Listing of Comments on Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines
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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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5760 05/01/2009 at 11:32:39 PM Self     I would respectfully ask that Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines take a better look at what they are doing when they use these stem Cells and how they got them in the first place. I am opposed to using embryo cells as they don't work. We need to protect our baby's rather than kill them to use their cells for such things as this.

 
5761 05/01/2009 at 11:32:44 PM Self     This decision by President Obama is wrong and up to now has done nothing of value in stem cell research. His decision seems to be strictly political. It is certainly not humane.

 
5762 05/01/2009 at 11:33:35 PM Self     You should be protecting our babies NOT murdering them. There are NO breakthroughs in Baby Stem Cell research, the only promising cures will come through ADULT stem cell research.

PROTECT OUR BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
5763 05/01/2009 at 11:33:43 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.

 
5764 05/01/2009 at 11:33:45 PM Self     Adult stem cells are the only stem cells that have cured diseases. Embryonic stem cells have not cured anything and show no promise. We need to continue the successful adult stem cell research and cures.

 
5765 05/01/2009 at 11:33:47 PM Self     When a society kills its young indescrimantly, it is morally bankrupt and debases itself to the level of common animals. Human embryos are alive and to destroy them, even for research purposes, is to extinguish life. No new diseases have found their cures through embryonic stem cell research; adult stem cells have provided the basis for cures. I vehemently oppose the use of embryos for stem cell research and implore you to curb embryonic stem cell research in favor of more successful routes.

 
5766 05/01/2009 at 11:34:17 PM Self     When in the quest for scientific advancement consisting of controlled research, the most logical path is always the one that is proven to achieve results. The opposite is true of the path that has not provided ANY positive result at all, ever.Such is the case of the consistantly negative results of embrionic stem cell research, pointing clearly that there is no path to take any further in this direction. The evidence that is so clearly in front of us ALL, including those who wish to keep seaching for a path that is no longer valid, can be seen if only they would stop blindly forging ahead for the sake of "change". Not only has that path been closed by negative results on EVERY level, but the truth that is seen by those who accept the marvelous work of a Holy Creator that invented Life from the very seed that some want to desroy for the sake of science is an even greater calling to halt such endeavers. If not for the sake of the respect of this Life that is due the Creator God that this country is suppused to trust in, then for the sake of having no positive results on which to stand should the ESCR program be discontinued.

 
5767 05/01/2009 at 11:34:52 PM Self     I strongly appose all stem cell research.

 
5768 05/01/2009 at 11:34:56 PM Self     I am opposed to distroying human cells with taxpayers money. This is a risky adventure that is immoral.

 
5769 05/01/2009 at 11:35:10 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
5770 05/01/2009 at 11:35:56 PM Self     I was distressed to hear that federal funds may be used to proceed with research using human embryonic stem cells. Please stop this process now. Over and over I read about the use of adult stem cells and the number of diseases they are helping to cure. I've never read about any success with embryonic stems cells. Please don't waste my tax dollars.

 
5771 05/01/2009 at 11:36:27 PM Self     Please do not use Federal Funds (my tax dollars) to fund embryonic stem cell research. Killing human embryos is immoral and futile. Adult stem cells have shown greater promise, and are now used to treat 70 different human conditions, whereas embryonic stem cell treatments have all failed.

 
5772 05/01/2009 at 11:36:28 PM Self     Please do not allow experimentation on stem cells left over from in vitro fertilization.

 
5773 05/01/2009 at 11:36:30 PM Self     I abhor being forced to support an effort that is entirely against my belief that destroying life is a sin and totally against the law of God.

 
5774 05/01/2009 at 11:37:09 PM Self     I am highly opposed the use of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I am sickened that my tax dollars will be used to fund greater experimentation on stem cells taken from human embryos. Furthermore, Section II, number 3 of the guidelines cannot be controlled or enforced. It is an empty promise. Section II, number 6 should not say "whenever it was practicable". At no time should the physician and researcher be the same person. Finally, it is unacceptable to further collect and destroy human embryos for what may have "commercial potential" (Section II, number 3, letter i), especially when there are already embryos available. I oppose overturning President Bush's policy on stem cell research.

 
5775 05/01/2009 at 11:37:43 PM Self     What you are proposing is premeditated murder followed by cannibalism. This is legalized homicide and as such is an unconscionable, criminal and immoral act that cries out to heaven for vengeance.

 
5776 05/01/2009 at 11:37:58 PM Self     Please do not use human embryonic stem cells to experiment on. This is just a revision of what A. Hitler did in Europe many years ago. Please value the human life that resides in the embryos and instead use human stem cells - it's been proven they work!

 
5777 05/01/2009 at 11:38:07 PM Self     I do not think it best to use embryonic cells for stem cell research or reproduction. I am not a scientist and do not have a lot of knowledge in this area but what I do value is life even in early stages. I also have read information indicating that adult stem cells are being successfully used in various treatments/therapies. There seems to be many questions still in regards to embryonic therapy. I think it is best to continue to put forth the money and research toward a method that is working.

 
5778 05/01/2009 at 11:38:28 PM Self     Please do not approve funding for embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells have been proven to be just as useful, without killing a baby!

 
5779 05/01/2009 at 11:38:32 PM Self     I am appalled that the hard earned money we make to support our family, which is strongly pro-life and pro-family will be taxed to destroy human life. I would adopt one of these precious human beings in a heart beat. They deserve life as much as I do and as the most vulnerable, deserve protection from science. I could no more sacrifice one of my children than I could stand my and let this atrocity go on without voicing my extreme dissatisfacation with the proposed law.

 
5780 05/01/2009 at 11:38:33 PM Self     If embrionic stem cell research truly did offer the likelyhood of viable and therefore profitable results/returns on the investments, American businesses would have long ago jumped onto the "bandwagon" of intense research. They have not done so! Instead we have watched a rapidly rising torrent of positive research results from non-embrionic stem cell applications. The use of non-embrionic stem cells poses no moral or ethical problem. The embrionic cells are no different than the cells that have been the beginning of every single human on the face of this planet. Every embrio already has all the chromosomal and DNA coding she will need to be fully human. Destroying that embrio for research purposes is barbaric and violates the dignity of that tiniest of humans.

Please, let us "do no harm" to the weakest and most vulnerable of our race. No use of taxpayer funds to support ESC research.

We are witnesses to many highly successful results from non-embrionic stem cell research. Let us put our money on that which has already proven to be hightly successful -- and thereby avoid the holocost of killing the weakest and most vulnerable among us. We are not Nazi Germany,yet.

 
5781 05/01/2009 at 11:38:33 PM Self     I am appalled at the fact that my tax dollars are going to be spent on research that flat out contradicts the opening statement "ethically responsible, scientifically worthy," in the report. First, ESC is NOT ethically responsible because it ends a human life. This cannot be justified under any circumstances. Second, if it is scientifically worthy, why have we not heard of any breakthrough in treatments? This is not new research, but is flawed. I absolutely oppose the use of MY tax dollars for the killing of an embryo for "unscientific" research that is politically motivated. I believe instead that this money should be used for adult stem cell research that has proven to be positive and beneficial. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 
5782 05/01/2009 at 11:38:57 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxes for experimenting on embryonic stem cell research. Please do not sentence the embryos to death.

 
5783 05/01/2009 at 11:40:40 PM Self     There is no evidence of any benefit from using human embryos for stem cell research. There is evidence of actual benefits in stem cell research when using adult stem cells. Also cord blood could be used to obtain stem cells from willing donors. Human embryos are not willing donors. I strongly oppose the use of these embryos and ask you to instead develop guidelines which would encourage new mothers to donate umbilical cord blood for use in the search for possible cures using stem cells from the cord blood.

 
5784 05/01/2009 at 11:40:52 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
5785 05/01/2009 at 11:43:37 PM Self     I believe that everyone will be better off if we use adult stem cells instead of embryonic ones. Adult stem cells are shown not to cause side affects like embryonic cells, and no life needs to be taken in the process. Umbilical cord cells also have potential.

 
5786 05/01/2009 at 11:44:28 PM Self     I definitely oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is a waste of time and money and has already proven unproductive.

 
5787 05/01/2009 at 11:44:38 PM Self     In the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, please forgive them for they know not what they are doing....for had they known....please search your own souls and do what is right by banning embryonic stem cell research, if life is so important to find ways to help others, consider if you will an innocent life yet not form but allowed to is life, as President Obama said "it's above my pay grade to determine when life begins, so if you don't know....GOD is all seeing and knowing.

 
5788 05/01/2009 at 11:44:43 PM Self     I support adult stem cell research that has resulted in much good, but I think it is rediculous to pour money in what has over many years proven to be a losing project. Also, I consider it is a human life being purposely destroyed and I deeply resent having to pay for something I am morally against. There is absolutely no reason to put me into that position given the other reasons stated above. I would like to see any money allocated to embryonic stem sell research put, instead, into adult stem cell research where it is proving to be rewarding.

 
5789 05/01/2009 at 11:45:20 PM Self     you don,t need to use aborted fetus to get stem cells. you can use your stem cells and you need to know we are too the fact your not telling people the turth. marie

 
5790 05/01/2009 at 11:45:59 PM Self     Please don't use our tax dollars to experiment on innocent human life. In all its 25 years of existence, embryonic stem cell research has not been able to treat any disease in the first place. Don't waste our tax dollars on such an unethical, ineffective venue of research. Please fund adult stem cell research instead; it's not morally objectionable and it's already treating over 70 different diseases. All human life is sacred from the moment of conception till the moment of natural death, and I simply cannot support any legislation that would harm even the smallest forms of human life, as embryonic stem cells are derived from exactly that, small human beings. Please stop harming innocent human life and instead put our tax dollars in adult stem cell research, which is much more effective and ethical. Thank you for your consideration.

"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." -Mother Teresa

 
5791 05/01/2009 at 11:46:56 PM Self     I feel we do not have the right to kill that is one of the 10 commandments. PLEASE Stop.... I voted for OBAMA because I thought he was smart. But, what is smart about killing an inocent embroyo. Woman do not or should not have a choice to kill. It is their body but, their is more to the body, there is a soul. A woman needs to realize that is her body before she puts herself in a position of disrespect for her body as well as herself. She is being lead down a slimmy road there are other options to murder. Stem cell research can be done by using the stem cells of the cord that is donated after woman give birth. Scientist do not have to fall into satans traps. GOD will deal with each of us. So believe their are consequences for our actions against GOD.

 
5792 05/01/2009 at 11:47:45 PM Self     With the huge budget deficits already overwhelming our nation and with the complete failure of embyonic stem cell research to yield even one positive solution coupled with the remarkable success of adult and other non-embryonic stem cell research, I implore you to not fund any embryonic stem cell research. It would be a clear indication that politics, power, special interest and immorality are more important that right thinking.

 
5793 05/01/2009 at 11:48:36 PM Self     Please support the right to life of innocent helpless future babies. I do not support abortion. This is another form of abortion. I am very saddened so far with the attitude of this new president for total disregard of human life.

 
5794 05/01/2009 at 11:48:51 PM Organization PeacefortheNation NYC It is completly unnecesary to do this since we can use the stem from adults.

 
5795 05/01/2009 at 11:48:53 PM Self     HI, I AM TOTALLY OPPOSED TO MY TAX DOLLARS SUPPORTING ANY RESEARCH BASED ON THE DESTRUCTION OF EMBRYONIC HUMAN LIFE. PLEASE OPPOSE THE NEEDLESS DESTRUCTION OF EMBRYONIC LIFE. THESE STEM CELLS HAVE NOT PRODUCED EVEN ONE CURE. ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH DOES NOT DESTROY HUMAN LIFE AND HAS LED TO OVER 70 CURES FOR VARIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND ETHICAL ACTION. SINCERELY,

 
5796 05/01/2009 at 11:50:02 PM Self     If I understand correctly Adult Stem Cells can be used. I am against the use of human embryonic stem cells because they are meant for human reproduction.

 
5797 05/01/2009 at 11:50:16 PM Organization     Please oppose any and all funding for more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

We do NOT want our tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

All human life is precious and not to be killed at the expense of experimentation. No baby, whatever their stage of life (even embryos), are human.

 
5798 05/01/2009 at 11:50:18 PM Self     NO MORE KILLING AND MURDERING OF THE INNOCENTS.

THERE IS A JUDGE IN HEAVEN WHO WILL NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY.

 
5799 05/01/2009 at 11:50:20 PM Self     I am writing in opposition to any use of NIH funds for research to be conducted on human embryonic stem cells. As physicians and scientists, we are all well aware each embryo is a unique human being, in existence at a stage and form of life we all once occupied. We have no right to arbitrarily manipulate and expend these lives for any reason. To do so represents supreme arrogance. The tiny and defenseless nature of each person at this stage does not constitute an excuse: development is a continuum, and we all know it. Following orders from the executive branch does not excuse failing in our moral duty, either. This research is not in any sense necessary, especially given developments in use of adult stem cells and induced pluripotent cells. The latter abrogate any argument in favor of embryonic experimentation except: 1) profit motive for selling/generating embryos and/or 2) to ensure the human embryo is accorded no special status--no recognition of human personhood--in furtherance of abortion industry interests. The staff of the NIH have a duty to all of humanity to refuse to implement immoral directives, regardless of from where/whom they are issued.

 
5800 05/01/2009 at 11:52:25 PM Organization KANSAS WOMAN'S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION PO BOX 7, MUNDEN, KS 66959 WE OPPOSE USING TAX PAYERS MONEY TO EXPERIMENT (KILL) EMBROYS FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH.

 
5801 05/01/2009 at 11:53:16 PM Self     I believe that life begins at conception. Accepting that truth, each embryo is a human life and as such should be given the chance to live and grow into baby, a child, a teen, an adult, a parent and grandparent. Destruction of embryos is murder, pure and simple. Abortion is murder. The parents of these unused and unwanted embryos are guilty of gross negligence. Exploitation of these children is unwarranted. Adult stem cells are much more effective.

 
5802 05/01/2009 at 11:54:01 PM Self     Do not destroy a life to pretend to save part of another's life

 
5803 05/01/2009 at 11:54:34 PM Self     When a female egg is fertilized, it is a viable human life. Left to grow in a favorable environment (a woman's womb), it will continue to develop and grow. At what point, if not at conception, does it become human? Certainly it is capable of living outside of it's mother's womb before this time, and it's location (in womb or outside of womb)can't determine if it is a human life. At what other point does it become human?

As soon as an egg is fertilized, it has the DNA material to grow and become fully functional.

 
5804 05/01/2009 at 11:56:18 PM Self     Human life in every form is sacred..."Thou shalt not kill" says the Creator of the universe.

 
5805 05/01/2009 at 11:56:37 PM Self Also Christ Jesus who motivates me to protect those who can't   The Dickey-Wicker Amendment is a good thing for those of us that are unborn as yet and since they do not have a voice, I and many others will be opposing stem cell research on human embryos. Human embryons, human beings, in other words. I know you don't want to listen to this, but I have a mandate, as all Christians do, to state our belief in such matters. To quote Jeremiah 13:5 "Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations— that's what I had in mind for you." (The Message version). So, according to the Word of God, we are already known in our mother's womb. How many of these 'embryos'/babies have a destiny, like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Ghandi? How many babies have to be killed, no mutilated as per late term abortion before SOMEONE says, "Stop, it's enough, no more!" Another thought for you, scientific evidence has proven to have great results obtained from a human, such as an adult and has been instramental in helping discover cures for many of the worlds most devastating physical calmaties. On the other hand, this cannot be said for using embryonic stem cell studies, due to rejection of the stem cell or it's inaffectiveness. So, why bother? Do it right and then your conscience won't bother you. You will sleep better tonight. Just one last thought, we ALL will have an audience with the Great God Jehovah one day, ALL of us, are you wanting to have to answer him of why you did not do the right thing for all those children when you could have? I, for one would want my conscience clear of such an important matter and to hear Him say, "Well done, my faithful servant, enter into your rest".

 
5806 05/01/2009 at 11:59:08 PM Self     We are opposed to the use of taxpayer funding of research involving human embryonic stem cells for ethical reasons and due to the lack of valid successful scientific outcomes from such therapies.

As far as ethics, the FR Notice states, "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos," but this is disingenuous since it takes the destruction of those embryos to strip out the stem cells. This puts us ethically similar to Adolf Hitler and his treatment of Jews for research.

As far as valid successful scientific outcomes, the FR Notice states, "Perhaps the most important potential use of human embryonic stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies. Today, donated tissues and organs are often used to replace ailing or destroyed tissue, but the need for transplantable tissues and organs far outweighs the available supply. Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis." This sounds more like an advertisement from some Hollywood noisemakers than anything of substance. Therapies using human embryonic stem cells have failed to provide successful patient outcomes while therapies using human "adult" stem cells have shown greater promise, and successful therapeutic treatments.

Financially, private sector research funding will ultimately fund more heavily those methods which have success, and the dollars appropriated by the Federal government from taxpayers have no business being manipulated by the partisan politics of the White House to achieve immoral and ineffective objectives.

 
5807 05/01/2009 at 11:59:30 PM Self     My tax dollars continue to be spent on a procedure that has not once been successful in providing a cure for any disease. Yet at the same time adult stem cell research has been successful in over 70 different maladies.

Why are you not putting all that money and research in a proven winner? My vote is to end ESC.

 
5808 05/01/2009 at 11:59:48 PM Self     I oppose federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Not only is it morally unacceptable but has produced no cures whereas adult stem cells have. Thou shalt not kill.

 
5809 05/01/2009 at 11:59:50 PM Self     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. We, as citizens of the United States, oppose such measures to destroy human lives and its only One's to give and take away...the Almighty God.

 
5810 05/02/2009 at 12:00:20 AM Self     We oppose the use of federal funds for human stem cell research.

 
5811 05/02/2009 at 12:01:42 AM Self     I stronly oppose the draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I strongly oppose the use of my tax dollars on such hideous research.

 
5812 05/02/2009 at 12:02:49 AM Self     Please change the proposed guidelines to exclude funding for the killing of embryos from fertility clinics. An individual's human rights begin when the individual begins. If not, the concept of human rights is just a worthless platitude. Human beings should not be killed for their parts. Instead, government funds should be used to promote adoption of these embryos.

Many people think it's ok to kill embryos who are "leftover". But surely you must see that as long as we continue creating new "leftover" embryos, they aren't "leftover".

Please regulate fertility clinics so that parents must finance, in advance, the attempted implantation and bringing to birth of all embryos they create. Parents shouldn't be able to ignore their parental obligation by leaving their offspring in cold storage.

 
5813 05/02/2009 at 12:03:51 AM Organization     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.

 
5814 05/02/2009 at 12:03:57 AM Self     Please do not allow the killing of human embryos for stem cell research. Please do not remove the barriers enacted for responsible scientific research, barriers that would prohibit the formation of new embryos exclusively for this purpose. Please preserve the sanctity of life from embryonic stage onward.

 
5815 05/02/2009 at 12:04:05 AM 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.

 
5816 05/02/2009 at 12:04:45 AM Self     We oppose the use of embryonic stem cells for research. This practice is the destruction of the life of an embryo, and much more gain has been made in research using adult stem cells to cure disease than embryonic stem cells. We also oppose the use of taxes - the money that hardworking Americans are required to give - to promote embryonic stem cell research. We do not want our hard earned money to be spent by the government to support death. We don't want to be a part of the destruction of human life. Please do not use our tax dollars to support this unproven and unethical research.

 
5817 05/02/2009 at 12:04:50 AM Self     As you may know, President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send your tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Stop killing God's children! Stop wasting Tax dollar's!

 
5818 05/02/2009 at 12:05:24 AM Self     I am opposed to experimentation on stem cells taken from human embryos. I oppose the use of my tax dollars going towards these experiments that end the life in these embryos.

 
5819 05/02/2009 at 12:06:11 AM Self     Not that it will do any good but I do not want my tax dollars used to kill tiny human beings. When will the killing stop? never as long as Obama is in office and those who are pro abortion fills his cabinet. I am against abortion. Even in these tiny embreoes. Totally.

 
5820 05/02/2009 at 12:06:40 AM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

Preserving life; two perspectives, two strategies, same goal. The potential of stem cells as it pertains to medical breakthroughs appear to be endless. Could the same breakthroughs occur by solely using adult stem cells?

Groups could debate for hours and never agree as to at what point a human embryo becomes a living, breathing soul. All personal beliefs aside, let’s look at the facts. The Life Issues Institute produced some very interesting results. Their research found that using embryonic stems cells actually caused great harm to adults, even death.

Internet Source: http://www.lifeissues.org/cloningstemcell/bradsarticle.html

“Researchers in China met with a disastrous result. Fetal tissue injected into a patient's brain produced temporary improvement, but within two years the patient developed a brain tumor and died. An autopsy revealed that the fetal cells had taken root, but had then metamorphed into other types of human tissue - hair, skin and bone. These grew into the tumor, which killed the patient.

In some of the patients, the implanted embryonic cells apparently grew too well, churning out so much of a chemical that controls movement that they writhed and jerked uncontrollably. Dr. Paul E. Greene called the uncontrollable movements developed by some patients as "absolutely devastating." He said, "They chew constantly, their fingers go up and down, their writs flex and distend. It's a real nightmare. And we can't selectively turn it off. No more fetal transplants. We are absolutely and adamantly convinced that this should be considered for research only."”

Furthermore, breakthroughs from adult stem cells alone appear to be astounding. Following are two of the many positive reports taken from well-respected learning institutions:

“Researchers at Harvard Medical School say adult stem cells may eliminate the need for embryonic ones. The researchers experienced a permanent reversal of Type 1 diabetes in mice by killing the cells responsible for the diabetes. The animals' adult stem cells took over and regenerated missing cells needed to produce insulin and eliminate the disease. The results hold promise for rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and more than 50 other ailments.

At the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, a man with a rare, potentially fatal skin disorder that was so severe that he could no longer eat, is now symptom-free after receiving a transplant of his own adult stem cells.”

The reports say it all. Solely focusing on adult stem cell research is a win-win for all parties. Patients are experiencing life-changing, life-giving results while innocent babies are being preserved; at least in this respect.

My heart cry is to see human life preserved and protected at all stages of life. Please promote adult stem cell research, the facts speak for themselves.

Thank you,

 
5821 05/02/2009 at 12:06:44 AM Self     I strongly oppose my taxpayer dollars to be used for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
5822 05/02/2009 at 12:07:04 AM Self     I am terribly disappointed in Obama's decision to overturn Bush's policy on embryonic stem cell research. If you are going to do that, you need to be honest with the general pulic and show them exactly how you go about getting the stem cells. I do not appreciate MY tax dollars going toward funding such a heinous crime and will certinly NOT vote for any politician that goes along with this!

 
5823 05/02/2009 at 12:07:51 AM Self     I personnaly challenge anyone to defy the FACT that much more progress and promise is being found utilizing adult stem cells. Whether you personally handle tax-payer dollars or indirectly, it is a grave responsibility. Good stewardship dictates the outcome regardless of morals (yes morals have their place). Is there good cause to persue something that has been proven to even complicate issues? Is this really about helping people in need? Then there is only one answer, you can politicize things, or you can help people in need. Adult stem cells have the positive, lab reproducible results at a greatly reduced aquisition cost (read the same dollar goes farther, due to already accomplished research). The wheel is already round, see how far you can make it role...

 
5824 05/02/2009 at 12:08:13 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my taxes for the destruction of human life through embryonic stem cell research. I urge you to follow the will of the people and promote the sanctity of life. Research should be pursued on adult stem cells where actual benefits have been achieved.

 
5825 05/02/2009 at 12:08:18 AM Self     Funding should be for adult stem cell research only.

 
5826 05/02/2009 at 12:08:52 AM Self     I fully support the use of human stem cells in scientific research due to the potential this research has to aleviate human suffering. I am appauled by those who would oppose advancing medical science in the name of religious beliefs as if those beliefs have any viable connection to reality. Faith is a psychological weakness afflicting those willing to deny truth and reality for the sake of wishful thinking. There is nothing in any of today's varried religions that seperate them from the countless dead religions that have taken their rightful place in the past. It is time we all grow up a little and advance our scientific knowledge through human stem cell research just as we should advance our social views on religion that has impeeded humanity's progress for far too long.

 
5827 05/02/2009 at 12:09:04 AM Self     Please do not 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." We believe and support the sanctity of life.

 
5828 05/02/2009 at 12:12:02 AM Self     I am writing to express my opposition to the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, as announced in the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice. I oppose the use of federal funds that promote more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I do not want my tax dollars used to fund experiments on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

 
5829 05/02/2009 at 12:12:29 AM 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.

 
5830 05/02/2009 at 12:13:22 AM Self     In any critical life/death situation we all would error on the side to save a life. In the great "wisdom" of the scientific community we have reached the point that the begining of life is "known" without a shadow of doubt? So with that "certain knowledge" in hand we proclaim to mothers, doctors, and all others that abortion is just fine at any time! Even to the point of partial birth of the child. In reality the wisdom of the human race is less than that of a ant when trying to explain the true understanding of how a simple cell works. Our arrogance is orders of magnitude greater than our ignorance! By all means vote from your position of "all knowing wisdom". Courage would be to proclaim in humility how little we know and stand on the side of "error for life at all cost". Sincerely, a ignorant human given life and the name *****

 
5831 05/02/2009 at 12:14:50 AM Self     Embryonic stem cell research has been proven to be unproductive, whereas, in contrast, adult stem cell research has been proven to be more than promising and productive. Embryonic stem cell research is married to abortion and the abortion industry. Embryos are not potentially human, they ARE human. These Guidelines are big steps on the slippery slope into the further legalization of infanticide.

 
5832 05/02/2009 at 12:14:55 AM Self     Dear Sirs: I am writing to let you know that I am opposed to the federal funding of research on human embryonic stem cells. Research using adult stem cells has proven to be more effective and not as destructive as research on human embryonic stem cells. Taxpayer dollars should not be used to destroy life. Private funding is available for those researchers who wish to pursue this research, but it should not be paid for by the taxpayer.

 
5833 05/02/2009 at 12:14:56 AM Self     I do not in any way support embrionic stem cell research. While adult stem cell reseach has shown great promise for cures and treatments, embrionic stem cell has had no such results.

As a man who believes that life begins at conception, the distruction of embroys its tanamount to murder. I do NOT want one cent of taxpayer money to go to any research in which embroys are destroyed.

Thank you for your time.

 
5834 05/02/2009 at 12:15:29 AM Self     Please admit that embryonic stem cell research is murdering a potential human life and has returned little to no results that are medically helping solve problems. That being the case, I ask that you end the research, and the taking of taxpayer money (using it against my will) for the purpose of destroying these embryos.

 
5835 05/02/2009 at 12:15:35 AM Self     No more human babies should die for research, thats what monkeys are for since they did not evolve.

 
5836 05/02/2009 at 12:16:19 AM 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.

I believe this country is being misguided when it comes to stem cell research and funding. It is deeply disturbing that the media has been deceiving America with their play on words. Specifically, they say that federal funding is not being released for ‘stem cell research’, intentionally omitting the TYPE. This tactic blinds us to the facts. The truth is that advances with adult stem cells have resulted in dozens of documented medical miracles. In stark contrast, embryonic stem cells have not proven to be effective on any level. These statistics should warrant future funding of adult stem cell research specifically, solely. I am in favor of applying any future funding where there is real hope, real evidence of help.

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.

 
5837 05/02/2009 at 12:16:28 AM Self     Dear Sirs, I humbly ask that you do not fund additonal human embryo stem cells. These are my tax dollars! I believe that a better and more humane use of these dollars would be to direct these monies to proven, successful research on adult stem cells. Please do your research! We are already seeing great successes in the adult stem cell usage.

Thank you for considering my imput.

Sincerely,

 
5838 05/02/2009 at 12:16:40 AM Self     Please do not allow federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

 
5839 05/02/2009 at 12:17:39 AM 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.

 
5840 05/02/2009 at 12:18:31 AM Self     Dear President Obama,

Please, please, please do not continue further down this path of destruction of the sanctity of human life by endorsing stem cell research, at the cost too of destroying human embryos. You are allowing the cheapening of human life and God-given dignity. I wonder why as we are both Christians, you yet do support such measures of destructive magnitude? I certainly do not, like many others in my life I know.

Please also mend your errors prayerfully by removing the legal right to terminate unborn children from law. You are being prayed for every day. You say you follow God, yet you act contrarily to His love for life.

 
5841 05/02/2009 at 12:20:11 AM Self     I oppose the use of taxpayer (my) dollars for the purpose of destroying human embryos to harvest stem cells. I understand that this research has not shown as much promise as originally thought. I also understand that adult stem cell research which does not cause the destruction of human embryos has been in fact much more promising.

Thank you

 
5842 05/02/2009 at 12:21:12 AM Self     Destroying an embryo is destroying a human life in its earliest form.

 
5843 05/02/2009 at 12:22:14 AM Self     With the National debt going sky high, why is the government not cutting back on this sort of unnecessary spending. Embryonic stem cell research has not produced any successful treatments for any disase. What is preventing "harvesting" of human embryos from occuring.

 
5844 05/02/2009 at 12:22:52 AM Self     Please do not use American tax dollars to fund research on stem cells taken from human embryos that are sourced from in vitro fertilization. This is a moral issue. Embryos are living beings and are not to be killed to benefit others. Their lives are sacred, and there are eventual consequences for killing them.

 
5845 05/02/2009 at 12:23:03 AM Self     This is ridiculous, science has proven that adult stem cells are better than embryo stem cells, why would you give the embryo stem cells federal dollars when it isn't as helpful????

Aside from the obvious moral issues, please listen to scientists!

 
5846 05/02/2009 at 12:23:04 AM Self     I reading these guidelines I find a statement that the embryos proposed to be used in this research were "created for in vitro fertilization" and were no longer needed for this purpose. "Created" is a very interesting term, one that God uses about each and every human being when the sperm fertilizes an ovum and a baby is "created". These embryos are tiny humans, not disposable labratory rats. Research has overwhelmingly proven that embryonic stem cells are useless to cure disease. Dr. Oz explained very eloquently on Oprah that this is the scientific truth and is a waste of time and money. Embryos should be adopted by couples who can't have a child of their own, not destroyed for scientific research. We will be no better than Adolph Hitler and his experiments in his concentration camps!

 
5847 05/02/2009 at 12:23:20 AM Self     Draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. Doesn’t this seem stupid since NOT ONE human has had a successful treatment with these cells? I don’t want my tax dollars wasted to support Planned Parenthood and the ilk who make money off this farce. Healthy, new-born babies have been killed in Ukraine to feed a flourishing international trade in stem cells, and who knows where else this happens.

 
5848 05/02/2009 at 12:23:34 AM Self     this technology has yield little fruit while others that are less ethically controversial have. I oppose my tax dollars going to this.

 
5849 05/02/2009 at 12:25:55 AM Self     Please do not use the human embryo for your testing. There has to be another way!

 
5850 05/02/2009 at 12:26:28 AM Self     Thanks for making this forum available. When considering whether the proposed guidelines are ethical or not, those making this decision need to understand and value life -all life- more than a desire to achieve scientific notoriety. The use of stem cells certainly has many merits and has begun to show much promise; however, this has not been true of those derived from the killing of millions of human embryos.

Section I speaks of the fact that stem cells are not embryos, but leaves out the fact that to obtain the stem cells, the embryo is destroyed - actually killed.

We must not forget that this is not much different than those that experimented, tortured and killed Jews for the furthering of science and calmed their conscience by convincing themselves by considering them not humans - a very similar thinking is used to justify the massive murdering of millions of human embryos - except that these cannot defend themselves.

Section II B makes an assumption that is a fallacy; that is, that the mother has ownership of the "left-over" embryos and can decide whether they can be killed for experimentation or not. Someone could make an argument that a mother has rights to chose her own life over the baby inside her - but she -nor anyone else- has any rights regarding a life outside of her body. Let the embryo grow and decide for itself it wants to sacrifice him/herself in the name of science...would any of us volunteer for that?

The NIH should look at the good results adult stem cells are yielding and use all funding available to continue that work and remain true to the expected interest of protecting/enhancing/improving life - not ending it.

If there is true interest in finding out what most americans feel regarding this subject - the NIH should make sure that this opportunity for feedback is advertised on all networks especially during Prime Time. Polls indicate that most americans oppose the killing of embryos. Please side with the american people and stop the killing of embryos; remain on the ethical side of this issue.

 
5851 05/02/2009 at 12:28:40 AM Self     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.

Please reconsider this. Do you really want to have people procrate for the sake of killing unnamed babies? Is there any way to be alive/conceived and not be a human being? And you are going to kill these unborn/or just born to harvest parts? What is the difference between that and nazi germany? Seriously?

 
5852 05/02/2009 at 12:29:00 AM Self     Please, don't use my tax dollars to grow babies and then destroy them. As I understand already, this resarch has had no success in the past and there are other sources the have been more favorable.

 
5853 05/02/2009 at 12:30:55 AM Self     Mr. President Obama, I am very disgusted with your administration sir. Using our taxes for killing embryonic cells is very wrong and more so when there are a lot of us who believe in adult stem cells work better. Also they have proven that these cells already have cured or at least helped to slow down a disease.

You need to stop abusing our hard earned money for frivolous solutions to your ideas of "helping us"

Yours truly,

 
5854 05/02/2009 at 12:32:22 AM Self     I am very disappointed in President Obama's decision about stem cell research. These guidelines should not even have to exist. There is an important moral issue with sacrificing the lives of unborn babies just to do research to possibly save lives of others. I see that there is a dilemma here and he had to choose between one set of lives and the other. However, research has already shown that we do not have to use the embryos of unborn humans for stem cell research. As we have learned, we can use the stem cells from the umbilical cord or from donating adults and get the equal or greater benefits. So, there really is no reason to sacrifice any human lives for the study of stem cells. I hope that these facts will play a much larger role in the new draft of stem cell guidelines and that President Obama will reconsider his decision as a whole.

 
5855 05/02/2009 at 12:33:22 AM Self     We are highly offended by the idea of using our tax payer's money to murder innocent human beings. All these years there have been ZERO progress made with embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have more than 90 cures! Why on earth are we pursuing baby stem cells? These are human beings you are murdering! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE that must stop!! STOP using our money for this murder!

 
5856 05/02/2009 at 12:33:35 AM Self     ADULT stem cell research has proven valuable.

I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. If the private sector finds such research unacceptable and not profitable, why does the government deem it of value?

I am tired of my pro-life values being disregarded and steamrolled by Obama's administration.

 
5857 05/02/2009 at 12:35:59 AM Self     Adult stem cells are offering and providing all of the cures. I am not willing to to pay for embryonic stem cell research and neither is any other private enterprise because it doesn't work. Stop forcing us to pay for something that doesn't work, isn't needed, and kills wantonly. Put the money into adult stem cell cures-or maybe we don't need to do that either because private money is already being used there because that is where the good results are.

 
5858 05/02/2009 at 12:39:00 AM 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. I opose the use of my tax dollars to kill human embryos. It is not ethical and unnecessary, since adult stems cells have proven to provide help with around 70 diseases.

 
5859 05/02/2009 at 12:41:06 AM Self     I do not agree with the killing of embryos for research. There are other ways to generate the same results from embryos as stated by German organizations. They have been proven to work and have as we speak individuals who have been paralyized to walk again.

I do not believe that my tax dollars should be given to fund these experiments. I choose not to participate.

Thank you for your time.

 



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