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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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5460 05/01/2009 at 09:28:43 PM Self     We strongly oppose the taking of human life by using embryonic stem cells for research using federal dollars. There has never been any benefit found by using these cells in the first place. Adult stem cells have been found to be very useful for this.

 
5461 05/01/2009 at 09:29:08 PM Self     I am STRONGLE OPPOSED to the use of EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS for any research purposes. There have been wonderful results using adult stem cells, and because of the strong controversial Ethical questions revolving around the use of Embryonic Stem Cells, I strongly urge that their use be prohibited. Adult Stem cells can develop into different cell types. They may offer a renewable source of replacement cells to treat diseases, conditions, and disabilities- unborn children do not need to be sacrificed to science.

 
5462 05/01/2009 at 09:30:56 PM Self     First, quite simply stated, embryonic stem cell research involves the destruction of an embryo can be argued is destruction of life. Life begins at conception. It is scientifically and medically unethical to conduct "experiments" on human beings without their consent.

Second, adult stem cell research is what is generating results. Embryonic stem cell research is not AND is a waste of tax payer money. A reference to: http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/treatments.htm as one site out of many reveals over 70 ways that adult stem cells have and are being used to treat and cure diseases, disorders, and other medical conditions. Funding should spent on science that produces results - not on embryonic stell cell research which is not yielding results.

In summary, adult stem cell research should be encouraged. Embryonic research should be avoided because it is morally wrong and is a waste of money.

 
5463 05/01/2009 at 09:31:39 PM Self     We want you to know that we, as well as many people we know, oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
5464 05/01/2009 at 09:32:17 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of Federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Those federal funds are my tax dollars.

 
5465 05/01/2009 at 09:32:23 PM Self     I am opposed to any experimentation or the killing of human embryos. These are real human beings in a undeveloped state. I believe that this is murder.

 
5466 05/01/2009 at 09:32:41 PM Self     We strongly oppose derivation of stem cells from human embryos!

 
5467 05/01/2009 at 09:32:46 PM Self     We oppose the use of embryonic stems cells in research as proposed by the President. It is a proven fact that adult stem cells work better now.

 
5468 05/01/2009 at 09:32:50 PM Self     This is totally wrong!!! Please read your Bible!

 
5469 05/01/2009 at 09:33:12 PM Self     Why pray tell is it OK to save the whale, trees, the spotted owl and it is perfectly OK to MURDER AN UNBORN CHILD before it has a chance to take its first breath????????? I do not understand..... The torture has got to stop!!! God will hold you accountable for every lost baby with this procedure.....

 
5470 05/01/2009 at 09:33:56 PM Self     Please look into using adult stem cells, which have proved to be successful. Embryonic Stem Cells not only deny life to one individual but do not in any way guarantee a better life for someone else.

 
5471 05/01/2009 at 09:34:02 PM Self     Every high school graduate knows that when the sperm enters the egg, all the information about the individual person is absolutely established. At that instant, that one cell organism has all the information that is needed to form a specific boy or girl with even the finger print that will mark them for life. And that is life. You were once at that point in your life whether is was in your mother's womb or a petri dish. The nightmare is that those are washed down the drain or dissected in the name of the religion of science and "life-saving" research. Would you want research done on your child, sibling, parents that cost them their life? That is killing an individual and for folks that are against guns and capital punishment - this is a paradox. I am totally against this form of death for the silent individual - the scream will last for an eternity.

 
5472 05/01/2009 at 09:34:03 PM Self     i am completely opposed to the use of embryonic stem cells for research. Your guidelines specifically state their purpose as helping "ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible." How is it ethically responsible to end human life? As long as there is one set of parents out there unable to have children and waiting to adopt, then you are stealing that right from them. That not to mention the issue of killing human life in the first place! The scientific evidence is overwhelming that life begins at conception - simply calling it an "embryo" doesn't make it less of a person! Do the ethically responsible thing and stick with adult stem cells - their record of success far exceeds that of embryonic stem cells before the ban anyway (although that is clearly beyond the ethics issue).

 
5473 05/01/2009 at 09:34:17 PM Self     I am against abortion except in the case of rape or if the mother's life is in danger. Therefore I am against the embryonic stem cell research as it destroys human life. It has not been substantiated that this action has any merits. Adult human stem cell research should be enough.

 
5474 05/01/2009 at 09:34:32 PM Self     i am strongly against the destruction of human embryos for their cells. This opens the door to bio engineering and before you know it we will be birthing babies to steal their organs for ill people...that is the next logical step.

We ALL began as an embryo even the president. There will be accountability to a Higher Power for this murderous act.

 
5475 05/01/2009 at 09:34:32 PM Self     Irrespective of rules regarding the eligibility for use of ESCs in research; no matter how careful to ensure the cells were created under the correct circumstances or designated by the parents for research; there is NO reason to destroy human embryos for ANY purpose when other cells (e.g. IPSC and ASC) are available with PROVEN efficacy for treatment of numerous human diseases. The only reason public funds are sought for research on ESCs is that private investors are smart enough not to bet on a proven failure. The only thing that ESCs have reliably produced is tumors. Spending public funds on the destruction of human embryos is not just morally problematic, it's simply wasteful and unproductive. Don't do it!

 
5476 05/01/2009 at 09:35:17 PM Self     Please do not pass this free pass on stem cell research. I back the research on umbilical cord cells, which has much more proven promise for reaerch. Stem cell research is one more plan of the enemy to destroy human life, such as the life of President Obama, who would have been aborted according to his own standards which he is setting forth.

 
5477 05/01/2009 at 09:36:20 PM       I am against embryonic stem cell research for the very reason that it deprives life to newborns through abortion. It is wrong morally. Adult stem cells have proven to be much more beneficial as healing agents than embryonic stem cells. Babies are sacrificed through abortion to be used while adults can give of cells by their choice---newborns have no choice.

 
5478 05/01/2009 at 09:37:27 PM Self     I am against the use of embryonic stem cells from human embryos for research. I was in agreement with George Bush's stand on this. I am totally against the new legislature that has recently been signed into law regarding this matter.

 
5479 05/01/2009 at 09:37:51 PM Self     We strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells

 
5480 05/01/2009 at 09:40:04 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
5481 05/01/2009 at 09:40:31 PM Self     I believe the federal government should continue the ban on funding of human embryo research, (the Dickey-Wicker Amendment) and not fund research on human embryonic stem cell research. As simple skin cells can be used to make stem cells.

I find the research using human embryonic stem cells to be quite questionable and objectionable. Human life is being manipulated. At a time when animal right's activists promote everything that is "not animal tested" as being better than the rest because animals are not "harmed"; when environmentalists allow farms to dry up to protect "endangered fish"; I find it inconceivable that mankind can devalue the most sacred of human forms-the developing child, and use it as if it were a mere nothing. To create an embryo simply to destroy it is morally wrong. To play "God" is wrong. Research is one thing, manipulating creation is another.

I urge you to not fund embryonic stem cell research, for as a tax-payer, I can not in good conscience condone such an action. The government spends my hard earned dollar, and that of the majority of Americans, on things we do not condone, believe in, agree with or support in any way shape or form. Please do not fund this type of research.

Sincerely, A concerned citizen

 
5482 05/01/2009 at 09:41:37 PM Self     Please remove federal funding for experimentation with human embryonic stem cells whether from IVF embryos or otherwise. It is simply true that the human embryos are human life. A person is destroyed to harvest parts (stem cells)each time an embryo is killed. All of the guidelines in section II simply presume the non-personhood of the human embryos used to derive stem cells before proceeding to guide use in the sub-points following with a veneer of moral concern. But the major moral error has already been committed by coldly stepping over the humanity and personhood of these embryos to focus on ethical use after they are killed.

Using NIH funding for this abhorrent activity is reprehensible.

 
5483 05/01/2009 at 09:42:26 PM Self     My comments are not going to be involved or long. As a mother, grandmother, and woman I vehemently oppose what you are about to let happen, the destruction of human life. To me it is along the same lines as the human experiments of the Nazis. Please, for humanity's sake as well as for moral and ehtical reasons do not allow this. There has been much good that has happened from adult and self stem cell research and practice. There has not been any good whatsoever to come from embryonic stem cell research. Why not throw all reasearch and funds behind something that is proven to have great potential rather something that has none? It is not just conservatives who think this way but a much larger majority of Americans. If we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people it is incumbant upon you to listen to that majority.

Sincerely,

 
5484 05/01/2009 at 09:43:28 PM Self     No need to use poor unborn children for the research. It is proven that adult fat cells are even more effective. Please don't kill our children. There is another way!

 
5485 05/01/2009 at 09:43:52 PM Self     Dear Sir: Please do not use taxpayer funds to further embreo research as it has not been proven to be effective. Other forms of adult stem cells have been proven to be extremely useful. Therefore, there is no need to kill embreo's for research. Check out the research facts before you decide to kill.

Thank you,

 
5486 05/01/2009 at 09:43:55 PM Self     As you may know, 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. 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.

 
5487 05/01/2009 at 09:44:24 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.

 
5488 05/01/2009 at 09:45:18 PM Self     Dear NIH,

I greatly oppose tax dollars to be used for experimentation that rely on killing embryonic human beings. Under the proposed rules, my tax dollars would pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these tiny humans, the proposed NIH guidelines would sentence them to death. Please hear my voice and my vote in that I oppose the use of your taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. Thank you.

 
5489 05/01/2009 at 09:45:24 PM Self     Please oppose the use of taxpayer funds for human embryonic research. This research can be done in the private sector and does not need to be paid for by taxpayers. The private sector will do this sort of research, if the research demonstrates promise. If it does not demonstrate promise, then the private sector is not likely to pursue embryonic research. And, to date, this is what has happened. Why should taxpayers support a practice that has not demonstrated promise? When will government consider the spending of taxpayer money more prudently? As I have understood in my reading, most scientific breakthroughs have been made using adult stem cells, not embryonic cells. In addition, if the US government begins funding this kind of research through taxpayer dollars, I believe that it will foster a new industry of creating the embryonic cells for destruction for the purpose of research and science. The creation of embryonic cells for the purpose of destruction and science is immoral and should not be supported by the US taxpayer.

 
5490 05/01/2009 at 09:45:29 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research is murder of human beings in the earliest stages. Current embryonic stem cell research has resulted in nothing of benefit to the human race. On the other hand, adult stem cell research has provided help for many diseases. Adult stem cell research does not murder human beings.

The National Institute of Health should ban all embryonic stem cell research as being wasteful use of federal tax monies and concentrate instead on adult stem cell research where progress is being made.

 
5491 05/01/2009 at 09:46:30 PM Self     I oppose my tax dollars being spent to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. Please do not create an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. What a waste!

 
5492 05/01/2009 at 09:46:55 PM Self     I believe that life begins at egg fertilization.... after that time humans have a right to live.

I ask that you search your conscience and realize that even if you're not convinced that it is possible.

With the advances being made with adult stem cells why should we impose our hopes for cures on the innocent life of embryos.

Beyond that...We who believe this way should not be forced to have our taxes used to kill those we know have the right to live.

Please reconsider and do not force the use of new embryos for testing.

 
5493 05/01/2009 at 09:46:57 PM Self     Please respect the embryonic stem cells and stop research on these unborn humans. There has been much success done using adult stemcells. thanks for listening.

 
5494 05/01/2009 at 09:47:23 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

 
5495 05/01/2009 at 09:48:01 PM Self     Mr Obama, Please stop this insane practice. I beg of you. None of your policies represent me, NONE. I have not supported any of your decisions and DID originally come in with an OPEN MIND of giving you a chance. However, my confidence in you and your policies are dwindling. I'm tired of fighting this administration but will continue even if it means going to prison for something I believe in. WE HAVE MOVED ON FROM THIS TYPE OF STEM CELL RESEARCH to ADULT STEM CELL that is working. Please redirect monies in this direction and I will be able to support YOUR ADMINISTRATION on something.

 
5496 05/01/2009 at 09:48:58 PM Self     I totally and completely understand the stem cell issue. The debate is that we are wasting lives, when we know there is no hope in embryonic stem cell research, You know it and the American people are learning fast about it.Adult stem cell reseach is where all the money should go.

 
5497 05/01/2009 at 09:49:05 PM Self     I am aware that your institution has been given the great responsibility of directing the funds for study of human stem cells. I hope you are aware that embryonic stem cells have not successfully treated any diseases, but that adult stem cells have been. If more money is directed to embryonic stem cell research, more unborn babies will be killed instead of given a chance at life. Please direct funding to adult stem cell research.

 
5498 05/01/2009 at 09:49:56 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal taxpayer monies for research on human embryos; this research is unnecessary and unethical. Human embryonic stem cell research over the past several years has produced zero (0) treatments or therapies for any disease; in contrast, adult stem cell research has produced over 70 treatments and therapies. Clearly, taxpayer monies are better spent in the adult stem cell research arena. The ethical position can be determined by answering one simple question--When does human life begin? Any human biologist will admit that a unique, distinct, individual human is present at the moment of conception; the serious and deliberate thinker will quickly realize that this individual human is worthy of protection and respect. Therefore, any research on human embryos funded by taxpayers is unethical. Furthermore, such research is contrary to our basic assertion in the Declaration of Independence--We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The inalienable right to life is trampled and ignored when human embryonic research is funded and encouraged by the US Government.

 
5499 05/01/2009 at 09:50:12 PM Self     We oppose embryonic stem cell research that destroys human embryos beyond the dead lines that were approved under the Bush Administration policy. This policy will encourage the country down the slippery slope of disregarding lives that cannot raise their voice in their own defense and encourages the exploitation of the vulnerable for the sake of powerful.

Adult stem cell research has demonstrated many more results than embryonic stem cell research and it should be the focus of our research funding.

 
5500 05/01/2009 at 09:51:18 PM Self     I vehemently oppose this, especially when adult stem cell research has already helped with over 70 diseases.

 
5501 05/01/2009 at 09:51:21 PM Self     Creating human embryos or using so-called discarded embryos for research is morally wrong. Please allow those of us who feel this is killing a potential child the right to opt-out of paying for this type of research with our taxes. Thank you.

 
5502 05/01/2009 at 09:51:32 PM Self     Please do not allow public funding dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. We need to respect life at which ever point of development. Thank you for your time.

 
5503 05/01/2009 at 09:51:39 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.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 
5504 05/01/2009 at 09:51:45 PM Self     We oppose using our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Please promote the adoption of these human embryos, instead of drafting guidelines that would require their death.

 
5505 05/01/2009 at 09:52:29 PM Self     I believe in the sancitity of life. Please do not use embryonic stell cells for reserach. Adult stem cells are giving many people a second change with their health. I can justify using the adult ones but not a new life.

 
5506 05/01/2009 at 09:53:03 PM Self     The use of embryonic step cells (whose DNA is inherently incompatible with the DNA of patients receiving those stem cells) will inevitably provoke immune responses that would not be an issue with the use of adult stem cells derived from the patient.

The use Federal funds to support human embryo stem cell research raises critical ethical questions, violating the conscience of many US citizens who have no choice but to pay their taxes and, in doing so, are forced to contribute to actions that they consider to be morally wrong.

 
5507 05/01/2009 at 09:53:20 PM Self     I oppose the testing of embryonic stem cells and using tax payer money besides. Also these cells would have to be killed which is murdering a potential human life. Adult stem cells are doing so much now for health purposes. This is pure misuse of taxpayer money.

 
5508 05/01/2009 at 09:53:22 PM Organization     Why is the President overturning NIH Human Stem Cell research on embryonic stem cell? The adult stems cell work just the same and a person does not have to die to get them. This is un-ethical. I should have been voted on by the people not decided by one person even if it is the President of the United States of America!!! Thank you for your time. Sincerely,

 
5509 05/01/2009 at 09:53:27 PM Self     THIS IS A COMMENT AGAINST STEM CELL RESEARCH

"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".

"THAT PURPOSE" had to do with life on earth for the embryo. The proposed purpose has to do with experimentation that could be compared to barbaric Nazi curiosity, and it causes those who do the research using the embryos to kill the life potential in them.

 
5510 05/01/2009 at 09:53:30 PM Self     The use of embryonic step cells (whose DNA is inherently incompatible with the DNA of patients receiving those stem cells) will inevitably provoke immune responses that would not be an issue with the use of adult stem cells derived from the patient.

The use Federal funds to support human embryo stem cell research raises critical ethical questions, violating the conscience of many US citizens who have no choice but to pay their taxes and, in doing so, are forced to contribute to actions that they consider to be morally wrong.

 
5511 05/01/2009 at 09:54:37 PM Self     If you were to look at the research, you would notice that embryonic stem cells have not helped anyone's disease. But if you should happen to look at the research for adult stem cells, they have helped a lot of people with different diseases. Why try to invent the wheel? Stop using our tax money for research that is dead-ended.

 
5512 05/01/2009 at 09:55:18 PM Self     I object to my tax dollars being spent on embrionic stem cell research, which involves the destruction of living human embryos. This research has been going on for many years and has shown no promise of finding a cure for even one of the many diseases that have been studied while adult stem cells have shown to be effective in treating over 70 heretofore untreatable diseases. Further, recent advances have found ways of creating luripotent cells from skin cells that are less likely to be r3jected by the test subjects body than embryonic cells and do not invilve the destruction of human life. This proposal seems like wasteful, old science at bbest, demonic at worst.

 
5513 05/01/2009 at 09:56:04 PM Self     I would appreciate it if you would refrain from funding embyronic stem cell research at all. There is no reason to keep funding this "dead" and morally corrupt science. Adult stem cells have already treated many people with many different diseases. Why don't we fund research that actually yields results? We should fund research that is proving to have success so that we can cure the people who are suffering. We should be more concerned with the patient, the person, not politics. After all, isn't that why the government is here? For the people? Perhaps, we should do what's best for the people and not waste taxpayers dollars.

 
5514 05/01/2009 at 09:56:14 PM Self     PLEASE STOP THE USE OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS IN SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS. THESE CELLS ARE HUMAN LIFE YOU ARE KILLING. THERE IS NO NEED TO USE THEM FOR IT IS PROVEN THAT ADULT STEM CELLS CAN BE USED EQUALLY AS WELL.

 
5515 05/01/2009 at 09:56:42 PM Self     We do not agree with you funding for embryonic stem cell research. Why do the innocent have to be always suffer. Yes it is the innocent. There are adult stem cells that are proven to be more benifical, so why kill those young babies. Yes they are babies, If they experminted on embryos of a dog or cat they would say it was unhuman. We do not agree with funding the embryonic stem cell research. That is all.

 
5516 05/01/2009 at 09:56:57 PM Self     The creating and destroying of human life in the name of science, especially science with no proven benefits, is appalling, disgraceful, inhumane, and negligent among so many other things. Adult stem cells already cure 70 diseases while embryonic have yet to cure a single one. Adult stem cell research should have more funding but embryonic should stop immediately. I am strongly opposed to MY MONEY funding the murder of innocent life in the name of science or convenience!

 
5517 05/01/2009 at 09:57:07 PM Self     I am personally strongly opposed to the distruction of human lives for research, even though I have been diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease. I am even more strongly opposed to spending tax funds to do the distructive research.

 
5518 05/01/2009 at 09:57:32 PM Self     I would like to see embryonic stem cells NOT used at all. The gains that have been made have come fromusing adult stem cells.

 
5519 05/01/2009 at 09:57:53 PM Self     I am opposed to the government funding embyonic stem cell research. We have experienced more breakthroughs will adult stem cells than with embyonic. Why continue to try and spend federal money on a science that hasn't produced results? Why no focus those funds on making advances with the already proven science of adult stem cells? It seems like that would be a better use of the funds. In this day and age when our deficit is on the verge of the point of no return, I would think we would want as fiscally responsible as possible. I urge you to do so.

 
5520 05/01/2009 at 09:59:40 PM Self     I would rather see my tax payer money for the research done on unborn baby cells to use those unborn baby cells and put them up for adoption. There are many many unfertile couples in the United States who would like to have them implanted in the wife and make a baby.

 
5521 05/01/2009 at 09:59:52 PM Self     I oppose the using of Federal funds for embryotic stem cell research. That kills innocent children. I am praying for you.

 
5522 05/01/2009 at 09:59:52 PM Self     We ADAMANTLY oppose the use of federal funds for the use of human embryonic stem cell research. The draft guidelines are based on the false premise that it is possible to preform such an immoral act in an "ethically responsible" way. How does one pretend to be "ethically responsible" when performing an act such as the destruction of life? And who gets to play God and decide what is "scientifically worthy"? This opens the door to all kinds of un-ethical and immoral practices all in the name of science. This is just wrong.

 
5523 05/01/2009 at 09:59:58 PM Self     We oppose Executive Order 13505. We are opposed to research on human embryonic stem cells because it results in the destruction of human life at its very beginning. For this reason we deem this human embryonic stem cell research as ethically irresponsible. It is questionable whether such research is even scientifically worthy since we understand that some success has been found with adult stem cells in treating diseases such as Parkinson but so far there have been more problems than successes with human embryonic stem cell research. We definitely oppose our tax dollars paying for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
5524 05/01/2009 at 10:00:07 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells have not shown any promise as a treatment, because they mutate,while adult stem cells are already being used successfully to treat numerous diseases. Creating embryos for the purpose of destroying them violates my concious and well as our country's values.

 
5525 05/01/2009 at 10:00:15 PM Self     My comments in response to NIH’s request for public comment on draft guidelines entitled ‘’National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.”

1) The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009.

RESPONSE: I STRONGLY OBJECT TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDER 13505, ISSUED ON MARCH 9, 2009! AND, I OBJECT TO THE FUNDING, THE PROCEDURES, AND THE RESEARCH.

I hope NIH and the leaders of our country find a way to abort or override this Executive Order! Voters have been fighting this desecration of life for years and now President Obama is overriding the overwhelming majority of voters who fight for the right to life and the protection of the unborn! He does not speak FOR the people in this Executive Order but condemns the life of those unable to speak for themselves and is putting our tax dollars into this action which is also against what a majority of voters believe.

I BELIEVE IN THE RIGHT TO LIFE AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CITIZENS TO PROTECT LIFE, ESPECIALLY THE LIFE OF THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. PRESIDENT OBAMA SHAMES OUR COUNTRY WITH THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER. It is not the only way to find cures; it is simply the one way some people are choosing and pushing to go.

DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THIS YET, MR. PRESIDENT? THIS ISSUE IS ONE OF THE MAJOR REASONS SO MANY AMERICAN CITIZENS VOTED AGAINST YOU!

2) The draft Guidelines as stated 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.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT. These embryonic stem cells are still alive and no one has the right to kill them or experiment with them for the sake of research. I am strongly against this research. These embryos can produce life albeight a child or other forms of life. Embryos should be protected by our laws from any form of death, abuse or research. Because they are alive and cannot speak for themselves, I object together with a majority of other citizens of the Unites States to the FUNDING for research using human embryonic stem cells at ANY time. I believe stem cell research is a disrespect and desecration of life. I object to my tax dollars going to fund

3) Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT. In cell biology, the definition of pluripotency has come to refer to a stem cell that has the potential to differentiate into any of the three germ layers: endoderm (interior stomach lining, gastrointestinal tract, the lungs), mesoderm (muscle, bone, blood, urogenital), or ectoderm (epidermal tissues and nervous system). I object to ANY embryonic or youth stem cells being used for research and I further object to any adult stem cells being used for research when the person is UNABLE to speak for themselves. I believe stem cell research is a disregard for and desecration of life made by God.

4) 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.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT to these procedures, this research and the funding thereof with my tax dollars. I further object as stated in the above responses.

NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited by the annual appropriations ban on funding of human embryo research (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 110-161, 3/11/ 09), otherwise known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.

According to these Guidelines, there are some uses of human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells that, although those cells may come from allowable sources, are nevertheless INELIGIBLE for NIH funding.

The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH- funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. Internal NIH procedures, consistent with Executive Order 13505 and these Guidelines, will govern the conduct of intramural NIH research involving human stem cells.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

Long-standing Department of Health and Human Services regulations for Protection of Human Subjects, 45 CFR part 46, establish safeguards for individuals who are the sources of many human tissues used in research, including non-embryonic human adult stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells. When research involving human adult stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells constitutes human subject research, Institutional Review Board review may be required and informed consent may need to be obtained per the requirements detailed in 45 CFR part 46.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

As described in these draft Guidelines, human embryonic stem cells are cells that are derived from human embryos, are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos.

Studies of human embryonic stem cells may yield information about the complex events that occur during human development. 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 provide information about how such diseases arise and suggest new strategies for therapy. Human embryonic stem cells may also be used to test new drugs. For example, new medications could be tested for safety on differentiated somatic cells generated from human embryonic stem cells.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

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. 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 to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

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NIH currently funds ongoing research involving human embryonic stem cells as detailed under prior Presidential policy. Under that policy, Federal funds have been used for research on human embryonic stem cells where the derivation process was initiated prior to 9 p.m. EDT August 9, 2001, the embryo was created for reproductive purposes, the embryo was no longer needed for these purposes, informed consent was obtained for the donation of the embryo, and no financial inducements were provided for donation of the embryo.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above. The embryo, which is alive, had no voice to protect itself.

These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using only those 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.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

Please note that, for NIH funded research using the permitted human embryonic stem cells, the requirements of the Department's protection of human subjects regulations, 45 CFR part 46, may or may not apply, depending on the nature of the research. For further information, see Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Germ Cells and Cell Derived Test Articles: OHRP Guidance for Investigators and Institutional Review Boards.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited by the annual appropriations ban on funding of human embryo research (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 110-161, 3/11/ 09), otherwise known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.

According to these Guidelines, there are some uses of human embryonic stem cells that, although those cells may come from allowable sources, are nevertheless ineligible for NIH funding.

In developing these draft Guidelines, the NIH consulted its Guidelines issued in 2000, as well as the thoughtful guidelines developed by other national and international committees of scientists, bioethicists, patient advocates, physicians and other stakeholders, including the U.S. National Academies, the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and others.

As directed by Executive Order 13505, the NIH shall review and update these Guidelines periodically, as appropriate.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

The Draft Guidelines Follow:

National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research

I. Scope of Guidelines

These Guidelines describe the circumstances under which human embryonic stem cells are eligible for use in extramural NIH-funded research, and they also include a section on uses of human embryonic stem cells or human induced pluripotent stem cells that are ineligible for NIH funding. For the purpose of these Guidelines, ``human embryonic stem cells'' are cells that are derived from human embryos, are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

II. Guidelines for Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Use in Research

A. The Executive Order: Executive Order 13505, Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells, states that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), through the Director of the NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law.

B. Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived from Human Embryos: Human embryonic stem cells may be used in research using NIH funds, if the cells were derived from human embryos that were created for reproductive purposes, were no longer needed for this purpose, were donated for research purposes, and for which documentation for all of the following can be assured:

1. All options pertaining to use of embryos no longer needed for reproductive purposes were explained to the potential donor(s).

2. No inducements were offered for the donation.

3. A policy was in place at the health care facility where the embryos were donated that neither consenting nor refusing to donate embryos for research would affect the quality of care provided to potential donor(s).

4. There was a clear separation between the prospective donor(s)'s decision to create human embryos for reproductive purposes and the prospective donor(s)'s decision to donate human embryos for research purposes.

5. At the time of donation, consent for that donation was obtained from the individual(s) who had sought reproductive services. That is, even if potential donor(s) had given prior indication of their intent to donate to research any embryos that remained after reproductive treatment, consent for the donation should have been given at the time of the donation. Donor(s) were informed that they retained the right to withdraw consent until the embryos were actually used for research.

6. Decisions related to the creation of human embryos for reproductive purposes were made free from the influence of researchers proposing to derive or utilize human embryonic stem cells in research. Whenever it was practicable, the attending physician responsible for reproductive clinical care and the researcher deriving and/or proposing to utilize human embryonic stem cells should not have been the same person.

7. Written informed consent was obtained from individual(s) who sought reproductive services and who elected to donate human embryos for research purposes. The following information, which is pertinent to making the decision of whether or not to donate human embryos for research purposes, was in the written consent form for donation and discussed with potential donor(s) in the informed consent process:

a. A statement that donation of the embryos for research was voluntary; b. A statement that donor(s) understood alternative options pertaining to use of the embryos; c. A statement that the embryos would be used to derive human embryonic stem cells for research; d. Information about what would happen to the embryos in the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research; e. A statement that human embryonic stem cells derived from the embryos might be maintained for many years; f. A statement that the donation was made without any restriction or direction regarding the individual(s) who may receive medical benefit from the use of the stem cells; g. A statement that the research was not intended to provide direct medical benefit to the donor(s);

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h. A statement as to whether or not information that could identify the donor(s) would be retained prior to the derivation or the use of the human embryonic stem cells (relevant guidance from the DHHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) should be followed, as applicable; see OHRP's Guidance for Investigators and Institutional Review Boards Regarding Research Involving Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Germ Cells, and Stem Cell-Derived Test Articles and Guidance on Research Involving Coded Private Information or Biological Specimens, or successor guidances); and i. A statement that the results of research using the human embryonic stem cells may have commercial potential, and a statement that the donor(s) would not receive financial or any other benefits from any such commercial development. C. Prior to the use of NIH funds: Funding recipients must ensure that: (1) The human embryonic stem cells were derived consistent with sections II.A and B of these Guidelines; and (2) the grantee institution maintains appropriate documentation demonstrating such consistency in accordance with 45 CFR 74.53, which also details rights of access by NIH. The responsible grantee institutional official must provide assurances with respect to (1) and (2) when endorsing applications and progress reports submitted to NIH for projects that utilize these cells.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

III. Research Using Human Embryonic Stem Cells and/or Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells That, Although the Cells May Come From Allowable Sources, Is Nevertheless Ineligible for NIH Funding

This section governs research using human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells, i.e., human cells that are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. There are some uses of these cells that, although they may come from allowable sources, are nevertheless ineligible for NIH funding, as follows:

A. Research in which human embryonic stem cells (even if derived according to these Guidelines) or human induced pluripotent stem cells are introduced into non-human primate blastocysts. B. Research involving the breeding of animals where the introduction of human embryonic stem cells (even if derived according to these Guidelines) or human induced pluripotent stem cells may have contributed to the germ line.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

IV. Other Non-Allowable Research

A. NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited by the annual appropriations ban on funding of human embryo research (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 110- 161, 3/11/09), otherwise known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. B. 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.

RESPONSE: I OBJECT as stated in the paragraphs above.

Dated: April 17, 2009. Raynard S. Kington, Acting Director, NIH. [FR Doc. E9-9313 Filed 4-22-09; 8:45 am]

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5526 05/01/2009 at 10:00:45 PM Self     I am writing to share a serious concern I have over the funding of Embryonic stem cell research with my tax dollars. Do to the fact that although research has continued for a number of years on embryonic stem cells (not tax payer funded), there has still been absolutely NO evidence provided that any disease, or other physical condition is actually "healed" or "successfully treated" by these stem cells, and since it has been proven that adult stem cells can be used effectively in treating a number of diseases and illnesses, I find it irresponsible to spend tax payer money on something that is considered reasonably uncertain in its success. Furthermore, the "leftover" embryos create what I think should be a serious moral and ethical dilemna when actual potential life is damaged for the "experimentation" on embryonic stem cells. Please do not fund this type of research with tax payer monies. Thank you.

 
5527 05/01/2009 at 10:00:58 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I ask that you DO NOT use federal tax dollars for this purpose.

 
5528 05/01/2009 at 10:02:41 PM Self     I am an American tax payer who is opposed to federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars spent to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Experimentation on human embroys is immoral!

Sincerely,

 
5529 05/01/2009 at 10:04:58 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
5530 05/01/2009 at 10:05:28 PM Self     I am appalled by the edict to allow experimentation on embryo stem cells. This is totally unnecessary as much can be done with adult available stem cells. It is beyond comprehension that embryos would be created only to be killed for the use of the stem cells.

What makes human life more valuable for those already alive, than for those who never have a chance at life?

Please oppose this plan and do not use MY funds to promote it!

 
5531 05/01/2009 at 10:05:29 PM Self     We request that you reconsider the new guidelines allowing funding for research using human embryonic stem cells from embryos created by in vitro fertilization. Knowing that every life had it's beginning and full potential at the moment of the eggs' fertilization, we would be deeply saddened to know that our tax dollars are being used to encourage bringing these lives to an end. In so many ways science has begun to "use" the gift of life, destroying it in order to seek to improve it. Please, with people across this nation, take a stand to protect these lives that have been designed by our Creator God.

 
5532 05/01/2009 at 10:05:42 PM Self     Stop using our tax dollars to pay for harvesting the left over fetal embryos for unnecessary medical purposes. This is a grave evil. Wake up and see all the potential is in adult stem cells and placentas and other viable tissues/cells.

 
5533 05/01/2009 at 10:05:50 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Our tax dollars should not be used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I do approve of federal funding for research on adult stem cells that do not involve destroying a human lift.

 
5534 05/01/2009 at 10:06:31 PM Self     I do not agree with using any tax dollars for embyonic stem cell research resulting in the destruction of embyos created for reproductive purposes, even if the donor has no use for them. In addition to being immoral, it creates a market for embyos that would be open for abuse.

 
5535 05/01/2009 at 10:07:01 PM Self     Stop embryonic stem cell research and only do adult stem cell research.

 
5536 05/01/2009 at 10:07:13 PM Self     Please do not send funding for Human Stem Cell research. This is wrong, a waste or time and money. Past research has shown that umbilical cord cells have more promise. Please President Obama use our money in other promising ways. Oh, and not for funding of abortions either. Choose Life not Death. Or you have chosen!!

 
5537 05/01/2009 at 10:07:28 PM Self     It is documented that embryonic stem cells have not cured one disease, while adult stem cells has been used successfully to cure several dozen. Please defeat this bill, whose only effect is to kill innocent embryos in the name of false science.

 
5538 05/01/2009 at 10:08:09 PM Self     It is beyond my comprehension that our president and his cohorts can't abide so-called torture of terrorists/terrorist suspects, yet has no compunction at murdering innocent human babies via abortion, partial birth abortion, and this kind of stem cell research. Furthermore, why doesn't anyone ask him this very question.

 
5539 05/01/2009 at 10:08:10 PM Self     Last month, when President Obama overturned the federal funding ban on embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, he left the parameters of that decision up to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As we reported last week, the NIH officially posted draft guidelines on ESC, which open the floodgates for the destruction of embryos at taxpayers' expense. Under the rules, your tax dollars would pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these tiny humans, the NIH guidelines would sentence them to death. For 30 days, the government offers these rules up for public response. I DO NOT WANT MY TAX DOLLAR TO DESTROY THESE HUMAN BEINGS!!!

 
5540 05/01/2009 at 10:08:26 PM Self     I strongly apose any and all legislation that over turns President Bushs Policy on Embryonic Stem Cell Research, particularly the executive order signed by President Obama on 3/9/09. I am opposed to any Federal Tax Dollars being used for any such research that would result in , or incourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

 
5541 05/01/2009 at 10:09:02 PM Self     We sincerely oppose federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. We are in favor of ADULT stem cell research which has been proven to be very successful. Thank you for giving this your consideration!

 
5542 05/01/2009 at 10:09:49 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of my tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research. This is an atrocity. We do not kill human beings even at the early stage of life. Life is life.

 
5543 05/01/2009 at 10:10:09 PM Self     Please oppose these new guidelines promoting funding for human Stem Cells as this in an affront on the respect for human life and it is totally unnecessary.

 
5544 05/01/2009 at 10:10:36 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing unborn human beings. No matter what you call them, they are human beings. And even if it were done without the use of taxpayer dollars I would still strongly oppose this travesty. Besides, I have yet to see any proof that the embryonic stem cells have cured anything, whereas the use of adult stem cells have been increasingly shown to be effective at doing just that. Let’s get to the real issue and save lives rather than support the abortion industry and mentality by playing games with rhetoric!

On behalf of the unborn millions, “Thank you!”

 
5545 05/01/2009 at 10:10:47 PM Self     I wish to oppose this legislation. This is another case of the means not justifying the end. Saving one human being by killing another makes no sense. Embryonic stem cell research is getting nowhere anyway-they're just trying to justify abortion.

 
5546 05/01/2009 at 10:11:48 PM Self     We urge you to not use fertilized human embryos in research which would require destroying the embryos. Science has clearly proven that a fertilized human egg has its own unique DNA and is in fact a human being. Please give thought to the moral implications of establishing guidelines which result in the taking of human life.

Thank You

 
5547 05/01/2009 at 10:12:19 PM Self     I do not believe that the government should be involved in embryonic stem cell research. No prospective benefits have been shown linked to the research that has already taken place. The work with adult stem cells and cord blood stem cells has shown much greater promise, without the ethical and moral objections attached to embryonic stem cell research.

 
5548 05/01/2009 at 10:12:26 PM Self     An embryo is a human baby. It is scientifically unnecessary to kill human embryos for stem cell research. There are other sources (e.g. umbilical cords) that can be used. Also, autologous (self-generated) stem cell transplants are now routinely used by apheresis in cancer treatments. The technology is there.

This is a slippery slope. If we start destroying human baby embryos for stem cells, where do we stop? By that faulty logic one asks why not kill more mature (possibly disabled or aborted) babies? How about old and apparently useless people? Should we kill them too and harvest their cells? The Commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' is absolute. Please stop this research.

 
5549 05/01/2009 at 10:12:44 PM Self     President Barack Obama's policy opens the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Your agency 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.

President Obama stated during campaigning that he would use adult stem cell research over embryonic stem cell research if the adult stem cell research showed more promise (which it does) to avoid any moral conflict. However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy. President Bush's policy did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

Adult stem cell research already treats 70 serious diseases and embryonic treats none.

 
5550 05/01/2009 at 10:12:48 PM       I'll make this short and to the point: "Thou shalt not kill."

 
5551 05/01/2009 at 10:12:50 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars used for stem cell research. I believe that these embryos are life and to destroy them is murder. It is morally wrong to destroy a life and I abhor the idea of the government using my tax dollars to do it!

 
5552 05/01/2009 at 10:12:50 PM Self     I am opposed to MY tax dollars being 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. Advances in ADULT stem cells prove this is where we should be putting our financial support.

 
5553 05/01/2009 at 10:13:16 PM Self     The Federal Government should not be spending any of our tax dollars for the NIH funding for research using HUMAN embryonic stem cells. These embryos are living human beings and were never intended for this purpose.

Please use funding to continue research of adult stem cells which do not destroy a living being. There is already great promise to cures for diseases using adult stem cells. Please do the right thing.

Thank you.

 
5554 05/01/2009 at 10:13:48 PM Self     To Whom it May Concern, 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.

 
5555 05/01/2009 at 10:13:52 PM Self     I believe the constitution was intended by the writers to protect life from conception. Playing around with life will result in moral and social consequences not to mention accountability on judgement day. Why are embryonic stem cells being used when there is a lack of research to support their use? On the other hand other types of stem cells have validated data supporting their promise for the future? This must be a political issue; it demonstrates this administration has "no regard" for the lives of the unborn, who are the most innocent and at-risk Americans.

 
5556 05/01/2009 at 10:14:07 PM Self     I vehemently oppose the use of my tax dollars to support research that would destroy human embryos. Consider the fact that there are other sources for this research that have been proven effective. The option to adopt these embryos should be made public. Thank you.

 
5557 05/01/2009 at 10:14:17 PM Self     I do not want embryonic stem cells to be used in any way. Please focus our government spending on adult stem cell research.

 
5558 05/01/2009 at 10:14:41 PM Self     I am absolutely opposed to any further embryonic stem cell research. The use of adult stem cells has proven much more productive for research and does not involve the destruction of human life. My tax dollars should not be used for this purpose and I strongly oppose these new guidelines that allow this.

 
5559 05/01/2009 at 10:16:01 PM Self     All life is sacred and should not be tampered with. Only God gives and takes life and for man to manipulate it is reprehensible. NO STEM CELL RESEARCH!!!!!!!

 



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