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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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5860 05/02/2009 at 12:41:49 AM Self     I am sending this to express my opposition to the Executive Order 13505, as it pertains to extramural NIH-funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. Internal NIH procedures, consistent with Executive Order 13505 and these Guidelines, will govern the conduct of intramural NIH research involving human stem cells. NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited by the annual appropriations ban on funding of human embryo research known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. I have several friends who have embryos that are frozen that they may not use and I know that these people do not want this to happen to their embryos. they'd much rather see embryos adopted. Again I want to express that I do not want my tax dollars to go toward funding this activity. There are many wiser ways my tax dollars can be used.

 
5861 05/02/2009 at 12:43:13 AM Self     I really don't want my tax dollars used to kill embryonic babies!! Please don't.

 
5862 05/02/2009 at 12:43:45 AM Self     In the science of stem cell research, it is my understanding that embryonic stem cell work is not as consistent or dependable in it's results as is adult stem cell research. So, why are we wanting to work in an area of research which is not as effective as what we already have? There seems to be another agenda here.

 
5863 05/02/2009 at 12:44:04 AM Self     Embryos are human. Do not allow them to be used for scientific experimentation which will end their lives.

 
5864 05/02/2009 at 12:45:03 AM Self     I am vehemetly opposed to the use of human EMBRYONIC stem cells for the purpose of research or any other reason.

 
5865 05/02/2009 at 12:45:34 AM Self     Please stop this action. It is inhumane. You are murdering the innocent.

 
5866 05/02/2009 at 12:46:24 AM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

I am opposed to the use of Federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. As you know this is very controversial issue for many Americans. My feeling is that the funding for this type of stem cell research should come from private funding sources rather than from our tax dollars if it is funded at all. I am opposed to any research that incentivizes the creation and then destruction of human embryos for scientific research.

My wife and I have done in vitro fertilization five different times and know the pain and joy that comes from trying to have children through this process. We still have one remaining fertilized embryo in storage and may well use it at some point in the future. While that embryo is not inside a mother's womb, it nevertheless has the potential to become a new baby at some point in the future. Because of that, I don't believe that that embryo should be destroyed or used for scientific purposes.

I am not a scientist, but from what I have learned it's adult stem cells that can and are being used to treat a variety of diseases. Embryonic stem cells, although scientists have been researching them for over 20 years, have yet to be used to treat any disease. Hence, the pursuit of more of this unproven research seems imprudent, wasteful, and immoral (to many Americans) which may explain why proponents are seeking government funding rather than private funding because they know there are few private sources who are willing to invest money in something they perceive has so little promise in ever producing anything of value.

Finally, my heart aches to think about all the couples in the world who can't for whatever reason have children of their own. Life is a precious thing and the sanctity of life should be protected. Government has at its primary obligations the mandate to protect life, liberty, and property. For these reasons I am opposed to any form of Federal funding for embryonic research.

Respectfully submitted,

*****, CPA

 
5867 05/02/2009 at 12:46:46 AM Self     Please leave infant stem cells alone, they belong to their Creator, God. Use Adult stem cell, they at least have input into their use.

 
5868 05/02/2009 at 12:47:05 AM Self     I can't possibly conceive why we would spend one cent on embryonic stem cell research when it doesn't work and especially when adult stem cells are curing diseases. This is a no brainer. Please stop using my hard earned tax dollars on something I find to be immoral and unethical.

 
5869 05/02/2009 at 12:48:09 AM Self     Please do NOT use my tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research in any manner. The only way to obtain the embryonic stem cells is to destroy the embryo. This is constitutionally unacceptable. The constitution guarantees the pursuit of Life, Liberty and Freedom. You can not pursue life if you've been destroyed for research purposes. To this date, there have been NO significant treatments or preventions for disease from ANY embryonic stem cell research. Use my tax dollars to fund adult stem cell research which has proven it has the ability to help with several diseases. For example, diabetics can have their own stem cells harvested, washed and re implanted and increase the activity of their own pancreas thereby requiring less insulin. Fund that research! Please do NOT use my tax dollars to kill unborn children for research purposes. Allow that child to be born and then he can grow up to find the cure! Thank you for listening.

 
5870 05/02/2009 at 12:48:58 AM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. NIH guidelines opens the floodgates for the destruction of embryos at taxpayers' expense. Under these 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 oppose this and believe these tiny humans should be adopted. God is the creator of life! Who are you to detroy it? God loves everyone and wants you to choose Him, His ways.

 
5871 05/02/2009 at 12:49:05 AM Self     I oppose the sending of my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I believe that life starts at conception, and any experimentation on stem cells is a form of murder.

 
5872 05/02/2009 at 12:49:17 AM Self     I am very dismayed that you are drafting guidelines for government funding of embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells have been proven to work where embryonic stem cells don't. There is no need to use embryonic stem cells and would ask that you prayerfully reconsider this action.

 
5873 05/02/2009 at 12:50:49 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I am against the destruction of innocent human life.

 
5874 05/02/2009 at 12:52:43 AM Self     Using embryonic stem cells to conduct research would kill the embryo which is human life. Embryonic stem cell research involves the destruction of embryos, which are held by many including myself as the equivalent of abortion.

"Life is a creation of God, not a commodity to be exploited by man," said President Bush. I truly believe that this presents a moral dilemma for me and others who hold this position. Our tax monies will be paying for this research. Let the private sector continue to fund this research, not the government. They have been continuing this research without government funding thus far. Why should I now pay for what I find morally repugnant?

Cord blood stem cells, along with adult stem cells, already have many applications for treating diseases in contrast with embryonic stem cell research, which has been roundly criticized by Christian bioethicists as being morally objectionable as well. Stop the killing of human life!

 
5875 05/02/2009 at 12:53:13 AM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
5876 05/02/2009 at 12:53:43 AM Organization Intimacy with Jesus Church 14415 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale AZ 85254 We believe life begins at conception. Please do not fund the destruction of "New Life". We do not know the real cost to our nation as we become complicit in these actions. We do not want a curse to come down on our children's children. I am refering to the ones we allow to be born. Please reconsider these actions.

 
5877 05/02/2009 at 12:54:18 AM Organization Snohomish Family Medical Center 629 Ave D Snohomish, WA 98290 Funding embryonic stem cell research is scientifically without any merit. This kind of research has long been done with private funds and has yielded no - zero - useful products. Adult tissue and embryonic proteins are so different that no progress is likely, and most geneticists know this is true. Embryonic tissue is so attractive because it grows so well in culture - a lot of it can be produced, but it is useless. The push for embryonic research is financially motivated because of the large amounts being paid secretly to abortion clinics. This is openly taking place in England, but only secretly here. Please don't waste our tax dollars on this - in the end history will judge you for allowing this travesty to take place.

 
5878 05/02/2009 at 12:54:34 AM Self     The treatment of the unborn is the same as those who were one time slaves. Their lives were owned. Only God owns embryo tissue because it belongs to a human person. Do Not KILL is a commandment ALL will be judged on in the after life. Think twice before continuing to expand the American Holocaust to ESC research. These tiny lives will leave blood on the hands of all who do it, support it or those who Do Not Try To Stop IT!

 
5879 05/02/2009 at 12:54:43 AM Self     Adult stem cells may be useful for treating diseases, but embryonic stem cells are dangerous. Usually a baby has to be killed to obtain embryonic stem cells, so embryonic stem cell use is ill-advised and immoral. Please encourage the use of adult stem cells and discourage the killing of babies, no matter how small. Thank you.

 
5880 05/02/2009 at 12:55:39 AM Self     I'm tired of having my Christian American pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. I am calling all my friends from homeland America to let you know that you do not represent us regarding embryonic stem cell research. This may be the straw that breaks the back. A citizen revolt is in the wind. Thousands and thosands of us oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. We believe there is a certain futility in writing you as it is apparent this administration and it's minions care little for the will of the people. This administration marches to a different drum beat than the one echoing across the nation having its roots in a constitutional convention that clearly spelled out the rights of the federal governmentregarding serving the people that created it. Stop this nonense!

 
5881 05/02/2009 at 12:55:44 AM Self     Please stop the murdering of innocent lives.

 
5882 05/02/2009 at 12:56:08 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells because these embryos are human beings. Why kill these defenseless beings for research purposes when not a single cure has been obtianed. Destroying them is an intrinsickly evil act per the Roman Catholic Church and many other Christian faiths.

I suggesst these embroyes be put up for adoption or consult with the Catholic Church for proper disposal of them. Lets not play God.

Continue funding the research on Adult stem cells which have proven so successful. Stop the wild spending!

 
5883 05/02/2009 at 12:57:19 AM Self     The proposed regulations permit research that encourages the deliberate ending of a human life. This is a big step in the wrong direction, and completely unnecessary. It will end very, very badly, perhaps not this decade, but within our lifetimes.

 
5884 05/02/2009 at 12:57:29 AM Self     I am extremely opposed to stem cell research done on human embryos. These are living human beings which must be treated with the respect due them. Our country must not stoop to such low levels that human life is no longer considered important. The end does not justify the means.

 
5885 05/02/2009 at 12:58:03 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.

 
5886 05/02/2009 at 12:58:31 AM Self     As a Christian, I urge you to put a stop to federal funding of stem cell research. When an embyro is used a human is killed and nothing good will ever come from this type of research. We must, at all cost, respect life.

 
5887 05/02/2009 at 12:59:02 AM Self     Please do not intentionally destroy these humans

 
5888 05/02/2009 at 01:00:06 AM Self     Dear National Institutes of Health, Please do not conduct research on human embryonic stem cells. Testing can be done on donated adult stem cells with a much higher success rate that on embryonic stem cells. Therefore, there is no need to kill human embryos when there are other options that are much more effective.

Thank you,

 
5889 05/02/2009 at 01:01:09 AM Self     Why fund embryonice stem cell research when there have been NO positive results? Meanwhile there are LOTS of positive results from adult stem cell research which can be obtained ethically from umbilical cord blood, etc. Private money is not being invested embryonic stem cell research as everyone knows it will never work. So thanks to Obama taxpayers will pay for this junk science that destroys life. God is watching us!

 
5890 05/02/2009 at 01:02:27 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells, since it necessitates killing human of human embryos.

 
5891 05/02/2009 at 01:03:43 AM Self     I strongly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
5892 05/02/2009 at 01:03:49 AM Self     Destroying any part of an embryonic cell is destroying life; taking and destroying any life no matter what stage it is in is ethically and morally wrong. Adult stem cells have shown results in a number of ways with excellent results; embryonic stem cells have shown none, repeat: NONE.

I am against it, Mr. President and using my tax dollars to fund it is outrageous.

I want this stopped immediately. You stated the decision was above your pay grade when running for election; your decision to reverse Pres. Bush's policy shows a total disregard for human life.

 
5893 05/02/2009 at 01:04:40 AM Self     I would like to urge President Barack Obama to reverse the issued 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. Our tax dollars would be better spent on our children and their care. Thank you.

 
5894 05/02/2009 at 01:04:58 AM Self     I oppose the use of tax payer funds to support research on embryonic stem cells. It is not necessary. Adult stem cell research has proven to be more successful.

 
5895 05/02/2009 at 01:05:23 AM Self     Section II, B, 4 seems difficult to monitor clarity in . It states:

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

This is so vague. How will this be monitored? Will federal dollars be used as an incentive in certain clinics receiving reimbursement to sell this as a possible money maker? Will people potentially have to option to sell their embryos for financial gain? The possibility of this getting ethically ugly and the negative sequelea to follow is potentially devastating.

As a medical professional, I along with my husband, strongly oppose the potential federal funding of research devoted to embrionic stem cells as a potential for life altering effects on the new definition it may have for the sanctity of life. Please consider and exhaust all other avenues of research prior to experimenting in what may lead to genetic moral ethical issues that will confuse and disseminate current standards of practice in the medical and research community. The moral dilema of this change in policy has larger effects on our society as a whole with a more giagantic risk for the coming generations than the unknown and possible unlikely benefits from the potential findings. Using the limited federal dollars our government has for this area of research at such a critical time in our historic economy will likely have an outcome of exhausted funds with little to benefit except the moral degradation of society. Please consider the enormous ramifications of these proposed changes. The effects have the potential to be drastic in the most negative ways. Signed,

 
5896 05/02/2009 at 01:08:28 AM Self     I do not support the proposed changes to NIH's Stem Cell Guidelines as outlined in the President's Executive Order 13505. There remains far too many ethical questions that have not been fully explained or outlined to the public. Moreover, the idea of stem cell research has only been an idea thrown out there with little understanding other than that it sounds good because it might lead to cures for a number of dibilitating diseases. This is such a sensitive issue and topic that it deserves far more explaining.

For example, 1). What measures of "success" will be used; 2). How will we make certain that donors will not be pressured to make a decision about what to do with their frozen embryo(s) before they are ready to do so; 3). How can we be certain that in the name of research and science, we will not move to a position of creating embryos solely for this purpose; 4). And what about the rights of taxpayers who do not wish to fund these procedures with their tax dollars? If someone has a strong, religious belief against stem cell research, why should they not be afforded the right to not be connected in anyway to this policy? There should be a box on future tax forms that must be checked if you agree/disagree with your tax dollars be used for this purpose.

In short, much more needs to be explained and the full extent as well as changes that will come with this proposed order understood before we should ever consider Executive Order 13505. It is a highly controversial topic that demands and deserves more attention and detail from those proposing it.

 
5897 05/02/2009 at 01:09:21 AM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cell for stem cell research. Adult stem cells are currently used in successful medical treatment. Embryonic stem cells have not cured but caused medical problems. Our funds must go to the proven area of stem cell cures and research, that is adult stem cells.

 
5898 05/02/2009 at 01:09:24 AM Self     I oppose federal funds being used for research on embryonic stem cells.

 
5899 05/02/2009 at 01:10:58 AM Self     As soon as the embryonic stem cells are removed from the embryo, it ceases to be a viable human embryo. Life has essentially been stopped. It is the same as removing a beating heart from an unwilling donor for research. A life has been ended for just the hope of the potential benefit for an unknown person. Tax dollars should never be used for something that takes the life of one to benefit another. "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves embryos."

 
5900 05/02/2009 at 01:12:12 AM Self     I am in great opposition to research on human embryonic stem cells. It is inhumane and morally wrong. What kind of value do we put on human life in this democracy? It is an outrage!

 
5901 05/02/2009 at 01:13:24 AM Self     If someone came up to you and said, "Hey, by the way I took your money and used it to murder children." I think most of us would be outraged and we would call the police and have them arrested. The outrageous and lack of commom sense when phrased as above we are able to discern that there is something wrong with the killing of life. But when we change the language to soothe our conscience by just calling life embryonic or fetus we somehow are able to look the other way while a crime against humanity is being committed. We, all of us, are an accomplice to a crime. The crime of murder.

 
5902 05/02/2009 at 01:14:14 AM Self     Embryonic Research should not take place simply because these are a life and they deserve a chance to live. It is not up to us to take a life before it has had a chance to survive and thrive. Please do not allow this to go forward.

 
5903 05/02/2009 at 01:15:51 AM Self     Funds should be predominantly allocated and spent on research applying already proven adult stem cells and on pluripotent stem cells which offer the most promise, rather that embryonic stem cells. These research areas do not raise moral concerns, do not kill a human embryo and offer higher probability of success across a wide range of potential diseases.

 
5904 05/02/2009 at 01:16:32 AM Self     1) Adult cells from the person are more effective in aiding disease than those from newborns or stem cells; 2) Since people carry their own it is not necessary to kill a potential person to harvest cells for aiding recovery; 3) Some of the stem cell work done aided persons with various diseases then after awhile the problem returned; therefore Allow the various companies to do their research with their money and let the government try to keep the nation safe from terrorists, and economically sound.

 
5905 05/02/2009 at 01:18:33 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing very small human beings in the embryonic stage. That was my stage of development once upon a time--I'm thankful that I was allowed to live and not given over to research. It is a proven fact, (but not widely published,) that adult stem cells and umbilical cord cells are being used to do phenomenal things---WITHOUT DESTROYING A HUMAN BEING. A nation without GOD is a nation without a conscience---and that is exactly where we stand today---a nation without a conscience. The end DOES NOT justify the means!!!! NO to embryonic stem cell research.

"Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." Proverbs 14:34

Respectfully submitted,

 
5906 05/02/2009 at 01:19:42 AM Self     As a retired obstetrical R.N., I strongly oppose the use of federal dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. This is misuse of tax dollars in the worst way, for while it appears to support research to bring improvement to the lives of some human beings, it kills other human beings in one of their earliest stages of development. This is as bad as if we were eating our young.

 
5907 05/02/2009 at 01:20:49 AM Self     In response to the Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research Notice, I would urge all involved to strongly and seriously reconsider using public tax funds to support human stem cell research. I am against using public funds for this type of research for many reasons. First and notably, if this were truly a "scientifically worthy" practice, ample funding would be available through private grants and private corporation research and development funds. Adult stem cells are proven to be more effective in treatment, more stable, more readily available, and can be experimented on without causing harm to the donor from which the stem cells are derived. Adult stem cells may be worthy of public funding, and yet even without that funding will continue to be developed into effective treatments for "diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis" without compromising moral and ethical standards. It cannot be "ethically responsible", or morally acceptable when any human with potential (including a human embryo) is destroyed in the name of research. An ethical use of funding would be to promote adoption alternatives for unwanted embryos. As a public school teacher, I often recognize, encourage, and have the opportunity to see children in difficult circumstances rise above those circumstances to become a wonderful contribution to society. All human life has potential when given the support and opportunity to thrive. Sentencing an embryo to death because of the choices and consent of that embryo's mother is inexcusable “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”. It is stated in this Draft Statement that, "human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." While this is technically true, human embryonic stem cells are not derived from embryos without having a significant, even deadly, effect upon those embryos. Legal does not automatically mean ethical. I find it interesting that "informed consent was obtained for the donation of the embryo". I was unaware that the embryo was of legal age to give that consent. Or am I to assume logically that, as a parent, I can ethically donate my three year old to research that may or will cause death to my child? I believe that would rightly be judged as severe child abuse. Finally, "no financial inducements (may be) provided for donation of the embryo" implies that no one will benefit financially from the destruction of an embryo. In reality, financial gain is not only possible, but guaranteed to researchers who obtain public funds to conduct their research. Using public funding in this manner is an irresponsible abuse of power.

 
5908 05/02/2009 at 01:21:16 AM Self     I am appalled that the government wants to use my tax money to kill embryos for research. Why would you want to waste money and effort this way? Adult stem cells have already provided many cures and treatments, while embryonic stem cells continue to disappoint. The "leftover" embryos slated for destruction could be adopted, as so many "snowflake children" already have been. We should not destroy these precious lives.

 
5909 05/02/2009 at 01:21:44 AM Self     Please don't use my tax dollars to do experiments on these young people. Why must we kill our most helpless for our own possible gain. Is this not total selfishness to force others to die in hopes of helping ourselves. Have we really done anyone any good if we cannot recognize another's life for our own convenience? Are we not called to help ALL humans not just the ones we choose?

 
5910 05/02/2009 at 01:23:15 AM Self     To begin with, it was wrong to create those human embryos! Unfortunately this cannot be undone. Whether an embryo will be born or not, it has the same human life now as it will have later. If they are not adopted, we must let them die a natural death; killing them would be the second wrong! Two wrongs never make one right! My tax dollars must not be used for any experimentation on them!

 
5911 05/02/2009 at 01:23:31 AM Self     Thank you for hearing the peoples' comments.

Since we don't really know WHEN life begins, it seems appropriate and responsible to err on the side of "do no harm". Let's look for other ways to answer the needs we seek from embryonic stem cells.

Adult stem cells have given us much more success, so far, than embryonic stem cells. Let's go with those and see how far we can go.

As Americans, we are bound to do the honorable thing, the right thing - that is what America has been known for since its beginning. Let's refocus ourselves and make decisions based on this first, and as sure as you're reading this, success WILL come because with choosing the right way eventually comes responsible answers.

Please say no to compromising and harming what just may be a living human being. Each embryo may be someone like you, or someone you love. Do you know for sure?

Thank you for considering making responsible, loving choices.

 
5912 05/02/2009 at 01:23:44 AM Self     I AM IN DIRECT MORAL OPPOSITION TO EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH AND I DO NOT WANT TO FUND IT WITH MY TAX DOLLARS. I AM A REGISTERED VOTER AND AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. I HOPE YOU WILL BEAR IN MIND MY VIEWS ON THIS ISSUE AS IT SEEMS THAT THE OPINIONS OF THE PEOPLE DON'T MATTER MUCH TO OUR ELECTED SERVANTS ANYMORE. EVEN THOUGH THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE PAID, BY THE PEOPLE, TO DO.

 
5913 05/02/2009 at 01:31:07 AM Self     Life is valuable in God's sight. There are no scientific results of healing mfrom this type of stem cell use and it should not be done or continued.

 
5914 05/02/2009 at 01:31:21 AM 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. As taxpayers we are not in favor of this executive order. This encourages the further killing of human embryos for their cells. We know that stem cells from other sources that do not destroy life are a viable option for research. Please do not go back to the dark ages. If you decide to proceed with embryonic stem cell research you will be going backwards instead of forwards. We do not support ESCR and do not want our tax dollars to support this kind of research. Thank you for noting our position. After all, we do pay the bills.

 
5915 05/02/2009 at 01:31:58 AM Self     The guidelines that our president Obama is trying to implement will 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. Please help us put an end to the 'Death Industry' in this country. I do not want my tax dollars going to this neo-nazi cause. God's will be done.

 
5916 05/02/2009 at 01:32:43 AM Self     I am morally opposed to embryonic stem cell research. There has yet to be any disease cured or treated as a result of this kind of destructive research, and I encourage others to consider the lack of evidence supporting this practice.

 
5917 05/02/2009 at 01:33:21 AM Self     What a shame that our Country has come to this point

Our Nation is on the verge of leaving the things our Country is built on . A God giving life.

 
5918 05/02/2009 at 01:34:04 AM Self     When any law passes that devalues life, the line is erased and life is not valued anywhere.

 
5919 05/02/2009 at 01:34:39 AM Self     Please don't use taxpayer's monies for something that has not been successful compared to adult stem cell. Both methods have been researched without federal funding over the past few years and only the adult stem cells has proven to be successful. It will be a total waste of money which could be directed toward the successful path and therefore continue improving more human lives.

Thank you for your consideration.

 
5920 05/02/2009 at 01:34:55 AM Self Do not use embryonic stem cells for research. It has ALREADY been exhausted and no viable good has come from it. Do not waste any more of tax payers money for a dead issue. DO NOT remove the wall that President Bush put up.

 
5921 05/02/2009 at 01:35:30 AM Self     Using human embroyonic stem cells for research is an affront to life. It degrades the dignity of person and pushes our nation to embrace a culture of death. The use of adult stem cells has made available many therapies and has greater potential for the future. That is where research should be focused.

 
5922 05/02/2009 at 01:35:47 AM Self     We are against the use of tax-payer money for embryonic stem cell research. We prefer that the monies would go to adult stem cell research which has produced many cures whereas embryonic stem cells have had zero success rate. Embryonic stem cell research is literally a dead-end street, with no results and the killing of innocent human beings. Tax-payers money will be wasted and vulnerable human lives exploited.

We believe that funding of embryonic stem cell research is politically motivated rather than scientifically sound--and at the expense of hard-working American tax-payers.

 
5923 05/02/2009 at 01:37:27 AM Self     I do not want any of my tax dollars used to experiment on human embryonic stem cells!

 
5924 05/02/2009 at 01:38:14 AM Self     Please do not kill in the name of research. God will not bless your works of destruction to human life, the embro. As the gladoriators fought their last fight due to a tiny person crying out 'In the name of Christ, Stop'. So I too cry out 'In the name of Christ, Stop'.

 
5925 05/02/2009 at 01:41:50 AM Self     I am opposed to American's tax dollars going to fund experiments on stem cells taken from human embryos, that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, the draft guidelines for NIH human stem cells would require their death. I pray these guidelines will be reversed.

Thank you.

 
5926 05/02/2009 at 01:43:45 AM Self     i do not agree with embyonic stem cell search, please discontinue funds to this when there is no evidence and there has never been that it works for anything. not to mention it's inhumane.

thank you so much

 
5927 05/02/2009 at 01:44:48 AM Self     I oppose and resent my taxpayer funds going towards embryonic stem cell research! Stick with adult stem cells!

 
5928 05/02/2009 at 01:50:36 AM Self     "research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law" there is NOTHING "ETHICAL" about slaughtering human beings... they are human at the moment of conception. If this point is argued, I wish SOMEONE would show me EXACTLY WHERE the baby changes other than the time needed to fully develop. Nothing changes except the place of residence. That baby will continue to grow and mature for many many years. It is STILL a BABY... even in the WOMB. DO NOT use them for research! IT IS DESTROYING A LIFE! I DO NOT WANT MY TAX DOLLARS BEING USED FOR THIS!! SHORT AND SIMPLE, DO NOT KILL BABIES AND DO NOT USE MY TAX DOLLARS TO DO IT, PLEASE!!!

 
5929 05/02/2009 at 01:51:30 AM Self     I oppose the regulations allowing federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
5930 05/02/2009 at 01:52:20 AM Self     To whom it may concern:

Embryonic stem cell research is unethical to say the least. And in view of the great successes accomplished with adult stem cells, embryonic stem cell research is unnecessary.

I ask that it be defunded and outlawed permanently.

Thank You,

 
5931 05/02/2009 at 01:53:44 AM Self     I encourage all those in the National Institute for Health to not allow for any type of embryonic stem cell research, only adult stem cell research, because the Adult stem cells are where all the progress has been.

 
5932 05/02/2009 at 01:54:13 AM Self     Taxpayer money should not be used to fund embryonic stem cell research for any reason!! Killing human life at any stage is inhumane and violates our Constitutional Bill of Rights! Keep taxpayer's money out of the equation!!!

 
5933 05/02/2009 at 01:55:44 AM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds - our tax dollars - to kill human embryos for the sake of collecting their stem cells. It is morally wrong, and it's simply not necessary! The treatments and cures that have come from stem cells have come from ADULT STEM CELLS. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Why not put the money where it is best used? That is, in the funded research of ADULT stem cells. They have already produced so many successes. Be smart! Is it ethical and moral to kill these embryos, when they could be adopted, then implanted, and become someones long wished-for child? NO! Is it responsible and ethical to waste tax dollars on a course of action that up to now has failed miserably when compared to the success of adult stem cell research, treatments, and cures? NO! I am disabled, and have many health problems. I would rather continue to live my life this way, or even die, rather than see these unborn lives taken for my sake. Do what is right. We are not God! We do not have the right to take their lives.

 
5934 05/02/2009 at 01:57:32 AM Self     I am opposed to using embryonic stem from aborted babies for any reason.

 
5935 05/02/2009 at 02:03:20 AM Self     I do not wish to have my taxes pay for embryonic stem cell research. I do however willing give my taxes to adult stem cell research. Adult stem cell research has made tremendous advances to healing people than embryonic stem cells.

 
5936 05/02/2009 at 02:10:13 AM Self     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 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.

 
5937 05/02/2009 at 02:14:23 AM Self     Please do not use tax money on these useless experiments that discards human life

 
5938 05/02/2009 at 02:20:07 AM Self     We believe that human embryos are human beings. We believe that human embryos remaining from in vitro fertilization should be available for adoption. Human embryos should not be used as spare parts for scientific research. Adult stem cells have proven to be successful in treating patients battling cancer, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and many other illnesses. In Nov. of 2009, our daughter, *****, who suffered from Hodgkins disease, had a successful Stem Cell Rescue in which thousands of her own stem cells were collected, purified and replanted in her body. She is now cancer-free. We ask that you ban the use of human embryos for scientific research. Scientists should use adult stem cells to treat diseases.

 
5939 05/02/2009 at 02:24:24 AM Self     The taking of life in order to save life, is incomprehensible to me. Adult stem cells are available, and can be used. Why is it necessary to kill the unborn?

How many of todays most brilliant people would be here, if this practice had been in use a century ago?

Stop killing the unborn to save those that were fortunate enough to be carried to term.

 
5940 05/02/2009 at 02:24:33 AM Self     As an obstetrician/gynecologist committed to the preservation of life, I am bewildered at President Obama's overturning of the previous funding guidelines on embryonic stem cell research. Human life begins at the time of fertilization and the stem cells created thereby have thus far found no appreciable scientific utility in the treatment of human disease. Indeed, substitutes have found wide applicability from sources that do not require the destruction of human embryos but are to be found in commonly available and cheaper sources such as skin tissues. I encourage the continuation of the policies withholding funding for human embryo stem cell research. Continuing these policies is consistent with sound scientific principles of research and is not a violation of the essence of our humanity.

 
5941 05/02/2009 at 02:25:55 AM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I oppose this, there is NO reason why I should have to pay for 'anyone's' abortion. In addition, embryonic stem cell Research is a complete waste of money, When adult stem cells, used without destroying growing babies, have been use for over 70 successful years.

 
5942 05/02/2009 at 02:31:01 AM Self     I was raised to be proud of my heritage, a heritage that was founded upon freedom to worship as I believe, freedom to speak my mind about what I feel strongly about without fear of censorship, reprisal, or punishment. Freedom to bear arms and protect myself and my family.

I have always prized these freedoms and been proud of the government that protected them. Now though, it seems that the government wants to restrict what I say, to punish me for having an opinion that differs from the headonistic liberal agenda, and voicing my concerns will in the near future be a criminal act. People who speak openly about their Christian faith are being labeled as terrorists, and people who call immorality "sin", are ridiculed as "hate" criminals. There is very little left in our government today that I feel I can be proud of. It is wrong that so many who have such strong convictions about the sanctity of human life, those of us to whom it is abhorant to take any human life beyond conception, those of us to whom that life is a sacred Holy thing, could be compelled by the government, a government that is supposed to protect our freedoms, to suppoprt through forced taxation the destruction of human life for any reason. To be compelled to support, with our tax dollars, research on embryonic stem cells, that has heretofor been without any positive merit, when adult stem cell research, which does not rely upon trade in death, has provided so many medical advances, is beyond tyranical.

When I was a child I heard missionaries relate tales of foreign soldiers giving Christian villagers an opportunity to renounce Christ and live, or refuse and die. For the first time in my life I can believe that such things will soon be happening here, in my own country, the country my fathers fought so hard to defend from that very type of poison.

Please do not force those of us who believe it is wrong to take human life at any point after conception to support with our toil and labor(the source of tax revenue)any research that might result in the loss of such Holy and sacred human life.

 
5943 05/02/2009 at 02:33:39 AM Self     As a physician and person who desires to see disease cured and the sick healed, I am against the funding of stem cell research as outlined in the new guidelines. I see the financial motives of many of these researchers to tap into my money paid through income taxes. It makes me sick.

 
5944 05/02/2009 at 02:33:43 AM Self     Please do not support Human Stem Cell activities.

 
5945 05/02/2009 at 02:39:43 AM Self     The NIH ahould not be finding embryonic stem cell research. The summary states the purpose of the draft guidelines is "to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law." It is not ethically responsible to allow research on embryos. Firstly, they are clearly human and nothing else. If there is any question as to their status of personhood or humanity we must always err on the side of protecting each and every person including a tiny individual and unique embryo. Secondly, Once we allow human experimentation in embryos, why not in the next stage of life? Step by step we can easily end up with experimentation on any person who is eak and cannot defend themselves. The purpose of government is to protect those who are weak. If we do not draw the line at the moment of conception, when there is a unique, unrepeatable living human, then where do we draw the line and how far can it be moved? Is it scientifically worthy? Current research has shown only cancerous results and very little promise for stem cells from embyos. Adult stem cells, however, have carried out many of the promising hopes science has had for stem cells. It seems clear that empbyonic stem cells have not proven to be scientifically worthy of the hopes held for them, and too throw more money after bad results is simply ridiculous.

 
5946 05/02/2009 at 02:45:55 AM Self     We are writing to object to the proposed human stem cell guidelines enabling use and eventual destruction of embryonic stem cells. 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.

Also during that time iPS stem cells have been developed that use adult stem cells, which research has shown are more stable, more useful, more patient-specific, and more successful. Thousands of people's lives have been improved through actual application of this research. This pales with worldwide embryonic stem cell results to date, which have been plagued with "stability" issues and little to zero successful results.

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

Several world-reknown stem cell research groups have abandoned embryonic stem cell lines and have devoted their research to adult stem cells. The US Government, however, is taking different action. One has to question whether the President and this policy are truly operating off the facts as revealed in the scientific community's own actions, or the politics of special interests out of touch with science or ethics.

Thank you for reading this letter and for your thoughtful consideration of its contents. Regards,

 
5947 05/02/2009 at 02:47:32 AM Self     AS A CATHOLIC, I DO NOT AGREE WITH YOUR POLICY.

 
5948 05/02/2009 at 02:52:11 AM Self     This measure is not necessary, has no promise of being fruitful, and is a waste of taxpayer's money. Please do not allow this to become law. It is a crime against humanity, and more specifically, a crime against God. While our court systems might offer probation for offenders on this planet, God is not mocked and will judge accordingly.

 
5949 05/02/2009 at 03:00:55 AM Self     I oppose the use of Federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cell research has consistently proven more promising and avoids the controversy associated with the serious ethical charges against human embryonic stem cell research.

 
5950 05/02/2009 at 03:07:05 AM Self     In God's opinion (and mine) according to the Bible, life begins at conception. Therefore I respectfully submit that to continue to experiment with live human beings in embryonic stem cell research is both immoral and illegal, according to our constitution.

Do not continue down this road when HUGE progress has been made with non-embryonic stem cells from adult skin cells and from cord blood and other sources.

If you're trying to save lives, start with the in vitro embryos!

 
5951 05/02/2009 at 03:08:28 AM Self     We favor President Bush's policy to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos 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. We vehemently oppose this action and also oppose any possibility of OUR tax dollars to be used for these purposes.

6444

 
5952 05/02/2009 at 03:09:04 AM Self     I would just like to go on record as someone and a famiy who is entirely pro-life that this is morally and economically wrong. I am all for the curing of disease but we all know it can be done with adult stem cells also. This bill will give young girls the incentive to go out and get pregnant and abort their babies for financial gain, we all know the government will pay them in the name of research. And who will foot the cost of these abortions, medicaid , Child Health Plus, other state or federally funded Health Insurance Programs. Wealthy or Middle Class teenage girls or women will have no need to offer their fetus for stem cell research for monetary gain or the sake of research, it will be welfare or drug addicted street mothers who will offer their unborn fetuses for your cause. You should be ashamed to even consider this prospect, We hear over and over how bad the economic times are , and You really think state funded abortions in the name of Stem Cell Research is the answer. You seem to thing the American people are blind to what the outcome of passing this bill will be but we are not and we would be wrong if we just stood back and allowed it to pass without voicing our opinions. President Obama professes to be a godly Christian man , than how can he justify the killing of innocent fetuses for his cause. I would ask on behalf of my children and their children and the future generations that you rethink the passing of this bill and do the RIGHT THING for once. Sincerely , *****, a concerned American Family

 
5953 05/02/2009 at 03:13:27 AM Self     When does it make it right for us to play like we are God? Never.

 
5954 05/02/2009 at 03:15:01 AM Self     We are very opposed to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. We are pro-life, and want to see these embryos have the chance to live, which is their right as well as ours. We people have been commanded not to take a human life.

Sincerely,

 
5955 05/02/2009 at 03:16:15 AM 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 innocent human lives, these draft guidelines would require their death. The darkness of Nazi Germany has infested our country! Adult stem cell research has provided many successes without the necessity of murdering babies; whereas the deadly embryonic stem cell research has produced nothing but failures. Move away from this demonic insanity!!!

 
5956 05/02/2009 at 03:18:32 AM Organization St. Patrick's Church PO Box 98, Scotia, CA 95565-0098 I am utterly opposed to any cloning of human embryos, or killing embryos for the body parts. Such practices are barbaric and totally unnecessary.

 
5957 05/02/2009 at 03:20:10 AM Self     Please refrain from using embryonic stem cells when adult stem cells will more reliably and more ethically produce the same or better outcome.

 
5958 05/02/2009 at 03:22:30 AM Self     I oppose the proposed legislation to do embryonic stem cell research at the expense of the taxpayers. I regret the direction that this is taking us and i believe that we are generationg thousands of stem cells a day and we do not need to experiment with embryos.

 
5959 05/02/2009 at 03:27:28 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.

 



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