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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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6660 05/02/2009 at 02:58:17 PM Self     Please do not use my tax paid money to support embryonic stem cell research. The use of embryonic stem cells is neither ethically responsible nor scientifically worthy. There are plenty of sources of adult stem cells for research. some of the sources for adult stem cells include: umbilical cords, placenta, amniotic fluid, bone marrow, fat from liposuction, nasal epithelium and cadavers. Embryonic stem cells come from human embryos obtainted by sucking out the needed part thereby killing the human. Adult stem cells have treated thousands of patients suffering from more than 70 types of ailments including: cancer, leukemia, heart disease and spinal cord injury. No cures have been attributed to embryonic stem cell research. Humans are never disposable. Each of us exists as a remarkable biological continuum that extends from conception until death.

 
6661 05/02/2009 at 02:58:24 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.

 
6662 05/02/2009 at 02:59:27 PM Self     Why are we spending money to immorally chase false promises when non-embryonic stem cell research is where all of the cures are coming from. STOP! It is obviously part of a larger agenda. If we compassion for illness was the motivating factor all money would be headed towards adult stem-cell research.

 
6663 05/02/2009 at 03:00:40 PM Self     Please do not use embryos for stem cell research. Whether they are left-over or discarded makes no difference. They are still a human being and deserve respect and proper treatment. There has been no known successful treatment using embryonic stem cells, and our tax money would be better used on adult stem cell research, where there has been proven success. I urge you to alter your guidelines and leave embryos out of stem cell research.

 
6664 05/02/2009 at 03:00:46 PM Organization     Embryonic stem cell research is, in my opinion, akin to the human testing done on people in the prisoner of war camps of Nazi Germany. My views stem from the believe that mankind was created and did not crawl from a primordial soup. Because, as Holy Scripture states, we were made in God's image, we do not have the right of life or death over anyone except 1) those guilty of heinous crimes that disqualify them from living among the human race or 2) where we are preventing the further loss of human life by the stopping a murderous government, such as defeating Nazi Germany in WW II or 3) where we have been attacked and have the right of self defense.

I've read that the only stem cell therapies that are currently being used are from adult stem cells, which do not require the destruction of a human life to harvest them. This is perfectly acceptable as the donor's life is not taken to obtain the cells. From the news that I've heard, the great successes in using reprogrammed skin cells is producing the most promising results. The USA should keep it's tax money invested there, not on conjecture that embryonic cells might be developed in such a way that they don't produce cancers, etc.

Embryonic stem cell research is barbaric and only the existing lines should be used. The destruction of fertilized eggs is just as abhorrent, especially if they are to be destroyed anyway, but to turn loose science in the USA on any and all embryos is not acceptible among a moral people.

 
6665 05/02/2009 at 03:02:27 PM Self     I am AGAINST federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells!!!!!

 
6666 05/02/2009 at 03:02:33 PM Self     I want to add my voice to the many others who oppose using embryonic cells for stem cell research. I believe this is morally wrong. And I also believe that it has been proven that stem cells from adults have been found to work a lot better. It makes no sense to kill a human life unnecessarily.

President Obama has once again gone back on his word. How can we ever believe anything he tells us!

 
6667 05/02/2009 at 03:02:42 PM Self     I am highly in favor of the embryonic stem cell research. There is much that this sort of research can potentially do to improve medical care and quality of life for people with chronic and currently incurable diseases.

 
6668 05/02/2009 at 03:03:10 PM Self     I am in favor of life, regardless of the underlying issue. Here, I naturally favor human life over the dissapointing choices this administration has made with Executive Order #13505 and similar decisions that support the use of human embryonic stem cells that have already been fertilized.

 
6669 05/02/2009 at 03:04:39 PM Self     I fully support the framework for federal funding of embryonic stem cell research outined in the NIH draft of guidelines in the Federal Register.

 
6670 05/02/2009 at 03:05:13 PM Self     I am against the premeditated murder of any innocent party (except in war). If anyone can be considered innocent, who more so than the unborn who as yet has done no wrong. An embryo has separate DNA from its mother. It is an individual. The murder of an embryo for its stem cells is certainly premeditated. Such action should be punishable by the death penalty. I am not advocating taking the law into one's own hands, I am simply stating those who deliberately kill the unborn (except to save the physical life of the mother) should be executed by the government for premeditated murder or murder for hire. I do not think they should be rewarded by receiving financial aide from our taxes. It is as bad as if the government were to have paid the Boston strangler for killing people. Remember God will one day hold you accountable for the decisions you make.

Please do not allow for embryonic stem cell research on any level. Adult stem cells and umbilical stem cells sufficient and not require murder to obtain them.

 
6671 05/02/2009 at 03:05:17 PM Self     This is all highly barbaric. Where will it all end?

I don't want the unborn slaughtered anymore. We know the science and have for YEARS now....it is a human being. It's not aborted equine, bovine or swine....it's a BABY human being.

Don't harvest any part of any grisly procedures or use human beings in any way like this.

 
6672 05/02/2009 at 03:05:17 PM Self     I oppose guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I oppose stem cell research because it is killing a human.

 
6673 05/02/2009 at 03:05:35 PM Self     I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A PERSONNAL REQUEST TO PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO CONTINUE AND BROADEN ALL STEM CELL RESEARCH. I HAVE LOST MY MOTHER TO DIABETES, AND I HAVE A 28 YEAR OLD SON WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES.MY BROTHER AND I ALSO HAVE DIABETES. MY SON HAS SUFFERED WITH THIS CONDITION SINCE THE AGE OF 4. HE HAS HAD LASER SURGERY BECAUSE OF PROLIFERATIVE RETINOPATHY. HE IS ON MEDICATION TO SLOW THE PROGRESSION OF NEPHROPATHY. HE HAS LIMITED FEELING IN HIS FEET AND HANDS. HIS BLOOD SUGARS FLUCTUATE DRASTICALLY, LEAVING HIM WITH A HUGE PROBLEM TRYING TO HOLD A JOB. THIS RESEARCH WOULD NOT ONLY HELP DIABETICS, BUT ALSO MANY OTHER TERRIBLE CONDITIONS. ECONOMICALLY, THIS COULD ALSO SAVE THE COUNTRY VAST AMOUNTS OF MONEY THAT IS SPENT ON THE CARE, MEDICATIONS, AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO THOSE WHO BECOME HANDICAPPED FROM THEIR ILNESSES.PLEASE HELP NOW! THANK YOU

 
6674 05/02/2009 at 03:06:14 PM Organization     I'm tired of having my pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. I Oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
6675 05/02/2009 at 03:06:54 PM Self     Please do not allow human embryonic stem cell research to continue. A fertalized egg is a human being. Destroying the fertalized egg brings death to a human. Other stem cell research should be carred on and promises great hope for the future. Please stop embryonic stem cell and pull out all the stops for other forms of stem cell research. Thank you.

 
6676 05/02/2009 at 03:08:12 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.

 
6677 05/02/2009 at 03:08:22 PM Self     Please do not allow the use of embryonic stem cells in medical research and/or experimentation that requires the killing of living human embryos. Please do not fund such uses with Federal tax money. I believe that killing living embryos for such purposes is equal to murder and should be forbidden by law.

 
6678 05/02/2009 at 03:09:24 PM Self     I adamantly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Stop funding the killing of the innocent unborn. Murder is murder even for the sake of research!

 
6679 05/02/2009 at 03:09:38 PM Self     I value a culture of life and believe that all life should be valued and treated with respect. This includes the life of an embryo, which is just as much a living human being as a full term infant, a child, a teenager, an adult, or senior citizen.

Scientists have spent a good part of the last decade focusing on the effects of adult stem cell research with very promising results in a number of areas, as opposed to continually disappointing results using embyonic stem cells. These adult stem cells, especially induced pluripotent stem cells, show more promise for cures than embryonic stem cells, and researchers are finding increasingly safer ways to inject them. And stem cells can only be used by destroying it.

Given the combination of a flawed policy...both morally and scientifically, I do not support the position of the Obama administration, and urge not to continue wasting time and taxpayer money on embryonic stem cell research.

 
6680 05/02/2009 at 03:10:56 PM Self     The use of taxpayer money for the destructive testing of embryos is not only UNCONSTITUTIONAL, but unethical, and your constituency disapproves of the use of their money in this way.

 
6681 05/02/2009 at 03:10:57 PM Self     It is my contention that if we are to be committed to "good science" as President Obama has stated we should scrap the effort to develop embryonic stem cells because of the consistent failure and put all our efforts into the developing of the adult stem cell lines that are already providing cures for some physical diseases. This makes good logical sense.

 
6682 05/02/2009 at 03:11:05 PM Self     To create life only to destroy it is not the answer. There are other ways to do this. Please do not adopt this horrific practice.

 
6683 05/02/2009 at 03:11:55 PM Self     I do not agree with using federal tax dollars to support research on stem cells derived from embryos. In section 1. Guidelines the point is made that stem cells are dervived from human embryos but are not human embryos. These embryos are LIFE, which this "deriving" process for research kills.

 
6684 05/02/2009 at 03:12:15 PM Self     RE: Federal Register: April 23, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 77), [Notices] [Page 18578-18580], From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID: fr23ap09-42]

I have read the referenced draft Guidelines for the National Institute of Health (NIH) to conduct research involving human stem cells obtained from human embryos created by IVF. NIH faces a moral predicament which calls for enlightened leadership and followership by all of its employees. More importantly, everyone in the organization needs to understand the reality of the living God regarding human life and death.

Executive Order 13505 of March 9, 2009 requires NIH to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research on human stem cells. 13505 requires the research to be ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. This guidance can only be followed if no one is killed.

The draft guidance should be revised to clearly include definitions, guidance, and issues regarding “ethical responsibility” and “applicable law” regarding the issue of death. The goal of improving life through stem cell research carries little meaning if it results in the death of a viable embryo. The guidance should be crystal clear that no one should be killed or injured, even an embryo. Killing a human is ethically irresponsible and illegal under present law.

 
6685 05/02/2009 at 03:12:32 PM Self     Glad to see that science and rational thought is once again prevailing in our governmental agencies.

 
6686 05/02/2009 at 03:13:08 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.

 
6687 05/02/2009 at 03:13:19 PM Self     Why should the USA be so backward as to limit stem cell research?

 
6688 05/02/2009 at 03:13:24 PM Self     We do not want any federal funding used for stem cell research

 
6689 05/02/2009 at 03:14:00 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Instead of using the embryos from in vitro fertilization for their stem cells, which means they must die, why not promote their adoption where there is an opportunity for life.

The focus for research and government funding should be on adult stem cells which is already having tremendous success, with more research and funding it could be even more amazing. In today's economy it seems the wiser use of funds.

Thank you for allowing me to comment.

 
6690 05/02/2009 at 03:14:20 PM Self     I am opposed to any and all embryonic stem cell research. There has been NO promising results. Tax payer money should only be used to viable research that has definite indications of succeeding and would be a benefit to the majority of people. Embryonic stem cell research does not fit these guidelines.

 
6691 05/02/2009 at 03:14:22 PM Self     We oppose federal funding for embryonic stem cell (ESC) research. We oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

Adult stem cell research is producing good results.

 
6692 05/02/2009 at 03:15:05 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my tax dollars to fund research on human embryos, as the new legislation would allow. Research can be funded privately, but the reason private funding is scarce is because embryonic stem cell research does not show any promise. Fund ADULT stem cell research--that is what is providing cures. ESCR is not only unethical, it is a WASTE of tax payers money.

 
6693 05/02/2009 at 03:17:47 PM Self     NO 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.

In 1997, Nightlight began the Snowflakes Frozen Embryo Adoption Program, which is helping some of the more than 400,000 frozen embryo realize their ultimate purpose...LIFE...while sharing the hope of a child with an infertile couple.

Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using ADULT stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. The adult stem cells are proving to be helpful, whereas the embryonic cells ARE NOT.

 
6694 05/02/2009 at 03:19:34 PM Self     The possiblilities of this research leading to an increase in racism in the future are apalling. The possiblility that this reasearch will lead to an additional holocaust of the unborn is also apalling. If we must take life to save it our country is in dire straights. Please be forward looking to the problems of these guidelines. There were good reasons that our former president curtailed this research. The potential risks are too great for the benefits when the adult stem cell research has shown such promising results.

 
6695 05/02/2009 at 03:23:13 PM Self     As a Christian, I am totally against embryonic stem cell research regardless of the source. The Bible says "Life is in the blood".... As a woman who keeps up with the latest in health and scientific research I am aware that the successes we have achieved with stem cell research and use thus far have been ONLY and ALWAYS with ADULT stem cells, and not the embryonic stem cells. We are started down a slippery path that we cannot reverse When we adopt this research.

 
6696 05/02/2009 at 03:23:38 PM Self     I am very opposed to embryonic stem cell research for religious, moral reasons, but also, based on the fact that, to date, no disease treatment or prevention has resulted from HESCR. However, ethically acquired adult stem cells are currently being used to provide treatment and therapy for a number of disorders. The research money would be much better spent on proven, less controversial methods of stem cell study. Thank you.

 
6697 05/02/2009 at 03:23:54 PM Self     Dear Institute of Health, We urge you to slow down and take the time to research that there are other methods of technology to aid in the medical breakthroughs that stem cell is being praised for doing. There is so much that can be done with the use of umbilical cords, for example. We believe this is such an important issue and it was certainly "pushed" through voting. That "push" was mainly for greed. Please listen to the opponents of stem cell research with an unbiased ear. We deserve to be heard, also. Thank you,

 
6698 05/02/2009 at 03:24:01 PM Self     I am tired of having my pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
6699 05/02/2009 at 03:24:14 PM Self     I do not want to see fetal embryos being used for stem cell research. I see that most progress have been made from adult stem cells and therefore there is no reason to use embryonic stem cells. Also, I know of several children who have been born because they were implanted in adoptive mothers & allowed to grow. They are now members of living families who would not be the same without them. Please consider embryos as the living humans that they really are & not just a collection of cells.

 
6700 05/02/2009 at 03:26:41 PM Self     The stated purpose of the draft guidelines is "to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law." The government has put itself in a moral conundrum, for it is impossible to have "ethically responsible" research that kills innocent human beings at their earliest stage of development. Furthermore, all research on embryonic stem cells to date has proven completely unsuccessful and even harmful to those who were supposed to benefit from the research, whereas research on ADULT stem cells has resulted in many cures. Thus, by funding embryonic stem cell research, the government is also putting itself at odds with its goal of doing "scientifically worthy" research. The only way to fulfill the stated purpose of the guidelines is by abandoning funding of embryonic stem cell research, an action that I would strongly encourage and support.

 
6701 05/02/2009 at 03:27:06 PM Self     We oppose the use of our tax dollars for this type of unethical research. If there were any promise at all in persuing this path, private industy would be right there. They are not!

Stick with the known successes of adult stem cells.

 
6702 05/02/2009 at 03:29:35 PM Self     We oppose the Obama administration's funding of embryonic stem cell research. We oppose the destruction of human embryos for this purpose, and have read much that indicates it is unnecessary.

 
6703 05/02/2009 at 03:30:13 PM Self     I am adamantly opposed to using federal funds to support the research (killing) of 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.

 
6704 05/02/2009 at 03:30:19 PM Self     I oppose President Barack Obama’s 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. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

I oppose using viable undeveloped people from being used in fatal experiments

 
6705 05/02/2009 at 03:30:33 PM Self     I urge you as a public citizen not to use embryonic stem cells for scientific research. It is well known that adult stem cell use is already benefiting many diseases while despite 25 years of research embryonic stem cells continue to benefit none.

It is also apparent that the costs involved with utilizing embryonic stem cell research far outweigh the costs of using stem cell research.

If do not have the insight to protect the sanctity of human life then please logically think about the economical impact this wasteful research has.

 
6706 05/02/2009 at 03:30:48 PM Self     I abhor the use of taxpayer money to fund embryonic stem cell research. This research has gone nowhere. Adult stem cells are the safer route, and account for over 70 proven therapies right now. Citizens like me object to the destruction of innocent human life.

 
6707 05/02/2009 at 03:34:09 PM Self     There are so many things wrong with the stem cell research. Besides the destruction of little human lives, there has been no results showing that stem cells are beneficial, whereas adult stem cell research has shown some promising results. Then there's the money issue. Government continues to make US pay for "stuff" that is immoral and a waste of money. Do we not have a voice in any of this -- that is, us who do not agree? I'm hoping that some influential people will have their eyes opened and stop wasting our money and look to the adult stem cell research which shows some positive results.

 
6708 05/02/2009 at 03:35:49 PM Self     We are opposed to President Obama's plans to allow the use of "leftover" embryos for embryonic stem cell research. There are already proven results using adult stem cells and this does not cause the death of a potential child. I researched this topic as part of a college project and the evidence is clear. Thank you.

 
6709 05/02/2009 at 03:36:30 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. We must continue to protect the unborn children of the world.

 
6710 05/02/2009 at 03:37:06 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. I strongly oppose this action, as currently adult stem cells have provided many treatments for disease and there is no good reason to kill the unborn.

 
6711 05/02/2009 at 03:37:36 PM       I do not think this great country should go against God's laws by killing innocent preborn individuals to use our tax money to experiment on embryonic cells which have already been proven to offer no healing activity. Adult cells have already proven to be useful in as many as 80 diseases.

 
6712 05/02/2009 at 03:38:07 PM Self     I think that it is apalling that just because certain research CAN be done, that researchers think it SHOULD be done - regardless of the ethical issues involved. I am referring to the use of stem cells from human embryos, which are truly unique humans. Adding to this travesty is that the our tax dollars would pay for this research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these tiny humans, the NIH guidelines would sentence them to death. I urge that any research be limited to adult stem cells, whose effectiveness has already been established, and which does not involve the destruction of humans - literally.

 
6713 05/02/2009 at 03:38:11 PM Self     I ,*****, strongly object to, on Christian grounds, scientific research on human embryonic stem cells and similar/related research. the scientific community must not do any type of research, that conflicts with the true Christian faith, based on sound Biblical teachings. scientists should always practice innocent research, that doesn't create collateral damage, so that God will bless them, and their research. or do you want to face God's righteous rage, in hell?! i strongly believe, that we are all under extreme accountability to God, and that there is no place to hide, starting with me. may God have extreme mercy on all of us, including human embryonic stem cells, as well as the rest of God's marvelous creation. come to Jesus, stay with Jesus! john 3:16.

 
6714 05/02/2009 at 03:38:50 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. There is no need to create and destroy human embryos for this type of research. Adult stem cells can be used for more productive research.

 
6715 05/02/2009 at 03:39:23 PM Self     I do not believe that embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos should be allowed, with or without taxpapers funding. Adult stem cell research has already proven to be successful where embryonic stem cells research has not. President Obama's executive order overturning President Bush's policy has opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I believe in preserving life, not taking it!

 
6716 05/02/2009 at 03:40:13 PM Self     I strongly urge you to not support embryonic stem cell research - firstly as a mother of Snowflake babies (adopted frozen embryos). But also as the current research on adult stem cells has had so much success that it makes embryonic obsolete. Embryonic stem cell research has had no successes, hurts our dignity and humanity, and destroys beautiful human lives such as my children, ***** & *****.

 
6717 05/02/2009 at 03:40:21 PM Self     To kill embryos to help research is appalling. There have been tremendous success useing adult stem cells. To kill an embryo to help another human is terrible. These embryo's should be put up for adoption and not be used for experiments.

 
6718 05/02/2009 at 03:40:59 PM Self     We strongly OPPOSE the use of federal funds for stem cell research. We believe people (especially the government) should not have the right to decide to take the life of human beings - any human beings - especially those who are unborn and unable to protect themselves! Please put an end to this madness once and for all!

 
6719 05/02/2009 at 03:41:03 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of my tax dollars to fund Embrionic Stem cell research. I beleive that an embro is a sacred life not just a random group of cells. There has been no positive results from the use of embrionic stem cells but there has been positive results from adult stem cells and placenta stem cells. I propose funds be used for additional research in these areas.

 
6720 05/02/2009 at 03:42:43 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax money for the funding of research on embryonic stem cells. The success of research using adult stem cells is beyond question and these must be used rather than the fetal stem cells.

 
6721 05/02/2009 at 03:42:59 PM Self     I am against the use of human embryos for stem cell research. As a Roman Catholic I denounce this exploitation of human life. There has to be a better way to research diseases etc. than to use humans as guinea pigs.

 
6722 05/02/2009 at 03:43:19 PM Self     President Obama,

I want to strongly implore you to reconsider your decision to open up "leftover" embryos for stem cell research. They are human beings made in God's image; not laboratory tissue to be experimented with. We must preserve life, or we will surely reap the consequences as a nation. Rather, please pursue other avenues of research with adult stem cells. I am praying that you will recognize your accountability before God as you lead our nation and make these and other decisions for our country.

Thank you,

 
6723 05/02/2009 at 03:43:43 PM Self     I vehemently oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.The research money would be better spent for further research on adult stem cells which have already proven to be useful. Adult stem cell research does not cause a human life to be destroyed. And not a single successful treatment for disease has been reported with human embryonic cells. In these tough economic times the government would be wise to use funds carefully. After all, that is what the government is asking of its citizen, the banks and the auto industry. Set a good example PLEASE!

 
6724 05/02/2009 at 03:44:33 PM Self     I strogly request the govornment does not send United States tax payers dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead, encourage the adoption of these human embryos, rather then sending them to their death.

 
6725 05/02/2009 at 03:44:48 PM Self     Dear NIH:

As taxpayers and Americans who believe in the right to life, we urge you not to use our hard earned money to destroy life, especially when not one cure has resulted in embroyonic stem cell research. We cannot understand why all federal funding aren't going to stem cell research that IS treating patients with great success like adult stem cells and iPS cells which have for all practical purposes made embryonic stem cells obsolete. PLEASE use moral means as a way to advance medical technology. Thank you.

 
6726 05/02/2009 at 03:45:39 PM Self     I agree that adult stem cell research is a viable and proven method of finding cures for various diseases. However, I absolutely oppose any embryonic stem cell research and do not want my tax dollars being spend for embryonic cell research or their destruction. All the testing thus far has provided zero results when using embryonic stem cells. Thank you

 
6727 05/02/2009 at 03:46:02 PM Self     I am opposed to the draft guidelines prepared by the National Institutes of Health that were posted on April 23, 2009. Those guidelines open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars to support the experimenting on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. These experiments would require the death of these human embryos. I promote the adoption of these human embryos.

I helped elect President Obama because I did not feel that the Republican Party had a viable candidate to meet the challenges of our country today. HOWEVER, I will continue to advocate changes where I diasgree with his approach to the preservation of human life.

 
6728 05/02/2009 at 03:47:27 PM Self     The following text within paranthsis are copied from FR Doc E9-9313:" 1. "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." 2. "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" 3. "Perhaps the most important potential use of human embryonic stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies." __________________________________________________________________________________________________

1. No longer needed for that purpose is not a ethically responsible justification to kill them. 2. Killing them, besides not being "ethically responsible", is also not scientifically worthy. as there has been virtually no scientific progress in their use unlike adult stem cell research that has provided over 70 document cures. 3. In as much as there has been substantial private funding, there is no justifiable reason to use Federal funding of NIH especially considering that a significant percentage of the tax paying public is against it.

 
6729 05/02/2009 at 03:52:07 PM Self     I think President Obama is doing the right thing by allowing stem cell research to progress.

 
6730 05/02/2009 at 03:52:19 PM Self     I would like to post my opinion against the use of embryonic stem cells. There are many proven methods of obtaining stem cells that are not of such a controversial nature as embryonic stem cells, that it seems much more palatable to pursue these alternative avenues. I believe that we better respect the sanctity of life by so doing.

 
6731 05/02/2009 at 03:52:40 PM Self     Dear NIH members, Please refrain from using embryos in research. We believe that all human life is sacred and is not to be destroyed. Our right to freedom of religion is being infringed upon by using our tax dollars for experiments to which we are morally opposed. Please do not force the disregard for human life on countless Americans opposed to this unethical and unwise use of our tax dollars. Besides, adult stem cell research more successful! My cousin can now walk after receiving treatment with her own stem cells. Sincerely,

 
6732 05/02/2009 at 03:52:40 PM Self     Please don't use my money (tax dollars) to create life (an embryo) in order to destroy it, even if it's for research. A life is a life, whether born or unborn. You wouldn't kill an adult to do research, not matter how useful the research would be, unless you are Hitlerian. Neither should we kill a poor defenseless embryo (which we all were at one time!!!) for seemingly good ends. Don't use my money to advance the culture of death of poor defenseless unborn humans!

Totally aside from the fact that only adult stem cell research has been successful, and funding should not be transferred to embryonic stem cell research, which has not been successful at all.

Thank you. Please support and protect all human life!

 
6733 05/02/2009 at 03:53:34 PM Self     I don't want my tax dollars to be used to kill human embryos for experimentation. Adult stem cells have been successfully used, and no one has to die.

 
6734 05/02/2009 at 03:53:35 PM Self     The Federal Register article states that the goal of the guidelines is to "...help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy...". The use of stem cells derived from human embryos doesn't meet either criteria. The status of human embryos is far from decided and many ethicists hold that a human embryo should be granted protection as a human in the earliest stages of development. Further, the scientific worthiness of human embryo derived stem cells is questionable. The National Bioethics Advisory Commission stated, that "the derivation of stem cells from embryos remaining following infertility treatments is justifiable only if no less morally problematic alternatives are available for advancing the research." (Ethical Issues in Human Stem Cell Research (Sept. 1999), Volume I, p. 53) To this date, it has not been definitively shown that these alternatives are necessary. There are stem cell lines available to continue research and determine if embryo derived cells are significantly more useful. Meanwhile, we should not rush ahead of the science, but take a measured, careful approach that keeps intact the dignity of human life and recognizes our moral obligations. Therefore, I urge the NIH to forgo funding of research using human embryo derived stem cells.

 
6735 05/02/2009 at 03:54:18 PM Self     I think it is wrong for the government to fund this stem cell research. It is abortion and abortion is murder. Please consider the doors of possibility this will open and the problems it will create. Thank you

 
6736 05/02/2009 at 03:55:12 PM Self     I BELIEVE USING IMBRIONIC STEM CELLS FOR EXPERIMENTS IS UN- NECESSARY AND ETHICALLY WRONG. UNNECESSARY BECAUSE USING ADULT AND UMBILICAL STEM CELLS ARE BEING HELPFUL. ETHICALLY WRONG BECAUSE IMBRIONIC STEM CELLS ARE HUMANS IN THE MAKING

SO TO KILL THEM AMOUNTS TO MURDER.

 
6737 05/02/2009 at 03:55:47 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars to encourage and fund the further killing of human embryos for their cells. Thank you ,

 
6738 05/02/2009 at 03:57:02 PM Self     According to the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines states that stem cells are to be used from the live birth of a child. This research is to let those who specifically know how to use this information for the betterment of our nation. However, our newly elected president wants to change this to go against what this research was originally to be used for. This president does not have any feelings for the unborn, since he is prochoice not pro life. he believes in aborting babies, but not saving them. That is why I am against his promoting the stem cell research plan.

 
6739 05/02/2009 at 03:57:51 PM Self     research should not be done with human embryos ... it is wrong

 
6740 05/02/2009 at 03:58:13 PM Self     I would appreciate it if my tax dollars were not used for this.

 
6741 05/02/2009 at 03:58:32 PM Self     I pray that you will not support the destruction of human embryos for the sake of "testing". Each embryo is a precious life and i am totally opposed to this and to the use of MY tax dollars to do so. God has a plan for each life just as he has plans for each of us and He will not be mocked!!

 
6742 05/02/2009 at 03:59:02 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research has not proven to be as useful as was expected. Adult stem cell research is more effective and less harmful to individuals donating it. Please, vote against Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines when it comes up for vote. Also, the DNA routinely drawn from the heels of new born infants should not be stored and saved for future use by the government. It should be destroyed after the original state purpose has been met.

 
6743 05/02/2009 at 03:59:07 PM Self     I am opposed to using Embryonic Stem Cells for research. I believe this is a huge waste of our tax dollars since it is ONLY Adult Stem Cells that have been proven effective in treating over 70 different diseases or health problems. Embryonic Stem Cells have NOT been effective in treating any. Put our tax dollars to good use with a PROVEN method of treating diseases - ADULT STEM CELLS.

 
6744 05/02/2009 at 03:59:34 PM Self     "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." I take exception to the premise that these embryos are no longer neede. They are viable human life, and could continue theit intended purpose if made available for adoption instead of destruction.

 
6745 05/02/2009 at 03:59:56 PM Self     I am appalled that this proposal suggests using my tax money (without my consent) to kill embryos.

 
6746 05/02/2009 at 04:01:07 PM Self     I oppose the use of Federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is the same to me as killing a human baby, commonly referrd to as "abortion."

Thank you!

 
6747 05/02/2009 at 04:01:31 PM Self     You already have the proof that adult stem cells produce results. You already have the proof that embryonic stem cells have not proven to produce any different result.

Therefore I have to conclude that this is about one thing and one thing only, breaking down the sanctity of life so that you and those you associate with can kill whomever you want (say for example Christians, and others who have the common sense and sanity that you lack) and not feel guilty about it.

Your fear, ignorance and immaturity are showing. You can erase us, and assuage your guilt for a time, but the real and inescapable truth is that one day you will be forced to bow your knee to God (who created those of us who were not descended from apes by way of primordial slime under the virtue of sheer chance) and explain yourselves. That will be an ugly, ugly day, and you can do nothing at all to stop it.

So kill babies (embryos) and kill Christians, but you won't escape the judgment you deserve.

Embryonic stem cell research is not needed and you know it, so does YOUR "president."

 
6748 05/02/2009 at 04:03:27 PM Self     Federal Funds should not be used for research on human embryonic cell. There has been no data that shows it is successful; to the contrary, research shows that human adult cells do produce favorable results.

 
6749 05/02/2009 at 04:03:27 PM Self     This is in reference to Order 13505. We would like to express our extreme disappointment to any organization, group, or individuals that support embryonic stem cell research, instead of adult stem cells. In addition we want to make it clear that we support and encourage science and medical breakthroughs, but NEVER at the expense of human life. An embryo may seem insignificant to the proud. But that does not make this unborn child as such. Every child deserves to live. We, as a nation, who are known for her unwavering strides towards freedom, liberty, and unalienable rights, can NOT clam these virtues as our own, and to be true, as long as we acknowledge, rationalize, and justify the ungodly destruction of our own people. No matter what stage of LIFE they may be in. Furthermore, we are highly concerned for the welfare and safety of those whose lives this decision may impact in the future. Invalids such as the handicap, mentally retarded, diseased, disabled, elderly, deformed, and the sick. Our fear is that once life is considered expendable in order to "benefit" others, then we must be ready to face the similar position(s) on the lives of those who the proud deem unfit and unworthy to live. If they are willing to murder an innocent life in the "hope" for some sort of gain, then how much more offensive are the lives that (in their view) contribute little or nothing to society (or medical breakthroughs for that matter). They will view these precious lives as a parasite and drain on our nation. Will then, the only viable solution be to terminate these lives for the sake and benefit of society as well? Please consider our words and concerns, not as an attack, but for the benefit of humanity, society, our nation. The world is watching and waiting. What will we say?

May Jesus Christ be glorified by this letter. May god have mercy on us all.

Respectfully,

 
6750 05/02/2009 at 04:09:01 PM Self     Do not kill babies for research.

 
6751 05/02/2009 at 04:09:57 PM Self     I oppose the use of MY taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
6752 05/02/2009 at 04:10:46 PM Self     I support lifting restrictions on stem cell research, allowing scientists access to more stem cell lines.

Research that could eventually lead to cures for diseases that afflict us are very important and artificial restraints based on the beliefs of the few should be allowed to prevent this research.

 
6753 05/02/2009 at 04:11:44 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.

 
6754 05/02/2009 at 04:11:58 PM Self     Regarding the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research, I am opposed to this practice. I believe that using these precious embryonic stem cells (actually potential human beings) for the purpose of research is immoral.

ADULT stem cells, I understand, can be successfully used to learn more about various diseases. It would make more sense to use ADULT stem cells in research because it would decrease the possibility that women would sell their EMBRYONIC stem cells, thus cheapening life itself.

Moreover, EMBRYONIC stem cell research would lessen the value of human life, not enhance it.

Please DO NOT carry out this plan for the use of embryonic stem cell research.

 
6755 05/02/2009 at 04:13:24 PM Self     Please do not use our tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research.The only form of stem cell research that has shown real promise is Adult stem cell,so why use these poor human embryos?As adoptive parents,we strongly believe that these tiny human beings should NOT be destroyed,but put up for adoption!Destroying a promising human life,no matter how tiny,is never the right thing to do.

 
6756 05/02/2009 at 04:13:25 PM Self     To Whom it may concern,

Thank you for allowing this venue to express our concerns for the Embryonic Stem Cell research.

I ask that you not use our taxpayer money to kill these embryos for researching. Adult stem cell research has shown advances so embryonic stem cells are not needed. Use the money to continue research with adult stem cells.

Thank you

 
6757 05/02/2009 at 04:17:17 PM Self     5-2-09 LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD IN THE PUBLIC ARENA: NO TAXPAYER FUNDING TO DESTROY HUMAN EMBRYOS. Last month, President Obama overturned the federal funding ban on embryonic stem cell (ESC) research,which left the parameters of that decision up to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It was reported last week, the NIH officially posted draft guidelines on ESC, which opens the floodgates for the destruction of embryos at taxpayers' expense. http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-9313.htm Under the rules, MY tax dollars and 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. Our taxpayer money should be going to promote the sanctity of life, not destroy it.

BUT is the NIH really going to honestly consider comments submitted by law abiding, God fearing Americans who do not want our taxpayer money being used to destroy human life - human life created to procreate life.

PLEASE JOIN ALL CONCERNED AMERICANS to submit your concerns about these regulations before May 26. If you're tired of having your pro-life values steamrolled by this administration, JUST LIKE I AM, there is something we all can do – get involved, speak up, stand up for our rights, let your voices be heard loud and clear to stop ESC.

 
6758 05/02/2009 at 04:18:46 PM Self     Please be ethically responsible by encouraging adoption of human embryos. Our country has fought for the life of others, why not their life?

 
6759 05/02/2009 at 04:18:56 PM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars for experimentation on human embryonic stem cells. I believe that life begins at conception and that a human life is taken when embryonic stem cells are used. Much success has been achieved with adult stem cells and these can be used without the taking of a human life. I strongly urge you not to use federal funds for the purpose of embryonic stem cell research.

 



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