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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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6560 05/02/2009 at 01:36:01 PM Self     I wish to express my concern over the drafted guidelines on Embryonic Stem Cell use. Your policy would allow tax payer dollars to be used to pay for research on stem cells derived from embyos which are "leftover" from in vetro fertilization. I am opposed to destroying these embryos, and outraged that the government wants to use my tax dollars to do it. Please revise your guidelines to protect the views of all Americans. The advancement of science is not worth the price of human lives that this policy creates. It further is wrong to subject individual tax payers to funding research they find morally objectionable.

 
6561 05/02/2009 at 01:37:21 PM Self     As a family, we are totally against the killing of innocent life & very against the human stem cell research & using tax dollars for it.

 
6562 05/02/2009 at 01:38:51 PM Self     Oppose Federal Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

1. Adult stem cell research has had many successes. Embryonic cell research has had none.

2. There is no justification in spending taxpayer dollars on this research. If there were value in it, the private sector would be investing in it. The Government has no business in funding such researchy.

 
6563 05/02/2009 at 01:39:40 PM Self     I TOTALLY OPPOSE embryonic stem cell reserch and even more I TOTALLY OPPOSE using my tax dollars to do it, the government works for me and I DO NOT give my concent to use my dollars to do so.

 
6564 05/02/2009 at 01:41:05 PM Self     Embryonic Stem Cell research KILLS human life. Just say No. It has NEVER proven to be effective. It causes tumors when embryonic stem cells have been used -- some tumors showed a growth of fetal tissue within the tumor.

Adult Stem Cells have been used effectively in over 70 health problems. This is where our tax money should go.

New research that allows a person's OWN adult stem cell (from skin, etc.) to be restructured to an embryo-like state (without having potential for human life) has proven to be effective in treating various conditions. Since it uses a person's OWN stem cells, rejection is less likely. THIS is the research that should be supported.

DO NOT SUPPORT the destruction of human life. Do not support CLONING of any kind. Do not support killing off embryos that were harvested for Invitro. Give those embryos up for adoption and STOP these doctors from creating human life that will only be destroyed by selective reduction abortions and MAD SCIENTIST experimentation.

Thank you.

 
6565 05/02/2009 at 01:41:25 PM Self     Life is sacred. I oppose tax dollars being used to fund embryonic stem cell research. I do support research with adult stem cells which has produced many treatments without destroying life. An embryo, whether in a womb or in a storage facility is complete; nothing is added to an embryo for it to grow into an adult. Embryo stem cell research takes us into the realm of dtermining which life is more important. I would not be writing this message today if someone had decided that my life as an embryo was not as valuable as an experiment. Let us put our resources where they can be best used, both because of the already proven benefits of adult stem cells and the sacred value of every life.

 
6566 05/02/2009 at 01:42:19 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern,

I just want you to know I'm opposed to allowing any human embryos to be destroyed for medical research. And, I'm definitely opposed to your using my money to do so.

Thank you.

 
6567 05/02/2009 at 01:43:56 PM Self     I strongly oppose using my tax money to fund research on embroyic stem cells. It is my belief that to harvest embroy stem cells for research is murder.

 
6568 05/02/2009 at 01:44:36 PM       I oppose NIH Human Stem Cell Guidlines that would federally fund the death of stems cells taken from human embryos.

 
6569 05/02/2009 at 01:44:56 PM Self     I oppose use of my tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research for two reasons. One, an embryo is life at conception and Two, adult stem cell research is the only research that has produced favorable results with loss of life.

 
6570 05/02/2009 at 01:44:56 PM Self     Please do not draft these guidelines to encourage the killing of these embryos but instead the adoption.

 
6571 05/02/2009 at 01:45:08 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.

 
6572 05/02/2009 at 01:45:32 PM Self     To whom it may concern: If we believe The Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guideline will only produce better research, new cures, and medicines, Americans are naive. Once the demand for tissue exceeds supply, there will be no end to the abuses and profiteers. In the name of research, those broken by financial hardships will never be able to "decide" freely.

I believe all of this centers on the idea that right and wrong change with situations. I was in Jr. High School when they first began teaching this idea. We cannot do good using evil.

Sincerely,

 
6573 05/02/2009 at 01:45:36 PM Organization YouthStorm 44 Range Road, Windham, NH 03087 We think at YouthStorm that this is an inhumane practice and should not be done at all, let alone with Federal tax paying dollars. Thank you for your swift consideration of this.

 
6574 05/02/2009 at 01:45:47 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of embrionic stem cells on the fact that I believe they are human beings. This is a very strong & serious belief that I hold & believe many others also hold.

Thank you for considering my oppinions.

 
6575 05/02/2009 at 01:47:12 PM Self     Why must we sacrifice more babies for research on stem cells when we can get better results from adult stem cells? This is an inhumane practice and should never have been used in the past or re-established to use now or in the future. Please reconsider this decision and take away the practice of reward for abortions. Human life is too precious to kill it "for the good of science". No matter what pay grade you may be in. God is in control, so don't let Satan win this battle. God will win the war.

 
6576 05/02/2009 at 01:48:16 PM Self     There are enough stem cells in the throne away umbilical cords for any research. The shedding of the life's blood of the unborn is or the partially born is MURDER. What you sow, you will surely reap. Those who legalize murder will sooner or later be the victims of the same.

 
6577 05/02/2009 at 01:50:26 PM Self     There should be no federal (taxpayer) funding for stem cell research beyond the guidelines currently in place. The requirement that "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." is a contradiction in terms, as a person could not both want to have a baby and to kill a baby.

 
6578 05/02/2009 at 01:50:29 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells have proven to be very dangerous and difficult to work with. They have also become obsolete with the discovery of iPS technology which converts adult skin cells into embryonic-like stem cells without the dangerous side effects of cancer and dealth that accompnay true embryonic stem cells.

 
6579 05/02/2009 at 01:50:40 PM Self     I am strongly against using embryos for stem cell research and having my tax money fund this morally reprehensible practice. Regardless of whether they can breathe or talk, these are humans. Nor have stems cells from embryos shown actual help for cure of disease. Pluripotent cells are the more ethical way to go if thisi s to be pursued. On the other hand, more money should be put toward research that has actually shown promise which is adult stem cell research.

 
6580 05/02/2009 at 01:50:46 PM Self     I do not support the use of American tax dollars on stem cell research. I think that it is murder to create human embryos and then destroy them for research. Please reconsider the use of our money for such terrible acts.

 
6581 05/02/2009 at 01:52:48 PM Self     Although logically I understand thr desire for cures of diseases and an opportunity to really learn how specific cells can be used to create new tissues helpful for transplants, I cannot reconcile myself to Stem Cell Research that uses "leftover" embryos from in vitro fertilization. How do you have a "leftover" human? A "leftover" human reminds me of Hitler's perspective of the Jews prior to the Holocaust. How does one human judge the value of another?

 
6582 05/02/2009 at 01:52:49 PM Self     The following statement is very wrong: These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. These embryonic stem cells should not be destroyed!! There has been no success with this type of cells while there have been many successes with adult stem cells!! PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE WITH THE EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS WHICH WILL NOT CURE ANYTHING!!!

 
6583 05/02/2009 at 01:53:02 PM Self     I am opposed to using Human Embronic Cells for research paid for by the Federal Government. Since Roe Vs Wade there have been 50 Million Abortions, this will just expand on this.

 
6584 05/02/2009 at 01:53:30 PM Self     Please incorporate the distinction between embryonic stem cell research and non-embryonic stem cell research. Allow debate to continue in this country so that more opinions may be heard. Embryonic stem-cell research remains too contentouos given that it violates basic life principles held by a large segment of Americans. Please don't ram this down on the American people without first really listenning to opposing views and understanding why these views are so important.

 
6585 05/02/2009 at 01:54:33 PM Self     Baby stemcell research is nothing less than human canabalism:along with its sister practices of "partial birth "abortion,abortion on demand,and other barbaric practices of this culture of death ! Barach H. Obama and others,on judgment day,will regret they ever supported such dispicable practices.And I'll regret that I didn't do more to put a stop to them. Sincerely,

 
6586 05/02/2009 at 01:54:37 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send your tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

I am strongly opposed to this and pray you will not take part in this.

 
6587 05/02/2009 at 01:55:28 PM Self     Do not use embryonic stem cells. This has never been shown to be effective.

 
6588 05/02/2009 at 01:55:59 PM Self     I strongly oppose Embryonic Human Stem Cell research.

 
6589 05/02/2009 at 01:56:15 PM Self     Dear NIH Stem Cell Guidelines Authors:

I was opposed to Pres. Bush's 2001 decision on Stem Cell research & am supportive generally of Pres. Obama's. In the long run, Pres. Obama's is more supportive of life and quality of life.

Killing embryos is not murder. Not using stem cells to avoid diseases and create healthy cells to transfer to an ill patient is unGodly, unjust, and lacks compassion. Thank you. *****, Age 51, BA-Economics

 
6590 05/02/2009 at 01:56:59 PM Self     As a nurse and nurse practitioner for over the last 30, my entire professional career has been to promote and protect human life. This use of my taxes by force of government is morally repugnant and scientifically misguided. Human life begins when an embryo is formed, and human life is not to be experimented upon. Furthermore, the scientific literature is replete with the successes of adult stem cell usage to treat diseases. So, it can only be either through sheer bureaucratic ignorance or ideological bias that the NIH is forging ahead with proposed experimentation on human embryos, i.e. human life, based on the tenuous speculation by some researchers (who gain money for their experiments) that these experiments might possibly, some day, yield possible positive medical treatments for some diseases.

 
6591 05/02/2009 at 01:57:29 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
6592 05/02/2009 at 01:57:54 PM Self     I am firmly opposed to stem cell research. There is a moral argument associated with this kind of research and it is widely known that there are alternatives that should be considered. I sincerely hope that these alternatives will be considered and prove to be more beneficial to society as a whole, and more profitable to the individuals and/or the institutions who achieve the breakthrough.

 
6593 05/02/2009 at 01:58:47 PM Self     I vehemently oppose using Federal funds for stem cell research. We already have the government involved in too much!

 
6594 05/02/2009 at 01:59:07 PM       We are opposed to embryonic stem cell research. It is our understanding that embryonic stem cells do not need to be used. Adult stem cells will work just as well. Even if this were not the case, situation ethics is wrong. It is never right to do wrong to get a chance to do right. The wrong part here is the killing of something that is very much alive. Cell division is still taking place. That doesn't happen in something that is dead.

We urge you to please re-consider what is being proposed.

 
6595 05/02/2009 at 02:01:33 PM Self     As someone who has nerve damage from a spinal cord injury nine years ago, I know that "they say" embryonic stem cell research will benefit me. However, I would ask that no amount of money be given toward embryonic stem cell research. I know the truth to be that there is more promise in the use of adult stem cell research and I would ask that more funding be made available for this type of research instead. I do not wish for any embryo to be sacrificed on my account or any others. We are taking a human life in the name of scientific research and this practice must stop! Why isn't adult stem cell research promoted when it has already proven to be beneficial and yet there have been no documented cases of beneficial uses of embryonic stem cells? The public has been misled to believe there is more hope in embryonic stem cell use. I ask again, PLEASE stop the killing of embryos- human life, and stop the support both financially and verbally of embryonic research! We need to respect human life at all levels and all shapes and sizes.

 
6596 05/02/2009 at 02:01:37 PM Self     I oppose the use of any taxpayer monies to be used or to promote the killing of live human embryos while conducting your scientific research of stem cells. I do fully support continued funding for proven gains shown & demonstrated in the official record given as testimony before the U.S. Congress relating to adult stem cells.

Thank you for your consideration of my opinion,

 
6597 05/02/2009 at 02:01:48 PM Self     To harvest stem cells from an embryo ignores human dignity. I refuse to allow my tax dollars to go toward the killing of innocent life.

 
6598 05/02/2009 at 02:02:18 PM Self     I oppose any and all Federal funding of any and all human embryonic stem cell research.

Human embryos should be adopted, not destroyed.

 
6599 05/02/2009 at 02:04:16 PM Self     As you may know, President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

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

I am one hundred percent opposed to this and wish to make my feelings known. I do not feel it is right to experiment on these embrios so that others "might" benefit. Taking a life will always be too high a cost.

 
6600 05/02/2009 at 02:04:35 PM Self     It is reprehensible that a human being should be created to be destroyed when there is no proof that embryonic stem cells work. There is plenty of scientific proof that adult stem cells cure many diseases.

 
6601 05/02/2009 at 02:07:39 PM Self     This needs to stop and quit kill lives.

 
6602 05/02/2009 at 02:08:16 PM Self     Please consider all the Advancements made thus far with Adult cell research...Of whom I myself am a recipient...And consider the Research with the fetal type reseach which as Dr.Oz pointed out on Ophras show in April have mutated into cluster or cancer cells. Not to mention the source of these cells ! My God why waste Taxpayers money on this futile research ? Please stop the destruction of these fetal cells .

 
6603 05/02/2009 at 02:08:45 PM Self     To believe that "the end justifies the means" takes our culture back to a Machiavellian philosophy which has no regard for what is morally right. Furthermore, to date there have been no really successful results using embryonic stem cell research. On the contrary, there have been some very successful results using adult stem cell research which includes using the stem cells from the cord after a birth. In these cases a human life is not destroyed and progress is more certain.

 
6604 05/02/2009 at 02:08:51 PM Self     Gentlemen,

I strongly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. These are human lives which should be preserved, not used as experiments.

Stem cell research can and should be promoted using adult stem cells, not embryonic stem cells.

Sincerely,

 
6605 05/02/2009 at 02:09:57 PM Self     We are opposed to using federal tax dollars to pay for embryonic stem cell research. The use of embryos destroys the life within if allowed to develop. No productive results have come from 25 years of embryonic stem cell research, while adult stem cell research has produced treatments for 70 diseases. Our money should support the research which has proven to produce results and not destroy human life.

 
6606 05/02/2009 at 02:10:28 PM Self     I support all forms of stem cell research.

 
6607 05/02/2009 at 02:11:30 PM Self     The destruction of human embryos is also the destruction of human life because each embryo is a unique individual human life with all of its genetic code. Please do not violate the right of thses persons to have life.

 
6608 05/02/2009 at 02:11:56 PM Self     In light of the multiple research successes resulting from using adult stem cells, and the complete lack of success of research using embryonic stem cells, I urge you to cease and desist the creation and destruction of embryos for stem cell research.

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6609 05/02/2009 at 02:12:17 PM       The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities. My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
6610 05/02/2009 at 02:13:52 PM Self     Let's not waste tax dollars on research that is going nowhere. I oppose funds to be used for embryonic stem cell research as they have produced no results and involve the destruction of a potential human being.

 
6611 05/02/2009 at 02:14:21 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research.

I do not understand how the destruction of human embryos is ethically responsible. When all the research proves that adult stem cells are more reliable & have less complications than embryonic stem cells it seems senseless to spend money on embryonic stem cell research and even more senseless to destroy those same stem cells.

I am offended that my tax dollars will be used to support procedures that I am morally opposed to. This administration is systematically creating a culture of death.

 
6612 05/02/2009 at 02:15:10 PM Self     Please do not allow research on embryonic stem cells. We believe that life begins at conception as the Bible teaches. Therefore, we believe it is murder to research on these stem cells as it will kill them when finished. We believe adult stem cells have proven to be a good option.

Thank you for your consideration of our comments.

Sincerely,

 
6613 05/02/2009 at 02:15:35 PM Self     I am opposed to MY tax dollars being used for stem cell research. In this day and age of financial crisis my tax dollars should be used for those of us struggling. Those stem cells could eventually be a human some day and why any one would do that to another is appalling!! We need the money more now to be used to save jobs and our children's education.

 
6614 05/02/2009 at 02:15:42 PM Self     I respectfully urge you to strongly oppose the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) and instead distribute funds for more adult stem cell research. It has been proven that stem cells from adults are very effective, and can be taken from the person requiring it. I believe that Embryonic SCR creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I believe we need to support the already proven beneficial results of using adult stem cells. I urge you to refrain from being used by any political agenda, and to maintain the strictest and highest ethical and scientific standards.

 
6615 05/02/2009 at 02:17:47 PM Self     Your website says..."The Executive Order states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law." The word "may" does not mean you have to do this. As someone who struggled with infertility, I had many years to contemplate the beginning of life philosophically and medically. Let us in America not degernerate to the experiments of WWII Germany. Please do not use our tax dollars to fund this abuse of life.

 
6616 05/02/2009 at 02:17:48 PM Self     I am against this funding because it funds the destruction of human life to try to better other human life, especially at this time when so many advances are being made in adult stem cell research.

 
6617 05/02/2009 at 02:18:29 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
6618 05/02/2009 at 02:24:49 PM Self     As an American Citizen and Tax payer I do not agree with spending my tax dollars to kill embryos for stem cell research especially when adult stem cells show more promise and don't require the moral and socially questionable ethics of embryo stem cells. It is unacceptable that a government would ignore the will of its people just pursue a cause that is the least effective and creates a wider distance between its citizens.

 
6619 05/02/2009 at 02:25:55 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. "Leftover" or not, these are human beings being killed which is both illegal and immoral. There are other avenues to persue in stem cell research; I strongly urge you to consider the alternatives and to expend the research funds in that direction. How can you allow the massacre of millions of human embryos in the name of research? I have read that there are several other sources that could produce the same or even better results. Please consider the alternatives.

 
6620 05/02/2009 at 02:26:03 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
6621 05/02/2009 at 02:26:18 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.

 
6622 05/02/2009 at 02:26:22 PM Self     I question the purpose served by doing stem cell research on embryonic cells. The fact that the private sector has found some positive results working with adult stem cells has enticed the private sector into supporting it. This has not been the case with using embryonic stem cells so why dig into our pockets as the tax payers to support it? This is the sort of spending that has lead to the financial mess we are in now. I, also, implore you to consider what you are doing with that which God has created and that you not deal with these embryonic stem cells as if they belonged to you.

 
6623 05/02/2009 at 02:26:50 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
6624 05/02/2009 at 02:28:08 PM Self     There is not evidence to support the need for embryonic stem cells over adult stem cells!

 
6625 05/02/2009 at 02:30:09 PM Self     I oppose any use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
6626 05/02/2009 at 02:30:20 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.

 
6627 05/02/2009 at 02:30:38 PM Self     Regarding President Obama's Executive Order 13505, issued 3/9/09, which will remove Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells, please note that I am very much against the use of and do not believe the majority of American people want to encourage such unethical treatment of the human embryo. The Executive Order states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law; yet, the responsible thing is to continue to use adult stem cells which have proven to work.

 
6628 05/02/2009 at 02:32:33 PM Self     Make sure only adult stem cells are being used...not embryonic cells. Thanks

 
6629 05/02/2009 at 02:32:34 PM Self     I am opposed to utilizing my hard earned tax dollars to fund research on a living embryo especially in the light of the fact that ALL successful uses of stem cells have been derived from ADULT stem cells. Not one instance of embryo stem cells have rendered any promise not to mention the destruction of human life. If private organizations wish to do this, that's up to them. But the government should not force us to pay for something that is destructive of life! This is why thy don't do this in Germany. Remember Hitler??????

 
6630 05/02/2009 at 02:34:06 PM Self     Please do not use our tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. We do not want our hard earned money going to a cause that destroys life, no matter what the outcome may be.

 
6632 05/02/2009 at 02:34:56 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

 
6633 05/02/2009 at 02:35:21 PM Self     We are against embryonic stem cell use for research. While many arguments can be made concerning this, including the fact that the embryos will be destroyed if not used in research; it's still a very "slippery slope" that should not be pursued. Adult stem cells are more stable and their use does not involve embryos and the ethical status of having or destroying "extra" embryos. Just because science can doesn't mean it should.

 
6634 05/02/2009 at 02:36:02 PM Self     We are writing asking that you not change the guidelines that have been established by the previous administration on human stem cells. When public funding is involved, the administration should be especially sensitive to all positions on the question of life and not error on the side of destroying life. Research can continue in the private sector when those funding the research are not in agreement, but when tax payer dollars are being used, the government should be very careful to not use the money of those disagreeing on this critically fundamental issue. Additionally, this same money could rather be spent on adult stem cell research, which does not have the conflict with life issues that using fetal stem cells does. This alternative research using adult stem cells has proven to be far more effective in accomplishing results in medical advancement than the fetal cell research anyway.

We never thought we would see the day when, not only is human life taken, but it is being taken at the hands of our federal government with our very own dollars. This decision is a travesty of the most monumental proportions. Please do not make this egregious choice.

 
6635 05/02/2009 at 02:36:09 PM Self     President Obama's Executive Order 13505 will remove Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells. There is no way that using embryonic stem cells can ever be considered responsible for any purpose other than producing a baby as was meant to be.

 
6636 05/02/2009 at 02:36:43 PM Self     I am against embryonic Stem Cell research instead believe that Adult stem cellresearch is a more promising direction.

 
6637 05/02/2009 at 02:37:09 PM Self     I am against the funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I oppose the NIH's drafting of guidelines for distributing funds for this research.

 
6638 05/02/2009 at 02:37:19 PM Self     I am writing in the defense of babies. Please stop Embryonic stem cell use....we know that adult stem cells are actually more productive in the treatment of many diseases and syndromes. Thank you.

 
6639 05/02/2009 at 02:37:58 PM Self     Please do not use my tax money to fund the killing of embryos. These embryos can be adopted out. If stem cell research were a viable and profitable business, private enterprise would be doing it. Private business is not using stem cells. Adult stem-cells have produced results. If my tax money must go for this type of research, please use adult stem cells only.

 
6640 05/02/2009 at 02:38:20 PM Self     No, I do not believe federal funds should go to support embyronic stem cell research. I understand that researchers are having success with adult stem cell experiments. Embryonic stem cell research simply gives those who believe abortion is okay a reason to substantiate their beliefs.

 
6641 05/02/2009 at 02:39:57 PM Self     We have been greatly encouraged by the successful use of adult stem cells for the treatment of many health problems. Despite research using embryonic stem cells conducted by other countries and the use of private funds in the United States, this research has not shown promise. If funding is available and if we really care about finding cures for diseases, lets use the funds to expand research using adult stem cells. Why are we even considering funding research which is controversial, divisive and unsuccessful instead of increasing support for adult stem cell research?

 
6642 05/02/2009 at 02:40:02 PM Self     I completely oppose any federal funding to embryonic stem cell research or progams that support this heinous idea. Adult stem cells have been proved useful for whatever treatments these progams advocate using embryonic cells, whereas not a single shred of research evidence has proved that only pre-born baby cells can be used, if at all! Please, please do everything in your power to prevent this research from going forward.

 
6643 05/02/2009 at 02:40:15 PM Self     My wife's family has a strong history of Alzheimer's Disease. Thank you for helping to move toward a possible treatment or cure.

 
6644 05/02/2009 at 02:41:14 PM Self     These Guidelines state "The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, 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. How can any procedure or research be "ethically responsible" that destroys human life? How can any procedure or research be "scientivically worthy" when all research or procedures so far have proven that adult stem cells are helpful but not those from embryos. We oppose this procedure.

 
6645 05/02/2009 at 02:41:50 PM Self     The Federal government has alreary funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Barack Obama's executive order funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) will create an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Do not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

 
6646 05/02/2009 at 02:41:52 PM Self     I oppose killing human embryos and using taxpayer money to fund such research. Promising research has been done using adult stem cells and embryonic-like stem cells generated without the use of human embryos.

 
6647 05/02/2009 at 02:44:07 PM Self     Don't do it! How many times do I need to write and let the Obama Administration know that all human life needs protection and not scientific experimentation? These babies are worth more than a dead-end in a science lab. Much success has been shown in cures with ADULT stem cells so we don't need to expand the stem cell guidelines and funding!

 
6648 05/02/2009 at 02:44:54 PM Self     I oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
6649 05/02/2009 at 02:46:51 PM Self     Rita and I are strong supporters of choice and believe that the U. S. should spend our tax money on programs that give people the full menu of options including abortion.

This is a personal and religious decision that the government or the courts should take away from the constitution guarantee that the government will do nothing to deny citizens the right to practice their religion as they see fit.

 
6650 05/02/2009 at 02:50:16 PM Self     I do not approve of my tax dollars being used to perform experiments on stem cells taken from human embryos. An embryo is a human being that is developing in the earliest stages of life. The supposition during a stem cell experiment is that the embryos are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization, and instsead of allowing the adoption of the embryos, they are allowed to die. This is contrary to by belief that at the moment of conception a human being begins to form and that human being has the right to live its life. For the United States government to use my taxes for something that is a violation of my conscience is wrong.

 
6651 05/02/2009 at 02:50:22 PM Self     Dear President Obama; Please use you power to put a middle of the road judge on the Supreme Court. The people of all America deserve that.

Also, please do not sign HR 980 "The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act" which will place all Federal Lands in: Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana and some of Oregon into Widerness. We live here and pasture our livestock on the forest and use the land for recreation. We deserve the chance to keep lands for our use. I also plege to do all I can to keep the Federal Lands clean and well cared for. Senators from New York and Arizona have to right to take our home lands, they should care for the land in their own states. Please help us here.

Thank you for your consideration,

 
6652 05/02/2009 at 02:50:47 PM Self     I do not agree that you should use tax payer money to fund embryonic stem cell research. From the reading I have done on the subject, I believe that there is enough private money for this research. AND that the public would be better served by using this money for the research on adult stem cells which is actually more promising.

 
6653 05/02/2009 at 02:51:04 PM Self     I sincerely object to my federal tax dollars going to embryonic stem-cell research- regardless of how the embryos are obtained.

Human life begins at conception. That is not only my personal belief, but I am absolutely sure it could be proven if we had the technology available today sensitive enough to register it.

There are NO accidents. Everything happens for a reason. I empathize with individuals that have had injuries or illnesses that need the benefits of this research, but the embryos are ALSO A LIFE. So here in America- the Home of the Free and the Brave- we have chosen to count one life more valuable than another. It is no accident that these embryos are here. They deserve life just as much as you & I or our sons & daughters.

It is a depraved nation that does not protect it's defenseless; the elderly, the infirmed, the young as well as the unborn. This is supposedly the greates nation in the world. What a sorry state we are if we choose to continue down this road.

 
6654 05/02/2009 at 02:52:15 PM Self     We oppose our tax dollars paying for any research done with embryonic stell cells. Diseases are already being treated successfully with adult stem cells & that is where our money should be spent.

 
6655 05/02/2009 at 02:53:39 PM Self     I am against embryonic stem cell research. There has not been any research shown that it works.

 
6656 05/02/2009 at 02:56:11 PM Self     There is an abundant source of human stem cells within the placenta. An organ used to nuture the unborn which will be discarded after the birth of a baby. Why then are we supposed to believe that the only place to find them is with an embryo?

 
6657 05/02/2009 at 02:56:22 PM Organization Knights of Columbus New Haven ,Conn. We are completly against using embronic stem cells for experiment purposes. As a brother knight and catholic, it is agains't all our principles as a human being again'st all principles of our faith and the good lord.

 
6658 05/02/2009 at 02:56:28 PM Self     I am writing to communicate my opposition to research involving human embryos.

Many Americans, including myself, belief that the embryo is a new human being in formation. To interrupt this process is tantamount to murder.

Please soberly consider this possibility. Who will God hold guilty when so many have been willing to speak up for the truth and defend human life?

Please consider focusing your stem cell research on adult stem cells.

 
6659 05/02/2009 at 02:57:07 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 



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