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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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5660 05/01/2009 at 10:55:03 PM Self     The NIH guidelines state that they will "...ensure that NIH-funded research in this area [embryonic stem cell research] is ethically responsible, [and]scientifically worthy...". Honest investigation would reveal that there is much evidence that "using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes" without restriction, for scientific research is unethical. Secondly, honest investigation would reveal that non-enbryonic stem cells are just as scientifically worthy, without the ethical issues.

Regardless of the removal of restrictions by the President, the NIH's own guidelines hold them to standards of ethics and scientific worthyness that these new guidelines do not uphold.

You would have to take out the statements about ethics and scientific worthyness in order to include the approval of the use of embryonic stem cells.

 
5661 05/01/2009 at 10:55:05 PM Self     Please do not approve this research, I do not agree with it, and do not want my tax dollars being spent for this research. I believe this research is immoral and I do not condone it. Please do not pass this act.

 
5662 05/01/2009 at 10:55:07 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.

 
5663 05/01/2009 at 10:55:17 PM Self     As you well know, the only stem cells which have effectively treated disease are adult/cord stem cells. There is too much risk of mutation lines, cancer, etc. with embryonic stem cells. I also object to my tax dollars being misused for experimentation on human life. It would be much better to adopt pre-born humans to couples who want children but are unable to have them. You are opening an ugly pandora's box in your attempts to experiment with human life, and you have no idea where it will end--producing embryos for spare parts, cloning, etc. Nothing good will come to you or the United States if you prevail in experimentation on human life.

 
5664 05/01/2009 at 10:55:19 PM Self     I am appalled that my tax dollars are scheduled to be used for research on embryonic stem cells. Killing innocent human beings is wrong whatever the stage of development.

 
5665 05/01/2009 at 10:55:19 PM Self     Surely you must agree that life is a gift. With this gift comes the possibility of magnificent acheivements: The cure for Polio, the discovery of new places, the exploration of space, the oceans, and wonderful inventions too...but how many of these type things have we missed through the years since Roe v Wade and the onslaught of abortion? This has only given rise to the opinion that life is expendable. And isn't it clear that the only actual successes in stem cell research have been found to be with Adult stem cells alone?

How many benefits has mankind been denied? How many of the answers we've sought have been snuffed out before they were allowed to emerge from the womb?

Please yield to the simplicity of the truth and respect life. Embryonic Stem Cell Research does not. Thank you.

 
5666 05/01/2009 at 10:55:29 PM Self     I encourage the further research and use of adult stem cells, where there has been quite a lot of success already, against the use of Embryonic stem cells (ESC) where there has been no success. Why pump more money into ESC's?

 
5667 05/01/2009 at 10:55:30 PM Self     I want to be counted among those that are against abortion. Why are embronic stem cells even being promoted when stem cells can be obtained from your own body? I don't want tax payer dollars to finance using the sacrifice of babies, thus angering a righteous and holy God.All who do will stand in judgement.

 
5668 05/01/2009 at 10:55:30 PM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research and believe this measure should be overturned.

 
5669 05/01/2009 at 10:55:50 PM Self     Patty and I absolutely discourage the use of using our tax dollars to support the funding of more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. What could be more immoral? Think about what you are doing with a new life--a human being to be.

 
5670 05/01/2009 at 10:56:28 PM Self     I oppose these guidelines that allows you to 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 has been proven that adult stem cells work and you can achieve better and surer results with these. Embryonic stem cells have not achieve any good results, so why kill babies to get something that is not working.

 
5671 05/01/2009 at 10:57:44 PM Self     We oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. Adult stem cells are providing many exciting break throughs while nothing positive has been accomplished by taking the life of an embryo - which is a living being. The horrors of Natzi Germany are being carried out in the United States of America - the only difference is we are now killing a child before it has a chance to fully develop in the name of research or are ripping human life out of the womb before a child has a chance to be born and grow to adulthood in the name of choice. These ways are just as barbaric as the gas chambers. This country does it for big profit so the way it has been presented is so twisted that people have accepted it as okay. That tide is now changing and people are finally awaking to the lies that are being told at the cost of millions of innocent lives that have been destroyed. It doesn't matter what this government decides is the law, the law of God overrides any law this government thinks it can make. In God's eyes, evil is still evil and those responsible will answer to God one day. I feel sure the NIH will not post these comments as they will be deemed "inappropriate or offensive" because the truth can seem inappropriate and offensive to those that want to push through their agenda which is all about the bottom dollar without regard for human life. Do not use our taxpayer dollars for these experiments!

 
5672 05/01/2009 at 10:57:53 PM Self     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 our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that SUPPOSEDLY are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. PLEASE DON'T USE THE SAME APPROACH AS COMMUNISM to make an excuse to USE these defenseless human beings for experimentation. Hear the voice of these children through citizens like us as these little ones can not speak for themselves.

 
5673 05/01/2009 at 10:58:04 PM Self     I strongly oppose embroyonic cell research.

 
5674 05/01/2009 at 10:58:47 PM Self     The US taxpayers should not be obliged to fund research on new lines of embryonic stem cells as a matter of proper ethical concern for the negative impact it would have on the sanctitiy of life. This nation is already accountable to God for the 50,000,000 abortions of human life since 1973. Wonder what God's position is on this! You might want to pray about that in Jesus name and ask for His guidance.

Further, all major advances have been shown to occur in adult stem cells and that embryonic efforts have resulted in an increased incidence of cancer. It would therefore be a waste of taxpayer money to fund such unethical research.

Don't allow support for true scientific research to be mis-directed and manipulated by the politics of left leaning politicians and advocacy groups who have a vested monitary interest in further bluring the value and sanctity of human life.

 
5675 05/01/2009 at 10:59:14 PM Self     I respectfully request that the NIH NOT institute the research on embryonic stem cells. Each of these embryos represents a human being, and the experimentation as such is the destruction of a living being. There is ample evidence of the successful use of adult stem cells in constructive ways, thus making unnecessary the killing of the embryonic cells.

 
5676 05/01/2009 at 10:59:28 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.

 
5677 05/01/2009 at 10:59:28 PM Self     Please do not spend more taxpayers dollars on embryonic stem cell research. It is a proven fact that adult stem cells are being used very successfully to treat a variety of medical problems while the embryonic stem cells have not been successfully used medically, not even once.

Why not put the money where success has already been achieved, and where the cells do not involve embryo's.

That makes common sense

 
5678 05/01/2009 at 10:59:44 PM Self     According to the information I have heard from biologists, there is no need for embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells are able to provide all necessary help in the research area as well as direct help in diseases which need stem cells. Cord cells from the placenta are also available. Embryonic stem cells used must destroy a human life with all its potential of growth into a fully formed unique human being.

 
5679 05/01/2009 at 10:59:47 PM       According to the law, if I am involved in an auto accident while intoxicated and a pregnant woman is killed, I am guilty of 2 deaths (the mother & the baby). But yet the same government that made that law also says an embryo is not a life. That is a double standard. This funding is totally & completely immoral.

 
5680 05/01/2009 at 10:59:51 PM Organization St. John Lutheran Church 6600 N. Ruth Rd. Palms, MI 48465 I oppose the use of your taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
5681 05/01/2009 at 11:00:33 PM Self     Lets go back to President Bush's policy, which 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.

 
5682 05/01/2009 at 11:00:38 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). 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, our tax dollars will 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. I am tired of having my pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. I strongly ppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. The constitution guarantees every human the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The first right is LIFE because without LIFE, there is no liberty or pursuit of happiness. Stop funding the killing of these most innocent very young humans.

 
5683 05/01/2009 at 11:01:08 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars to be spent on embroyic stem cell research because it is as immoral to kill tiny humans as it is to kill fully developed humans. Also, research with adult stem cells has already proven to be effective for helping to heal over 70 diseases. There has been no success at all with cures from embroyic stem cells. Thus,the sensible choice is to stop all research with human embroyos and continue research with adult stem cells.

 
5684 05/01/2009 at 11:01:17 PM Self     Dear Mr. Raynard S. Kington, Acting Director, NIH:

I am writing you regarding Executive Order 13505 involving human embryonic stem cell research.

I find the following sentence from the draft guidelines to be telling: "These [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."

Mr. Director, I am a Ph.D. neuroscientist. Human beings are not to be reduced to utilitarian, "purposive" ends for human greed or selfishness. I have studied this matter and its ethical implications. The executive order referenced here and issued by President Barack Obama is both unnecessary and morally unacceptable. Further, this executive order will, without a doubt, misdirect critical efforts and funding away from proven and invaluable research efforts involving adult and placental stem cell sources: the ethical stem cell research.

Mr. Obama's Executive Order 13505 is an attack up scientific research and fruitful medical advancements. It must not be permitted to be implemented.

*****, Ph.D. ***** former Guest Researcher, *****, *****, 2001-2004

 
5685 05/01/2009 at 11:01:19 PM Organization Treasury of Bible Teaching Notes   We object to the destruction of human life in the embryonic stage. This is murder and a violation of the Sixth Commandment from God in Exodus 20:13.

Please do not fund research like this. We do not want tax dollars to be spent to take human life.

The function of government is to protect life, in all of its stages, not to take life.

Research efforts should be directed to adult stem cell. This type of research does not take human life and has proven to be effective.

Please do not fund research that takes human life.

 
5686 05/01/2009 at 11:01:59 PM Self     How is this any different the the Nazi German sacrificing of lives for their pet research projects. It is made even worse by the fact that adult stem cell research has proven to be far more productive while embryonic stem cell research has produce virtually no results.

 
5687 05/01/2009 at 11:02:49 PM Self     I OPPOSE FEDERAL FUNDING OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH.

 
5688 05/01/2009 at 11:03:32 PM Self     We oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
5689 05/01/2009 at 11:04:18 PM Self     Why do you waste taxpayer dollars on unethical embryonic stem cell research which to date have yielded no positive results but several negative results, while adult stem cell research has yielded successful treatment of over 70 diseases?

 
5690 05/01/2009 at 11:04:23 PM Self     Please do not kill babies to do research that is totally unproven and unnecessary because of the stem cells already proved useful!

 
5691 05/01/2009 at 11:05:53 PM Self     Regarding the following:

[Federal Register: April 23, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 77)] [Notices] [Page 18578-18580] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr23ap09-42]

We are OPPOSED to using the stem cells of the unborn. The unborn are human beings. They have not given their permission to be slaughtered.

Adult stem cells and the fluids from the umbilical cord are being used with great success.

Please continue to research these means of stem cell usage.

 
5692 05/01/2009 at 11:06:29 PM Self     Please preserve the current regulations on embryonic stem cell research. Please do not implement the ghastly new guidelines. With breakthroughs and advances in adult stem cell research, there is no need to kill embryos for stem cells.

 
5693 05/01/2009 at 11:07:17 PM Self     It is the opinion of my wife and me that it is not necessary to use embrionic stem cells for your research when adult cells seem to be working just fine. There is no evidence that ESC research will do anything except cause a moral problem for millions who believe these human embrio's should be made available for other uses that would result in life instead of death to these small potential human beings. I hope you will take our concerns seriously when you make your decisions. Thank you for the opportunity to be heard on this subject. sincerely,

 
5694 05/01/2009 at 11:07:35 PM Self     Past research has shown no advantage to embryonic stem cell use - in fact, no positive results - in contrast use of adult stem cells has proven valid, with positive results and does not require murder to use. Completely unnecessary to further use embryonic stem cells

 
5695 05/01/2009 at 11:07:40 PM Self     I oppose the use of stem cells that come from an abandoned embyro or embryos specifically created for research. I do not believe federal funds should be used for this type of research.

 
5696 05/01/2009 at 11:07:41 PM Self     I am a diabetic. 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.

 
5697 05/01/2009 at 11:07:51 PM Self     Since there has been evidence that adult stem cell research has produced many possible cures, much more so than embryonic stem cell research, what is the rush to fund embryonic stem cell research? Why kill babies to do research when donor stem cells from adults can achieve positive ends without taking lives? This isn't part of the pro-abortion agenda by any chance?

 
5698 05/01/2009 at 11:07:51 PM Self     Please use other cells, not embrionic stem cells. I am opposed to destroying human embrionic stem cells because such action is violence to human beings. Abortion kills human beings. Embrionic stem cell research deprives a human being of life.

 
5699 05/01/2009 at 11:08:13 PM Self     To whom this concerns; I do not agree with the President Obama allowing embryos to be used in stem cell research. To date, nothing has been accomplished. Using Adult stem cells from an individual's own body, has already been proven to be successful in healing a person's own body. This has been documented several times recently which the News Media seems to ignore. Please reconsider using Adult stem cells, not frozen embryos.

 
5700 05/01/2009 at 11:08:14 PM Self     Please do not use federal tax dollars for funding embryonic stem cell research . I believe this is neither ethically responsible or scientifically responsible. All other such cutting edge and highly controversial research would require private funding. I do not want my tax dollars going for experiments on tiny humans that are "created" for this purpose, or for fertilization purposes.

Please find another source of funding. I strongly oppose this bill that would essentially be a free for all for any research topic on these cells.

 
5701 05/01/2009 at 11:08:41 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I also oppose sending taxpayer dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

These embryos are human beings. The United States must not be involved in the killing of humans for research or any other uses! Indeed the United States should do everything to protect these embryonic humans from exploitation regardless of any propositions that declare a societal good.

 
5702 05/01/2009 at 11:08:56 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

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

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

Thank you!

 
5703 05/01/2009 at 11:09:42 PM Self     Please do not open funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please preserve the sanctity of life and do not allow these human embryos to be destroyed. Thank you for your time.

 
5704 05/01/2009 at 11:10:20 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars used to fund research on embryonic stem cells. Period.

 
5705 05/01/2009 at 11:10:40 PM Self     I do not want my taxpayer dollars being spent to experiment on stem cells from "leftover" human embryos, which will result in their death according to these guidelines.

 
5706 05/01/2009 at 11:11:33 PM Organization     It is a crime against humanity to "kill" human embryos whether in the womb or in a petrie dish. Doesn't anybody understand that? Human life is a sacred gift from God. People who tamper with the fountains of human life, are desecrating life itself, and will be judged by God, whether in this life or the next.

 
5707 05/01/2009 at 11:11:53 PM Self     To whom it may concern, I do not approve of stem cell research and hope that you take this into consideration.

***** - Concerned citizen

 
5708 05/01/2009 at 11:11:55 PM Self     We do not believe that it is necessary for any scientist to use Human Embryos for experimenting. We believe that the adult stem cells have proven sufficient to develop new ways of curing diseases, therefore there is no need for using embryos for stem cells. We do believe that life starts at conception, therefore using embryos for experimenting is killing a life. Sincerely,

 
5709 05/01/2009 at 11:12:10 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars used to fund research on embryonic stem cells. Period.

 
5711 05/01/2009 at 11:12:50 PM Self     Using human embryos that were "no longer needed for that purpose"? Who can judge when a human is no longer needed? Why is it that any person can decide if another is not needed or wanted?

There have been little to no advancements using embryonic stem cells; on the other hand, significant advancements have been made using adult stem cells. Why destroy human life in hopes of possibly learning something, when life can be preserved and advancements made using ethically responsible adult stem cells?

Human beings are entitled to certain rights - guaranteed by our constitution (which the government seems to forgotten lately) - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These human embryos, if used for research, are not granted these basic rights.

 
5712 05/01/2009 at 11:13:33 PM Self     I do not believe in destroying a life that has not yet even had the privilege live!

 
5713 05/01/2009 at 11:13:53 PM Self     I support Embryonic Stem Cell Reasearch

 
5714 05/01/2009 at 11:14:01 PM Self     Re: Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, as announced in the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice.

Mr. President In respect to human life, I oppose the use of stem cells. It is immoral to destroy or kill a human being as you are aware of. Mahalo

 
5715 05/01/2009 at 11:14:17 PM Self     I am opposed to public money being spent on human stem cells taken from embryos. When these stem cells are taken from embryonic tissue, a human life is taken. The scientific data indicates that successful treatments have and can be developed from adult stem cells. Since using adult stem cells does not end a human life, and since the adult stem cells are the only stem cells showing promise, all federal dollars for stem cell research should be directed toward developing treatments from adult stem cells. This would avoid the conflict of using public dollars to kill unborn children for research, and promising research would recieve more money. This seems to be the best solution for all involved.

 
5716 05/01/2009 at 11:14:20 PM Self     I do not believe in stem cell research...

 
5717 05/01/2009 at 11:15:18 PM Self     I AM TOTALLY AGAINST THE DESTRUTION OF HUMAN EMBRYOS FOR RESEARCH OR ANY OTHER REASON. AND IT MAKES ME ANGRY THAT MY TAX DOLLARS ARE TO BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE AGAINST MY WILL. THERE HAS BEEN GREAT STRIDES MADE IN USING ADULT STEM CELLS AND UMBILIBICAL CORD CELLS ALREADY PROVEN TO WORK BETTER. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR DESTROYING HUMAN LIFE.

 
5718 05/01/2009 at 11:15:22 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

This is a bad decision, and scientists have proven that embroyonic stem cells do not produce results and, worse yet, mutate and produce cancer cells. Adult stem cells are the answer, so this is a sad move that kills human embryos.

 
5719 05/01/2009 at 11:15:50 PM Self     Research using embryonic stems cells has be progressing for quite sometime and there as yet has been no usuable cure or treatment for any disease. Other coutries without our limits have spent large amounts of time and money on embrionic stem cell research with no results. The closest to a cure turned out to be a hoax. I see no reason to through more money at bad science let alone kill more embryos or promote creation of more embryos so that they can be distroyed. This action will contiune to promote death not life. Adult stem cells are more promising and are continuing to provide real cures. There is no need to waste money that is at this time especially in our history on failed sciences.

 
5720 05/01/2009 at 11:15:58 PM Self     I am having some doubts about using my tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research. The adult stem cells accoring to the information I have been reading on this area, seem to be moving forward rapidly. There were 70 research projects on adult stem cell that are actually helping people now. I could not find a single research that has shown advances except for growing tumors.

 
5721 05/01/2009 at 11:16:40 PM Self     I respectfully disagree that any federal funds should be used for stem cell research. Creating life only to destroy it is morally and ethically wrong. P

 
5722 05/01/2009 at 11:17:05 PM Self     We are adamantly opposed by your approval and support to fund embryonic stem cell research which is an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. The guidelines for distributing funds for reasearch sends our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Let it be known that this must cease.

 
5723 05/01/2009 at 11:17:23 PM Self     I oppose the destruction of embryos at taxpayers' expense. Under the 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 NIH guidelines would sentence them to death. I am tired of having my pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. I oppose the use of mytaxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
5724 05/01/2009 at 11:17:58 PM Self     Adult stem cell research is much more successful than embryonic stem cell research. Embroyonic stem cell research is also immoral. They are human beings that you destroy. We all are at one stage of the other of life, they just are not born yet, just as babies, children, teen, adults, elder are different they are different, but they are still human and still should not be used for experimental health research. Thank you fo ryour time.

 
5725 05/01/2009 at 11:18:16 PM Self     I am opposed to using federal funds, my money, to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. This is immoral and President Obama has forced his personal view on all Americans by writing an executive order. In addition, there is no proven benefit, while adult stem cell research has discovered many medical benefits.

 
5726 05/01/2009 at 11:18:21 PM Self     My husband ***** alnd I are tired of having our pro-life values steamrolled by this current administration. I do not want the taxpayer's money to pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "left over" from in vitro fertilization.There have been many successful medical miracles already using adult stem cells, and it is these successes we should hear about in the news, and this form of research should be helped by additional funding, both from private fundss and taxpayer's money.

 
5727 05/01/2009 at 11:18:25 PM Self     Will you please tell me why, after 25 years of experimenting with human embryonic stem cells, WITH NO RESULTS, you are still killing off our race? All you have to do is Google ADULT stem cell research and you will find 70 cures of diseases that have already been effected. What don't you understand between NO RESULTS vs 70 CURES? There is nothing so closed as a supposedly scientific mind, supposedly working for humanity, that has been blurred by money and politics. ADULT stem cells are found all over the adult human body and are more adaptable, hence the cures that have occurred. CHECK THE SITE FOR THE LIST if your mind is really open.

 
5728 05/01/2009 at 11:18:33 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.

 
5729 05/01/2009 at 11:18:37 PM Self     dear fellow American(s),

while I highly value & encourage medical research, I do agree that embryonic stem cell research crosses into moral territory and I do not favor allowing it.

 
5730 05/01/2009 at 11:18:49 PM Self     Please don't waste money on embroyonic stem cell research. It doesn't work - there is no fertile ground - no place to grow. Instead, expand on what works: mature stem cells.

 
5731 05/01/2009 at 11:18:50 PM Self     "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life..."

All men & women who are first known as such from the embryonic stage are endowed with the unalienable right to LIFE.

PLEASE UPHOLD THIS.

Human embryonic stem cells should not be tampered with even for the expressed intent of being used in research to potentially aid in developing treatments. This nation does not fund the outright killing of the mute in any other circumstances. No other circumstances do we justify killing one to save another. Are we killing ten to save one? Ten to save 20? A thousand to save a million. Where will the line of killing the voiceless end? At the vaginal opening; or one millimeter past??? The right to life that you and I have must be assigned to all Humans, Humans in the developmental stage of embryos as well!

You are responsible for defending the lives of these Humans at the developmental stage that they are at. Whether a one second old embryo or a 5 month old or a 17 year old...protect their right to live.

Innocent lives that are murdered will demand a reckoning at the hand of the murderer and those who knew the truth and permitted the crime.

Judge with Wisdom.

Sincerely,

 
5732 05/01/2009 at 11:19:04 PM Self     Please reconsider your use of EMBRYONIC stem cells. It is certain that it will encourage more abortions. Adult stem cell research is very promising. Please pray about this and listen for the answer.

 
5733 05/01/2009 at 11:19:23 PM Self     Please discontinue use of live embryos for this purpose. There are much better ways.

 
5734 05/01/2009 at 11:19:57 PM Self     I am opposed to using federal funds, my money, to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization or from any other source. This is immoral and President Obama has forced his personal view on all Americans by writing an executive order allowing experimentation with tax dollars. In addition, there is no proven benefit, while adult stem cell research has discovered many medical benefits.

 
5735 05/01/2009 at 11:20:09 PM Self     It seems that the leaders of our country have forgotten their history. It was World War 11 that we fought the NAZIS that were KILLING people that could not defend themselfs.Also the nazis used these people for medical experiments as our medical researchs are doing on embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax money used to kill embryonic HUMAN beings.

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5736 05/01/2009 at 11:20:21 PM Self     I oppose killing human embryos. The proposed regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research I believe is unethical because it requires the destruction of human embryos. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from promising research treating people now with adult stem cells and will divert funds away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of any human embryos. The proposed regulations create a financial incentive for the creation of more human embryos to be destroyed to obtain their embryonic stem cells. The guidelines do not require any separation between an IVF doctor and an ESCR researcher. The guidelines say they "should" be separate, but only when practicable. The guidelines allow any IVF doctor to create more embryos than are needed for fertility purposes in order to generate more so-called "leftover" embryos for ESCR research using taxpayer funds. Instead of preventing any future expansion of funding for ESCR on unethical experiments involving human clones and human-animal hybrids, these regulations open the door for such funding whenever NIH wants in the future. The guidelines do not require full informed consent for the parents of the human embryos as to their options for their human embryos to be adopted by other infertile couples.

 
5737 05/01/2009 at 11:20:24 PM Self     We oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings because we believe life is sacred and not to be taken by another human being.

 
5738 05/01/2009 at 11:20:36 PM Self     There is no reason for anyone to use any embryos to create stem cells. There is such overwhelming evidence that adult stem cells are far superior for medical purposes than embryonic stem cells. Since science has also shown that life does indeed begin at conception, to use embryos is totally wrong, unethical and against the sanctity of life. Why would anyone want to do research on human embryos, thus destroying that life, for what end?

Choose LIFE, not death and destruction. This is the human race we are talking about.

 
5739 05/01/2009 at 11:21:08 PM Self     Adult stem cells have proven to be beneficial to patients. The use of embryonic stem cells is unnecessary given this fact. I oppose the destruction of human embryos and the use of taxpayers' money to support this destruction of human life.

 
5740 05/01/2009 at 11:22:40 PM Self     Please consider protecting life by not allowing experimentation on embryonic stem cells. Require scientists to find alternate means of research.

 
5741 05/01/2009 at 11:22:49 PM Self     There is no significant future for fetal stem cell research that cannot be done with adult stem cells. The moral implications for this government move are astounding. There have been no advances in medical care from fetal stem cell research to date and many from adult stem cell research. Please do not go down this scary road.

 
5742 05/01/2009 at 11:23:14 PM Self     I have a hard time understanding why embryonic stem cells are even considered for experimentation when adult stem cells have proven to be much more effective in finding cures for illnesses. It seems to be a waste of time and money testing embryonic cells when they have proven to be unstable. Why not concentrate on using the human embryos for adoption purposes.

 
5743 05/01/2009 at 11:24:07 PM Self     I oppose on moral grounds the use of human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos or aborted fetus. The use of placenta is a viable and plentiful option.

 
5744 05/01/2009 at 11:24:08 PM Self     Dear Sirs,

I am opposed to the distruction of human embryos for any reason. Such unethical experimentation should NOT be funded at the expense of taxpayers.

Sincerely,

 
5745 05/01/2009 at 11:24:13 PM Self     On March 9, 2009, the President of the U.S. issued an executive order that opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research. The guidelines for this order uses the American Citizens tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. These guidelines require the death of these embryos rather than promoting the adoption of these human embryos. Please stop this funding!!!

 
5746 05/01/2009 at 11:24:41 PM Self     Please do not continue with this horrible practice. This legislation will only seek to move the United States closer to the brink of having God take his hand off of the country. The first 100 days have been full of legislation and initiatives that do not show any faith in God or what he stands for. I am deeply grieved by this procedure and the long lasting effects that will be seen if this is allowed to continue.

 
5747 05/01/2009 at 11:25:03 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 
5748 05/01/2009 at 11:25:48 PM Self     What is the purpose of this mindless slaughter of human life? There is no promise here? All experts agree that adult stem cells have the greatest opportunity. Do not sacrifice others for the shallow hope that already exists in the form of adult embryonic stem cell research.

 
5749 05/01/2009 at 11:25:53 PM Self     We are on record as opposed to the use of federal funds, our taxes, being used for research on human embryonic stem cells. Our fundamental documents guarantee the "right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". How can we as a nation condemn WW II Germany with any conscience and repeat the practice of inhuman research on vulnerable humans? Yes,embryos are humans at a very vulnerable, small stage of life and should be granted the same value, dignity,respect and protection as all human beings outside the womb. Dr. Zeuse's Horton had it right and he didn't even have a college degree or scientific credentials. "A Who is a person, no matter how small." These human embryos should be protected and made availiable for adoption, not murder. Although adult stem cell research has proven very successful in the treatment of serious medical conditions, there is no evidence of success with embryos. Lets put our tax dollars into something like ASCR which shows promising results. If embryonic stem cell research is so potentially promising in regards to cures, WHY is no one in the private sector willing to give monetary funds to that cause? Please,Please,Please, do not sacrifice these little ones. It is NOT in the best interest of individuals,families, medicine, or our country but rather to our dedriment and self-destruction.

 
5750 05/01/2009 at 11:25:56 PM Self     When adult stem cells are readily available and are proven to be effective, it makes absolutely no sense to use stem cells from embryos. All the while we ignore the needs of those who could use the resources spent on this endless costly research and ignore the possibility of human life from the embryos.

My moral responsibility is to speak up and warn those who choose to make these types of reckless decisions. It is they who choose to carry out unethical decisions that will be required to answer for their actions. And what will they say to their Maker when they realize the weight of their actions while ignoring His warnings?

 
5751 05/01/2009 at 11:26:26 PM Self     I oppose funding embryonic stemcell research because I find the practice unethical since it results in the deliberate destruction of human life and therefore do not want my taxpayer dollars used for this purpose. Furthermore, it diverts dollars that would be better applied to adult stemcell research which has proven to have excellent potential without the need to destroy embryos. Government funding of embryonic stemcell research would encourage the deliberate creation of human embryos for the specific purpose of research and destruction for financial gain much like the abortion industry in this country.

 
5752 05/01/2009 at 11:27:23 PM Self     Please be very careful with the lifted ban on Human Stem Cell Draft!

 
5753 05/01/2009 at 11:28:23 PM Self     I respectfully ask that as you create guidelines for Stem Cell research that you understand I believe life begins at conception inside or outside the womb and that human life needs to be protected on even the smallest of scales. If you cannot agree on that point, please don't go so far as to allow public tax dollars to pay for this type of research. It is reprehensible to expect a person who considers this murder of the unborn to pay for it with their money. It is also divisive to make a choice that is personal and moral for citizens that live in a country that is supposed to stand for liberty when private funds can be raised for such controversial actions. I am expecting your respect toward me too. Sincerely,

 
5754 05/01/2009 at 11:29:20 PM Self     We oppose the use of federal funds to support human embryonic stem cell research. Despite the Executive Order of March 9, 2009, please issue guidelines to prevent such funding and respect the fact that human embryos, capable of producing human life, are destroyed to obtain these stem cells. Having read your subject notice, I believe the draft guidelines as proposed are not sufficient to prevent individuals from creating embryos for whatever purpose and destroying them for such research.

Yes, I understand that only "left-over" embryos are to be used, but in a larger sense, how can an embryo, capable of developing into a human life ever be considered left-over. Who has empowered any human to make a decision that labels an embryo as "left-over". If the woman who produced that embryo no longer wants to use it for artificial fertilization, then that embryo could be donated to another couple desiring children, and thus be brought to life. Such a decision can only be left in the hands of God, not any human.

As a PhD Scientist, I am very much in support of scientific research, but this is not scientific research. It is support of an ideology. The research to date shows considerable promise for the use of adult stem cells. There is no need to sacrifice human embryos for the purpose of advancing knowledge in this area. Information that we can not apply to practical reality without the wholesale sacrifice of human embryos. The role of government in any civilized society must be to decide for the collective good of its people proper boundaries on acceptable behavior. Thus governments set and enforces laws. These decisions must be based on the basic moral law that governs all mankind. God has given us much ability to advance scientific knowledge, but he has never given us the right to decide life and death decisions except in the case of a proper court of law operating under God's moral law. God has described death as penalty for certain actions of an individual, but since an embryo is not capable of taking any action, it can not be found guilty of any action warranting death. We do not have the right to make this decision. Please protect this great Country and issue guidelines that continue to support funding of research on adult stem cells, but do not allow funding of research on embryonic stem cells.

 
5755 05/01/2009 at 11:29:24 PM Self     I firmly oppose use of embryonic stem cells for research purpose. Human life is sacred and not to be abused and killed in such a manner. It seems ironic that President Obama would be opposed to torture of individuals known to be terrorists to obtain information that would benifit our country but allow torture and killing of human life in use of embryonic stem cell research. I also strongly oppose use of my tax dollars for such purpose. I want nothing to do with this inappropriate and offensive killing of embryos, and no association of my increasing tax dollars with this assault on human life.

 
5756 05/01/2009 at 11:29:35 PM Self     I have followed Stem Cell Research rather closely for twenty years and have noted that not one benefit has come from embryonic Stem Cell Research in all those years and more. However, Adult Stem Cell Research has produced fantastic results.

I would advocate that we stop spending any more of our tax dollars on Embryonic Stem Cell Research and transfer all the savings to Adult Stem Cell Research. That it works is easily verifiable.

Thanks,

 
5757 05/01/2009 at 11:30:02 PM Self     This directive simply emphasizes the president's not just willingness but eaqgerness to destroy human life in the most volnerable form. It is well known that embreonic stem cell research has yet to produce any measuable results in treating any disease or illness. In the mean time adult stem cell has gained documented treatment for over some 70 various physical problems and diseases. Still, the president and congress continues to beat a dead horse in funding this unproductive cause simply because they have the power to spend our money as they please whether it is beneficial or not.

 
5758 05/01/2009 at 11:30:15 PM Self     It is with great concern that i write to you today. There are many effective Adult Stem Cell treatments in use today. there are none that use embryonic stem cells. President Obama has stated clearly that he would not open up embryonic stem cell research if there are alternatives which there clearly are. Embryonic stem cell research is obtained from Abortions that are funded by the state and this creates a morale and ethical issue and a conflict of interest. All of the rheteric about America's reputation in the world is tarnished by this reckless legislation that provides incentive for more abortions and the use of Embryonic materials. this opens the door to other questionable medical practices and lands squarely on the wrong side of this morale and ethical issue the world over. The most effective stem cell treatments are already achieving great promise with no ethical or morale dilemma. These facts need to be brought to bear on this legislation and the legislation need to be challenged to uphold the morale and ethical high ground in regards to human life.

Respectfully,

 
5759 05/01/2009 at 11:30:36 PM Self     I am opposed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) draft guidelines for distributing funds for embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). There has been proven results from adult stem cells and that should ber support by NIH. Let private investor fund the expermental researcg ti orive sine benefit before using federal money. Given our current economy don't waste my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. Instead of destroying these embryos, the NIH should be promoting the adoption of these human embryos. These draft guidelines would require their death and that is immoral.

 



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