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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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6460 05/02/2009 at 12:30:46 PM Self     We are 100% opposed to the use of Federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. We understand that the bulk of evidence supports using adult stem cells for research.

 
6461 05/02/2009 at 12:32:20 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to killing human embryos for stem cell research. Consequently, I am opposed to taking the funds that I pay as a taxpayer and giving them to others to allow them to kill human embryos. It is morally wrong, and with new technology, it is unnecessary. My father suffered from Parkinsons disease for 22 years, and he would never have considered the extinguishing of a another life to enhance his own quality of life....no matter how small that life is. If we pass laws to protect endangered species so vigorously, why wouldn't we extend this same fervor to the protection of human life?

 
6462 05/02/2009 at 12:32:49 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of taxpayer money to fund research using embryonic stem cells for the following reasons.

1. The First Amendment of U.S. Constitution places a limitation upon the federal government from passing laws which infringe upon the free practice of religion. By using money collected through the taxation of me and of my family, you are forcing me to participate in an activity which is morally wrong. You are forcing me to violate my religious beliefs, in violation of the First Amendment, through the use of my taxes. Therefore, I request that you not use MY taxes to fund the destruction of human life.

2. The use of embryonic stem cells has produce NO CURES, NO TREATMENTS, and NO PROSPECTS of any viable treatments for disease or injury. The use of adult stem cells has already produced multiple treatments and shows far more promise for producing more cures and treatment in the future, if the time, research, and funding is not WASTED ON POLITICAL MACHINATIONS to keep the murder of children widespread and unrestricted in this country. I request that MY taxes be used to promote more adult stem cell research and not to promote bad science and bad politics.

Thank you.

 
6463 05/02/2009 at 12:33:16 PM Self     As a tax-payer and a health-care provider, I oppose the change in the government's stem-cell policy. Current research indicates that the use of adult stem cells have been most successful in medical therapies. Not only do I oppose the use of tax-payer dollars in the destruction of human embryos, but as a consumer I don't even feel that my "investment" will follow the path of greatest good. Please reconsider channeling any tax dollars toward embryonic stem-cell efforts--if there truly is arguable evidence supporting this area, then surely private dollars will be eager to fund it.

 
6464 05/02/2009 at 12:33:24 PM Self     Human embryonic stem cells have provided zero cures. These guidelines do not include any criteria to promote adult stem cell research which has the greatest potential for human benefit and is already showing positive results in treating patients.

There are no valid reasons to use human embryonic stem cells when adult stem cells are available for research and do not harm the individual.

It is also shown that the use of embryonic stem cells can result in tumors and other negative affects to the patient.

 
6465 05/02/2009 at 12:34:02 PM Self     We personally oppose the research proposed once again to be done on embryonic stem cells which would require the destruction of human embryos. With all the information now available to human society, it should be PERFECTLY CLEAR that human life BEGINS AT CONCEPTION, when the human embryo is formed. Therefore, ANYTHING done to a human embryo IS IN VIOLATION OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT of our Constitution, and is INFANTICIDE. To justify human stem cell research by saying that these embryos are "non-persons" who would never be implanted in a woman's womb, is splitting hairs. The ethical issue becomes "who is qualified to determine which embryos are destroyed and which ones are allowed to develop into a human child." Furthermore, I strongly oppose my tax dollars being spent on human stem cell research and on abortion.

 
6466 05/02/2009 at 12:34:26 PM Self     I oppose funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes. There is no need to destroy a human life, harvest its cells, to save another. Are we cannibals? If I were starving, would Congress pass a law allowing me to eat my children?

 
6467 05/02/2009 at 12:35:55 PM Self     we are extremely opposed to the passage and becoming law of the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. When the draft states that it will be permissable to use "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 opens too much opportunity for these stem cells to be created as embryos fertilized and grown simply for this purpose. A fertilized embryo is a child, a real human offspring that can live if it has the chance to receive nutrition and other components of the fluids passed in the blood of a mother to that embryo (child), and should not be murdered!!!!!!!

Please read the book, "Irreparable Harm", written by author Randy Singer, which addresses a very similar circumstance, exposing the possible evils inherent in a circumstance that I had hoped would never evolve, but apparently the liberal disregard for human life is growing like a wildfire, causing more damage to human life than 10 fires of the sort that was recently witnessed in the North Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina.

Please know that any politician who has a part in laws of this inhuman nature will not receive support from this family in any regard - votes, contributions, positive word of mouth, or any other supportive measures that are possible.

 
6468 05/02/2009 at 12:36:12 PM Self     opposed to the use of embryos for research.

 
6469 05/02/2009 at 12:36:41 PM Self     To whom,

Whether you want to believe it or not, life begins at conception, and not at birth. The seed of individuality begins the moment the sperm and egg unite into one complete cell that then on its own, and without help from any outside source, develops into a complete individual.

Antibiotics are medicines we use to destroy simple life forms that cause us malaise. These simple life forms will never continue growing into anything more complex. The term antibiotic means “against life.” If we consider these simple organisms to be “life” then why don’t we consider a growing embryo “life?” To “use up” a life that is in an embryonic form for experimentation is tantamount to murder. I say murder because taking the embryonic stem cells will kill the embryo. This is a war that is being waged against a defenseless individual. We have laws that protect this from happening to our pets and endangered species, yet we will allow it to happen to our offspring in the name of expediency and entrepreneurialism.

Recent studies are showing how adult stem cells are actually more effective in treating diseases such as Parkinson’s than embryonic stem cells. Please spend the taxpayer’s hard earned money in an effort that does not destroy life, but rather compliments and enhances life. Do the right thing, not the politically correct, or expedient thing.

 
6470 05/02/2009 at 12:37:12 PM Self     According to the guidelines, taxpayer derived funding for stem cell research would be limited to that which is ethically responsible. What the guidelines ignore is that ANY research that destroys the viabilitly of embryos to develop is NOT ethical. It is absolutely immoral to authorize and enable research that removes cells for research and in the process destroys the integrity of the embryo, killing a human life form. Disease research may be "scientifically worthy" but it does NOT justify the destruction of human embryos. Past and current research has already proven that adult stem cell usage can generate effective therapies and is more reliably useful so there is NO NEED to destroy human embryos to further advance disease research. It is imperative that we keep our science ethical and limit stem cell research to that obtained ethically....from adult sources. Embryonic stem cell research by no means fits the criteria for "ethical" science.

 
6471 05/02/2009 at 12:37:32 PM Self     As a pro-life person, I believe that life begins when the sperm and egg are united. The embryos that are being used in stem cell research are human beings. Therefore, I am against the destruction of these embryos and believe that they should be allowed to grow and be adopted by individuals who want children. Please consider my request for life for these embryos and not destruction. I stand with the majority of Americans who are against the destruction of embryos and trust you will have moral responsibility for this important life issue.

Thank you,

 
6472 05/02/2009 at 12:38:05 PM Self     I very much oppose embryonic stem cell research. I would never seek my own health through the destruction of others. It is natural and praiseworthy to seek to alleviate suffering, but not at all costs. Let me suffer from disease rather than cannibalize the future generation. One of my favorite actors, Michael J. Fox is a famous proponent of embryonic stem cell research. I think of friends and family with diseases that might be helped by such research but here again it would be better to let our loved ones suffer from disease than allow them to do harm to others, even the least among us, human embryos.

 
6473 05/02/2009 at 12:38:34 PM Organization     I believe that Presindent Obama is the AntiChrist.

Not a stance I would be willing, to face up to at the time of the final judgement.

I trust that he will reap the full benefit of his antilife activities in the final analylis. AND THERE WILL BE A FINAL ANALYSIS - make no mistake about it. Its term will last far longer than a human lifetime! Good for him he is working diligently to bring the outcome on himself, and destroy American freedom and moral conscience along with himself.

God help the rest of us!

 
6474 05/02/2009 at 12:38:35 PM Self     To Whom it May Concern,

Please do not allow tax-payers' money to pay for experimentation on "left-over" embrionic cells. It is unethical to make me, as a taxpayer, give money to destroy what I believe is sacred human matter. It is also crossing a line of human decency--once we decide that viable human embryos are a lucrative commodity, we weaken our cultural perception of the value of any human life that is incapable of defending itself. I am not a religious fanatic, but a logical, rational person who sees the dangerous, dystopian potential for our national future once we throw out ideas like "sanctity of life." We look down on other countries for their "inhumane" practices like harvesting organs and tissue from political prisoners, or forcing abortions--but how is purposefully harvesting human embryos ethically different? In all cases, the scientists and doctors and politicians are deciding procedure based upon greed (yes, the scientific and medical communities must not seek after new information and potential uses for such tissue to the point of ethical hubris) and what they decide is monetarily justifiable. So is our case different because the unused fertilized eggs will just be "going to waste"? That right there says we have already lost perspective--that we already allow potential human lives to be created only to be destroyed. Let's not continue down that slippery slope and make it financially lucrative to destroy life.

Thank you for considering this short argument.

 
6475 05/02/2009 at 12:40:07 PM Self     I am very strongly opposed to the use of my tax dollars to pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Rather than sentencing them to death, you should be promoting the adoption of these tiny humans. Further, why do you insist on wasting my money on a failed science that has not shown promise of any production of useful treatments or cures for any disease or condition? Why not instead invest in further research and development of adult stem cells which are already being successfully used in numerous treatments for various diseases and conditions -- and which do not require the destruction of human life in the process?

 
6476 05/02/2009 at 12:41:05 PM Self     I am a firm believer that tax money should not be spent on research involving embryonic stem cells. This research has not led to any medical advancements in the past, and draws attention away from the promising future offer by research done using adult stem cells.

Also, because of the polarizing affect of embryonic stem cell research, many in the public are against all forms of stem cell research, not realizing that adult stem cell's also can be used in medicine, and have been used to great effect so far. Please do not damage the future of all stem cell based medicine by allowing embryonic stem cells to remain a polarizing political issue by using federal tax money to fund more of this research.

 
6477 05/02/2009 at 12:42:48 PM Self     I believe that life begins at conception and no human embryos should be used for experimentation. I believe that the success is with adult stem cells and that only adult stem cells should be used for research.

 
6478 05/02/2009 at 12:43:29 PM Self     We very much oppose these regulations.

 
6479 05/02/2009 at 12:44:09 PM Self     NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited by the annual appropriations ban on funding of human embryo research (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 110-161, 3/11/09), otherwise known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.

I urge you to uphold this amendment and NOT allow funding for human embryo research. Adult stem cells are abundant and provide for all needed research opportunities without opening the gates to harvest human embryos. Allowing such research will increase the numbers of abortions for financial gain in both the industry and in the lives of women who see a marketing opportunity against the sacred trust that they've been provided.

 
6480 05/02/2009 at 12:44:29 PM Self     I don't want my tax money going to pay for embryonic stem cell research! The new guidelines on this research leave the door wide open for the creation of extra embryos through in vitro fertilization for the purpose of experimenting on them, and this is absolutely inhumane!! The current research on embryonic stem cells is not showing much future anyway, which is why private sponsors are pulling their financial backing and federal funding is being sought. Research and positive results in the field of adult stem cells is progressing by leaps and bounds however, and it doesn't cost anyone his life. Put our money toward that, and stop justifying this holocaust in the name of science.

 
6481 05/02/2009 at 12:44:48 PM Self     I had been diagnosed to have Parkinson's Disease (PD) seven years ago and it has been steadily progressing to the point where it has been very painful and incapcitating for the past two years. If not for the three prescription medication I am taking for PD, I doubt I could continue living with PD. Two of these medications have recently become available because of successful research. Continued reserch is still needed to develop better medications or a cure for PD.

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.

 
6482 05/02/2009 at 12:45:23 PM Self     Please, consider the crippling lack of quality of life that each individual is experiencing and demonstarte compassion and wisdom for them.

 
6483 05/02/2009 at 12:45:32 PM Self     Please note and register that ***** of ***** are opposed to having our taxes used for human EMBRYONIC stem cell research optained by either using human embryos already created or creating human embryos for the purpose of research or experimentation as it relates to either disease cures or cloning. The facts are clear - ADULT stem cell research is the only safe and proven research with an already successful track record of curing disease and affliction. EMBRYONIC stem cell usage has no such positive track record and in fact has caused harm when used. More importantly, it is against all morality to use a defenseless human being for spare parts and the betterment of someone else deemed more valuable. We are against the procedure and against supporting it with our taxes. Sincerely,

 
6484 05/02/2009 at 12:45:41 PM Self     Aside from any moral issues on this topic, why are our tax dollars required for this(or any other) research? Isn't it time that the U.S. Government begin to show some restraint on spending? Should not this research be left to the private biotech industry? Additionally, I understand that there already has been considerable research done with embryonal and adult stem cells, with terrible results with the former, and good results with the latter--would spending a lot of additional money on additional embryonal stem cell research be considered good use of funds(good business practice)? Thank you.

 
6485 05/02/2009 at 12:46:21 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I believe in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception as does all life. I think there is a hefty fine for destroying an eagle's egg because it is killing an eagle. I don't want my dollars killing babies even in the embryo stage.

 
6486 05/02/2009 at 12:46:24 PM Self     It is wrong to destroy life on any more embryonic stem cell testing. It has been proven that embryonic stem cells don't work. Stop messing with them. Let them be adopted to become the children they were meant to become.

There has been much success with adult stem cells and it causes no loss of life. That is the responsible path to follow. Spend your research dollars on perfecting the use of adult stem cells.

When children are kidnapped and murdered there is a nationwide uproar. These embryonic stem cells have been kidnapped. Don't let them be murdered. Stop the double standard. They are children waiting to be born. They are humans with human rights.

 
6487 05/02/2009 at 12:46:56 PM Self     The guidelines are "to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. "

Ethically, embryonic stem cells are obtained by killing a human embryo, which is morally and ethically wrong. For scientific worthiness, there have been no successful treatments from embryonic stems cells, but there have been over 70 successful treatments from adult or cord-blood stem cells. Methods have been devised to create any type of stem cell from adult stem cells. So there is no need, scientifically, for embryonic stem cells, an no good reason to waste money working on them.

The "Long-standing Department of Health and Human Services regulations for Protection of Human Subjects" should include the living human embryo, which should not be killed. These should not be conceived if they are not intended to be kept alive, and if not wanted, should be available for adoption.

I urge the NIH to use common sense in directing funds wisely on adult stem cell research and not embryonic stem cell research, and avoid the ethical problems with embryonic stem cells.

 
6488 05/02/2009 at 12:47:53 PM Self     We are opposed to using embryonic stem cells for experimenting to obtain cures for other afflictions is not a valid reason to take the life of a potential newborn child. We believe that other tests using Adult Stem Cells or Umbilical cord cells as has been reported is not taking a potential life and would not destroy life. We are a GOD fearing couple that believes in prayer and loves life.

 
6489 05/02/2009 at 12:48:29 PM Self     I am emphatically opposed to my tax dollars supporting first, the use of "embryonic stem cells" for research, and second, only support the use of "existing" embryonic stem cells for fertilization and development of complete human beings for adoption or parental care. The U.S. government has absolutely no right to use taxpayer dollars to fund any kind of research that damages or destroys potential human life in any form!!!!!!!!!!!

 
6490 05/02/2009 at 12:48:35 PM Self     I am appalled at the direction the President is taking on stem cell research. I have read studies that show adult stem cells are more likely to have utility in medical interventions that embryonic stem cells. Why is the research being ignored? I cannot help but believe the President is attempting to promulgate the mindset that sees embryos as not only disposable, but useful... which will only lead to a more benign response to the concept of abortion. My response to this action is anything but benign. I must say that I am livid.

 
6491 05/02/2009 at 12:48:58 PM Self     I am opposed to embroyic research with baby/ fetus embroyos.

I am opposed to abortion totally

Please see that my views are expressed! Thank you!

 
6492 05/02/2009 at 12:49:24 PM Self     It's very simple!!! Man's use of embryonic stem cells is an affront to the God of life! Quit screwing with His creation!

By doing this you will bring the wrath of God down on our people and put us in a position of answering for this immorality when we confront that same Creator!

If you want to go to hell, which you probably will do if you continue this insanity, find another way to do it! I'm susre you can think of something!!!

QUIT THE KILLING! I will hold each of you personally responsible before God for this immorality and the punishment for same which will no doubt fall upon the entire country!!!

 
6493 05/02/2009 at 12:49:46 PM Self     Please be advised as a U.S. Citizen I am opposed to stem cell research using human embryo's. I am opposed to the Executive Order 13505 issued on March 9, 2009 which involves the conditions allowing human embryo stem cell research.

 
6494 05/02/2009 at 12:50:59 PM Self     Why do we have to kill babies for stem cells when we can use adult stem cells which actually work better!

 
6495 05/02/2009 at 12:51:40 PM Self     I wanted to write to you to let you know that I strongly opposed the use of federal funds for the purpose of human embryonic stem cell research. Please give serious consideration to this appeal, as well as the deeper, moral issue of allowing these children to live and be adopted, as opposed to seeing them as 'leftover' and easily discarded into death.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

 
6496 05/02/2009 at 12:51:43 PM Self     Sounds like Nazi Germany to me. Why not allow adoption of these tiny embryos instead of destroying them in the name of science. You can use adult stem cells instead - that's the moral option and it has proven to be effective.

You and our president are on a slippery slope. God will indead hold you accountable for this as He does for everyone who deliberately abuses His creation.

 
6497 05/02/2009 at 12:52:05 PM Self     Are you people hard of hearing or unable to read the English Language?

Adult stem cells are proven to be far more efficient in organ rejeuvenation than embryonic stem cells. While embryonic stem cells can deevelop into cancer cells, adult stem sells do not.

Why don't you infolrm yourself about your topic before spouting off at the mouth about someting you know NOTHING about.

God bless you in your ignorance.

 
6498 05/02/2009 at 12:52:19 PM Self     Gallup Poll on Obama's first 100 days Associated Press: Taxpayers to get rude surprise

Speak up or Pay up!

Last month, when President Obama overturned the federal funding ban on embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, he left the parameters of that decision up to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As we reported last week, the NIH officially posted draft guidelines on ESC, which open the floodgates for the destruction of embryos at taxpayers' expense. Under the rules, your tax dollars would pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these tiny humans, the NIH guidelines would sentence them to death. For 30 days, the government offers these rules up for public response. The comment period is 30 days, and we ask that you submit your concerns about these regulations before May 26. If you're tired of having your pro-life values steamrolled by this administration, there is something you can do. Oppose the use of your taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. You can submit your comments by logging on to http://nihoerextra.nih.gov/stem_cells/add.htm and filling in the official form. SIRS: I am Strongly Against My Tax Dollars being spent For Something I Hold Very Sacred.IE; Life.. this Must Change if we are to be a United America. All for ONE and ONE for ALL.(Including Our Unborn)My Tax Dollars would in my opinion be of greater worth, if used more toward Feeding the Hungary or taking care of Poverty within our borders,Paying our Educators a livable wage so we can retain the quality of education our children, Grandchildren are so deserving of as we leave a living legacy that these young ones can grow up with and hopefully adopt and Pass on.... Lets reconsider where my Tax Dollars can be More useful and more wisely Spent... I must account for every Penny of my Hard Earned Dollar and I EXPECT the same from those I have Chosen to Represent Me and My Posterity.

 
6499 05/02/2009 at 12:52:42 PM Self     We understand the need for continued research for diseases, and we understand that the use of stem cells can make a difference in the success or failure of such research.

There is no doubt, however that using embryonic stem cells for research involves the creation and destruction of human life. This is abhorrent to us, and instead we ask you to promote the adoption of these human embryos.

To date, the use of adult stem cells has resulted in finding cures or treatement for more than 30 diseases. Embryonic stem cell research, which has gone on for more than 25 years, has resulted in zero (0) cures or treatments. Given these facts, please take into account the moral and ethical issues (which President Obama acknowledges) at stake and do not authorize the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

This regulation addresses specifically work that will be funded by our tax dollars, as as such we strongly request that you take our comments into consideration rather than ignoring them.

Thank you,

 
6500 05/02/2009 at 12:53:39 PM Self     Adult stem cells are right now bringing about cures on a daily basis, whereas embryonic stem cells have shown very little promise. It seems political that we are not investing the money we have available in the area that shows the most promise.

 
6501 05/02/2009 at 12:54:04 PM Self     I am writing to oppose the use of my taxes to pay for embryonic stem cell research. It is wrong to impose the sacrifice of one life in an attempt to improve the life of another. (Organ donation is a voluntary act isn't it?) Each embryo is a unique new combination of DNA, a unique individual. The Declaration of Independence states this truth is self evident, that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights, including life. These embryos are without their own voice to speak on their behalf. I speak for them. They are not "leftovers." They should not be sacrificed but adopted. I oppose the use of my money to destroy life in the name of science. There are more profitable alternatives which do not involve the destruction of life.

 
6502 05/02/2009 at 12:56:09 PM Self     As Director of ***** in *****, I have had access to material from many sources re: stem cell research. Adult stem cells are available from most parts of the body, and have been used successfully. Because of their proven success, they are finaced by the private sector. Since they come from the body on which they are used, they adapt to that body without taking medication to keep the body from rejecting foreign tissue. It has been proven many times over, but is not accepted by our country. The facts are being ignored by congress, and they continue to push hard for our tax dollars to experiment on embryonic stem cell research, which has proven unsuccessful every time. The embyonic stem cells do not become what they want them to be. Instead, they grow into dangerous tumors that can cause a bad situation to become worse, or even cause death. If embyonic stem cells worked, the private sector would have jumped on it a long time ago. Bur they don't. It's all about money. Organizations covet our tax dollars. Tax dollars=votes. It is another source of helping our elected officials stay in office. Another source of "pork" paying off. More votes bought & paid for. This information is available to anyone that wants to take the time to look it up. They can start with "Focus On the Family" which give many sources, and search the many sources they have available. Yes, Focus On the Family is Right to Life. There is never a need to develope embryo's to kill them for their stem cells. Umbellical cords are full of them.

 
6503 05/02/2009 at 12:56:40 PM Self     Many Americans consider that life begins at the moment of fertilization. These same Americans are taxed to support many programs which are in direct opposition to their religious and social convictions. Considering the contentious nature of Embryonic Stem Cell Research (?), why not require that it be considered ONLY when and IF Adult Stem Cell technology does not succeed. Todate no one can name a single "cure" due to application of Embryonic Stem Cell technology whereas multiple positive outcomes have been produced with Adult Stem Cell technology. Just where is the logic in this edict by the President of the United States?

 
6504 05/02/2009 at 12:57:46 PM Self     These guidelines, providing tax-payer funded support for human embryonic stem cell research, are very morally and ethically disturbing to me, as well as to many of my fellow Americans. The majority of the guidelines made me wince at the utter disregard for the lives created only to be destroyed, whether created specifically for the purpose of destruction or for IVF treatment (which also allows for the blatent destruction of human persons at the discretion of their parents.) Specifically, section II.4. is very disturbing: "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." The mindset that allows a parent to create life, to become a biological parent, only to "donate" that life specifically for research purposes is unethical. When human beings are being created solely for the purpose of research, our entire civilization becomes utilitarian in nature. Human persons are no longer treated as beings deserving of respect and love, but only as a means to an end. Such utilitarian mentalities will only further reduce all human persons of every age to nothing more than beings to be used rather than loved. To create with the intention of killing for research is no better than the horrific crimes our country has stood against and tried to defend other helpless victims against from around the world, whether in communist Korea, China, Russia, or Nazi Germany, Poland, and so on. Those criminals were convicted of using entire populations for their own purposes. Would it have been different if they had merely used the populations to create and then destroy those people whom they had created?

 
6505 05/02/2009 at 12:58:23 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax dollars for the killing of human embryos, rather than the adoption of them.

Also, the most promise lies in the use of adult stem cells and does not necessitate the destruction of life.

 
6506 05/02/2009 at 01:00:31 PM Self     I want to say as a tax payer that I am very strongly opposed to the use of human embryos for research purposes. As I nurse I know that the experiments that have already been done (eg Dolly)do not show the promise that media hype indicates. Adult stem cells have been used successfully and allow the "human donor" to make their own decision about participation. The tiny humans in embryo form don't get this opportunity.

 
6507 05/02/2009 at 01:00:47 PM Self     The use of embryonic stem cells derived from embryos requires the destruction of those embryos. This means tiny human beings are being destroyed. This is unacceptable. I do not approve of my tax dollars being used for this purpose. Thank you.

 
6508 05/02/2009 at 01:01:29 PM Self     To: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) From: ***** RE: public comment on draft guidelines entitled ``National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research'' (Guidelines).

Please consider the following information to establish new policy and procedures to increase ASCR (adult stem cell research) which has generated medical breakthroughs and treatments for sickle cell anemia, spinal cord injuries & Parkinson's disease and to STOP funding research of ESCR (embryonic stem cell research), which is ethically irresponsible & scientifically unworthy.

1. ESCR has not shown any therapeutic benefits to patients

2. ESCR transplant rejection may lead to death Kelly Hollowell, "Federal Stem Cell Research: What Taxpayers Should Know," http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/wm749.cfm. Patient suffering from Parkinson's disease dies when ESC were planted in his brain causing skin, bone & hair to grow in his brain, possibly due to the "transformation of undifferentiated stem cells into non-neural tissues." http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000029

3. “The human embryonic stem cells that made headlines in November 1998 because they can, in theory, develop into any cell type have so far produced relatively modest results." Richard M. Doerflinger- American Association for the Advancement of Science. From "Human Embryo Research: Where We've Been, Where We Should Go," http://www.nrlc.org/news/2001/NRLO2/doer/htm/.

4. ESC transplants degrade with time John B. Shea, M.D., "The Current Status of Adult and Embryonic Stem-Cell Research,"

5. ESCR causes abnormal production of proteins from genes and inability to stimulate the cells to grow certain types of tissue. Linda K. Bevington, "Stem-Cell Research and 'Therapeutic' Cloning: A Christian Analysis," http://www.cbhd.org/resources/cloning/scr_overview.htm

6. One in five cases of animal testing ESC cause tumors "Adult Stem Cell Breakthrough Ignored," http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/5/30/84930.shtml.

7. Research shows that only ASCR has yielded medical progress:

a. Australia's Griffith University: olfactory stem cells can be turned into almost any kind of cell. "Adult Stem-Cell Breakthrough Ignored."

b. University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair: injected human-bone-marrow stem cells into rats that had suffered severe strokes. The infusion of healthy stem cells quickly brought the rats back to such a level of normal activity that it was almost as if they had not suffered the strokes. The rats displayed no motor asymmetry - a common result of strokes. Marisa Emerson, "Stem-like cells form Peripheral Blood Restore Function in Rats with Severe Stroke," http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-07/uosf-scf063003.php

c. Enzo Biochem Inc: inserted anti-HIV genes into human stem cells, which then developed into a type of white blood cell that blocked HIV growth. Marisa Emerson, "Stem-like cells form Peripheral Blood Restore Function in Rats with Severe Stroke," http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-07/uosf-scf063003.php

d. Massachusetts General Hospital: adult-islet stem cells can mature into pancreatic beta cells, the insulin-secreting cells that diabetes patients need. "Hormone Prompts Adult Stem Cells to Differentiate into Islet Cells," from Science Daily Web site, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/07/020777717075426.htm.

e. University of Oslo: developing a treatment to heal spinal cord injuries using bone-marrow stem cells. E. J. Mundell, "Adult Stem Cells Can Produce Brain Cells," http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=3107692

f. University of Central Florida: person's own stem cells may hold the key to curing Alzheimer's. The team has been injecting rats with bone marrow or blood stem cells, which then proceed to replace the brain cells that are usually destroyed by Alzheimer's. Chad Binette, "Research May Hold Promise for Treating Alzheimer's," http://news.ucf.edu/UCFnews/index?page=article&id=00240041998c09010172bc803800783d&mode=news.

g. National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Strokes: Patient's own bone-marrow can now be used to create nerve cells that could repair brain damage. Chad Binette, "Research May Hold Promise for Treating Alzheimer's," http://news.ucf.edu/UCFnews/index?page=article&id=00240041998c09010172bc803800783d&mode=news.

h. Johns Hopkins: mouse's own bone-marrow stem cells can develop into the specialized cells lining its intestines, lungs and skin. "Bone Marrow Stem Cells Can Become Almost Anything," http://www.christianity.com/partner/Article_Display_Page/0,PTID4211/CHID403309,00.html.

i. Center for Aging and Brain Repair at the USF: stem cells in tissue taken from the hearts of newborn babies undergoing surgery used to correct congenital heart defects. It may be possible to use these stem cells to treat adults. Amanda Gardner, "Cardiac Stem Cells Found in Newborns," http://health.myway.com/art/id/523894.html

j. Milan: successfully treated mice with a disease similar to multiple sclerosis (MS) by injecting them with neural stem cells. The injections promoted tissue repair and clinical recovery. "Researchers Report Successful Transplants of Cells to Repair Neural Tissue Damage in Mice with MS-Like Disease," a Research/Clinical Update from the National Multiple Sclerosis Web site, 18 April 2003.

k. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: nerve cells can be grown from hair-follicle stem cells. "Hair is a Good Source of Stem Cells," http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4378941.stm

8. Human clinical trials of ASCR have yielded results in fighting diseases:

a. National Center for Biotechnology Information: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)- new therapies involving the transplanting of bone marrow and other types of adult stem cells save up to 80 percent of SCID patients "Severe Combined Immunodeficiency," http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/disease/SCImm.html

b. Japan: Diabetes- diabetic woman received part of her mother's pancreas. The insulin-producing pancreatic stem cells cured her diabetes. This procedure has been successful, but it always required pancreas cells from at least three cadavers. This latest case required only about half the number of cells. Anita Manning, "Pancreatic Cell Transplant Could Lead to Diabetes Cure," http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-04-18-transplant-diabetes_x.htm

c. Osiris Therapeutics: Heart Disease- testing the possibility of injecting heart-attack patients with stem cells that can migrate into the heart and replace damaged cells Michael Rosenwald, "Researchers Turn to Adult Stem Cells," from The Washington Post, 20 August 2004, E01.

d. ASC improve cardiac functioning for patients. Patients with congestive heart failure saw significant improvement when bone-marrow stem cells were injected into their cardiac tissue. Anita Srikameswaran- "Stem Cells to be Tested in Repairing Heart Muscle," http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05133/503928.stm.

e. University of Pittsburgh: Sickle Cell Anemia- cured 15-year-old Keone Penn of sickle cell anemia through intensive chemotherapy and injection of stem cells from umbilical-cord blood. Earll, "Adult Stem Cells: It's Not Pie in the Sky."

f. Acute Myeloid Leukemia - Treating child leukemia patients with umbilical-cord-blood stem cells has proven extremely effective. Adult Leukemia patients require a much larger quantity of stem cells, making it difficult to treat them, but researchers at the University of Minnesota are developing a therapy which combines stem cells from the blood of two umbilical cords. "Cord Blood Transplantation Now a Viable Option for Adult Leukemia Patients," http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=19066

g. Multiple Sclerosis: Several hundred patients worldwide have reported improved conditions after receiving adult stem-cell transplants to treat MS Earll, "Adult Stem Cells: It's Not Pie in the Sky."

h. Israel: Parkinson's disease - company is testing a way to treat Parkinson's using a patient's bone-marrow stem cells. The cells produce a chemical that restores a patient's motor movement. Roberta Neiger, "Israeli Therapy uses Adult Stem Cells to Treat Parkinson's Disease," http://www.israel21c.org/bin/en.jsp?enDispWho=Articles^l952&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Health

i. Dennis Turner: suffered severe Parkinson's for many years, was injected with modified stem cells extracted from his brain. For the next five years his Parkinson's symptoms virtually disappeared and allowed him to live a normal life. Dennis Turner, "Testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation." http://commerce.senate.gov/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=1268&wit_id=3676.

j. University of South Florida have reported that their attempts to use fetal cell grafts to combat Parkinson's were completely ineffective. Roberta Friedman, PhD, "Fetal Cell Grafts not Effective in Reversing Parkinson's Damage: Presented at SFN," http://www.docguide.com/news/content.nsf/news/8525697700573E1885256DDD0064B02F

k. Chicago's Northwestern Hospital: Crohn's Disease - after adult stem-cell treatment, several patients with severe Crohn's disease at have shown remarkable progress. The patients had failed to respond to standard treatments "Crohn's Disease: Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation is Option for Patients with Severe CD," Blood Weekly, 13 November 2003, p. 23.

l. Krabbe's Disease- umbilical cord-blood transplants significantly increased the survival rates of newborns afflicted with this rare and usually fatal disease "Umbilical Cord-Blood Transplants Save Lives of Babies with Rare Genetic Disorder, Krabbe's Disease," http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=24897

9. ASCR Documented incidents of progess:

a. Adult stem-cell treatments have successfully fought Tay-Sachs disease, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia major, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Kelly Hollowell J.D., Ph.D., "Federal Stem Cell Research: What Taxpayers Should Know," http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/wm749.cfm b. Blindness "I Lived to See My Miracle," http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=P8&targetRule=10&xml=/health/2005/04/29/hstem29.xml c. Spinal cord injury "Stem Cell Help for Spinal Injury," from One News, 18 February 2004, http://onenews.nzoom.com/onenews_detail/0,1227,256422-1-7,00.html d. Ovarian cancer "Experimental Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Stem Cell Transplant is Most Aggressive Therapy," http://www.cancerwise.org/september_2004/print.cfm?id=2d59e4ed-f917-40b9-85fda5fddfc1683f&method=DisplayFull e. Testicular cancer "Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Information” http://www.fccc.edu/clinical/bonemarrow f. Breast cancer Carr, Jessica, "Local Cancer Patient to Receive Stem Cell Transplant," from http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=7682235&BRD=1720&PAG=461&dept_id=74554&rfi=6

10. ASCR can be obtained without destroying an embryo: skin, placenta, body fat, umbilical cord blood, bone marrow and hair 11. ASCR have the ability to develop into other cell types

12. Unlike ESCR, ASCR can be transplanted without fear of rejection.

Ethical considerations:

1. ASCR has no ethical or moral problems

2. ESCR ignores the sanctity of human life using science as the excuse a. "Virtually every human embryologist and every major textbook of Human Embryology states that fertilization marks the beginning of the life of the new individual human being." C. Ward Kischer- human embryologist "When Does Human Life Begin? The Final Answer," http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/kisc/kisc_04whenlifebegins1.html.

b. "By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception." Professor Hymie Gordon, chairman of the Mayo Clinic- "Scientists Attest to Life Beginning at Conception," from Eternal Perspective Ministries Web site, as found at http://www.epm.org/articles/life_conception.html.

c. "It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception." Professor Micheline Matthews-Roth, Harvard University Medical School- "Scientists Attest to Life Beginning at Conception," from Eternal Perspective Ministries Web site, as found at http://www.epm.org/articles/life_conception.html.

d. “Biologically, human life begins at conception when sperm and egg unite. This new embryonic life is 100 percent human, complete with 46 human chromosomes and his or her own genetic code. As the embryo grows, he begins the journey through all of life's stages: embryo, fetus, infant, toddler, adolescent and adult. To classify any one of these stages as not human discriminates based on age, appearance or location” Carrie Gordon Earll http://www2.focusonthefamily.com/focusmagazine/sohl/A000000160.cfm

3. ESCR destroys embryos From: www.ethicalhealthcare.org/articles/human_life_begins.pdf

“Human life begins with the 1-celled embryo Biology and embryology textbooks state that human life begins with the 1-celled embryo, or zygote, which is formed with the union of an egg and a sperm: - “A zygote is the beginning of a new human being.”1 - “Life began for each of us with the fusion of...a sperm and an ovum.”2 Cell biology has defined living organisms as carrying out various “life functions” such as Nutrition, Transport, Respiration, Synthesis, Assimilation, Growth, Excretion, Regulation, Reproduction, and Metabolism. All life from the simplest one-celled amoeba to complex animals carry out these life functions in various ways. Human embryos carry out the same life functions as humans at later developmental stages, only they may do so differently. All things in this world can be classified as either living or inanimate. Only living things grow; inanimate things like rocks do not grow. If a human embryo is not living, then how can it grow? One cannot classify a human embryo as “not living”without also refuting basic principles of cell biology. Human embryonic stem cell (HESC) research using cloned or noncloned embryos requires taking a human life; the embryo must be destroyed to obtain these embryonic stem cells. Worldwide medical codes such as the Nuremburg Code, developed after medical research atrocities in German concentration camps, prohibit research without the consent of the research subject, and prohibit research in which death or disabling injury occur. The embryo cannot give consent for HESC research, and is killed for the presumptuous benefit of another. Human personhood Most scientists and people admit that human embryos are living, but some advocate discrimination against these tiny humans by denying them full personhood. However, there is no standard on the continuum of life (beginning with a 1-celled embryo and continuing through birth and adulthood to the point of death) by which an individual on this journey can be classified as “not a person,” without the risk of compromising the rights of humans at a later stage of development. Throughout history, people have been discriminated against because of race, religion, nationality, etc. Less than 200 years ago in our country, a group of people were assessed to be 3/5 a person based on skin color. Is the fact that embryos carry out their life functions in a developmentally appropriate way that is different than a human at a later stage of development a reason to classify them as having less than full personhood? If it is, then infants, children, and the disabled are also not fully persons. Most people admit that a human embryo deserves some measure of respect, if not full entitlement to personhood. Even in IVF clinics, embryos are sometimes given funerals prior to being killed. How much of a person is an embryo? When does a human achieve full personhood? Are rights in proportion to how much of a person one is declared to be? What protection should be granted to a human who is assessed to be half a person? Would he or she receive half a share of the right to life? How would that be accomplished? Answering the Arguments: Examples of “personhood” standards that are not viable: 1. Implantation--An embryo is not worthy of human rights until it is implanted in a uterus--- Implantation is merely a change of location for a living embryo; personhood should not be based on factors extrinsic to the human. Many embryos conceived within a woman die a natural death because they do not implant, but that is very different than actively killing them. 2. Abortion--Embryos and fetuses don’t have rights because it is just like abortion--- The legal basis for permitting abortion was not a lack of embryo/fetal rights, but purported competing Constitutional rights of women and their unborn children. In the case of embryo research, there are not competing rights, and an embryo’s right to life should not be sacrificed for the purported benefit of medical research. Unlike abortion, there is no conflict between a woman's right over her own body and the right of an embryo to life. Pro-choice people can still hold their position while opposing this research. 3. Lack of a nervous system--An embryo lacks brain activity or nervous system functioning--- The life function of coordination (regulation), involving communication and control of activities within the organism and its interaction with the environment, is carried out without any specialized system in the early embryo. Beyond 2 weeks of life, the nervous system, in part, carries out this function. Throughout life, human growth and evelopment, as well as disease states, involve changes in the way life functions are performed. One would not expect an infant to speak in words, walk, or function independently given the child’s immature nervous system. Yet, that does not mean a baby does not have intrinsic human worth and full rights. Embryos carry out life functions in a developmentally appropriate way that is different than a human at a later stage of development; classifying them as having less than full human rights is discriminatory. 4. Twinning—An embryo is not a person during the stage at which it can form twins— If the fact that one human being can become two human beings means the first human being is not a person, then if a person is cloned to result in two identical twins, the original human before being cloned is not a person either! The fact that one human being can become two human beings has no bearing on the essence, nature or personhood of the original human being. Think about Siamese twins—2 persons joined into one body. Is an embryo before twinning occurs any different from an ethical standpoint? 1. Moore K. The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Company; 1988. 2. Curtis H. Invitation to Biology. Second ed. New York, NY: Worth Publishers; 1977.

 
6509 05/02/2009 at 01:02:03 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research has yielded NO cures for disease, while the results of adult stem cell research are being used to treat over 70 diseases, all without the destruction of life. Embryonic stem cell research is immoral, unnecessary and unfruitful. We do not need it.

 
6510 05/02/2009 at 01:02:38 PM Self     You must die so that I may live', is that a sensible answer to a child in an embryonic stage?

Is it possible that we are living in a country of such a selfish nature, that we are willing to destroy without cause so that others may seemingly search for a cure for what ever. Can we not use a proven method of research, that has already had wonderful results.

We need to beg the Lord our God to have mercy on us and our country and stop this abomination, as well as other distructive acts, that destroy life needlessly for the benifit of material things.

Please help us in this endevor

 
6511 05/02/2009 at 01:02:48 PM Self     Under Section II, Part A, it is stated that "the Director of the NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law."

Note the key words "responsible, and scientifically worthy."

Human embryonic stem cell research (hESCR) has been ongoing for well over a decade now and has yielded no practical clinical therapy and has few on the horizon. At the same time, research with adult stem cells has resulted in scores of practical clinical therapies for the same diseases that hESCR claims to hold promise for. From a purely utilitarian standpoint It is clear that adult stem cell research has far out-gained hESCR.

In light of objective research data of many years, responsible and scientifically worthy research funding (particularly federal tax dollars) would be directed towards adult stem cell research which not only holds equal promise but is if fact proving to be in fact both responsible and scientifically worthy. hESCR has had it its chance and has failed in several well known cases.

The government has the responsibility to use tax dollars wisely, particularly from a pragmatic standpoint. Funding hESCR when other stem cell research is delivering significantly better (both in quality and quantity) results is irresponsible and scientifically unworthy.

Following this logic, the guidelines as proposed should be changed to remove "responsible and scientifically worthy" or hESCR should not be federally funded.

Thank you,

 
6512 05/02/2009 at 01:02:50 PM Self     President Bush had it right when he eliminated embryonic stem cell research. There is no need for further research because there is a viable alternative - adult stem cells - that have proven effective. Why waste tax payer money and give people false hope by doing research on embryonic stem cels when it has already been proven that an effective alternate means is availalbe that does not require killing embryonic stem cells.

"No" on embryonic stem cell research.

 
6513 05/02/2009 at 01:03:24 PM Self     Please do not support embryonic stem cell research or use of these ebryonic stage babies in any scientific manner. This should never have started and it's time it ends. The Lord God knows that men try to play that they are god themselves, and His heart is grieved because man will never succeed when he tries to out"think" God the creator. Please give these cells a decent burial, put them to rest by completely shutting down this industry, and do not torture them with any form of scientific research. I wish they had not been brought into existence but due to frankenstein thinkers they have been, so now please only use them to implant in someone who has infertility problems, otherwise, just leave those embryonic babies alone! This is a sick problem overall, that you want to use babies to make babies or "help" people, yet you promote abortion for those who don't want their babies. God is not mocked, but wickedness and it's participants do see justice, and your participation in this "research" is wickedness. Please stop it immediately, get back your soul, and find other ways besides murdering embryo's and creating embryo's for research. There are plenty of other options to study. If an Indian guy can make a motorbike run on air, you certainly can find a way to do science without hurting people.

 
6514 05/02/2009 at 01:03:57 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars spent on human embryo stem cell research.

 
6515 05/02/2009 at 01:04:17 PM Self     You must die so that I may live', is that a sensible answer to a child in an embryonic stage?

Is it possible that we are living in a country of such a selfish nature, that we are willing to destroy without cause so that others may seemingly search for a cure for what ever. Can we not use a proven method of research, that has already had wonderful results, Such as adult stem cell research.

We need to beg the Lord our God to have mercy on us and our country and stop this abomination, as well as other distructive acts, that destroy life needlessly for the benifit of material things.

Please help us in this endevor

 
6516 05/02/2009 at 01:04:19 PM Self     I am vehemently opposed to the use of Federal monies to support research on embryonic stem cells. To date, no cures or promise of cure have been obtained from embryonic stem cells. However, the research has been promising and positive on adult stem cells.

If federal money is to be used and spent wisely, it should be directed at research on which evidence exists, and that is on the adult stem cell origin. Please read the data that exists in this area so that individuals who are suffering from chronic illnesses have the promise of cure derived from the efforts of our scientists who have produced positive data on the Adult stem cell lines.

Thank you,

Respectfully,

 
6517 05/02/2009 at 01:05:51 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern,

The use of embryonic stem cells for medical research is morally and scientifically unjustifiable. There have been no medical breakthroughs through the use of this research only destruction human life and dignity. If the same effort were put into the support of adult stem cell research-which has a record of success-there is no telling how much closer we would be to ending many crippling and deadly diseases.

According to your documentation:

"These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using only those human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose."

The fact that these embryo's are no longer needed for IVF doesn't change the fact that they are human and desrve human rights as much as the scientists conducting the reaserch on them. It is a dangerous place to be when a government agency decides who is fit to live and who is not. We are a country founded on the philosophy that government exists to protect life not to destroy it and certainly not for a procedure that has yet to produce any significant results. I urge the powers that be to cease their support for any policy or legislation that allows for the destruction of any human embryo.

 
6518 05/02/2009 at 01:06:41 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 
6519 05/02/2009 at 01:07:08 PM Self     To whom it may concern, Please reconsider the use of embryonic stem cells for further studies and use. We are already using adult cells, which are sufficient enough!

Thank you,

 
6520 05/02/2009 at 01:08:30 PM Self     As one who believes that humans are created in the image of God and that he has commanded us not to murder, I cannot in good conscience support the use of my tax dollars to destroy human life at any stage of development. This is clearly unethical and would violate the principal that NIH-funded research be ethically responsible.

The guidelines state that the research uses "human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer eeded for that purpose." It is telling to me that the word "created" was used to describe the IVF process which only combines two cells that had already been "created" by God. Also, that it is stated that they were created for a "purpose." Such language reveals the apparent underlying worldview that places man in the position of God to create and determine the purpose and length of human life.

Therefore, I object to Executive Order 13505.

 
6521 05/02/2009 at 01:08:33 PM Self     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.

Please, this is NOT acceptable! (One of these human embryos could grow up to be President of the United States or, better yet, find cures for various diseases.)

 
6522 05/02/2009 at 01:10:59 PM Self     Please uphold the Dickey-Wicker Amendment in its entirety. I oppose all laws that require tax payers to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Such research takes innocent human life. A government that sanctions the taking of innocent human life is repeating atrocities performed by governments such as Hitler and the Nazis, or Stalin and the Russians. Please do not make Americans pay for the taking of innocent human life.

 
6523 05/02/2009 at 01:11:35 PM Self     I am against murdering the innocent life of human beings that God authorized. Besides, no one knows whether or not they are killing the last best hope for America in one of these embryos. Although it is obvious Obama is determined to stop my right to speak out and I guess according to this administration's guidelines that makes me an extremist bigoted hatemonger but so be it. For now, I still have the priviledge of voicing my opinions.

 
6524 05/02/2009 at 01:12:03 PM Self     I am opposed to stem cell of embryos comoletely.

 
6525 05/02/2009 at 01:12:17 PM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. There is so much already proven in adult stem cell research and embryonic stem cells are much more prone to cause cancer since they are not as easily controlled. If you can convince yourselves that embryonic stem cell research does not destroy human life--there is little hope for this country. It is easy to pretend that those of us who hold to this belief are in the fringe "right" wing of politics, but you are very mistaken. You are bringing judgments on this nation by your acceptance of this. I pray that God opens your eyes to the dangers of this kind of experimentation. May your day be blessed and thank you for listening to my comments.

 
6526 05/02/2009 at 01:13:04 PM Self     Taxpayer money should not be used for embryonic stem cell research, because not one person has been help by this research, in spite of plenty of private and international research over the last 10 years. Taxpayer money should support the non-controversial adult stem cell research that has already helped thousands of people suffering from some 200 ailments. All the breakthroughs are with these adult stem cells, and are quickly making the killing of human embryos unnecessary.

Research that kills humans is unacceptable whether it is adults in the Tuskegee Experiments or embryonic stem cell research. The excuse that using unwanted embryos that would be discarded anyways is a false argument because two wrongs do not make a right.

 
6527 05/02/2009 at 01:13:38 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars spent on experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
6528 05/02/2009 at 01:13:49 PM       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. 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 am firmly opposed to this use of my money. After over 25 years of embryonic stem cell research NO diseases are being treated, whereas with adult stem cells - over 70 diseases are being treated. Take the money and use it where it will provide the greatest results and success for the health of people around the world. Thank you.

 
6529 05/02/2009 at 01:13:51 PM Self     Please uphold the Dickey-Wicker Amendment in its entirety. I oppose all laws that require tax payers to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Such research takes innocent human life. A government that sanctions the taking of innocent human life is repeating atrocities performed by governments such as Hitler and the Nazis, or Stalin and the Russians. Please do not make Americans pay for the taking of innocent human life.

 
6530 05/02/2009 at 01:14:06 PM Self     To the NIH:

This letteer is to register my opposition to the policies which would fund and promote Human Embryo Stem Cell research. To date there are many adult stem cells available which have been obtained and that are very effective in the use of prevention and control of many diseases. The use of Embryonic human stem cells does nothing to enhance life, in stead the destruction of human life is the result of this practice. Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion.

 
6531 05/02/2009 at 01:14:16 PM Self     This bill allows for the killing of human beings: Section II (B) of the guidelines specifies eligibility: "if the cells were derived from human embryos that were created for reproductive purposes, were no longer needed for this purpose, were donated for research purposes, and for which documentation of all of the following can be assured." Embryos ARE human beings, complete with their own unique DNA code. Though small, dependent, still developing, each embryo is a unique person.

This bill contains a serious loophole that will allow for cloning andbto amend or repeal the Dickey-Wicker law: Section II (A) of the Guidelines state that "The Director of the NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to th extent permitted by law." Further, President Obama's Executive Order of March 9th specifically states that "the NIH shall review and update these Guidelines periodically, as appropriate."

This bill allows a conflict of interest and financial incentive for the researcher if the same researcher performing the IVF is also involved with embryonic stem cell research: Section II (B) part 6 says, "WHENEVER IT IS PRACTICABLE, the attending physician responsible for reproductive clinical care and the researcher deriving and/or proposing to utilize human embryonic stem cells should not have been the same person."

And what about adult stem cell research which already has close to 80 cures while ESC have ZERO? I couldn't reference anything about it because there are no provisions! Where are they obama???!!!!

After all is said and done, obama puts millions more into unethical, immoral, human destructive policies. What doeshe care, we can "just eat cake"!

 
6532 05/02/2009 at 01:14:35 PM Self     I do not wish that my tax dollars go toward killing embryos for the purpose of stem cell research. These are human beings that could be adopted and given their constitutional right to live a life and contribute to the good of mankind. There are other ways to develop stem cell research other than killing embryos. Use those means with a clear conscience. Thoughtless killing of life which was given by God will not go without dire consequences.

 
6533 05/02/2009 at 01:15:36 PM Self     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.

We strongly oppose these guidelines. Are we killing just for the sake of killing?

 
6534 05/02/2009 at 01:15:39 PM Self     I ask you NOT to use embryonic stem cells for research. It is a known fact that embryonic stem cells have not been effective, whereas adult and chord blood stem cells have been most effective! An embryo is a human being. Over 40 million innocent babies have been destroyed since 1973. PLEASE, do not add to this travesty by destroying more lives using stem cells for research.

Thank you for your consideration.

 
6535 05/02/2009 at 01:15:40 PM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research--it is murder and there are no proven benefits or reasons to use embryonic stem cells when there have been and continue to be so many developments using adult stem cells. Please oppose any legislation that would allow federal funds to be used for embryonic stem cell research that has proven wasteful thus far and to which so many are opposed.

 
6536 05/02/2009 at 01:16:29 PM Self     I am against partial birth abortion as a way to end a pregnancy, unless the expectant mother was raped. Partial birth abortion is nothing less than murder and every human beings who cannot defend themselves is murdered for the sake of convenience.

 
6537 05/02/2009 at 01:17:29 PM Self     I am opposed to the guidelines that will allow federal spending on embryonic stem cell research. The ethical and moral concerns of ESCR can be avoided by concentrating federal spending on adult and umbilical cord stem cell research, which has shown so much more promise. Historically, government-sponsored research that ignores ethical and moral concerns has reaped frightening consequences, leading some nations into a grim reality where no life is valued and the state has total control. Please reconsider this "line in the sand" that the government is about to cross.

 
6538 05/02/2009 at 01:17:44 PM Self     Our country was founded on a culture of life. I ask you to not grant any funds for embryonic stem research. That would promote a culture of death. Also there has been ZERO benefits from all previous embryonic stem cell research and many benefits from adult stem cell research. This should show evidence that the right direction for helping people with serious deceases is through Adult Stem Research.

 
6539 05/02/2009 at 01:19:35 PM Self     I am very opposed to using embryonic stem cells in research since,as recently as last year, it was shown in reputable scientific circles that adult stem cells and cord stem cells would produce equally as good or better results. It is not necessary to deliberately destroy a human life for this research.

 
6540 05/02/2009 at 01:19:51 PM Self     At a time when our country's ecomony is out of control, we don't need to be using taxpayer funds to research embryonic stem cells. Private industry can take care of that. In addition, the research indicates that up to this point there is more promise in adult stem cells. Lets get politics out of medical research!

 
6541 05/02/2009 at 01:20:22 PM       Please uphold the Dickey-Wicker Amendment in its entirety. I oppose all laws that require tax payers to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Such research takes innocent human life. A government that sanctions the taking of innocent human life is repeating atrocities performed by governments such as Hitler and the Nazis, or Stalin and the Russians. Please do not make Americans pay for the taking of innocent human life.

 
6542 05/02/2009 at 01:21:08 PM Self     We oppose embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). This practice that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Tax payer funds should NOT be used for this disturbing research. As a Parkinson's patient, we know that the most promising help from stem cells comes from adult stem cell research not embryonic. We should be promoting research on adult stem cell research which is most promising and encouragin the adoption of these human embryos not the useless destruction of human life.

 
6543 05/02/2009 at 01:22:18 PM Self     I oppose any form of embryonic stem cell research. Embryonic stem cells represent a life and to use for research is to kill that life.

 
6544 05/02/2009 at 01:23:20 PM Self     It is morally unacceptable to pursue embryonic stem cell research

 
6545 05/02/2009 at 01:24:18 PM Self     I have friends that will benefit from Stem Cell research and urge you to go forward with this program.

 
6546 05/02/2009 at 01:24:25 PM Self     I am appalled that this Country that I love has stooped to killing human embryo's in the name of science. This is a new low for our moral conduct in this Country. This killing of humans embryo's resembles the Nazi experimentation on humans that led to the extermination of millions of humans in the name of science.

This letter is a notice that I am outraged that such killing is being called science.

I pray that God will bring this Country to it's senses sooner rather than later.

 
6547 05/02/2009 at 01:24:38 PM Self     I ask you to please not provide federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. There have been widely developed, recognized, and published advances with both cord blood and adult stem cells. I implore you in the name of compassion, decency, and conscience to not endorse ESC research. With the advances with the other research I mentioned above, it is not necessary to use federal funds to this immoral and contraversial method.

Sincerely and respectfully submitted,

 
6548 05/02/2009 at 01:24:42 PM Self     My comment is that God uniquely designed the Human Body at the moment of conception between man &woman in the act of Holy Matrimony.The Bible says in Genesis1that God created male and female in His Image &Likeness.

 
6549 05/02/2009 at 01:25:42 PM Self     I oppose killing human embryos. The proposed regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research I believe is unethical because it requires the destruction of human embryos.

Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from promising research treating people now with adult stem cells and will divert funds away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of any human embryos.

The proposed regulations create a financial incentive for the creation of more human embryos to be destroyed to obtain their embryonic stem cells.

The guidelines do not require any separation between an IVF doctor and an ESCR researcher. The guidelines say they "should" be separate, but only when practicable. The guidelines allow any IVF doctor to create more embryos than are needed for fertility purposes in order to generate more so-called "leftover" embryos for ESCR research using taxpayer funds.

Instead of preventing any future expansion of funding for ESCR on unethical experiments involving human clones and human-animal hybrids, these regulations open the door for such funding whenever NIH wants in the future.

The guidelines do not require full informed consent for the parents of the human embryos as to their options for their human embryos to be adopted by other infertile couples.

 
6550 05/02/2009 at 01:27:30 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. We discover more and more people in our immediate community being diagnosed with PD. This research may not provide results in time to help my 87 year old husband, but hopefully will help the millions of others afflicted with crippling diseases.

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6551 05/02/2009 at 01:28:25 PM Self     Please note what researchers are saying: we are not gaining any information at all from embryonic stem cells. It is with adult stem cells that we making giant strides. We also benefit by utilizing 'cord blood' obtained after infant births. This is obviously part of our Creator's overall design. We need to stop pretending that we are in total control of life and death. We need to put our tax dollars into adult stem cell research and wipe out all the major diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions. There is neither any need nor anything to be gained from destroying human embryos.

 
6552 05/02/2009 at 01:29:27 PM Self     I do not wish for my tax dollars to be spent in destroying an embryo that could be adopted by couples. It is wrong that you allow lives to be taken. I do not understand the insistance on embryonic stem cell research when it has shown to be unsuccessful. However, adult stem cell research has had several successes. We need to further funds for it and stop destroying human life.

 
6553 05/02/2009 at 01:29:49 PM Self     I am opposed to the changes in the support of stem cell research. Since there has been so much progress with any stem cells from adults, why do we have o kill embryos to take their stem cells? I believe in the sanctity of life and cannot condone the use of these "left over embryos" in this way.

 
6554 05/02/2009 at 01:30:00 PM Self     Tiny embyros should not be destroyed or used for research especially in the light of the breakthroughs with adult stem cells. Life is life no matter how small. Micrsopic forms of life are still considered life. Human life should be protected way more than any other. I urge you not to support this legislation to destroy life.

 
6555 05/02/2009 at 01:31:24 PM Self     God's word proclaims this research to be murder and an abomina- tion before his eyes. There is NO EVIDENCE that using EMBRYONIC stem cells is useful to medical science. There is MUCH EVIDENCE that ADULT STEM CELLS have produced much medical usefulness. That is why I am apalled at the massive IGNORANCE of this admin- istration and their OVERWHELMING ARROGANCE in the face of actual MEDICAL EVIDENCE to go AGAINST proof of what already works, and commit an ABOMINATION OF WIN AGAINST GOD!!!

 
6556 05/02/2009 at 01:31:53 PM Self     I strongly oppose extending embryonic stem-cell research beyond the original 22 lines. I do believe in funding more research on adult stem cells. From existing research it it the adult stem cells that seem to offer the most promise. Destroying embryonic stem-cells (even if they are "left over) begins a dangerous trend.

 
6557 05/02/2009 at 01:32:33 PM Self     I believe life to be too important to justify killing the unborn to experiment in the hope of saving others. There also have been no proof that such help would be accomplished. If companies really believed it they would fund it on their own, which they are not. I should not be required to fund research which I find reprehensible.

 
6558 05/02/2009 at 01:33:12 PM Self     oppose stem cell research on embryos! 21 days these hearts are beating! Even if frozen this live could have been you!

 
6559 05/02/2009 at 01:34:36 PM Self     Knowing that embryos created in laboratories of Infertility Clinics would possibly go on to develop into mature infants if given the chance by intrauterine implantation, I oppose any plans by NIH that would result in the destruction of these fertized ova. Since adult cells now have been shown to be reverted into totipotential cells, and can perform like embryonic stem cells there is really no need for the use of actual embryonic stem cells for research purposes. Also, many medical uses for adult stem cells have already been determined, but despite ongoing private research as well as research using embryonic tissues that had been made available, no valid medical therapies have resulted. All the claims made for embryonic stem cells are only theoretical, and no therapies have resulted. I oppose my tax dollars being used in the destruction of human life, especially since this is unnecessary.

 



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