Listing of Comments on Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines
Entire Comment Period: 04/23/2009-05/26/2009

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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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7559 05/03/2009 at 03:28:16 PM Self     I am against the use of so-called "left-over" frozen embryos for experiemental uses. This is is slippery slope. Once we begin to destroy one human life in order to enhance another's, we will begin to do things like forcing death row inmates to give up their organs, or start ranking the "usefullness" of each person, and deciding to eliminate the lesser useful in order that the more useful can live. Every human life has equal worth!

 
7560 05/03/2009 at 03:30:24 PM Self     Stop spending taxpayer money on human embryo testing. It violates my religious rights.

 
7561 05/03/2009 at 03:31:20 PM Self     THIS MEMO IS DIRECTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH: AS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES I STRONGLY OBJECT TO YOUR PLAN TO KILL HUMAN EMBRYOS FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES. ACCORDING TO SCIENCE, LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION SO A HUMAN EMBRYO IS A "LIFE". (NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THIS FACT, PLEASE TELL ME WHEN YOU THINK LIFE BEGINS. YOU MAY ANSWER "AT BIRTH" BUT WHAT ABOUT TWO DAYS BEFORE BIRTH?) FOR ALL I KNOW ONE OF THOSE HUMAN EMBRYOS YOU PLAN TO KILL MAY BE MY GREAT GRANDSON OR DAUGHTER.

 
7562 05/03/2009 at 03:31:34 PM Self     I oppose federal funds being used for stem cell research.

 
7563 05/03/2009 at 03:34:31 PM Self     Results from adult stem cell transplants have been excellent. It is not necessary to kill embryos for us to have stem cells to use. It is both immoral and murder. We need to revere human life.

 
7564 05/03/2009 at 03:35:02 PM Self     I oppose killing human embryos. The proposed regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research I believe is unethical because it requires the destruction of human embryos.

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

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

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

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

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

 
7565 05/03/2009 at 03:37:21 PM Self     I oppose harvesting fetuses and using their embryonic stem cells. From conception, a human fetus is a baby with complete DNA just as you or I have. No successful treatments have been developed in the years of research using embryonic stem cells.

I support the use of adult stem cells. Adult stem cells are used to successfully treat many diseases without killing and harvesting cells from a human fetus. Adult stem cells are cheaper and much more plentiful.

I would also like to see the storing of placentas following the birth of children, as this is an excellent source of stem cells and would not involve killing fetuses and harvesting their stem cells.

I also believe that the United States of America needs to cultivate a culture of life. Using adult stem cells does this. Harvesting embryonic stem cells from fetuses creates a culture of death.

 
7566 05/03/2009 at 03:38:47 PM Self     I believe it is completely irresponsible during this time when all families, cities, states are being forced to make tough decisions regarding their budgets that anyone would even entertain the thought of using taxpayer funds to fund embroynic stem cell research. Research has been conducted for years with private money and not one treatment or cure has been found. Think of all the other programs that could use these funds during these times.

Not to mention the moral issues facing this decision. None of us are God and so we have no right to decide which embryos get to live and which get to die. There will be a judgment day when we all will stand before God and have to answer for what we've done.

 
7567 05/03/2009 at 03:39:14 PM Self     I am opposed to allowing funding for research using human embryonic stem cells.

 
7568 05/03/2009 at 03:40:19 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," this is the part of this document that I am livid about. This measure should not by any means be taken, lest more innocent children die for the sake of scientific research. In my opinion this buchery has gone far enough.

 
7569 05/03/2009 at 03:48:06 PM Self     I am opposed to ANY embryonic cell research as adult stem cell research has recently taken care of so many former problems already. All this embryonic research is an opportunity for those who would willingly abort OR KILL their unborn child to get their medical bill paid for by those who are totally against such a practice. No one schould have to pay for what they do not condone.

 
7570 05/03/2009 at 03:48:59 PM Self     Dear NIH, Please know we and MANY others are VERY OPPOSED to using HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS for research purposes!!! Human embryonic stem cells are HUMAN BEINGS and NO ONE has the right to snuff a human life out in order to achieve ANY goal. Also, there is NO cases of cures from embryonic stem cells, but from ADULT STEM CELLS there have benn MANY CURES - without the killing of a tiny human being! Very siscerely,

 
7571 05/03/2009 at 03:50:09 PM Self     Do not allow federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Not only is this immortal and a direction we should never pursue, we should be setting a better course for the rest of the world to follow. Adult stem cell research has already proven itself, and stem cells can now be created apart from using embryonic stem cells, where a human life is always destroyed. Only use our my dollars for moral and proven stem cell research.

 
7572 05/03/2009 at 03:52:30 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of taxpayer funds for embryonic stem cell research. Executive Order 13505 being titled as ethical is inappropriately named given that the practice of embryonic stem cell research is in and of itself an unethical destruction of human life. In addition, I believe the result of commoditizing embryos for research would lead to an increase in doctor harvesting for the purpose of financial gain. I would like to see funding applied instead for these children to be adopted rather than destroyed.

 
7573 05/03/2009 at 03:53:15 PM Self     I am opposed to the destruction of human life(ie human embryos) for any research or experimentation.

 
7574 05/03/2009 at 03:53:34 PM Self     I protest the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of embryos. The embryos left over from invitro fertilization are human beings. They could be used for couples who cannot have children. To destroy them is to destroy life. That is murder. I do not want my money going to support such a shameless act.

 
7575 05/03/2009 at 03:54:00 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.

 
7576 05/03/2009 at 03:54:42 PM Self     Please do not use any state or federal funds to conduct stem cell research. I am opposed to stem cell research. Also, do not prmote the passage of any bill to conduct or fund stem cell research.

 
7577 05/03/2009 at 03:55:38 PM Self     Please do not use any state or federal funds to conduct stem cell research. I am opposed to stem cell research. Also, do not prmote the passage of any bill to conduct or fund stem cell research.

 
7578 05/03/2009 at 03:58:26 PM Self     I am opposed to the stem cell reversal by Pres. Obama. There has never been a case of embroyo stem cells helping cure any disease while numerous diseases have been helped by human cells. Let's stop playing games and God. Let children be born without man's interruption.

 
7579 05/03/2009 at 04:00:54 PM Self     Oppose the use of your taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
7580 05/03/2009 at 04:01:25 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research is totally scientifically unnecessary and to fund it is simply a means of providing money to research that can be 100% more effective on cord and adult cell research. To fund embryonic stem cell research is a total misapplication of Federal resources as well as morally unacceptable. Dr. Oz on the Ophra show even explained why embryonic stem cell research is totally scientifically obsolete and merely a way of padding the pockets of misguided scientists.

 
7581 05/03/2009 at 04:04:17 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research is wrong! AND does not work! The end does NOT justify the means. You can not justifiably, ethically help the living by killing the pre-born.

 
7582 05/03/2009 at 04:05:22 PM Self     Embryo stems cell research has wasted millions of dollars with little or no useful results. As compared to adult stem cell research with has produced sucessful and useful results that are already being used elsewhere outside the US. We need to stop the use of infant/embryo killing for research that does not go anywhere. Where is the common sense behind this. There is a lot of information available about adult stem cell research over past decades. Why is this not being promoted? What is the political motives behind this? Who is pulling the strings? Sounds like it is the typical motive...... big money. I for one, do not want my hard earned money going to the embryo research and lining somenones elses pockets. Vote NO against this.

 
7583 05/03/2009 at 04:06:39 PM Self     As a citizen of the United States of America, I implore you not to use my tax dollars to pay for the destruction of embroyos that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. These are human lives that should not be killed for the purpose of scientific experimentation. Adult stem cell research is far more successful at finding cures for disease. Please don't allow our country to move further away from the God given right to life.

 
7584 05/03/2009 at 04:07:45 PM Self     I wish to oppose the passage of the change of guidelines proposed by President Barack Obama on mrch 9,2009

 
7585 05/03/2009 at 04:09:38 PM Self     Comments on Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research 5/3/09

I am of the opinion that the new NIH human stem cell guidelines are acceptable for now, however they require some clarification. I believe the guidelines should not be considered indefinitely, ie. they should be relatively short term, they should be updated as necessary, and it should be made clear that these guidelines do not condone any future embryo “cloning”.

There are two valid arguments in the case against the adaptation of these guidelines:

1. Is research on human embryonic stem cells really needed, with the great strides that have been made in research with adult stem cells (especially with regard to induced pluripotent stem cells)?

2. Are the guidelines morally acceptable?

However, I answer ‘yes’ to both questions.

Science has not yet progressed to the stage that embryonic stem cell research is not needed. I believe that work on embryonic stem cells should be vigorously pursued, but so should alternative approaches. Both types of research should be pursued and encouraged simultaneously. Alternative approaches, following priniciples which have and are still to be learned from more embryonic stem cell research, should be the ultimate goal. But until more principles are learned using embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells cannot be considered “the answer”. Research on embryonic stem cells is needed to increase the pace of research towards this ultimate goal.

One cannot reject these guidelines on the basis that they will probably lead to the cloning of human embryos, and other “scary” things. Instead, I think that these guidelines, and their use as a short term stepping stone to the use of adult stem cells, or other morally acceptable solutions, ought to be clarified. It should be made clear that these guidelines are not meant to encourage human embryonic cloning, and that these guidelines will be updated periodically to encourage research on stem cell therapy, ultimately using “nonembryonic” stem cells and other morally “acceptable” solutions.

Re: if it is morally acceptable to use ‘spare’ embryos from IVF clinics as the embryo source as stated in these guidelines: I believe it is, given that the ultimate goal is to use “nonembryonic” stem cells and other morally “acceptable” solutions for research leading to stem cell therapy. First of all, one has to acknowledge that ‘spare’ embryos from IVF clinics will die anyway. It is unjust to turn this into a debate about when life begins. We must acknowledge that the embryos have the potential to become human lives, the reason that the IVF clinics have them in the first place. I believe the real ethical decisions should have been made prior to the creation of so many embryos. Now it is too late. But the embryos are there, and once the IVF clinics must clean out their liquid nitrogen tanks, ‘spare’ embryos will die. I think IVF clinics must first be charged with the responsibility of determining further which embryos are truly ‘spare’. Is there a possibility that any of these embryos will accepted in the future by the uteruses of their mothers, or can any other desiring female be identified? This may slightly decrease the number of embryos identified as ‘spare’. Once this process is complete, the IVF clinics must appropriately ask the parents of these truly ‘spare’ embryos if they wish to donate these ‘spare’ embryos to medical research, rather than wait for the ultimate death day, when the IVF clinic’s liquid nitrogen tanks must be cleaned out.

I believe it is moral to use truly ‘spare’ embryos, identified as above, in conjunction with the acknowledgement that these guidelines will be updated as necessary, and do not condone embryo “cloning”.

 
7586 05/03/2009 at 04:10:56 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 
7587 05/03/2009 at 04:11:12 PM Self     We oppose using human embryos for stem cell research. This is murder, plain and simple.

 
7588 05/03/2009 at 04:11:59 PM Self     Stop this immoral action, it's a baby not a peice a clay to mold to what you want. If that isn't enough why us fedral funds aren't we in a deficit budget. You can't spend it if you don''t have it (money).

 
7589 05/03/2009 at 04:13:29 PM Self     Obama is stripping down any progress President Bush made in the way of maorals. Typical of a murdering Democrat that is anti anything that has to do with God or morals!! Don't kill babies just to proceed with stem cell research. Murder is never right!

 
7590 05/03/2009 at 04:13:40 PM Self     Since human embryos are human beings, and none of us has ever met another human being who was not once an "embryo", it should be self-evident that no one has a right to experiment or, in any way, cause harm to such a human being.

Our country must protect the lives of the most helpless, including the lives of human beings in their embyronic phase of life.

Let us rather experiment on "adult" stem cells--which have already shown so much promise--rather than abuse and destroy the lives of those who are so utterly helpless.

 
7591 05/03/2009 at 04:15:23 PM Self     This is so wrong to use Human Stem cells. You are killing children to do this. and one of these days soon God is going to put his rath on all of us for what this country is doing. Just think what I have said.

 
7592 05/03/2009 at 04:17:30 PM Self     I am opposed to using stem cells derived from human embryos for research, medical treatment, testing, or other studies. This opposition is based on the scientific, logical, and philosophical evidences that human embryos are in fact living human beings, and harvesting the stem cells from these embryos destroys them--kills them. I am not opposed to using so-called “embryonic” stem cells derived from cord blood at the time of delivery for research, etc, because obtaining those stem cells does not kill an embryo. However, these cord blood stem cells are not what is referred to in the proposed guidelines; the guidelines only refer to stem cells derived from human embryos. As stated above, I oppose all such research that requires a human embryo to be destroyed.

In the section of the proposed guidelines titled “Supplementary Information,” it is mentioned that there are regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR part 46). These regulations require that risk to the subjects are minimized; however, harvesting stem cells from embryos, who are the human subjects in these situations, puts them at more than a risk--it unavoidably destroys them. The regulations also note that special care should be taken in populations who are “vulnerable.” I know of no population that is more vulnerable than the unborn, who have no voice and minimal legal protection. Scientific and logical evidence leads to the belief that embryos are humans, and these regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects ought to apply to them. This renders the proposed guidelines inadequate in affording human embryos the legal protection to which they have a right.

I propose, as many others have, that the human embryos who already exist and whose fate will be decided by the acceptance or rejection of these guidelines be made available for adoption. Also, no other embryos should be accepted for any type of research that requires them to be destroyed, such as the stem cell research proposed by these guidelines.

 
7593 05/03/2009 at 04:18:58 PM Self     There is no justification for embryonic stem cell research since the only promise shown thus far has been with adult stem cells. Please check the research results and do not sacrifice innocent life when effective advances can and have been made with adult stem cells (which do not require the sacrifice of human life). Do not take lightly the responsibility given to you by your office.

 
7594 05/03/2009 at 04:19:12 PM Self     I am opposed to our tax dollars being used toward anything that promotes the destruction of embryos. Adoption of the embryos is ethical and appropriate....not killing them for futile research purposes. Adult stem cell research has proven to be very successful while embryonic stem cell has produced no significant results. Not only is embryonic stem cell unproductive and a waste of tax payer money, it is promoting a culture that lacks the ability to appreciate the sacredness of life. Please do not continue to pursue this dead end course of action.

Thank you.

 
7595 05/03/2009 at 04:19:40 PM Self     Since human embryos are human beings, and none of us has ever met another human being who was not once an "embryo", it should be self-evident that no one has a right to experiment or, in any way, cause harm to such a human being.

Our country must protect the lives of the most helpless, including the lives of human beings in their embyronic phase of life.

Let us rather experiment on "adult" stem cells--which have already shown so much promise--rather than abuse and destroy the lives of those who are so utterly helpless.

 
7596 05/03/2009 at 04:21:05 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
7597 05/03/2009 at 04:21:58 PM Organization St.Philip Neri Respect Life Committee   Any embryos "left over" from IVF therapy need to be formally released by the "parents" or legal guardian before being used in scientific experiments leading to their destruction (death). Scientists should assure the NIH that their needs cannot be met by alternative adult stem cell utilization. Any use of embryonic stem cells in human patients must be strictly monitored and reported, especially unexpected/ undesired outcomes (eg tumors, etc) which would be disincentives to continuing such research.

 
7598 05/03/2009 at 04:23:08 PM Self     I oppose stem cell research in all forms when they demand that unborn or nearly born, or newly born babies/fetus must be put to death to meet this end.

 
7599 05/03/2009 at 04:24:45 PM Self     Dear Mr. Obama, at one time you started your life and your wife and children started their lives, as human embryos. Had your's or your wife's embryo been destroyed, your family would not exist. You would not have been elected president and your wife would not have been alive to marry you. Why are you so willing to sacrifice other potential human beings?

Everybody gets a start in life and has chance to better society if they are allowed to live. I pray that you will have a change in heart so that others have a chance to live just like the chance that was given to you.

 
7600 05/03/2009 at 04:25:12 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. 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.

 
7601 05/03/2009 at 04:25:19 PM Self     I, *****, a working, tax-paying, American woman, am 100% opposed to my tax dollors being used for embryonic stem cell research. This research kills embryonic human beings.

 
7602 05/03/2009 at 04:25:20 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Why not promote the adoption of these human embryos, that are left overs from in vitro fertilization?

 
7603 05/03/2009 at 04:26:54 PM Self     I wanted to make 2 points: 1) ALL of the advances in the treatment of disorders/diseases involving the use of human stem cells--72 to date--have come from ADULT stem cells. There have been NONE from embryonic stem cells. Some of these diseases treated by using adult stem cells are things like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, lymphoma, leukemia, skin cancer, breast cancer, etc. The full list can be read at http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/treatments.htm. While it's true that embryonic stem cells can "morph" into any kind of cell in the body, the complications(e.g. tumor growth) make it unlikely that they will ever be a viable solution. Adult stem cells are free from this problem and can easily be taken from the patient that one is treating. 2) I wanted to present an argument that I hope will be convincing(or at least, worth looking into) to those who have no moral compunctions about destroying human embryos but it would be dishonest of me to conceal what for me is the most important reason to not do embryonic stem-cell research: It is grossly wrong to treat ANY form of human life as source for scientific research. We all began life as embryos and I can't understand why those who would not themselves have wanted to be destroyed for scientific research when they started life can wish it on others.When human beings--at any stage of development--are regarded as nothing more than fodder for scientific research, then all human life is debased and cheapened. Anyone who believes in God should keep in mind that we're all going to have to render an account one day of how we treated those created "in His own image."

 
7604 05/03/2009 at 04:28:10 PM Self     The Amerivan Federal Government should refrain from sponsoring and funding research on human embryonic stem cells. The proposed guidelines would send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos (the moral choice), these draft guidelines would require their death.

This is a moral issue not at all supported by science. If a scientific basis exists for the use of human stem cells for research then it necessarily has to lean on adult stem cells, which have a proven track record of curing or improving the over 70 medical conditions.

To open the debate up for the use of embrionic stem cells is unnecessary, immoral and does not serve science or morality.

 
7605 05/03/2009 at 04:30:04 PM Self     I am completely opposed to using federal funding (ie. my personal tax dollars) for embryonic stem cell research. Call me what you will, but murder is murder is murder. I do consider that a life begins at conception. Those embryos are lives whether the federal government, scientific or medical community want to acknowledge that. All embryos have the potential to develop into a "human being". Why is there more protection for a nest of turtle eggs than there is for our human embryos?

 
7606 05/03/2009 at 04:30:36 PM Self     As a health care provider who is committed to provide protection, prevention of disease and healing for my patients I urge President Obama to ban the use of human embryos for stem cell research. From a biological perspective, human life begins when the ova and the sperm unite with a full set of chromosomes and gene code unique for that human being. From that point on, the only change is maturation and growth in size. The use of embryonic human life for experimentation violates our Declaration of Independence, which declares the freedom of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." As a former obstetric nurse and a current pediatric nurse practitioner, embryos are my patients, and I will preserve and protect their health and development. Recent developments in adult stem cell research have led to successful treatment with stem cells taken from skin that do not require the death of another human being. Embryonic stem cells have not been successfully used in treatment in any reasearch settings, primarily because embryonic stem cells reproduce without an end point and often lead to tumors and other carcinogenic masses (which also reproduce without an endpoint.) Please set policies that 1. protect life for all our citizens, including those who are still developing in utero 2. provide ethical solutions for stem cell healing without taking the life of another to obtain the stem cells 3. utilize the most promising and successful methods of treatment, documented in adult stem cell treatment

 
7607 05/03/2009 at 04:31:23 PM Self     I DO NOT want MY hard-earned tax dollars used to further embryonic stem cell research. It is unthinkable to use life, the destroy it. The embryos that are currently available should be adopted as they are PRE-BORN children. DO NOT USE MY MONEY FOR MURDER!

 
7608 05/03/2009 at 04:35:33 PM Self     Respectfully or un-respectfully, I absolutely oppose federal funds being used for research on human enbryonic stem cells.

 
7609 05/03/2009 at 04:37:30 PM Self     I oppose using federal funds for reseach on embyrotic stem cells.

 
7610 05/03/2009 at 04:44:52 PM Self     As an American Citizen and a tax payer I do not agree with the funding of Stem Cell Research. My belief and science bears this out is that embryo's are the start of a human life and are no less human than myself, my children or any of my acquaintances that are pregnant. While I have my doubts about animal research as well, I grieve for a country that holds an animal in higher esteem than a human life. I know that the other options talked about as to research are not "popular". It's not time to be popular when it comes to human life. It's time to act according to our conscience. Thank you for your consideration.

 
7611 05/03/2009 at 04:46:41 PM Self     I oppose the use of taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
7612 05/03/2009 at 04:48:20 PM Self     Being disgusted with the way this government uses the public's tax dollars in whatever manner they want - is yet, again appalling and very upsetting! NIH has no business doing what they want with regards to "Human Stem Cell Research". Absolutely, the answer to them should without doubt be a huge "NO"!

 
7613 05/03/2009 at 04:48:55 PM Self     I would much rather NIH use the funds to research and develop the adult stem cell area and the pluripotent stem cell field because I think that they have more potential and do not require the "harvesting" of embryonic stem cells. To date, no ESC treatments have been successful, while there are many adult stem cell therapies thathave proven effective.

 
7614 05/03/2009 at 04:51:42 PM Self     The US government's responsibility is the safety of its people and the protection of human rights. As a US citizen, I've always been protected under the law - but my life can be traced back scientifically to before I was named, to when I was an embryo, just beginning to divide. The fact that this is still under debate should necessitate that this legislation be put on hold - especially since it is not necessary to our nation's survival. The successes of adult stem cell research makes the use of embryonic stem cells unnecessary and raises questions as to the motivations of some scientists who wish to pursue this research. Moreover, this use of our taxes in this economic time, when we should all be tightening our belts, and when so many taxpayers oppose it, is neither prudent nor respectful of the citizens which you serve.

 
7615 05/03/2009 at 04:51:46 PM Self     We oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
7616 05/03/2009 at 04:54:25 PM Self     It a misuse of federal dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research that kills the embryo in the process. People should have a choice to be involved in medical research, but instead research on human embryos is conducted without considering the sanctity of their lives. Scientific researchers must realize that with greater power to manipulate our world comes greater responsibility to respect the life that this power creates. Certainly there is a better solution for bringing about the cures this kind of research would hope to provide. Our government can use that federal money to promote research without damaging a human life in the process. Let's rethink how we can use federal dollars to better the lives of those who have suffered without exchanging the sufferers life for another.

 
7617 05/03/2009 at 04:55:11 PM Self     Please do not allow experimentation on human embryos and do not support federal funding for experimentation using human embryonic stem cells. Thank you.

 
7618 05/03/2009 at 04:56:44 PM Self     Sirs:

We think it unconscionable to create human embryos for the sole purpose of killing them in stem cell research, especially when NO significant gains have been found from this research in the past. Meanwhile, the use of ADULT stem cells has proven very beneficial, and this involves no objectionable moral issues.

Our nation was founded upon the moral principles laid out in Scripture by our holy God. He has commanded us not to kill. Ignoring His commands will bring His judgment upon our whole nation. We must not approve what He condemns.

Sincerely,

 
7619 05/03/2009 at 04:56:52 PM Self     I oppose my tax dollars being used to 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 guidelines would sentence them to death. This violates the protection of human life which recent scientific studies now argue start at conception.

Independent research has also found we can create embryonic stem cells directly from adult cells (journal Cell, Jounal Science)and I would rather see my tax dollars spent exploring this avenue rather than killing embryonic human beings.

 
7620 05/03/2009 at 04:57:47 PM Self     No embryonicrcell research!!!!

 
7621 05/03/2009 at 05:00:07 PM Self     We do not believe that embryo stem cells should be used.

 
7622 05/03/2009 at 05:04:57 PM Self    

I do not want my tax dollars paying for research on stem cells derived from embryos "left over" from invitro fertilization. These embryos could be put up for adoption rather than murdered. It would be using my money to pay for something I am totally against. Research can be done on adult stem cells, where the question of human life is not involved.

 
7623 05/03/2009 at 05:05:38 PM Self     Dear Sirs, I would recommend that federal funds not be used for embryonic stem cell research as it has proven fruitless in the past, in fact causing tumors, and it is a violation of the Geneva Convention because permission cannot be obtained from the subjects who are involved in the experiment (the embryos) and it results in their death. We were all embryos at one time and just because we are bigger and stronger does not mean we should be destroying those in the early stages of life. Let's put our tax money into adult stem cell research.

 
7624 05/03/2009 at 05:06:44 PM Self     pLEASE STOP ALL STEM CELL REARCH AS THIS JUST OPENS ANOTHER CAN OR WORMS

 
7625 05/03/2009 at 05:10:13 PM Self     These embryonic cell lines are from older men and women, couples with infertility and developed under various ovulation, retrieval and lab conditions. The endogenics maybe defective and produce a dead end. Stay away from the religious-political issues and apply the research dollars to cord blood/adult steam cell - less controversy and a bigger pay off.

 
7626 05/03/2009 at 05:12:11 PM Self     We Oppose the use of our tax dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

Babies in the womb of their mothers, yes they are living babies!

They are precious inicent babies, babies are not not blobs, babies are not freak accidents. Babies are real people, with equal rights of any people.

These babies are precious gifts from God Almighty Himself.

Killing embryonic human beings is an absolute horrible action. And must be stopped immedaiately. This is murder. Stop the insanity now!

 
7627 05/03/2009 at 05:13:55 PM Self     Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos. (taken from the Draft) Let me pose a question: if one take tissue out of one's boby, is it not referred to as part of that body? Since when the stem cells from embryo are not part of embryo? By doing so, you destroy the embryo, thus the life. These cells that compose the embryo are live cells, there is life given to embryo by the Creator. Please stop destroying the life.

 
7628 05/03/2009 at 05:14:10 PM Self     We STRONGLY OPPOSE the funding of 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. NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. WE STRONGLY OPPOSE our tax dollars going to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

 
7629 05/03/2009 at 05:14:13 PM Self     Please do not allow our funds to go to stem cell research

 
7630 05/03/2009 at 05:14:20 PM Self     The following paragraph is either the last paragraph of 18578 or the last paragraph of 18579, it is difficult to determine which.

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. Today, donated tissues and organs are often used to replace ailing or destroyed tissue, but the need for transplantable tissues and organs far outweighs the available supply. Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

I recommend that guideline number one should require the applicant for funding to demonstate a past success in embryonic stem cell research. Public funding of research that has demonstrated success is acceptable. Funding research that has showed continued failure for decades is not wise and should not be encouraged.

I am a breast cancer survivor. I did not need stem cell therapy, but if I had I would have opted to use my own adult stem cells. Over 40 different conditions have been successfully treated using the patient's own stem cells. That would have offered me the greatest chance of success and required no sacrifice either voluntary or involuntary on anyone's part.

 
7631 05/03/2009 at 05:16:14 PM Self     My daughter ***** was diagnosed with diabetes at age 7, she is now almost 29 years old. This expansion policy is near and dear to our hearts. For us and for the 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.

 
7632 05/03/2009 at 05:19:01 PM Self     Please note that I am opposed to the change in policy regarding embyonic stem cell research in Executive Order 13505,issued March 9, 2009.

 
7633 05/03/2009 at 05:23:29 PM Self     Our family opposes the use of embryonic stem cells and believes it is contrary to our belief in the sacred value of every human life no matter how small. As such, we oppose the use of our federal tax dollars to support the creation and destruction of human embryos for any purpose.

Thank you,

 
7634 05/03/2009 at 05:23:58 PM Self     I fully support stem cell research and the potential that it offers to enhance the lives of millions of people. Please, please do not be dissuaded by the uneducated scare tactics of those who oppose stem cells. Please let the United States get caught up with the rest of the world with stem cell research by not letting partisan politics and the ideas of a very small minority derail this livesaving potential. Please continue forward with stem cell research!

 
7635 05/03/2009 at 05:25:35 PM Self     I oppose the use of my tax dollars to terminate life at any point. I object to embryonic stem cell research since it has not prevented any diseases. A better use of time and U.S. taxes would be adult stem cell research.

 
7636 05/03/2009 at 05:26:11 PM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research. I believe that there are better alternatives such as adult stem cells that have already proven great success.

 
7637 05/03/2009 at 05:27:25 PM Self     I support the proposed guidelines for NIH-funded research as proposed in the Federal Register Notice's pages 18578 to 18580. The guidelines are backed with sound reasoning, and the adoption of the guidelines will help many people with various diseases.

 
7638 05/03/2009 at 05:27:52 PM Self     I understand that the new guidelines to be established for research on stem cells will be federally funded, no matter where the cells come from. Since the embryonic stem cell research has not shown a positive outcome as yet, I do not agree with MY tax dollars paying for such research. I fear that these embryos will be used for research that will lead to negative outcomes, and put us on a slippery slope to infanticide. I do not mind research being done on ADULT stem cells (as research as already proven positive results), but please do not promote killing of embryos for the sole purpose of experimentation. Please differentiate between the two!

 
7639 05/03/2009 at 05:29:06 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of embryonic stem cells to be used for research and am opposed to more funding for this with my tax dollars. Embryos that have not been used for invitro fertilization should be up for individuals to adopt, so couples can have the possibility of a child. This is an ethical issue where the government has wrongly decided to destroy life, and it is a slippery slope that can lead to terrible consequences in the future. It is in a sense, that U.S. government has reverted to cannibalism, choosing to use up a life so that another can have a better life. This is abhorrent behavior for any nation to be involved in.

 
7640 05/03/2009 at 05:30:58 PM Self    

it's great that you guys are finaly able to support this research. As the child of a cancer patient and someone that hopes to benifit from this research myself someday i just wanted to thank you keep up the good work and dont let stupid people stop this great thing

 
7641 05/03/2009 at 05:31:32 PM Self     Obama should stick to his words when he says the issue of embryonic stem cell research is a "moral and ethical issue." Its time for the title of democratic president of the United States to stop becoming a free pass to lie to the American public as one pleases.

 
7642 05/03/2009 at 05:32:00 PM Self     I am afraid that this will open a market on manufacturing babies for research! This needs to be stoped...

 
7643 05/03/2009 at 05:32:13 PM Self     No reason to use embrionic stem cells when adult stems cells are showing better progress, Thank You

 
7644 05/03/2009 at 05:32:55 PM Self     I oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to fund experiments that rely on the killing of embryonic human beings.

 
7645 05/03/2009 at 05:33:00 PM Self     Please do not experiment on embryonic stem cells. Why should these lives be killed. Instead, why not use our taxes for the successful progress of adult stem cells?

 
7646 05/03/2009 at 05:34:04 PM Self     First and foremost it is the taking of a life. Such research will lead to Embryos being created just for the purpose of research. It will also lead to black markets, involved in buying and selling of Embryos just for research purposes. Secondly, there hasn't been one single success or cure, using Embryonic Stem Cells, but there has been using Adult Stem Cells. Thus Adult Stem Cells work should receive any and all the funding made available by congress or the President. Stop wasting tax dollars on failed research and fund what has found success!

 
7647 05/03/2009 at 05:37:27 PM Self     Why does this adminstation insist on using embryo stenmcells for research instead of adult stem cells. The adult stem cells proved to be very successful, and the embryo's did not. I would rather put my tax dollars to better use. Thank you

 
7648 05/03/2009 at 05:37:52 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of Federal Funds to fund stem cell research if it involves the killing of viable human embryos. Doesn't President Obama have two beautiful daughters? Doesn't he think about these things whenever he looks at them? Again, I am opposed to the use of federal funds for stem cell research.

 
7649 05/03/2009 at 05:38:55 PM Self     We oppose the Obama Embryonic Stem Cell Regulations . . . We are vehemently in disagreement in the use of our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. We support promoting the adoption of these human embryos, instead of requiring their death.

 
7650 05/03/2009 at 05:40:29 PM Self     wW are strongly opposed to President Obama's resent executive order re funding more embryonic stem cell research. This creates an incentive to create & destroy human embryos. The success that has been occurring with research re ADULT stem cells has proven much more successful than anything re the use of embryos. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death! We feel there is no need at this stage to involve embryos and do not want our tax dollars used for this research.

 
7651 05/03/2009 at 05:41:47 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. I believe it is the taking of human life at its most delicate time. Thank You

 
7652 05/03/2009 at 05:43:58 PM Self     We understand that President Obama recently issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) thereby creating an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft these 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. We are completely opposed to our tax dollars being used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Our government should promote the adoption of these human embryos not their use in experimentation and the NIH's draft guidelines would require their death. Aren't you supposed to be the National Institute of Health or should you be renamed to the National Institute of Death?

 
7653 05/03/2009 at 05:44:07 PM Self     Please do not approve using embryonic human cells for research and experimentation. Obtaining such cells takes an innocent human life. Taking a human life to for the benefit of another human is a form of cannibalism. Good ends do not justify all means to attain them. Every human embryo has the basic right to be fully nurtured in its own mother's womb.

 
7654 05/03/2009 at 05:44:31 PM Self     I am writing to let the NIH know that I oppose Federal Funding of embryonic stem cell research. I support research for adult stem cells, but oppose the destruction of human life which takes place when embryos are destroyed. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

 
7655 05/03/2009 at 05:44:42 PM Self     Please stop the use of embryonic stem cell research. In 25 years it has yeilded no treatments, where adult stem cell research has yeilded treatments for 70 diseases.

 
7656 05/03/2009 at 05:47:05 PM Self     I oppose the embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) based on moral, ethical financial and common sence need for this rtesearch. It is my understanding that this type research can be accomplised in other, more productive ways, without the moral and religious complications.

 
7657 05/03/2009 at 05:47:51 PM Self     I absolutely oppose all attempts for federal funding to expand research on frozen embryonic stem cells as President Obama has currently proposed. Each embryo is a human life and I do not support any federal funding for expanding such research. These embryos should remain in their current state until such time as adoption may be possible for them. Embryonic stem cell research has not proven productive. Federal funds would be far better spent on research which has actually proven promising such as other stem cells, not embryonic. I am sickened at President Obama's supposed abhorrence at using any form of "torture" on avowed terrorists who are dedicated to harming American citizens, yet it is perfectly acceptable to kill American babies by the millions each year, whether through abortion or destroying these embryos. This certainly appears like the logic of the insane to me.

 
7658 05/03/2009 at 05:48:18 PM Self     Dear Respected Researchers,

I am a middle-aged professional woman with 2 children, 2 degrees in psychology, and 40 years experience working with children and families. I have experienced a spontaneous miscarriage, so has my daughter, and I have counseled women who have chosen abortion.

The issue of life, fortunately, is hotly debated in our society. I think this is a credit to our national culture, that we do not treat human life cheaply as so many other nations do.

I strongly oppose opening the doors to discarding embryos as research material. The moral and spiritual implications are to devalue human life, which our country has always so staunchly defended, with great sacrifice.

There has been so much success in using adult stem cells that it seems more research should be focused in this area. Those clients can truly give "informed consent." Additioally,the long-term elimination of complications such as the rejection experienced in recipients of donated organs and tissues would improve success rates and quality of life.

Please do not take the easy way out and manipulate human life that cannot speak for itself.

 



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