Listing of Comments on Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines
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On April 23, 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published draft stem cell guidelines for public comment in the Federal Register. The purpose of these guidelines are to implement President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13505 “Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells,” which was issued on March 9, 2009.

NIH received 49,015 comments by May 26, 2009, the closing date of the comment period, and have compiled these comments on this website. Any comments received via email or mail after the May 26 deadline are not included on this website. In reviewing the comments, NIH determined that 60 comments were inappropriate (i.e., contained SPAM responses or offensive language), and these comments have been excluded from this website. In addition, to protect the identities and personal information of individuals who submitted comments, NIH has removed personally identifiable information from the comments on this website even though individuals consented that the information provided could be made available for public review and posting.



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6859 05/02/2009 at 05:30:42 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax dollars to promote the killing of embryos in the name of Science.

 
6860 05/02/2009 at 05:33:22 PM Self     I think that anytime the destruction of life is condoned, it is wrong. Plain and simple. Yes I can see the benefits of stem cell research, but at the same time, the sacrifice and encouragement OF these sacrifices should not be legal. Babies are beautiful and innocent and should be treated as the priceless treasures that they are. Do not increase funding. Simply make it so that the babies that are aborted each day are put to good use, so that their lives may stand for something in the end anyway. Nobody will ever stop abortions from happening unfortunately, even if they are made illegal, women will continue to rid themselves of unwanted babies. Let these babies serve a purpose. Do not create more lives just to destroy them. That should be a blasphemy.

 
6861 05/02/2009 at 05:34:50 PM Self     I oppose the use of your taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. The option of donating embryonic children for destructive research should not be an option to parents.

 
6862 05/02/2009 at 05:36:53 PM Self     I object to the use of my tax money for research on embryonic stem cells. When the research using adult stem cells is so productive, being found helpful for 70 or more diseases and conditions, I can see NO reason to continue research on the unethical use of embryonic stem cells. In fact, I can find NO authorization in the U.S. Constitution for the government to use my money in this area at all. Give me back my money, and I will use it as I see fit!

 
6863 05/02/2009 at 05:36:53 PM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research being expanded which will encourage the destruction of other embryos, as I believe all life is created by God and is precious. Adult stem cells have shown far more promise in finding cures, treatment.

 
6864 05/02/2009 at 05:37:00 PM Self     I disagree with the decision to kill viable human embryos in order to do embryonic stem cell research. There are so many promising advances using adult stem cells that this is unnecessary.

 
6865 05/02/2009 at 05:37:18 PM Self     I totally oppose the use of embryonic cells when there are other ways to help.

 
6866 05/02/2009 at 05:37:48 PM Self     As a christian I oppose the use of tax money for embryonic stem cell research. I am against this type of research and feel it unAmerican to make me pay through taxes to support this research. Thank you for taking many Americans' feelings into your decision.

 
6867 05/02/2009 at 05:38:04 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. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells I wholeheartedly support these guidelines.It is immoral and imprudent to deny ourselves the possibilities of improvements in health thru research because of some misguided interpretation of when life begins.

 
6868 05/02/2009 at 05:38:26 PM Self     Please do not allow the use embryonic stem stells for research.

 
6869 05/02/2009 at 05:39:06 PM Self     I am firmly against the use of human embryos for stem cell research. These embryos are human beings and therefore do not deserve to be destroyed.

 
6870 05/02/2009 at 05:39:12 PM Self     I am against using tax payer dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research and human cloning. The money should be used forthe further success of adult stem cell research. At a time when our national deficit is at an all time high and getting higher every moment, and so many families are without medical insurance and losing their homes, we don't need to waste precious resources on embryonic stem cell research or human cloning.

 
6871 05/02/2009 at 05:41:03 PM Self     I'm just writing to let you know that I oppose the use of Federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I believe that using human embryonic stem cells is wrong in and of itself, so please don't use my tax dollars to fund it. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 
6872 05/02/2009 at 05:41:45 PM Self     A person's life begins at conception. Embryonic Stem Cell research is the destruction of human life. It is murder. When an Embryo's development is willfully tampered or stopped by means of a conscious decision, it is equal to premeditated murder. The tax dollars of millions of Americans who hold this to be true is absolutely unacceptable behavior from our government.

Besides, it's being proven over and again that adult stem cells out-perform Embryonic stem cells. To continue this unethical research is to deny the truth.

STOP MURDERING PEOPLE THROUGH EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH AND USE!!!

 
6873 05/02/2009 at 05:42:10 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but rather, a working school psychologist with Parkinson's disease. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. I know that I personally will not benefit from this research because it was initiated too late for me; however, I hope that my students will be spared the gradual loss of motor functioning and memory that I am experiencing.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

 
6874 05/02/2009 at 05:43:02 PM Self     I believe that our current technology far surpasses our ability to understand it's ramifications. Although invitro fertilization has been a blessing to many people who otherwise would not be able to have a child, this technology has also encouraged some women to use it as just another alternative way to have a baby or for same sex marriages. Regardless of the reason for using it, embryo's are created that are not used or subsequently terminated to limit the number of babies that come to term.

God is THE creator. A fertilized egg is the beginning of a new human being. Life is sacred. Are any of us human beings capable of determining what human beings should live and which ones should die?

I lost a baby at three months. I grieved for months and the only thing that changed my life was when the Lord told me that I would have another baby in one year and that it would be the girl that I wanted (after having 3 boys). It was true. The date of conception of the first pregnancy to the date of conception of the second pregnancy was exactly one year. God counts from the time of conception. Truthfully, I wouldn't want to have to answer to Him for destroying any life, no matter how small.

 
6875 05/02/2009 at 05:43:27 PM Self     No Federal money for embryonic stem cell research. I do not agree with destroying these tiny humans.

 
6876 05/02/2009 at 05:43:48 PM Self     I am opposed to stem cell research.

 
6877 05/02/2009 at 05:45:02 PM Self     I oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
6878 05/02/2009 at 05:46:30 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. To quote from Horton and the Who, "A person's a person, no matter how small."

 
6879 05/02/2009 at 05:46:40 PM Organization Oregon Right to Life 4335 River Rd. N., Salem, OR 97303 We adamantly oppose any use of federal dollars for embryonic stem cell experimentation. ESCR demands the killing of live, human embryos in order to retrieve their stem cells. This killing of human lives is not only wrong, but completely unnecessary. Successful therapies using adult stem cells, stem cells from cord blood, iPS cells, along with other rapidly developing research is making the need for embryonic stem cells obsolete. Do NOT use our tax dollars to kill live human embryos!

 
6880 05/02/2009 at 05:47:52 PM Self     I hope that you wiil use your influence and ask President Obama not to use Embroytic stem cells for stem cell research. I believe research has shown that we have greater results with regular stem cells. We should not have to kill an embroyo who can became a human being.

 
6881 05/02/2009 at 05:50:00 PM Self     I am opposed to using embryonic stem cells for research or other purposes in which the life of the embryo is destroyed. Anybody who has taken human biology knows that the human embryo is a small human being. This especially should not be done with American taxpayers' money. Adult stem cells have already shown much more success in being used for medical treatment, and no human life is sacrificed.

 
6882 05/02/2009 at 05:52:23 PM Self     Stop the murder of the preborn!

 
6883 05/02/2009 at 05:52:48 PM Self     I want my tax dollars to support life and not death.

 
6884 05/02/2009 at 05:53:08 PM Self     I think that the use of tax payers funds to kill innocent Human Life is unmoral and unethical at any point. The fact that adult human stem cells are being used and are not causeing the destruction of the person is the best way to proceed. It has produced many benifits to our society and now i believe will suffer.

 
6885 05/02/2009 at 05:54:26 PM Self     It is my personal opinion that public (government) funds should not be used for embryonic stem cell research in any way. That should be left to private concerns. In addition, the destruction of human embryos is a crime.

 
6886 05/02/2009 at 05:55:09 PM Self     Mr. Obama, I oppose the use of human embryos for human stem cell research. It is the taking of a human life. Successful research is being conducted with adult stem cell material. I respectfully request you limit stem cell research to the guidelines put in place under the Bush administration.

 
6887 05/02/2009 at 05:56:11 PM Self     I oppose the use of taxpayer monies to fund the experimentation and destruction of human embryos by the Federal Government.

 
6888 05/02/2009 at 05:57:39 PM Self     My tax dollars - or any other American's tax dollars - should not be used to pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. To many Americans, this practice is unethical. Please focus on embryonic research that does not involve the destruction of human life and promote the adoption of embryos leftover from in vitro fertilization.

 
6889 05/02/2009 at 05:57:44 PM       To those who are responsible for the life and safety of this Nation, I plead with you to stop all forms of abortion and stop the destruction of human embryos. Judgement will soon come apon this country as it has for every nation that disregards God's will. The blood of the innocent is on your hands if you do not oppose this insane legislation. For the sake of this nation and for the sake of your own soul, protect life at every age.

 
6890 05/02/2009 at 05:57:59 PM Self     There is no need to reference any section of this document. ESC is not only morally wrong it is not necessary. There have been more than enough studies and tests to show that "cord blood cells" are quite adequate for this purpose.

Secondly as a US citizen and tax payer it is wrong to use MY tax dollars to fund the murder of the innocent unborn. I am opposed to abortion at any cost. It is MY belief that life begins at conception as God intended it to be.

Respectfully,

*****, Your mother choose life, why don't you!

 
6891 05/02/2009 at 05:58:52 PM Self     President Obama, I do not want tax payer funds used to conduct tests on embryonic stem cells that are left over from invitro-fertilization...or any embryonic stem cells for that matter.

 
6892 05/02/2009 at 05:59:49 PM Self     I would urge the NIH to maintain the strictest ethical guidelines possible to avert the destruction of human embryos. The results of treatment using adult stem cells or cells derived from other sources has proved much more promising than that of embryonic cells. Not only is it immoral and an affront to human dignity and conscience to destroy embryos for science, it does not make sense from a practical perspective as well. Let's devote our resources to promote good science, both ethically and pragmatically.

 
6893 05/02/2009 at 06:00:46 PM Self     I think that it is terrible to release all of the stored embryos for invitro fertilization to be killed and used for stem cell research

 
6894 05/02/2009 at 06:01:39 PM Self     Please do not kill the embryos but allow them to be adopted. Only Adult stem cells cure.

 
6895 05/02/2009 at 06:01:54 PM Self     In view of the fact that there are many known therapies utilizing adult stem cells, I respectfully suggest that funding that would go to embryonic stem cells research be put into research and processing of approvals for the potential usage of these and perhaps even some subsidizing of such treatments in the United States to accelerate their approval here. It is regrettable that those with the financial means to do so go to foreign medical professionals for therapies while those of modest means are denied the opportunity.

I have already written my representatives in Congress to encourage them to stop fighting over embryonic research and get on with enabling the federal government to expedite in some accepatble ways such approvals.

Sincerely,

 
6896 05/02/2009 at 06:01:58 PM Self     Since we were all embryos at the first stage of our development, it only stands to reason that all existing embryos will also become fully developed humans, such as we, if left free; "free" being the operative word here. Have we created a subset of underdeloped humans with no voice to be our slaves or guinea pigs? Are we taking advantage of humans with no identity to experiment on them? all human beings have rights, no matter whether conscious or incapable of reason! We need to guard our individual freedom, humanity being the standard. Please do not kill embryos for any reason, especially since the embryonic stem cell research done so far has proven to be a disaster!

 
6897 05/02/2009 at 06:02:55 PM Self     President Obama. Please say no to embronic stem cell rescearch. much has been done with the rescearch from stem cells taken from adults. N use ending a life to save another.

 
6898 05/02/2009 at 06:03:23 PM Self     I wish to let you know that I fully support funding and research with embryonic stem cells. ***** www.stemcellpioneers.com which is the largest patient moderated forum for stem cell discussion and support. Our members are almost 100% in agreement that this funding is needed desperately to help the U.S. catch up in the global stem cell arena. Being someone who suffers from a terminal lung condition and having been helped with it via autologous stem cell therapy, I certainly support the funding for research for embryonic stem cells to broaden the scope of our understanding and capabilities with stem cells. We have lost 8 years and we must not lose any more. Millions of people are losing their lives unnecessarily and are seeking treatments that may not be safe in other countries that use fetal and embryonic stem cells on patients. The U.S. should be a leader in biotechnology and if funding is not given as it should be, we will certainly lose economically. The cost of lives has no price tag. The loss of our top scientists who will go elsewhere is another consideration as is our reputation as a world leader.

 
6899 05/02/2009 at 06:03:54 PM Self     With so much successful results from adult stem cell research and treatment it would appear politically motivated to fund a research that has not proven successful as well as morally questionable.

 
6900 05/02/2009 at 06:04:14 PM Self     I oppose the use of embryonic stem cells based on ethical and spiritual implications, as well as the fact that there is NO scientific evidence that embryonic stem cells can provide a cure for ANY disease or illness. However, adult stem cells have been proven through scientific research to provide cures/improvements for several diseases/illnesses, so why would anyone, especially our Honorable President, support the use of embryonic stem cells without at least requiring and providing additional funding for adult stem cell research and use. I know why because the Bible has said it in several places that when the time of the Lord draws near that people will call evil good and good evil. Mark my words, anyone that supports the use of embryonic stem cells will answer to The Highest Power, God Almighty, for trying to take His role and mess with His creation.

 
6901 05/02/2009 at 06:07:15 PM Self     The use of embryonic stem cells, with the ethical issues that they raise, is unnecessary in light of recent developments with adult and neonatal stem cells. The only reason for NIH to now approve funding for obsolete embryonic stem cells is to make a political statement against Bush's conservative policies, whose caution drove researchers to seek the successful adult stem cell techniques. I would recommend that NIH fund the best science, AND respect many people's ethical concerns about the use of embryonic stem cells. Should NIH fund research in areas just because we can do it, without a care for the ethics involved? How does this express care and compassion for people, if we rationalize that we can kill some to save others?

 
6902 05/02/2009 at 06:07:37 PM Self     Dear Sir/Ma'am: Please reconsider any attempt to utilize cells for research that require the destruction of human embryos. Although the potential exists for possible medical advancements, if we make these gains through the ending of human life, what does this say about our country's values. Our president has admitted that he doesn't know when life begins. If this is true, and yet we allow this harvesting of embryos, is there not the possibility that life has begun? If no one in your organization is capable of defining life's beginning, how can we proceed headlong into what might actually be murder? Please help me to understand how this effort is anything less than a decision to murder the most innocent members of our society in the HOPE that we might be able to help those who benefitted from your more prudent predecessors.

 
6903 05/02/2009 at 06:08:07 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer ( SCNT ). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

 
6904 05/02/2009 at 06:08:26 PM Self     The science behind Stem cell research doesn't back up embryonic stem cell research. The cells are not viable nor are they nearly as useful as live stem cells from living tissue. It just doesn't add up logically. There is too much research showing conclusively that embryonic research is not a good idea. If you ignore this-you ignore the hundreds of hours of scientific research backing what I am saying. And that is totally unacceptable behavior. This is a moral and ethical issue. Nothing can be tossed aside because it is too difficult to face. It MUST be dealt with in a manner befitting the medical community. That can only be that there be solid scientific guidelines that can not stray to cowboys looking to make a name for themselves. This is too important an issue to take lightly or make an issue of to please the media. Please do the right thing in regards to this topic. Thanks for your time and attention,

 
6905 05/02/2009 at 06:08:56 PM Self     I Am Opposed to Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. I Am Opposed to Tax Payer Funding of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

 
6906 05/02/2009 at 06:08:59 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells. My tax dollars should not be used to fund research that I am morally opposed to.

 
6907 05/02/2009 at 06:09:47 PM Self     President Obama, please stop the killing of the innocent embryonic stem cells for the sake of non-sense scientific purpose.

 
6908 05/02/2009 at 06:12:31 PM Self     Obviously abortion is the death of a person. To obtain stem cells, a baby has to be killed. I oppose this in every form.

 
6909 05/02/2009 at 06:12:38 PM Self     President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells. However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

Embryonic stem cells have only proven to be dangerous, causing unchecked tumor growth. Adult stem cells have proven successful in treatments of several diseases and do NOT require the death of a human being (embryo). I oppose the use of federal funds to support research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
6910 05/02/2009 at 06:13:03 PM Self     opening the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos is not practical. studies have shown using the patients OWN stem cells have worked far better and saves the lives of the unborn. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Why are they using 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. this is WRONG

 
6911 05/02/2009 at 06:15:00 PM Self     I believe that there are many ethical problems creating embryos without intending them to live human lives. As such, I am opposed to the artificial fertilization which creates the embryos to be used for experimentation in this way. Since I cannot affect that, however, I would like you to add a guideline to this affect as well:

For those who are creating these embryos for reproductive purposes, do not inform them in any way that the extra embryos can be donated for this purpose until after they have created all of the embryos they intend to use. I would like you to add this because I am afraid people may knowingly create additional embryos solely for experimentation if they know that this is an option.

 
6912 05/02/2009 at 06:15:02 PM Self     I am very disturbed by President Obama's decision to allow EMBRYONIC stem cell research. From everything that I have read, there has been incredible inroads with ADULT stem cells. I see no reason to use human embryos for this type of research. Thank you.

 
6913 05/02/2009 at 06:17:07 PM Self     I wish to record my objection to the NIH / other Government agencies pursuing embryonic stem cell research. I strongly object to the sacrificing of embryos to harvest stem cells. In addition to this significant moral issue, while adult stem cell research has shown promising results, ESCR has yet to do so. Accordingly, I object also to our government spending research funds on this unrewarding pursuit.

 
6914 05/02/2009 at 06:18:34 PM Self     I am so saddened that our country has fallen prey to the almighty dollar. The Embryonic Stem Cell Research is laden with dollar signs. It will encourage people to create and then destroy human embryos...for money... in order to use them for experimentation! Has anyone done any research to see how this really doesn't work, yet when a person's own stem cells are used, the process has been very successful? {{{Oh, I forgot no one makes money on this procedure!!!}}} God created all of us from embryos and now we are going to act like "god". What has happened to us????? We fight to preserve animal rights, but human rights are not even considered!!!!

 
6915 05/02/2009 at 06:19:03 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars used for this purpose. This has only given women and girls another excuse to abort their unborn, unwanted babies in the name of "research". Please do not allow this to continue.

 
6916 05/02/2009 at 06:20:00 PM   God Heaven Thou shalt not kill. This is one of the 10 commandments that the creator of the Universe and creator of you and me stated. It is even more odious, when an embryo, not fully developed human being, is being killed for experiments. Adult stem cell research has proven to have successful results, don't kill more babies.

 
6917 05/02/2009 at 06:20:03 PM Self     I totally disagree with the declared need to use embryonic human stem cells for research and development towards cancer treatment, the generation of transplantable tissues or organs, etc. All of these can be done using adult stem cell lines. There is a real moral danger towards sacrificing human embryos for the purpose of aiding human adults and children. Why place ourselves into this moral dilemma and risk? It is unnecessary when adult stem cell lines are available and usable. Federal funds should not be used in research and development using embryonic human stem cells.

 
6918 05/02/2009 at 06:21:11 PM Self     I am absolutely opposed to using embryonic stem cells for research for two reasons. First, I am opposed because it involves the destruction of human life. That the organism is human is incontrovertible. That the organism is living is incontrovertible. Therefore, a human life is destroyed if used for research purposes. Second, I am opposed because research using ADULT stem cells does NOT involved the destruction of human life and ADULT stem cells are presently treating over 70 diseases. Embryonic stem cell research - though ongoing for over 25 years - is treating ZERO diseases. Let's see...adult stem cells work, and no human life is destroyed in the process, whereas embryonic stem cell research results in destroying a human life and doesn't work. Wonder where we should put our money? DUH! Whoever is reading this, please convey the obvious! Support adult stem cell research. Outlaw embryonic stem cell research!

 
6919 05/02/2009 at 06:22:30 PM Self     Please honor the policy put into place that no more stem cells from human embryos would be used if obtained after 2001.

 
6920 05/02/2009 at 06:24:14 PM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research because it's the destruction of one life to supposedly help another life.Embryology teaches us this . Life begins at conception. that is when the egg from the woman is fertilized by the sperm from the man. AND many scientists agree that adult stem cell research is the future. IT has produced many wonderful results for many different diseases.While embryonic stem cell research has only produced rejection in the form of cancerous tumors in poor unsuspecting human subjects.

 
6921 05/02/2009 at 06:24:53 PM Self     It is repugnant that the United States Government should use federal funds to support in any way the taking of an innocent human life. Not every thing possible should be done and restraint in this area should be an utmost priority. The fact that adult stem cells are a far more favorable treatment and not morally repugnant makes this an easy decision. Sincerely,

 
6922 05/02/2009 at 06:31:20 PM Self     We strongly oppose any action taken to support embryonic stem cell research or use. It has been proven that adult stem cells are what are effective in treating disease. We need to focus our efforts on that. Thank you for your time.

 
6923 05/02/2009 at 06:33:11 PM Self     I don't believe tax dollars should be spent to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Much progress has been made with adult stem cells, and I don't believe it is necessary to use embryos.

 
6924 05/02/2009 at 06:33:42 PM Self     Experimenting on human embryos in the scientific hope that it may produce cures for various diseases is unethical. There has been good success with skin stem cells and this avenue should be studied further.

 
6925 05/02/2009 at 06:33:52 PM Self     Stem cell research, which of its very nature necessitates the killing of a living human embryo to obtain that stem cell is ethically wrong and unnecessary. Stem cells can be obtained from fat. They can be obtained from cord blood. They can be obtained from neural tissue, from bone marrow, muscle, placental, and skin cells. We have reports of bone marrow stem cells being changed into liver cells. We have a report of skin cells being changed into heart cells. We have a report of cord blood promising to possibly create neural cells.We should not deliberately kill one living human to possibly benefit another. Use stem cells? Yes, but don't kill to get them.

 
6926 05/02/2009 at 06:36:03 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.

 
6927 05/02/2009 at 06:37:22 PM Self     Do not use our tax dollars to fund embryonic stell cell research. I am morally opposed to this type of research as it kills embryos which are the beginning of life. There is so much more promise for medical breakthroughs by using adult stem cells and there is no moral dilemma.

 
6928 05/02/2009 at 06:39:19 PM Self     I find it both reprehensible and irrational to direct federal funding to Embryonic Stem Cell Research. While there have been no significant breakthroughs with ESCR, there have been numerous beneficial developments with adult stem cells. There also are not moral issues about adult stem cell usage.

According to our president, $100 million cut from the executive branches budgets is significant, even in light of the many trillions of dollars that he has committed our government to over then next several years. If this is to be believed, then any dollars dedicated to ESCR are a significant waste.

Please do not open the door to this sort of waste of scarce funds that, in truth, come from your and my pockets.

Thank you.

 
6929 05/02/2009 at 06:41:05 PM Self     Science has proven that the use of embryonic stem cells is a gross waste of tax payers money.

Put our money to use on adult stem cells that have already been usefull in helping suffering people.

Stop wasting MY money!

 
6930 05/02/2009 at 06:42:51 PM Self     Stem cells from sources other than embryos are already helping paralytics and showing great Promise for many medical maladies. Get with the program that is working and leave the old unproven route to medical break throughs.

 
6931 05/02/2009 at 06:43:07 PM Self     President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells. However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

Embryonic stem cells have only proven to be dangerous, causing unchecked tumor growth. Adult stem cells have proven successful in treatments of several diseases and do NOT require the death of a human being (embryo). I oppose the use of federal funds to support research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
6932 05/02/2009 at 06:43:15 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research is unethical and immoral. Let's look at "life" this way: Is a 1 week old baby any less human than a 6 year old? Is a 6 year old less human than a teenager? Is a teenager less human than a 30 year old? or a 60 year old? I'm sure Mr. Tiller can tell you those babies he aborts are fully formed human beings, even though they aren't quite 9 months gestation. And so it goes back, back, back, to the union of one egg and one sperm. The instant those two unite, a human being is formed. An immature person, yes, just as a newborn is immature compared to a 6 year old. But none the less, a human being. They contain the same genetic code, and both have the same potential to reach productive adulthood. It is no different for the embryo. It is HUMAN LIFE, not experimental tissue!

Point 2: No legitimate research has uncovered any good results from the embryonic stem cells. All the exciting and helpful research comes from adult stem cells, and obviously no life is taken to procure them. If we started murdering adults to get their stem cells...well...you know how well that would go over! And for good reason! Should we treat helpless embryos any differently? They are human life.

People like me should not be forced to fund murder in the name of shoddy science with our tax dollars!

 
6933 05/02/2009 at 06:43:41 PM Self     I find it absurd that we are putting so much into embryonic stem cell research (which has been done for years now...WITH NO SUCCESS) ...while ignoring the successful use of adult stem cells.

 
6934 05/02/2009 at 06:45:08 PM Self     I strongly oppose use of my tax dollars for experiments that destroy embryonic human beings for research purposes. I understand a large number (over 90) current treatment regimens utilize adult stem cells which have no moral ambiguity while none, NOT ONE, to date utilize embryonic stem cells.

Please be morally clear and scientifically responsible in pursuing guidelines which offend no ones conscience and make sense.

 
6935 05/02/2009 at 06:45:11 PM Self     I am very much opposed to President Obama's executive order overturning President Bush's policy and has opened up the floodgates for funding embryonic stem cell research which creates an incentive to create and destroy human embroyos. I am in favor of promoting adoption of "leftover" embroyos rather than their death.

 
6936 05/02/2009 at 06:45:18 PM Self     I oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell. Please consider my opinion in this matter.

 
6937 05/02/2009 at 06:45:26 PM Self     I believe that life starts at conception. If life is ended anytime after that point by any other means than a natural miscarriage is considered a life ended by the hand of a person. If this happens to a newborn or to a 100 year old person it is considered murder. Murder is illegal in this country EXCEPT when it comes to the unborn. The most vulnerable human being.

Stop this insanity. Please do not allow the Bush policy to be overturned. We do not want the blood of all these people on our hands.

 
6938 05/02/2009 at 06:48:46 PM Self     I do not support the funding of embryonic stem cell research; to do so is to end the life of a human being. There are people waiting to adopt these embryos through the Snow Flake Program.

Funding should be used to support the already sucessful adult stem cell projects.

 
6939 05/02/2009 at 06:50:34 PM Self     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.

 
6940 05/02/2009 at 06:52:03 PM Self     Please oppose President Obama directive to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research on human embryos for stem cell research.

Rather apply the funding to encourage further research on adult stem cells which has produced many cures/advances/discoveries of more that 70+viable health benefits.

 
6941 05/02/2009 at 06:53:42 PM Self     We believe these babies should be offered for adoption not destroyed to get stem cells when stem cells can be gathered without destroying life from adults.

 
6942 05/02/2009 at 06:54:11 PM Self     I applaud the cause to alleviate human suffering. However, I would like to point out that a human being IS being sacrificed on behalf of another human being if Embryonic Stem Cell Research is allowed to move forward. Quality of life is the issue here, but for whom? For persons who legislate against unborn babies who have NO voice of their own?

I am strongly opposed to this research and respectfully request that it be curtailed. Adult stem cells HAVE BEEN proven as useful for treating disease and reducing suffering. Please funnel funds to THIS worthy cause instead of destroying the most defenseless of all human beings: the unborn.

 
6943 05/02/2009 at 06:57:44 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

Opponents to stem cell research and SCNT are opposed primarily based on religious beliefs. The germ theory of disease at one time was also controversial and opposed based on religious beliefs. Today the germ theory of disease is the basis of all modern medicine and is considered the single most important contribution to medical science. Stem cell research can be the next big breakthrough in medical treatments which will lead to life saving cures to diseases and injuries.

 
6944 05/02/2009 at 06:58:13 PM Self     I strongly feel that Stem Cell Research must be funded. Humans are made up of Thousands of Cells. Not three, not six. The Cells do not have Hearts or Brains nor any awareness. Research should be decided on by Scientist. Morally we must help Humans that are suffering. Religion and Polities should not be involved.

 
6945 05/02/2009 at 07:01:48 PM Self     I am opposed to sending 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. God will not hold a person, agency, or country guiltless who does such things.

 
6946 05/02/2009 at 07:03:52 PM Self     I oppose the executive directive on March 9, 2009 that President Barack Obama issued that overturned President Bush's policy on stem cell research or ESCR. I oppose any plan 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. These guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I do not want my hard earned tax money to go toward such experiments. I disagree with the morality of such experiments as I feel it flies in the face of the sanctity of life.

 
6947 05/02/2009 at 07:04:33 PM Self     Since research on embryonic stem cells has produced very little if any beneficial results, whereas research using adult stem cells has a rather long list of benefits - the most important of which being no human need be killed for the benefit of other humans, we expect common sense to prevail in this situation foregoing the use of embryonic stem cells for research and the use of our tax dollars for that purpose. Thank you

 
6948 05/02/2009 at 07:06:14 PM Self     This subject is a no brainer, unless you just want to destroy life (very small humans). If “you”, had a choice and could return to “your” beginning stage of “your” life when a sperm and an egg joined together (two living essences, not two dead essences), would “you” return knowing that “you” could be killed based on the current value system of our society. Therefore, “your” family, (parents and relatives), from the point of time of your conception and “your” family, (from the point of time of your productive life for your future generations), would not be blessed with your influence. Therefore, no past history or future manifested history of “you” would exist. Would you go back to that point in time to have “you” destroyed?

Adult Stem Cells Success Cases Cancers:14 Brain cancer Breast cancer Ovarian cancer Skin cancer: Merkel Cell Carcinoma Testicular cancer Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia Auto-Immune Diseases:15 Crohn’s Disease Rheumatoid Arthritis Juvenile Arthritis Multiple Sclerosis Cardiovascular: Acute heart damage Chronic Coronary Artery Disease Ocular: Corneal regeneration Immunodeficiencies:16 Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome Neural Degenerative Diseases And Injuries: Parkinson’s Disease Spinal cord injury Stroke damage Anemias And Other Blood Conditions:17 Sickle Cell Anemia Chronic Epstein-Barr Infection Wounds And Injuries:18 Limb gangrene Surface wound healing Other Metabolic Disorders:19 Osteopetrosis Liver Disease: Chronic liver failure Liver Cirrhosis Bladder Disease: End-stage bladder disease Still waiting for the first one. . .

In addition, Adult Stem Cells have been used in the successful treatment of other auto-immune diseases: Systemic Lupus Sjogren’s Syndrome Myasthenia Autoimmune Cytopenia Scleromyxedema Scleroderma Behcet’s Disease Polychondritis Systemic Vasculitis Alopecia Universalis Buerger’s Disease 16 In addition, Adult Stem Cells have been used in the successful treatment of other immunodeficiencies: X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome X-Linked Hyper immunoglobulin M Syndrome 17 In addition, Adult Stem Cells have been used in the successful treatment of other anemias and blood conditions: Sideroblastic Anemia Aplastic Anemia Red Cell Aplasia Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia Thalassemia Primary Amyloidosis Diamond Blackfan Anemia Fanconi’s Anemia 18 In addition, Adult Stem Cells have been used in the successful treatment of other wounds and injuries: Jawbone replacement Skull bone repair 19 In addition, Adult Stem Cells have been used in the successful treatment of other metabolic disorders: Hurler’s Syndrome Osteogenesis Imperfecta Krabbe Leukodystrophy Cerebral X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy

Embryonic Stem Cells Success Cases Still waiting for the first one. . .

 
6949 05/02/2009 at 07:06:40 PM Self     Since research on adult stem cells is effective, research on embryonic stem cells is NOT necessary. More importantly, research on embryonic stem cells is WRONG because it is carried out on babies who were denied thier God-given RIGHT to live.

 
6950 05/02/2009 at 07:09:06 PM Self     Why not put all this money into research and use of adult stem cells that have been proven to cure and/or help fight diseases? Why not put all this money to cord blood collection, research, donations, and use? Why must we destroy human life or even "potential" human life, as some say, to keep researching something that still has not proved itself to be any use? If we must, for whatever reasons we have justified to ourselves, research embryos, why must we use taxpayer money? I do not want one cent of my money to go to killing life and to go towards something that is so detestable. Human life begins at conception with DNA present on Day 1, as you know. Each one is unique and never like another. There are hundreds of thousands of women and couples that would love to adopt an embryo. We like to think that our children, our embryos, in this case, are our property, but they cease to be our property on that Day 1 on conception and become an entirely different human being with basic and unalienable right to life, as stated in our constitution. Our children are not our property; we are responsible for them until they are old enough to go out on their own, but they are not our property. Please stop treating human life as property, and please stop using my tax dollars to destroy that which I find to be a very awful and destructive thing.

 
6951 05/02/2009 at 07:10:00 PM Self     Why does the TAXPAYERS need to foot the bill. Private companies are already doing research. You want stem cell research to be run like obama, ACORN, schummmmmer, reid, peloski, dodd,and frank run the housing-banking scandal that RAPED the taxpayers of their life saving and now is going to rape our great grand children. Look what reid, peloski and obama did to the auto industry with their management, bankrupt them. We have had it with government getting involeve in anything but protecting our country and i would give obama an F for doing that right now.. Get the government the L out of our lives.

 
6952 05/02/2009 at 07:10:14 PM Self     We are opposed to the use of embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cell research has brought tremendous success in their use of curing various illnesses. Embryonic stem cell research has not produced any meaningful successes.

A good friend of ours is making tremendous strides against cancer with his own stem cells. We should be putting all our research into adult stem cell research instead of wasting money and the taking of innocent lives.

It seems this administration is changing the direction of the value of human life by the President's policies.

 
6953 05/02/2009 at 07:11:12 PM Self     Please do not go forward with guidelines to legalize embryonic stem cell research. This method destroys human life and has never produced a cure for anything. Adult stem cells have on the other hand led to many cures of diseases and hold great promise for curing many more diseases and perhaps even congenital defects.

Please place funds toward adult stem cell research. Maybe someday they'll even come up with a cure for my balding head.

Thanks,

 
6954 05/02/2009 at 07:11:37 PM Self     We are opposed to the use of our tax funds to support embryonic stem cell research. The lives of these tiny humans are just as valuable as the life of any adult, including those doing the research. We believe ethical standards are being violated by the use of these embryos for research that that has already been successful using adult stem cells. Since embryonic stem cell research has not yielded any viable results yet, why continue to spend money on it? Use what is ethically and morally appropriate and has already produced results that are useful.

There is so little money to go around these days that it seems foolish to pour our tax dollars down a black hole and bury them with the lives of these tiniest human beings who cannot speak for themselves.

We respectfully request that this referenced action be stopped.

Thank you.

 
6955 05/02/2009 at 07:13:06 PM Self     I oppose the destruction of any fertilized embryos for the purpose of stem cell research. Once fertilized, those embryos constitute a viable life that is being killed. Instead, I support research using adult stem cells. This has already proved effective in finding treatment for many diseases. Research on embryonic stem cells has not resulted in any treatments and thus is a waste of research funding.

 
6956 05/02/2009 at 07:13:19 PM Self     Please, I beg of you. Our moral integrity of this great nation is at stake. DO NOT allow human beings to be experimented on. Our founding fathers would never have approved of this experimentation of embryos, our Lord God would never have approved of this, and basics morals should not allow us to follow this path of destruction.

Adult stem cells have proven much more successful than embryonic stem cells anyway, so why enter this moral quagmire?

 
6957 05/02/2009 at 07:13:23 PM Self     My family and I are not in favor of funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. There are many other ways to achieve this process! These other ways do not DESTROY LIFE...What is this country turning into anyhow? No Respect for HUMAN LIFE! President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Ask President Obama to allow funds to be distributed for other means of stem cell research.

 
6958 05/02/2009 at 07:13:46 PM Self     Our argument is not only against embryonic stem cell research due to ethical and moral concerns but also against taxpayer funding of this heinous "research."

Embryonic Stem Cell Research is noted only for its being a total and abject failure. Throwing more and more money at it will never change the results.

Unfortunately, we are being duped into thinking that there's a future in embryonic stem cell research when the scientific community has already proven Adult,Umbilical and Amniotic Fluid Stem Cell Research to be far more successful, none of which require the destruction of human embryos.

Venture capitalists, corporations, universities and foundations are unwilling to spend their money on embryonic stem cell research because it is without merit. The free market has spoken.

Please direct any and all funds dedicated to embryonic stem cell research to adult,umbilical and amniotic stem cell research instead which have a proven track record of success, rather than failure, and truly promise to better the human condition, and are moral and ethical means of research besides.

 



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