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

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On April 23, 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published draft stem cell guidelines for public comment in the Federal Register. The purpose of these guidelines are to implement President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13505 “Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells,” which was issued on March 9, 2009.

NIH received 49,015 comments by May 26, 2009, the closing date of the comment period, and have compiled these comments on this website. Any comments received via email or mail after the May 26 deadline are not included on this website. In reviewing the comments, NIH determined that 60 comments were inappropriate (i.e., contained SPAM responses or offensive language), and these comments have been excluded from this website. In addition, to protect the identities and personal information of individuals who submitted comments, NIH has removed personally identifiable information from the comments on this website even though individuals consented that the information provided could be made available for public review and posting.



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5560 05/01/2009 at 10:16:31 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. I agree with President Bush's policy. President Bush's policy should remain in place!

 
5561 05/01/2009 at 10:16:51 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please restore the policy of President George Bush.

 
5562 05/01/2009 at 10:17:04 PM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars for research on stem cells derived from embryos. Please promote the adoption of these embryos, not destruction

 
5563 05/01/2009 at 10:17:11 PM Self     I oppose the use of human stem cells that are obtained by taking the life of the human being in the embryo stage of life.

The frozen embryos were created in the first place with the intention of discarding the ones the were not needed. I object the creation of embryos and destroying them.

I specifically object to using tax funds to destroy human beings. Even if cures are to save other human beings are the object of theis research, it is still wrong to take a live to find cures.

Don't use tax money for this research. I am a taxpayer.

 
5564 05/01/2009 at 10:17:15 PM Self     Not one human being anywhere in the world is currently being treated with embryonic stem cells. Why? Embryonic stem cells in laboratory animals have been known to create tumors, and no credible researchers will use them.

In China embryonic stem cells were injected into a suffering Parkinson's patient. They grew wildly and developed into one of the most primitive and terrifying cancers, a teratoma, killing the patient. The autopsy at the brain site of the injection found a tumor full of hair, bone and skin.

By comparison, adult stem cells are currently used in treating at least 70 conditions and have shown great promise in the treatment of more than a dozen others.

Scientists have even found a way to make adult stem cells take on the characteristics of embryonic stem cells so that, in a very real sense, scientists can experiment with "embryonic" cells without taking them from embryos.

If there is hope for embryonic stem cell usage, let the private sector fund that research, not our tax dollars. Give our tax dollars to the area of proven success--adult stem cells.

 
5565 05/01/2009 at 10:18:01 PM Self     I do not want my taxes used for the "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."

I strongly oppose research that destroys human life.

 
5566 05/01/2009 at 10:18:09 PM Self     I beg of you, while drafting guidelines on the use of embryonic stem cells, that you restrict federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

Please promote the adoption of these human stem cells, your guidelines would require their death.

What a travesty for our nation to have federal funding to destroy life while experimenting.

 
5567 05/01/2009 at 10:18:22 PM Self     Because the National Institute Of Health is asking for comments about stem cell research, I would like to humbly give my opinion. Everything I have read and heard has made me to understand and believe that we do not need to use embryonic stem cells as adult stem cells are much better used and less apt to turn to cancer and are already matured. President Barack Obama has wanted to make a change to something we here in America for hundreds of years have felt was immoral and has been illegal. I personally along with many others that I know believe life begins at conception and so believe we are devaluing human life when we really do not have to go to this arena when we can use adult stem cells or umbilical cord stem cells. Please know that many of us disagree with this decision to use embryonic stem cells. Thank you for listening.

 
5568 05/01/2009 at 10:18:30 PM Self     Thank you for taking the time to listen to my thoughts about a very important moral issue. The human person has a dignity that is very high. The value of human life must be protected at every stage. Life begins at conception and a human embryo develops into a larger human person. Even though it is small, a human embryo is a human person and should never be killed or treated as an object. I am against any and all legislation that creates human life so that it can be destroyed. Adult stem cell research posses no moral concerns and is the most promising. I am for funding adult stem cell research and not embryonic. Embryonic stem cell research kills a human embryo. You were once a human embryo. As an embryo, you were protected and fed. The result was that you developed, you grew. You grew into the person that you are today. A person is a person no matter how small. Thank you very much and remember that the ends do not justify the means.

 
5569 05/01/2009 at 10:18:32 PM Self     I am against the destruction of embryos. As I understand it, my tax dollars would pay for research on stem cells that are supposedly left over from vitro fertilization, and instead of promoting the adoption of these tiny humans, the NIH guidelines would sentence them to death. I am against this!

 
5570 05/01/2009 at 10:18:33 PM Self     I strongly urge the NIH to oppose the use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells. This type of research requires the killing of an innocent human being that has the same God given and constitutional right to life as any other member of society.

Sincerely,

 
5571 05/01/2009 at 10:19:45 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars used to for stem cell research. I am against the destruction of embryos because it is morally wrong to destroy LIFE!

 
5572 05/01/2009 at 10:20:18 PM Self     Please do not use human embryos for stem cell research. It has been proven that the embryonic cells are not as effective in treating illnesses as adult stem cells, in fact, none have been found to make any medical advance as of yet. In some cases, they have caused other problems such as cancerous tumors. In addition, there is a moral issue involved; namely, the killing of innocent babies. Please do not use our tax dollars to further this agenda. Thank you and God bless you in your efforts to do the right thing...God still is important to MOST tax payers.

 
5573 05/01/2009 at 10:20:23 PM Self     in my opinion, in vitro fertilization is wrong in the first place. But the act of experimenting on stem cells from human embryos is sick! I do not care what the reason is but it is wrong and against everything God taught. Embryonic Stem Cell Reasearch is a screwed up type of abortion. Anybody, includind President Obama, is a monster if they will stand for this. Only God has the right to toy around with human lives and not even he does it. I'll see y'all on Judgement Day...

 
5574 05/01/2009 at 10:20:48 PM Self     Please do not allow the destruction of human embryos to allow the Human Stem Cell research. Studies show adult stem cells work even better than human embryos.

 
5575 05/01/2009 at 10:20:54 PM Self     I oppose the use of the goverment funding the use of stem cell human embroyos for research. This will only make the need to create and destroy human embroyos. this is not what our tax dollars should be used for.

 
5576 05/01/2009 at 10:21:48 PM Self     Let me make this plain and simple. I am totally against the use of my hard earned money to be used for destroying anymore human embryos. 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. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells. I demand it goes no further. 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. I say NO, NO, NO!!!

 
5577 05/01/2009 at 10:21:50 PM Self     Dear Sir:

Provision has been made for the funding of reasearch with stem cells gathered before 2001. Research can be accomplished in this manner without the desttroying of live cells for the sake of research. This is abortion in its earliest stage.

I personally am greatly offended by the Draft NH Human Stem Cell Guidlines as announced on April 23, 2009.

Please leave the guidlines as they were under the previous administration.

 
5578 05/01/2009 at 10:22:26 PM Self     I oppose the funding of more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos as outlined in the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines for the following reasons:

1. In recent years, the most promising research has used adult stem cells that do not require creating and killing human embryos. 2. Studies involving the use of embryonic stem cells have been unsuccessful in their outcome. 3. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell research will divert federal funds away from the promising research of using adult stem cells, and away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells.

 
5579 05/01/2009 at 10:22:38 PM Self     I do not support the funding of embryonic stem cell research by the Government nor do I support using embryonic stem cells at all when there is clear research to indicate other forms of stem cells are actually proving more effective.

I pay attention, I vote, and I share my opinions with others and encourage them to action. I will pay attention and do everything in my power to remove from office anyone who supports this type of research.

 
5580 05/01/2009 at 10:22:56 PM Self     its amazing to be after fact after fact shows how there have been 0 zero discoveries in stem cells from the unborn but countless discoveries have been discovered in adult stem cell research. why should we fund this research when we will continue to find 0 zero discoveries. i could bet on it.

 
5581 05/01/2009 at 10:23:49 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.

 
5582 05/01/2009 at 10:24:06 PM Self     People,

Do not continue to authorize embryonic stem cell research.

There is a reason that Adult Stem cells are successful-

God designed the human body and will not be mocked.

Take the success and continue research with Adult stem cells.

 
5583 05/01/2009 at 10:24:12 PM Self     We are opposed to any use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. Progress is usually a good thing, but using these precious embryonic stem cells (actually potential human beings) for the purpose of research is, we believe, immoral.

We know that ADULT stem cells can be successfully used to learn more about various diseases. It would be taking the high road to use ADULT stem cells in research because it would decrease the possibility that women would sell their EMBRYONIC stem cells, thus cheapening life itself.

At base, EMBRYONIC stem cell research would cheapen the value of human life, not enhance it.

We urge you NOT to carry out this plan for the use of embryonic stem cell research.

 
5584 05/01/2009 at 10:24:24 PM Self     Please oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Life is precious and sacred from conception until natural death.

 
5585 05/01/2009 at 10:24:26 PM Self     It is a grave act of immorality whenever a course of scientific research turns to the destruction of one human life in order to benefit another.

I’m all for saving lives. In fact stem cell transplants were a course of treatment used by my son's doctors during his battle with cancer.

However I am adamantly opposed to the kind of stem-cell research that requires killing defenseless human beings so that others may (allegedly) benefit. That’s immoral - plain and simple!

Of course the doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and politicians who stand to gain economically from this research carefully choose their words to disguise the truth of this barbaric act.

I am opposed to the legalization and funding of embryonic stem cell research because embryos are not stem cells - they are human beings, and every human being is a person. And as Dr. Seuss reminds us, "a person's a person no matter how small".

 
5586 05/01/2009 at 10:25:31 PM Self     Please support all ethical efforts to fund adult stem cell research. Please reject all efforts to fund or support embryotic stem cell research. I challenge you to be data driven. There is scientific proof that adult stem cell research has delivered results whereas embryotic stem cell research has yet to deliver any useful results.

 
5587 05/01/2009 at 10:27:14 PM Self     I DO NOT want ANY of my tax money going to fund embryonic stem cell research of any type or kind.

Any fool or idiot who knows even a tiny bit about this type of research should know that research into ADULT STEM CELLS is astronomically more effective than anything embryonic stem cell research has to offer, and is in fact, even safer. There is no comparison between the list of medical advances made through Adult Stem Cells and embryonic stem cells. The list of accomplishments made in Adult Stem Cell research is near boundless while the list of embryonic stem cells lists absolutely nothing but tragedy such as brain cancers.

As an added bonus, with Adult Stem Cell research there is no need to murder unborn children for their cells, in addition to it being a millions times more ethical, promising, and effective than embryonic stem cell research. Truth be told, all embryonic stem cell research is nothing more than an excuse for Abortion Death Merchants to continue abortions and in fact increase the number of unborn children murdered each year, all in the name of “scientific research.” At best it is a smokescreen, at worst it is a sham.

To any fool or idiot it should seem the obvious answer is to research Adult Stem Cells instead of embryonic ones. Trying to find cures for diseases with Adult Stem Cells is like using Space Age technology, trying to find cures with embryonic stem cells is like using witch doctors in the Dark Ages. One is unquestionably a million times more capable of actually finding cures than the other - ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH, not embryonic.

DO NOT use one cent of my tax money in research that results in the destruction of human life. ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH is the ONLY way to go.

 
5588 05/01/2009 at 10:27:24 PM Self     Adult stem cell research has been very successful in many areas and is making great strides. Embrionic stem cell research is both morally and ethically reprehsensable. Taking a life in the name of research is never justified. We urge you to place a wall of separation banning this type of research.

Sincerely yours,

 
5589 05/01/2009 at 10:27:48 PM Self     The policy that existed under the previous administration was correct. Any use of embryonic stem cells that requires the destruction of a human embryo is the destruction of a human being, and is therefore unethical, and is also unnecessary, as there are numerous alternative sources of stem cells (such as adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells) which continue to show much more promise for treatment of disease than embryonic stem cells.

 
5590 05/01/2009 at 10:27:52 PM Self     To date there have been no success from years of research on embryonic stem cells, yet there are currently 70 cures being regularly administered by adult stem cells. Please stop this awful waist of taxpayer money on embryonic research and put the money into the already productive adult stem cell research. Thank you.

 
5591 05/01/2009 at 10:29:24 PM Self     I am opposed and appauled at the 'Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines' as announced in the 'April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice'.

Please discontinue trying to do this research using 'embryonic stem cells'....there are better ways.

 
5592 05/01/2009 at 10:29:33 PM Self     I can't believe what I hear from the White House, are you all insane. We can't waterboard a terrorist because it may or may not torture yet these same people are the ones who killed thousands of us on 911, kill our troops, behead news reporters and vow to kill all who do not believe in the Muslum faith and yet you want to destoy embyos, abort the unborn who have no rights by sucking them apart in the womb. Where have you taken us who vote for you. REMEMBER VOTING TIME IS COMMING SOON AND WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO FORGET WHAT HAS HAPPEND IN THE MORAL DECAY OF OUR LEADERSHIP.

 
5593 05/01/2009 at 10:30:07 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I am asking that you do not encourage or facilitate the further use of human embryos for stem cell research as I feel very strongly that this use is murder. I do not want the taxes I pay to fund this murder. There have been so many successes already, as well as very promising potential, from the research on adult stem cells, while the research already done with embryonic stem cells has been unsuccessful. I don't see the need for killing humans in the interest of this research. Using money from Americans who are ethically opposed to, and personally horrified by, this practice is denies our freedom and ignores our beliefs.

Thank you for your consideration in drafting these crucial, life-threatening regulations.

 
5594 05/01/2009 at 10:30:22 PM Self     I am very concerned about the new embryonic stem cell research policies. I have very strong moral concerns about purposely destroying life for any reason, but especially when there are other stem cells used in other successful research and embryonic stem cells have no proven record. I also strongly object to having my tax dollars used for such research. Please use my tax dollars more wisely and ethically.

 
5595 05/01/2009 at 10:30:49 PM Self     I oppose the funding of more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos as outlined in the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines for the following reasons:

1.Since we don't "know" when life begins we should not take lightly the systematic creationa nd destruction of human embryos.

2. In recent years, there has been some very promising research using adult stem cells. 3. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell research will divert federal funds away from this promising research using adult stem cells. This means that many people suffering from terrible illnesses like Parkinson's disease may be deprived of the opportunity to benefit from this proven line of research.

 
5596 05/01/2009 at 10:30:50 PM Self     Do NOT use my money (tax money) to kill human life for the purposes of research. This is morally wrong.

 
5597 05/01/2009 at 10:30:59 PM Self     Stop destroying human life, yes, an embryo is human life and you started out as an embryo! It is wrong and you know it. You are here today so respect the decision that others made before you to preserve the few little cells you started with. You don't need embryonic stem cells for you experimentation, it has already been proven that adult cells actually have the potential. You especially have no right to take tax dollars from people that completely oppose these evil actions.

Remember God is watching everything you do, even if you choose to ignore the good people and what they say, God won't forget what you do to his little ones!

A true peacekeeper is one who takes steps toward righteouness in bold moves, not one who steps aside and lets the evil propogate.

 
5598 05/01/2009 at 10:31:08 PM Self     I disagree with the notion that our tax dollars should be used to perform research on embryos, from whatever source. I am of the firm belief that such embryos constitute human life. Such research, as well as abortions, indicate a failure of this nation to protect those who cannot protect themselves, for the sake of science, or someone's convenience. There will be little to prevent our government from euthanasia of undesirables, and other atrocities that were seen under Hitler's regime. Let the NIH continue to utilize adult stem cells, or to promote research on umbilical cord stem cells - no one (even an embryo) has to die, and the supply is nigh inexhaustible.

 
5599 05/01/2009 at 10:31:12 PM Self     Right is right even if nobody does it. And Wrong is wrong even if everybody does it. Destroying human embryos to harvest stem cells is wrong, wrong, wrong. Do not spend any of my tax dollars to encourage it, fund it or support it in any way.

 
5600 05/01/2009 at 10:31:30 PM Self     I would like to ask the President to not endorse any type of embryonic stem cell research. The current evidence and research does not support this type of approach. I do not want my tax dollars to be used in experimentation with stem cells taken from human embryos.

 
5601 05/01/2009 at 10:31:38 PM Self     There is no need for embrionic stem cell research or use. There is proof that you can use the stem cells of people rather than killing babies for stem cell use. This is a slippery slope because you and I know there will be those who will do just that, kill babies for that purpose alone to make money. Please don't do this. Abortion is already such a horrible thing, don't make it any more horrific. Thank you,

 
5602 05/01/2009 at 10:31:45 PM Self     There are ZERO (0) diseases that are cured by embryonic stem cells. ADULT stem cells have proven to help with diseases. Leave the embryos alone. I do NOT want my tax dollars spent on this at all!!!! I'm sure there are others who do -- take their money instead.

 
5603 05/01/2009 at 10:32:39 PM Self     Dear Sir: Science does not need to use embryonic stem cells which kills human beings. Other stem cells can be used to achieve the same results without loss of life. I urge you to respect life and cease all embryonic stem cell research.

 
5604 05/01/2009 at 10:32:46 PM Self     I don't agree with using taxpayer money to fund embryonic stem cell research. It is my understanding that embryonic stem cell research has not treated one single disease in 25 years whereas adult stem cell research is now treating over 70 diseases. Why don't we use what is working, and "avoid the moral issue" as President Obama said in his campaign speeches?

 
5605 05/01/2009 at 10:33:20 PM Self     II. Guidelines for Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Use in Research 6. ... The attending physician responsible for reproductive clinical care and the researcher deriving and/or proposing to utilize human embryonic stem cells shall not have been the same person.

 
5606 05/01/2009 at 10:34:04 PM Self     Once we look, we want. Once we want, we then covet. Once we covet, we then strive. Once we strive, we will kill to obtain. Once we kill, there is no turning back. This entire document as it stands today is only a crack in a huge door of abuses that in only a few years will be open wide as revisions follow. Once the door opens, it can never be shut.

Life is not just sacred, it is part of our Constitution as an inalienable right. We must protect life, and not explain it away as tissue or "to be discarded anyway" or call it choice or attribute tangent rights to "privacy." By protecting life, or liberty, or the pursuit of happiness, we protect the Constitution, not because we are religious, but by virtue of our love of our republic. Mature minds know that difficult situations cannot resolve without the fortitude of reason to overcome the temptations of money or position.

 
5607 05/01/2009 at 10:34:12 PM Self     I object to taxpayer money being used to fund the use of embryos for stem cell research. Human life should be protected at every stage. We were created by God, and human life in any form of development from the embryo (to old age) should not be destroyed and used for purposes such as this or destroyed for any purpose. In addition, this type of research has proven to be unsuccessful. Our taxpayer money should also not be used to fund abortion here or internationally as that is killing the innocent and unborn. We need to protect human life, not destroy it. We need to teach abstinence, morals to our young people, and emphasize values, and virtues and not encourage promoscuity. Protect human life.

 
5608 05/01/2009 at 10:34:15 PM Self     Human stem cells are Human beings and as such they should not be Murdered!!!!

 
5609 05/01/2009 at 10:35:12 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of MY tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I recommend promoting the adoption of these human embryos by couples unable to conceive their own natural children after careful screening of the adoptive parents to assure the future wellbeing and welfare of the child.

 
5610 05/01/2009 at 10:35:20 PM Self     I believe it is appalling that human babies are being killed for research. We need to stop this holacaust.

 
5611 05/01/2009 at 10:35:39 PM Self     Please allow these embryos to be used for life. I support that these embryos should be used for adoption and not for embryonic stem cell research that has been proven to have less success rate then adult stem cell research. Please leave politics out of this and use common sense, the leading scientist will tell you adult stem research actually works its safer, wiser, and a much better investment for our future. God bless,

 
5612 05/01/2009 at 10:35:45 PM Self     I do not wish my tax dollars to be used for the killing of embryos to harvest their stem cells. There has been great progress made with adult stem cells, and none using the killed embryos. This policy that is being promoted will undoubtedly lead to the production of embryos solely for the purpose of killing and harvesting their stem cells. This brings back memories of the horrors of the Nazi regime and their experiments using what they considered unwanted people. We are a better country than to resort to such experimentation.

 
5613 05/01/2009 at 10:36:41 PM Self     The statement in section "I. Scope of Guidelines": "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." Who is this statement for? Scientists and doctors following these guidelines already know this. This is a misleading statement that obviously is intended for the less informed public who in general are going to skim these guidelines and will be lead to believe that stem cells can be extracted from an embryo without the death of the embryo occuring. If you are going to have this statement add after it: "However, it must be noted that the death of the human embryo will be the result of the extraction of his or her stem cells."

Also I think it needs to be more clear or added that the clinic or physician of the patient will not be given money by the researcher for the patient donated embryos.

My 17-year old daughter has had Type I diabetes since the age of 2, but I am not for putting my tax dollars towards embryonic stem cell research which is immoral, has caused cancerous tumors to grow in human tests, and has had no currative results of any disease. God would never bless such an endeavor. I would like my money to go towards adult stem cell research instead which is much more promising and ethical and has already produced cures and treatments for a variety of diseases.

 
5614 05/01/2009 at 10:36:53 PM Self     For our president to say that he is a Christian and do the things he has done in the last 100 days it is hard for me to believe him. The Bible condemns murder of any kind. and stem cell is nothing but murder. The Bible lets us know that God is the one that puts kings up and the one to bring them down. I would be afraid to go against the laws of God. I'm against Stem Cell research. Remember God has everyone in the palm of His hand. May God bless and give our elected leaders wisdom and put the fear of God in them. We can only defy God so long then He will call us to answer for our sins.

 
5615 05/01/2009 at 10:37:06 PM Self     I do not believe that left over embryos should be used in stem cell research.

 
5616 05/01/2009 at 10:37:16 PM Self     We vehemently oppose the use of federal funds to support embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells are proven more effective in yielding treatment options anyway.

 
5617 05/01/2009 at 10:37:19 PM Self     Human stem cells are Human beings and as such they should not be Murdered!!!!

 
5618 05/01/2009 at 10:37:24 PM Self     I think that embrionic stem cell research is wrong and should not be allowed. I think it is wrong and see no reason in using this technilogy when adult stem cells have been used so extensivly in research with lots of cures and breakthroughs. This is an area of science and nature that I feel we should stay away from.

 
5619 05/01/2009 at 10:37:30 PM Self     I do not want to see my taxes going to this immoral research. It is immoral to throw away these embryos.

 
5620 05/01/2009 at 10:37:41 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to first of all, thank you for your continuing research in the scientific field of stem cells. It seems that there is a lot to be discovered, and I'm sure there have been many sleepless nights and many more to come. Thank you for your tireless work.

I do, however, wish to express my disagreement with using embryos leftover from in vitro fertilization. I agreed with President Bush's plan of the cutoff date for the harvesting of embryos, and I would not like to have my tax dollars support otherwise.

Again, thank you for your hard work, but please take these comments seriously. Al the best to your organization.

Sincerely,

 
5621 05/01/2009 at 10:37:46 PM Self     I oppose this pollocy

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.

 
5622 05/01/2009 at 10:38:12 PM Self     I strongly disappove of any of my money being used to fund Embryonic Stem Cell research. I don't understand how the Human Stem cell research can be blatantly overlooked. There have been many success's using a persons own stem cells & cord blood stem cells. I don't feel there is a need to destroy embryos when there are alternatives. These embryos are viable children if used in invtro fertilization. I have a co-worker that adopted one of these so called "snow babies" and has a beautiful child. I think someone needs to take responsiblity for these "left over" embryos and find them loving parents. Please do not open up this flood gate, please nurture a culture of life and instead allocate money for the other type stem cell research, the kind that doesn't require killing an embryo.

 
5623 05/01/2009 at 10:38:51 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
5624 05/01/2009 at 10:41:02 PM Self     We should not use left over embryos for stem cell research.

 
5625 05/01/2009 at 10:41:51 PM Self     Given that a human embryo is indeed a human in early development, I don't believe government has the right to sanction the destruction of human life for research purposes. You, my friend, were at one point a human embryo.

I oppose funding for research using human embryonic stem cells.

 
5626 05/01/2009 at 10:41:51 PM Self     I am opposed to tax dollars funding embryonic stem cell research. There is no reason for embryonic stem cells to be used. The progress is coming from adult stem cells. Also, manyAmericans, including myself, believe this is morally wrong. I should not be force to pay for something I consider morally wrong by the government funding it with my tax dollars. If you must allow embryonic stem cell research, do not fund it with my money.

 
5627 05/01/2009 at 10:42:07 PM Self     I am against the harvesting and use of human embryonic stem cells for research. 1) Embryonic stem cells have shown no promise as yet, whereas adult stem cells are being used successfully to treat multiple diseases. 2) If they were promising, private business would be supporting this research, but they are putting their money into the adult stem cell research instead. 3) I do not want my federal tax dollars used in this way. It is a waste of money and also is not something the federal government should be involved in. 4) I am against this practice on moral grounds because I believe it is killing life. It should be up to the various states to decide when life begins, not the federal government.

 
5628 05/01/2009 at 10:43:08 PM Self     Please reconsider.

 
5629 05/01/2009 at 10:43:18 PM Self     To whom it may concern:

My husband and I are very much against the use of human embryos for stem cell research. We believe there are better ways to obtain the cells needed for research that have already shown very promising results. I pray every day that you will be guided by God and not man and make wise decisions with courage to do the right thing!

Sincerely,

 
5630 05/01/2009 at 10:43:40 PM Self     Please stop this research. You are killing HUMAN BEINGS, in fact, innocent babies. And these babies are ALIVE. There

are enough wars going on in this world; do we have to make war on BABIES too?

 
5631 05/01/2009 at 10:43:55 PM Self     I do not approve of spending my tax dollars for research involving the use of embryonic stem cells.

 
5632 05/01/2009 at 10:44:02 PM Self     I oppose the use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells. I also oppose the use of my money, taxes, to be used to kill an innocent life.

 
5633 05/01/2009 at 10:44:35 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This should not be federally funded.

 
5634 05/01/2009 at 10:45:50 PM Self     The foundations of good medicine are encompassed in the directive "primum no nocere" or "above all, do no harm". Adult stem cells have been successfully used to cure over 70 diseases, without harming the patient from which they are harvested. Embryonic stem cells, on the other hand, involve murdering an innocent preborn child and it is therefore unethical to use them in research, in addition to which they have not cured a single disease on record. I strongly urge you to put American tax dollard into the ethical research that has produced the desired results without compromising on principle. Let the embryos live. Thahks for listening.

 
5635 05/01/2009 at 10:45:56 PM       I am against embryonic stem cell research and human cloning of any kind, and I support adult stem cell research.

 
5636 05/01/2009 at 10:46:33 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I oppose research on human embryonic stem cells at all.

 
5637 05/01/2009 at 10:46:58 PM Self     The foundations of good medicine are encompassed in the directive "primum no nocere" or "above all, do no harm". Adult stem cells have been successfully used to cure over 70 diseases, without harming the patient from which they are harvested. Embryonic stem cells, on the other hand, involve murdering an innocent preborn child and it is therefore unethical to use them in research, in addition to which they have not cured a single disease on record. I strongly urge you to put American tax dollard into the ethical research that has produced the desired results without compromising on principle. Let the embryos live. Thahks for listening.

 
5638 05/01/2009 at 10:47:09 PM Self     No tax payer dollars should be alloted for any type of Embryonic stem cell research.

Please consider the following comments when forming your guidelines for Human Stem Cell research and for the money disbursement to support it . It is a common fact that no real advances have been made from embryonic stem cell research while Many cures and advancements have been made from Adult stem cell research. ASCR offers great promise for the future while ESCR has been considered a waist of time and money to date. Because embryonic stem cell research can create an incentive to destroy human embryos and a very large portion of the population including many religious groups do not support any pro-choice activity, No tax payer dollars should be alloted. This legislation is simply the attempt of an industry to insure further profits and at the probable expense of the unborn and a large group of tax payers who wouldn't approve. Thank you for you consideration,

 
5639 05/01/2009 at 10:47:20 PM Self     With all of the work that is showing such promise using adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells, I could never agree that embryos have to be killed to do testing on their stem cells. I am totally unhappy that my tax dollars are being used to support this. Please, reconsider this and consider funding the great work being done on adult stem cells. Thank You

 
5640 05/01/2009 at 10:47:51 PM Self     This entire idea is wrong. You are killing the unborn. An embryo is a child. Whether "leftover" of in vitro fertilization or not it is still a child. Federal funding should not be used to reaserch embryo stem cells. This is wrong and should be stopped.

 
5641 05/01/2009 at 10:47:55 PM Self     I'm against the killing of human embryos for their cells and I certainly don't want my money spent on this. We work hard for the little we have and I resent having someone else determining how my money should be spent.

 
5642 05/01/2009 at 10:47:56 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

Sincerely,

 
5643 05/01/2009 at 10:48:40 PM Self     The foundations of good medicine are encompassed in the directive "primum no nocere" or "above all, do no harm". Adult stem cells have been successfully used to cure over 70 diseases, without harming the patient from which they are harvested. Embryonic stem cells, on the other hand, involve murdering an innocent preborn child and it is therefore unethical to use them in research, in addition to which they have not cured a single disease on record. I strongly urge you to put American tax dollard into the ethical research that has produced the desired results without compromising on principle. Let the embryos live. Thahks for listening.

 
5644 05/01/2009 at 10:48:45 PM Self     By allowing embryos derived from invitro fertilization to be utilized for stem cell research, the NIH is allowing our nation to continue the attack on our youngest citizens. Embryos formed during IF are formed to help infertil couples become biological parents. Often excessive numbers of embryos are formed in the understanding that the future is unclear. Each of those embryos has the potential to become a law-abiding citizen, raised by a family who clearly values the rights given us by God. By making these embryos a commodity to be destroyed in the name of research, the NIH, under Pres. Obama's authority, is going too far. The embryos "left over" from IF can and should be offered to families interested in carrying a child to term as an adopted part of their family, and a valued member of society as a whole. Many places offer money for platelets, most of which are used in research. What is to stop a company interested in pushing stem cell research from offering monetary reward to encourage women to donate egg cells that are then formed into embryos and then falsely labeled as leftover? It may seem that records would be difficult to falsify, yet cases are found daily of just such things. It is time to take a strong stance for our nation and support the future. DO NOT force us to fund the destruction of lives that may help to build our nation; to be the leaders and workers who will cover the debt we build today. Protect our citizens of today, tomorrow, and years to come. Do not allow embryos from IF to be mutilated in the name of science.

 
5645 05/01/2009 at 10:49:44 PM Self    

President Barack Obama's executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR)is wrong. It creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are unused from in vitro fertilization. Embryos are human life. We are taking human life when we do this. Stem cell research should continue but on human stem cells where much success has already occurred.

 
5646 05/01/2009 at 10:50:04 PM Self     By dehumanizing the cells, obtained from embryos, does not in any way change the fact that a human life was knowingly sacrificed in the name of research. I abhor the fact that as a tax payer I am guilty by association. Where as adult stem cells have proven effective in treatmemt without the potential for tumor formation.

 
5647 05/01/2009 at 10:50:09 PM Self     I am opposed to my tax dollars being wasted on embryonic stem cell research. Cord blood stem cells have been used successfully to treat many diseases in contrast to embryonic stem cells, which have never cured a single person. Embryonic stem cells are also riskier due to their tumor-like rapid growth. Please divert any funds planned for embryonic stem cell research to cord blood stem cell research.

 
5648 05/01/2009 at 10:50:19 PM Self     opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy I do not approve of killing human embryos for research when adult stem cells show more promise.

On 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. It's wrong to "torture" a terrorist, but OK to kill an innocent child??????????

 
5649 05/01/2009 at 10:50:35 PM Self     It appears that adult stem cells are gaining the only succesful "cures" and embryonic cells use has been without real success in overcoming difficult health problems.

I urge that funds ONLY be spent on adult stem cell research!!!

 
5650 05/01/2009 at 10:50:44 PM Self     I am a 73 year old citizen of the U. S. and am adamantly opposed to the use of embryonic human cells for any kind of experiments. I consider that destroying human life. It is is especially unwise ,given the successes being shown by using adult human stem cells that do not destroy human life.

 
5651 05/01/2009 at 10:51:07 PM Self     I respectfully submit my objection to using embryotic stem cells for experimentation. Tests have been conducted for many years on these cells without success. Furthermore, these embryoes have the potential of being adopted by families yearning to have a child. My objection also comes from not wanting my tax dollar being spent for this type of experimentation especially when many cures have taken place using adult cells.

 
5652 05/01/2009 at 10:51:21 PM Self     I am tired of having my pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. Mr. President, Please stop using taxpayer dollars to kill helpless human beings.

 
5653 05/01/2009 at 10:51:24 PM Self     I oppose the use of humsn embryos for stem cell research.

 
5654 05/01/2009 at 10:52:03 PM Self     Please don't think along the lines of killing to help others is truly ok!! Killing innocent people in any form to help others is not ethical in the least bit!!

 
5655 05/01/2009 at 10:52:59 PM Self     I am writing in opposition to the use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells.

 
5656 05/01/2009 at 10:53:05 PM Self     I oppose using 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. These are human beings who are being murdered for reseach. Animal rights are more protective of animals then the government is of human embryos. It has been proven that adult stem cells are being sucessfully used in research. Put funding into Adult Stem Cell research.

 
5657 05/01/2009 at 10:53:11 PM Self     Will the facts that Adult Stem Cell research has devoloped treatment to overcome 70 dieases. But in 25 years of Embryonic Stem Cell research zero results have been produced. Funding should br limited to Adult Stem Cell research.

 
5658 05/01/2009 at 10:53:34 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for the research on human embryonic cells.

 
5659 05/01/2009 at 10:53:57 PM Self     I am opposed to using embryos for research of any kind. Embryos are undeveloped human beings, & should be treated as such. That said, I think you should be looking at the way adult stem cells are curing disease as a rule, whereas embryonic stem cells have not cured a single thing.

 



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