABSOLUTELY NO positive results - ZERO - NADA - is anybody hearing this??? This habitual LIAR that is currently living off of MY TAX DOLLARS, has professed himself to be wise, only to confirm the fact that he is a FOOL! STOP WASTING OUR TAX DOLLARS!!!! LESS GOVERNMENT!!!! MORE FREE ENTERPRISE!!!!

 
3832 05/01/2009 at 02:07:56 PM Self     Adult Stem cells are excellent. Embryonic stem cells cause more problems and kill according to the New England Journal of Medicine. It is ridiculous to even consider using embryonic stem cells they are deadlly.

 
3833 05/01/2009 at 02:08:39 PM Self     Yes, I oppose stem cell research.

 
3834 05/01/2009 at 02:08:54 PM Self     I oppose federal funds being used for human embryonic stem cell research.

As concerned citizens,

 
3835 05/01/2009 at 02:08:56 PM Self     Please stop using tax dollars for Embryonic Stem Cells which, after 25 years of research, have been proven of no use & instead, divert those funds to furthering the use of Adult Stem Cells which already can be used in the treatment of over 70 diseases.

 
3836 05/01/2009 at 02:09:07 PM Self     I oppose federal funds being used for stem cell research.

 
3837 05/01/2009 at 02:09:11 PM Self     I believe the draft guidelines posted by NIH to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells uses 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 am opposed to the use of taxpayer money for such experimentation, which is morally reprehensible. If such experimentation is allowed by law, let it be done by private practice and resources, not subsidized by taxpayers who oppose such action on the grounds of conscience.

 
3838 05/01/2009 at 02:09:26 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to the lifting of restrictions on taxpayer funding of research that involves embryo-killing. As a society, I believe that we need to abide by strict ethical standards when it comes to science, and experiments which involve the death of human embryos crosses the line. As a taxpayer, I strongly object to my tax money going to such immoral research. Instead, I would like tax money to be spent on ethical adult stem cell research, which does not involve embryo-killing and is far more likely to yield successful therapies.

 
3839 05/01/2009 at 02:09:33 PM Self     I am an American Citizen and as such I believe that our founding fathers addressed this issue in both The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. I would refer you to the second paragraph found in the Declaration of Independence as stated below. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.? That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,…” What I would draw your attention to is the part that says we are all created equal and that among certain unalienable Rights we are granted Life. By creating embryos and then destroying them you are running afoul of our constitution and the Creator that created us. After reading our Constitution what right does anyone have to take away someone’s life? I am not a constitutional scholar but I do believe that Amendment XIV Ratified July 9, 1868 addresses this situation in Section 1. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” I bring this section to your attention because it says that the State shall not deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. I don’t see any due process of law used here to kill the embryos. How can an embryo be killed without due process? It would appear that embryos are not provided equal protection. After reading my comments and others that agree with me, I would suggest that you go back to our law makers and bring the matter up with them. I certainly do not feel that I have a real voice in this matter because of the way our Constitution has been violated time and time again over the years.

 
3840 05/01/2009 at 02:09:39 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.

 
3841 05/01/2009 at 02:09:46 PM Self     We strongly oppose using our tax dollars for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. We oppose the NIH drafted guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. We do not agree with experimenting 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.

 
3842 05/01/2009 at 02:09:58 PM Self     Given that adult stem cell research has yielded far more benefit in actual treatment, and that there are better methods to get stem cells, it is madness to destroy human embryos for this work. This policy is creating a market for human embryos and pulling mindshare and funding away from these better methods. This policy should be abandoned.

 
3843 05/01/2009 at 02:10:02 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of taxpayers money for research on embryonic stem cells. To date there are no reasons to continue this immoral practice as useful benefits have been provided by adult stem cells. It's a shame that the government has declared unused IVF cells to be "no longer needed for that purpose." Perhaps the government has not heard of nor chooses to acknowledge these unused IVF cells are adopted by people and BECOME people. This is a clear indictment of the government's inability to choose life when given the responsibility. An Executive order does not make something immoral, moral, no matter how many people agree with it.

 
3844 05/01/2009 at 02:10:04 PM Self     We are opposed to using federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. In essence, it is OUR tax dollars that are being used to fund this and we strongly object to the killing of these fetuses instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos.

Thank you.

 
3845 05/01/2009 at 02:10:06 PM Self     We oppose the use of Federal Funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is inhumane and we don't want our tax dollars supporting it.

 
3846 05/01/2009 at 02:10:13 PM Self     The inherent problem in in vitro fertilization is the large numbers of embryos that are not used or otherwise discarded. If we are going to take it upon ourselves to create embryos, effectively creating life, then it would be a travesty to let what we created go to waste. While we have to destroy embryos to create a stem cell line, no new embryos have to be destroyed to work with existing stem cell lines. Stem cell research offers the chance to treat many diseases such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, burns and spinal cord injuries. Not using the embryos that would be discarded, that are already allowed to be created, that offer the chance to better and save lives, is an utter waste of scientific resources.

Therefore, funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization for reproductive purposes and are no longer needed for that purpose should be allowed, and I, as a US citizen support the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.

 
3847 05/01/2009 at 02:10:19 PM Self     Dear NIH, Please do not use 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 am not in agreement with this. And to date there is no valid research to show that anything positive or of scientific value has resulted from this human embryonic stem cell research!!! What a waste of life, money, time, energy, reseach, and talent!!!

 
3848 05/01/2009 at 02:10:31 PM Self     I emphatically oppose the comments in the draft by the NIH regarding Human Stem Cell Guidelines. While it states that "Perhaps the most important potential use of human embryonic stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies" it completely ignores the fact that the only successes with stem cell research have been with ADULT & CORD BLOOD stem cells, NOT embryonic. I reject, as an American taxpayer, having my money fund a program that does not have any proof of scientific success. I also would say that as an American, with the freedom of speech, and the freedom of beliefs, have the right to determine whether I want my tax money funding the killing of human embryos. It goes against my ethical beliefs, and I feel that it is akin to manslaughter and/or murder, which last I checked, is illegal in this country. The NIH, and the White House, should not be allowed to make decisions related to both moral and ethical dilemmas that contradict the beliefs of the citizens in their country. The NIH is supposed to support ethical and useful research, since embryonic stem cell research has been proven ineffective compared to Adult Stem Cell & Cord Blood Stem Cells, I feel it is illogical for the NIH to support President Obama's ruling from the standpoint of useful science. It is also unethical to use an embryo that could become an infant, if allowed, for science-especially when that science is flawed. Funding should be given to adult stem cell research & cord blood research, but not embryonic-and I will heartily oppose any measures to the contrary.

 
3849 05/01/2009 at 02:10:31 PM Self     I'm distressed and disturbed to hear the direction that stem cell research is going. I'm appalled and dismayed that my tax dollars are going to such grisly use. Please STOP the direction of this legislation! Adult stem cells work fine! Don't kill more babies to use for experimentation!!

 
3850 05/01/2009 at 02:10:36 PM Self     On April 23,2009 the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines were announced. In response to these Guidelines, my comments follow:

I believe strongly that it is wrong to experiment on Embryo stem cells. The result is death to the Embryo. There have been no advancements in this research so far. And yet there have been many breakthrough advancements with Adult stem cells.

Please put research dollars into the research of Adult stem cells.

 
3851 05/01/2009 at 02:10:43 PM Self     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.

I strongly disagree with the presidents decision. This will only make matters worse, with more killing of human embryos. Can't you find anything better to use our tax dollars for, besides murder?

 
3852 05/01/2009 at 02:10:49 PM Organization The Association of Politically Active Christians   The Association of Politically Active Christians is opposed to the draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. The Guidelines promote research on "leftover" human embryos. As embryos are living human beings, there can be no such thing as a "leftover" human embryo. The Guidelines should be revised in a manner that promotes embryo adoption as the only ethical and responsible course of action for embryos whose parents no longer intend to implant them into the wombs of their respective mothers.

 
3853 05/01/2009 at 02:10:51 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.

 
3854 05/01/2009 at 02:11:03 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.

 
3855 05/01/2009 at 02:11:05 PM Self     I am opposed to increased use of embryonic stem cell lines for experimentaion. There has been very successful developement of treatment from adult stem cells. These adult stem cells have been transformed into cells that are as flexable as embryonic stem cells without the danger of increased risk of malignancy. If there is addtional use of embryonic stem cells I fear that the advances and potential advances in the use of adult stem cells will be over looked and neglected.

 
3856 05/01/2009 at 02:11:22 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's limited policy and opened the door for additional government funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). This creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I am opposed to my tax dollars being used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are left from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. The government does not disallow private funding of stem cell research. However, it is unethical to use government funding for this.

 
3857 05/01/2009 at 02:11:36 PM Self     Using embryonic stem cells for research purposes is ethically, morally, and medically wrong and corrupt!

1.) Ethically Wrong: To do experiments that destroy human life is ALWAYS ethically wrong! The excuse or rational that these experiments "someday," or "possibly" may offer cures is not only ethically corrupt, but is similar to what the Natzi's said and did to rationalize their horrendous and barberic "medical experiments" during WW II!

2.)Medically Wrong: The overwhelming medical, scientific, and personal history evidence is that ADULT stem cells are the ones that have brought help and healing to people with disease, not embryonic stem cells! Since ADULT stem cells have been proven effective and do not involve the taking of human life, ADULT stem cell research should be supported, not embryonic stem cell research!

3.) Morally Wrong: Embryonic stem cell research destroys and takes the life of another human life! To "kill/take" human life to "experiment" is dreadfully wrong and goes against the moral fiber and foundation that our nation was founded upon!

In addition, with so many in our nation desperately waiting to adopt a baby, the embryonic stem cell research draft guidelines would require the destruction of human embryos, rather than making them available for adoption! How tragic!

 
3858 05/01/2009 at 02:11:51 PM Self     Embrionic stem cell research is uncalled for and out of sync with the wants and desires of the American people. This research should not be funded or carried out.

 
3859 05/01/2009 at 02:12:08 PM Self     This procedure, embryonic stem cells, have not proven to be helpful in any way; in cure or therapy. The opposite has actually been the result of these proceedures - including cancer. There is much promising research in adult stem cells. As the adult stem cell therapy is actually working, (bone marrow transplant is one example) and shows the most promise, there seems to be no need to waste tax payer dollars - especially when there is a definite moral and ethical dilema in using these cells. My tax dollars should not be spent in the promotion of killing, especially defenseless unborn children.

 



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