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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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7759 05/03/2009 at 08:08:56 PM Self I am aPROUD!! Roman Catholic,   I think Mr B. Obama does not care if a baby in a womb gets killed, by abortion so someone can use it's bady parts for a science project., BUT PRESIDENT BUSH CARED NOT TO LET THIS HAPPEN< Why are you allowing it MR OBAMA??? I would like to ask him, MR OBAMA~ if his daughters get pregant when older, will it be okay if someone aborts the grandchild that would be his and his wifes,??? so the grandchilds body can be used for science experiments?? WILL that be fine with Mr B. Obama???

 
7760 05/03/2009 at 08:09:40 PM Self     Please do not use embryonic stem cells for research which so far has not shown any technological cure for anything! Those are real live babies that are being killed--this is murder! Murderers go to prison but you let them go free! Adult stem cells provide all the research needed and are more readily available. Obama's campaign speech said it was an ethic and moral issue so he should treat it ethically & morally, and that excludes murder!

 
7761 05/03/2009 at 08:09:49 PM Self     I do not support the use of my tax dollars for fetal stem cell research. Please vote to overturn President Obama's allownance of this.

 
7762 05/03/2009 at 08:11:35 PM Self     I am against the research of continued stem cells being used. You are interfering with the sanctity of life.

Sincerely,

 
7763 05/03/2009 at 08:12:11 PM Self     I am completely against the research you are allowing on Embryo stem cells. Our Lord created these precious babies for His good pleasure. NOT for man's faulty research. Please stop the research on Embryo stem cells.

 
7764 05/03/2009 at 08:13:40 PM Self     It's interesting that a person can go to jail for having dogs fight for gambling and yet a child in her mother's womb is killed without any consequences. I'm against using embryonic stem cells for experiments. Our nation is heading downhill fast.

 
7765 05/03/2009 at 08:14:49 PM Self     Please reconsider using embryonic stem cells. Time and time again they have proved to be not useful. Instead please focus your attention on adult stem cells which have repeatedly proven useful.

Beyond the purely logical idea above, using stem cells is a moral issue. The embryos are people in the making.

Thank you for your time.

 
7766 05/03/2009 at 08:17:15 PM Self     I am writing as a concerned citizen regarding the use of tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. I am absolutely against this decision. It is unacceptable to destroy life to research ways to heal disease. Then you are playing God, deciding to sacrifice one life for another, and one of those lives is not allowed to voice a preference.

The true promise of help in stem cells is with adult stem cells which are readily available and do not require destroying life to access them. We must put our focus there in order to hope to have success.

It is my opinion that it is absolutely unacceptable for the government to use tax dollars to fund something that is so controversial. This is life and death, the government does not get to choose that.

 
7767 05/03/2009 at 08:17:17 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
7768 05/03/2009 at 08:21:02 PM Self     Please do not allow embryonic stem cell research. To date, we have seen no benefit from using embryonic stem cells, whereas we have gained much benefit from adult stem cell research. Life begins at conception. Or, as defined scientifically, life begins when cells begin to multiply. Please do not kill humans for the sake of research. Please let these brand-new alive humans live! Thank you.

 
7769 05/03/2009 at 08:21:20 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on the killing of embryonic human beings. I oppose my tax dollars paying for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

 
7770 05/03/2009 at 08:23:39 PM Self     The funding,and implementation of human embryonic stem cell researce with my tax dollars is not only immoral but also unconstitutional as well as being tyrannical. Then to destroy these embryos is outright murder!!! We are watchimg your voting records closely and asking that something be done to stop this frankensteinish, tyrannical murderous research that will be done with our tax dollars.

 
7771 05/03/2009 at 08:24:04 PM Self     It is my understanding that adult stem cells have been more productive than embryonic ones, so why create life just to kill it. I also question tax dollars for research when pharmaceutical companies will make large amounts of money when something is found.

 
7772 05/03/2009 at 08:24:07 PM Self     I have seen a lot of research on adult stem cells and the diseases that they have treated. Even umbilical cord has proven useful for many diseases. I have yet to see research on the diseases that embryonic stem cells have cured. I think it is a big waste of time for researchers but mostly a big waste of my tax dollars to pursue embryonic stem cells when umbilical cord and adult stem cells already have a proven record of cures.

 
7773 05/03/2009 at 08:26:28 PM Self     I oppose funding for research that involves embryonic stem cells taken from human enbryos.

 
7774 05/03/2009 at 08:28:12 PM Self     Honorable President Obama,

Please reconsider your decision on opening the funding of research involving human embryonic stem cells. If you are a Bible believing person you will understand and know from reading the Bible that research on human embryonic stem cells involve murder on a human being (Exodus 20:13 thou shall NOT KILL). Also in Jeremiah 1:5 GOD says BEFORE I FORMED YOU IN THE WOMB I KNEW YOU...meaning those embryonic cells are human and alive. Please do not have these babies' blood on your HANDS. Thank you

 
7775 05/03/2009 at 08:29:48 PM Self     We are opposed to use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. We are morally opposed to this. Great things are coming from adult stem cell research.

 
7776 05/03/2009 at 08:30:45 PM Self     Please do not use taxpayers' money for embryonic stem cell research. There has been no documented evidence that embryonic stems cells have been successfully used to alter any disease outcomes. It is against the beliefs and values of many U.S. citizens, including myself, to destroy human life for any purpose, especially research.

There has been documented success in using adult stem cells in certain diseases. Please continue using adult stem cells ONLY for research purposes.

 
7777 05/03/2009 at 08:34:41 PM Self     Gentlemen - I am against embryonic stem cell research. There have been may cases of adult stem cell research having positive results but not one instance where embryonic stem cell research has resulted in a cure. There is never a justified reason to create a life then turn around and destroy it.

 
7778 05/03/2009 at 08:37:35 PM Self     I oppose the use of human embryos for scientific testing.

 
7779 05/03/2009 at 08:42:35 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.

 
7780 05/03/2009 at 08:43:10 PM Self     I am not in favor of Government funding (taxpayer money) of any type of embryonic stem cell research. It has been scientifically proven in past years by multiple research organization that adult stem cell research has yielded better and higher results than that of embryonic. I therefore oppose having any money deposited with the US Federal Government be used for embryonic stem cell research. Sincerely, ***** Taxpayer

 
7781 05/03/2009 at 08:43:42 PM Self     Please do not use embryonic Stem cells for testing in your labs, because you are harming innocent unborn babies. (PLEASE) use adult stem cells I heard that they are mature enough to treat the diseases and illnesses that people are facing. Please allow these embryonic stem cells to be adopted so that women who can't have babies can bring new life into the world and care for these precious unborn babies.

 
7782 05/03/2009 at 08:44:23 PM Self     We urge you to educate those responsible for this legislation to make them aware of the horrific nature of the destruction of a human life just to preform experiments. There are other ways to obtain stem cells which would not require murder.

 
7783 05/03/2009 at 08:44:38 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.

 
7784 05/03/2009 at 08:44:58 PM Self     I believe it is wrong to take a life in order to do experiments to save another. God Bless

 
7785 05/03/2009 at 08:45:15 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.

God bless.

 
7786 05/03/2009 at 08:47:34 PM Self     Why should the public fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research when there are alternative research techniques which have been proved in their findings? Embryonic Research has not come up with any positive results in their findings; whereas, Adult Stem Cell and Blood Cord findings have produced numerous cures. Public funds should be used in the further development of the proved Adult Stem Cell a Blood Cord Research in lieu of the Embryonic Stem Cell Research which has not produced any satisfactory results whatsoever.

 
7787 05/03/2009 at 08:49:49 PM       PLEASE THINK BEFORE SO MANY HUMAN MURDERS ARE DONE.

NO WATER BOARDING---BUT MURDER IS ALRIGHT!

THINK

 
7788 05/03/2009 at 08:49:58 PM Self     I cannot see the need or urgency to destroy embryos in the search for cures to various diseases when human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells is proving to be more effective. Why should our tax dollars be used to kill the innocent as a means to furture research? Scientist have been wasting government funding for years on embryonic stem cell research that does not produce effective results. It is time to stop throwing money away on projects that don't work just so that scientists and government officials supported by them can continue to reap huge monetary rewards. This is not about promoting science, it is about making money and keeping a job by any means.

Sincerely,

 
7789 05/03/2009 at 08:50:22 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to any support of Embryonic Stem Cell research. There is much evidence of success (even from the American Medical Association) with regard to Adult Stem Cell therapy, however, there have been no successes with regard to the Embryonic Stem Cell work. Please weigh very carefully the 'evidence' versus the 'hype' (facts versus political ambitions). Thank you.

 
7790 05/03/2009 at 08:51:20 PM Self     Does America have a heart anymore? If the vulnerable are meaningless to us, if we do not care what happens to them, what have we become? (I, for one, do not want to finance this process through my taxes.)

Through embryonic stem cell research, we can kill at will. It seems we no longer have a moral conscience. Not only that, embryonic stem cells are often injurious to the individuals who receive them.

We know that there are over seventy diseases that can be treated with stem cells from umbilical cord blood alone. From cancers to auto-immune diseases, cardiovascular problems, liver and bladder disease to neural degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s – all have benefited from adult stem cell treatments. Scientists have even discovered that they can even reprogram adult stem cells to function like embryonic stem cells.

How can we have the moral courage to help make other difficult decisions for our society and the world if we cannot decide in favor of the most basic, fundamental issue we face, that of the promotion and protection of life? Let's wake up! We are losing our soul. If we are not concerned for the most vulnerable, our supposed concern for others and other issues is hypocritical and meaningless. If we have no compunction about doing away with “unwanted humanity” to further our own ends and goals, then we are no better than the ancient Aztecs who sacrificed their children on the bloody altars of their pyramids. Their society did not last, and ours may not, either, if we sacrifice our unborn on the altar of science.

Let us not encourage a process that can lead to unscrupulous cloning and the vilification of life. May we use ethical means to improve the health and well-being of mankind. Let us not do it upon the building blocks of these little beings, these humans in progress. Let us have some regard for humanity and for ourselves.

 
7791 05/03/2009 at 08:51:56 PM Self     President Obama is taking away our rights, the babies rights, and the rights of all people who believe EMBRYONIC Stem cell research is immoral. We have the right to choose. Our choice needs to be heard. Stop killing babies. In addition to this plain fact, embryonic has not been successful. Stem cell research using umbilicus cord blood and adult stem cell research has been much more successful and is where the money should be funded. We all want to cure our parents, children, and loved ones from cancer, ms, diabetes. We need not sacrifice another life to achieve this.

 
7792 05/03/2009 at 08:52:59 PM Self     To whom it may concern,

I oppose this side of stem cell research for a few simple reasons. In America we have always had a commitment to; life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. I think this flies right in the face of what America stands for. And is quite hypocritical of us to do this.

We have had no promise of anything from embryonic stem cells. Although we have a ton of promise from adult,and umbilical cells. Experimenting on embryonic stem cells would devalue life. Beside we all know embryonic cells grow to fast to contain, and become Cancerous. Please reevaluate what is important to American people and to yourselves.

 
7793 05/03/2009 at 08:53:19 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. I DO NOT SUPPORT 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 STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS PRACTICE!!!!!!

 
7794 05/03/2009 at 08:53:26 PM Self     I would like to see embyonic stem cell research stopped. So much as been done with adult stem cells. I don't understand the need to exploit the killing of unborn babies.

 
7795 05/03/2009 at 08:53:58 PM Self     My maternal grandfather, father, sister and brother all have or had diabetes. My paternal grandmother had Parkinson's disease. I had a severe brain stem injury when I was thirteen. Please focus on stem cell research to prevent those conditions/diseases.

 
7796 05/03/2009 at 08:57:16 PM Self     To whom it may concern,

I and my wife, *****, reject the idea of using our tax dollars to fund such out of date research as that on embryonic stem cells, has thus far provided no medical benefit when those same funds could be put toward the proven medical research of ADULT stem cells.

Life is not sacrificed by force in this latter form of research; in fact, lives are actually being SAVED.

Being the National Institute of Health; do what is "healthy" for the nation...inform President Obama that funding adult stem cell research makes better medical, as well as economical, sense.

 
7797 05/03/2009 at 08:59:22 PM Self     these guide lines are sanctioning the murder of humans

 
7798 05/03/2009 at 08:59:25 PM Self     I stand strongly against embryonic stem cell research and the creation of life only to destroy it. Rather than lethal scientific research being conducted on embryos that are "left-over" from in vitro fertilization, adoption of these tiny human lives should be promoted. What is the purpose of destroying lives for what, at this point is a small possibility, of improving other human lives?

 
7799 05/03/2009 at 08:59:55 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.

 
7800 05/03/2009 at 08:59:56 PM Self     Does America have a heart anymore? If the vulnerable are meaningless to us, if we do not care what happens to them, what have we become? (I, for one, do not want to finance this process through my taxes.) Through embryonic stem cell research, we can kill at will. It seems we no longer have a moral conscience. Not only that, embryonic stem cells are often injurious to the individuals who receive them.

We know that there are over seventy diseases that can be treated with stem cells from umbilical cord blood alone. From cancers to auto-immune diseases, cardiovascular problems, liver and bladder disease to neural degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s – all have benefited from adult stem cell treatments. Scientists have even discovered that they can even reprogram adult stem cells to function like embryonic stem cells.

How can we have the moral courage to help make other difficult decisions for our society and the world if we cannot decide in favor of the most basic, fundamental issue we face, that of the promotion and protection of life? Let's wake up! We are losing our soul. If we are not concerned for the most vulnerable, our supposed concern for others and other issues is hypocritical and meaningless. If we have no compunction about doing away with “unwanted humanity” to further our own ends and goals, then we are no better than the ancient Aztecs who sacrificed their children on the bloody altars of their pyramids. Their society did not last, and ours may not, either, if we sacrifice our unborn on the altar of science.

Let us not encourage a process that can lead to unscrupulous cloning and the vilification of life. May we use ethical means to improve the health and well-being of mankind. Let us not do it upon the building blocks of these little beings, these humans in progress. Let us have some regard for humanity and for ourselves.

 
7801 05/03/2009 at 09:05:36 PM Self     Embryos are human beings. Please don't allow experiments on them. Please do not allow them to be created and then destroyed. They are no less human than you and I and deserve such respect accordingly. Thank you.

 
7802 05/03/2009 at 09:06:15 PM Self     We have reviewed the NIH embryonic stem cell guidelines FR Doc E9-9313 and wish to provide the following comments, followed by specific recommendations to be incorporated.

We are ordinary citizens in opposition to the use of our tax dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings; we believe that embryo destruction is unethical as it is a sentencing to death. We believe it is a mistake for President Obama to have overturned the federal funding ban on funding research seeking to use embryonic stem cells in the process.

Given the reality of the President's decision, and given that the responsible parameters of that decision are now left to the NIH, we request the following be incorporated into FR Doc E9-9313 Guidelines ...

In the guidelines overview, we would like to see full assurance of transparency and complete expediency for the purpose of any public entity having the ability to review donor records and explore frequencies and patters, and to have access to data to be able to arrive at full understanding of how the ESC’s and ASC’s are used in research. We expect detailed data to be obtainable in current technological formats and we would expect reasonable assistance and direction for describing the data being provided. Please consider these points for a new section, for example a II.C.

II.B. In the last sentence speaking to ‘documentation’, please add: … this documentation will be a matter of public record and easily obtainable in a timely manner, measured in hours.

II.B.7.c Change to: A statement that the embryos would be used SOLELY to derive human embryonic stem cells for research; and no other purpose is authorized or lawful.

II.B.7.h We suggest this paragraph be simplified and all legalese and references be removed. Change to: A statement informing that their donation will become a matter of public record as any donor or contributor to a government or private organization. However, public records will not reflect the relationship of the donor to the specific research project.

II.B.7.j. (new) A lifetime limit of 3 embryo donations on each donor; more than 3 would be questionable as to the donor’s intent. The male and female partners are considered individual donors; one embryo donated would be counted twice, once for the male and again for the female. Record of such would be public.

Other comments we have that do not seem to fit current paragraphs are …

(1) before an embryo is transferred or used, every option is to be given first and foremost to private and public parties desiring to adopt these tiny humans and the records must show the effort being made and records must be available to the public before any research is done with them.

(2) If any adult stem cells are in inventory, they must be used first, before any embros are brought to the laboratories.

 
7803 05/03/2009 at 09:08:49 PM Self     I urge you to oppose the new guidelines to use federal funds to further the research on new stem cell research, or continue to use more lines than the existing ones to further this research. THIS IS LIFE AND MOST NOT BE USED AS PRODUCT! In the years that stem cell research has been limited, there have been no profoundly conclusive results from these studies. HOWEVER, in the interim, there have been decent results from the use of adult stem cell lines, as well as embryonic cord usage. I urge you not to go forward with this. This is not something that most Americans approve of nor do they want to fund, in the form of taxes, this type of research.

 
7804 05/03/2009 at 09:09:24 PM Self     Mr. President (Barak Obama), you must know that I object to our tax dollars being used to fund research on human stem cells. I object to the NIH Human Stem Cell research. We must not spend our hard earned money on this. We other more pressing matters like reducing the USA deficit for our grand children's sake and the future.

 
7805 05/03/2009 at 09:12:13 PM Self     My wife and I do not have any formal or legal papers or information before us in sending in our comment. We believe, before God, that the taking or using any form of human life, for experimental purposes is against the moral code as defined by the Bible. Furthermore, how can our government take the tax dollars of their citizens, the majority of which do not believe this is a right and moral thing to do, and use our money for this said purpose. We wholeheartedly disagree with this. We have heard from medical people that adult stem cells have been proven helpful and that this isn't a moral issue. We are 100% against the use of our tax dollars for this purpose.

Sincerely,

 
7806 05/03/2009 at 09:14:38 PM Self     To the Monsters at the NIH who love to do fatal experiments on embryos:

You will have blood on your hands if you experiment on embryonic stem cells! Why the pathological stubborness to keep up these dastardly experiments that lead nowhere when there are adult and cord blood stem cells that do lead to cures and the relief of many diseases? Why not put your energies to the latter? Bet you'll get somewhere! Stop using our tax dollars to kill these most innocent of people (and no, they're not fish, dogs, snakes or birds like some demented scientists say).

 
7807 05/03/2009 at 09:15:57 PM Self     II. B. Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived from Human Embryos: Human embryonic stem cells may be used in research using NIH funds, if the cells were derived from human embryos that were created for reproductive purposes, were no longer needed for this purpose, were donated for research purposes, and for which documentation for all of the following can be assured:... This entire section and all subsections below it are wrong and odious to all persons with a reverence for human life. Beside the research intended with discarded babies, the further insult of using funds from tax dollars is insufferable. I am opposed to any federal funding for any such research.

 
7808 05/03/2009 at 09:18:04 PM Self     Considering the National Economic Situation, Federal reasearch funding must be administered in a most careful manner. Would it not be prudent to match private corporate or University monies for projects that have excellent prospects of real utility? In particular, since embryonic stem cell research has not yielded therapeutic or curative methodology, funding should be directed towards adult stem cell processes that have proven useful.

 
7809 05/03/2009 at 09:18:30 PM Self     I don't want federal funds to be used to fund embryonic stem cell research.

 
7810 05/03/2009 at 09:21:08 PM Self     I submit that the need for embryonic stem cell research is fast disappearing, due to the many advances being made with adult stem cells. The embryos "leftover" from in vitro fertilization processes should be adopted and not experimented on, that is, killed. Certainly, no federal funds should be allocated for use in embryonic stem cell research which results in the death of the embryo.

 
7811 05/03/2009 at 09:23:13 PM Self     We are completely oppossed to using federal money or even allowing the use of human fetuses for stem cell research. If you take time to research, the stem cells that have produced actual helpful results have been ADULT. There is no successful, helpful results from embryonic stem cells. Please do not kill these unborn babies! They should be adopted, and allowed to live-not killed for useless research!

 
7812 05/03/2009 at 09:25:48 PM Self     I think it is totally unfair of the government to expect those of us who live and work in a responsible manner to bear the burden of the remaining population's irresponsible and immoral behavior. I strongly oppose abortion and embryonic stem cell research. The democrats have always been real good at increasing taxes to support the lazy and immoral on the backs of those of us who are productive (in the real sense) members of society.

 
7813 05/03/2009 at 09:26:05 PM Self     April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines approve the use of 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.

 
7814 05/03/2009 at 09:26:09 PM Self     I strongly oppose any government funding of embryonic stem cell research and any funding that provides an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Human life is sacred and should be protected, even at the embryonic stage. Thank you for your time. Respectfully,

 
7815 05/03/2009 at 09:28:16 PM Self     Please do not use embryonic stem cells for research. Adult stem cells are working so much better!

 
7816 05/03/2009 at 09:29:40 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryotic human beings.

 
7817 05/03/2009 at 09:31:25 PM Self     How can you continue to destroy human life. These embryos are litle babies that could give joy and happiness to a couple that is unable to have them on their own. I often wonder what this human race is coming to. We have turned into a society of greed, don't bother me with your sorrows type people. We can kill our own offspring and still sleep at night. This does not say much about what we value. Use our own stem cells to do research. It is aready proven that embryo stem cells are not the best to research on. God have mercy on our souls.

 
7818 05/03/2009 at 09:34:25 PM Self     Stop stupid spending!

 
7819 05/03/2009 at 09:36:19 PM Self     No proof of embryonic stem cell research working and alot of proof for adult. Why are we wasting the money to go down the road of embryonic research. I am sure you do not want to hear about the moral issue with this. I pray that you look at the proof and quit pushing this.

 
7820 05/03/2009 at 09:39:35 PM Self     My tax dollars should not be used to fund any experimentation on human embryos. Besides the lack of morality and ethics inherent in the use of human embryos (translated - undeveloped, unborn human beings) for experimentation, there is also a huge lack of valid results in their use as of this time.

Just as it was inhmane, and incomprehensible for Hitler to experiment on Jews, it is no less inhuman and incomprehensible now.

Adult stem cell research, on the other hand, has shown great promise and produced compelling results in a growing number of trials. I have no problem with funding adult stem cell research but MY TAX DOLLARS SHOULD NOT BE USED TO FUND EXPERIMENTS ON UNBORN HUMAN BEINGS!!!!!!!!!!

I accidentally submitted an unfinished comment earlier. This submissions contains what I meant to fully submit.

 
7821 05/03/2009 at 09:40:23 PM Self     It is completely unacceptable and unconscionable to fail to protect the sanctity of human life. Using the bodies of little babies who were not allowed to grow and realize their potential as human beings for the purposes of stem-cell research is akin to cannibalism. This is especially true when you consider that there are other resources available for science to obtain stem cells, like fatty tissue and discarded umbilical cords. We are better than that, and indeed have been called upon by our Maker to speak up for those who cannot speak speak for themselves. I protest most vehemently this disgusting use of my tax dollars and would urge President Obama, as the born again Christian he claims to be, to take a position which lines up with God's Word, the Bible.

 
7822 05/03/2009 at 09:40:38 PM Self     I do not agree that embryonic stem cells should be used for any research, as outlined in the Federal Register Notice: 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. Ethically, I believe it is wrong to use human embryos for research as life begins at conception. Practically, adult stem cells and cord blood stem cells are already being used successfully and do not have the ethical issues embryonic stem cells have.

 
7823 05/03/2009 at 09:40:58 PM Self     Recent research as reported Scientific American and/or Discover magazine, shows that when embroynic stem cells are placed OUTSIDE of the embroynic state, they are not controlled as they are supposed to be. There are factors in the embryonic state that control an switch on and then off the target function of embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells do not have this problem because they are taken from adults and not the embryonic state. The evidence shows that the embryonic stem cells, when not in the embroynic state are not controlled properly and continue dividing and cause cancer. It is absolutely STUPID to use embryonic stem cells outside the embryonic state, especially when adult stem cells have ALREADY been shown to do the job we need to have done.

 
7824 05/03/2009 at 09:41:23 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
7825 05/03/2009 at 09:42:48 PM Self     I oppose, and encourage you to oppose, the Federal funding of Human Embryonic Stem Cell research. No human is a "leftover", it is wrong to kill or experiment on these humans just because they have "no name". Adult stem cells, that kill no one, are much more promising. Thank you

 
7826 05/03/2009 at 09:44:05 PM Self     Will somebody please listen to the American public on the use of embryonic stem cells? We are not the same country we were 35, 25, or even 5 years ago. With the success of adult stem cell experiments (accompanied with the lack of any real embryonic stem cell success), the majority of Americans no longer support the use of ESC. Please listen to us!! It is the senseless destruction of life! Please heed the call to stop using ESC!! Thank you for considering my comments, but more importantly, listen to your heart, and make the right decision and give life a chance.

 
7827 05/03/2009 at 09:44:41 PM Self     I strongly oppose the killing of embryonic stem cells for use in research. I further oppose the killing of embryonic stem cells leftover from in vitro fertilization. I am in favor of promoting the adoption of these embryonic stem cells. I am outraged that my tax dollars may support the destruction of embryonic stem cells for research. I would appreciate that my views be considered as the NIH establishes its guidelines for embryonic stem cell research.

 
7828 05/03/2009 at 09:44:43 PM Self     Please do not allow my tax dollars to be spent on embryonic stem cell research. You can get cells from adults as well as ambilical cords and do not have to disturb the embryos. They can be used effectively.

I appreciate your attention to this request.

Sincerely,

 
7829 05/03/2009 at 09:48:11 PM Self     Please do not use my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I strongly oppose this.

 
7830 05/03/2009 at 09:48:19 PM Self     To the Godless Who, in the Name of Science, Propose to Destroy Embryos:

Somewhere inside you may still have a small voice that, perhaps like the embryos you propose to destroy, cries out that what you plan to do is wrong. Harken unto this voice. Turn from this path and stand against this wrongdoing or else, mark my words, you will answer to the Almighty.

Stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization should be adopted out not experimented upon.

 
7831 05/03/2009 at 09:48:41 PM Self     Human life is a sacred design of God. Ethical boundaries continue to be moved in order to achieve advancement in medicine without regard to God's original plan. If man continues in this manner we will endure the consequences. I strongly encourage that we hold the plan of creation to be sacred and look elsewhere for answers to the serious medical problems endured by so many. If stem cells are the answer then let us take them from sources that do not threaten life in the stage of the embryo.

 
7832 05/03/2009 at 09:50:18 PM Self     Amazing strides forward have been made with adult stem cell research. There is no evidence that embryonic stem cells would afford any more benefit than adult stem cells. Why pursue destroying unborn babies when the same results can be had without doing so? This is not a difficult question to figure out, unless this about more than just science. If it has to do with pursuing an agenda, then of course you should destroy innocent lives. NOT! If this is purely a science issue, honest science is on the side of adult stem cells.

 
7833 05/03/2009 at 09:52:09 PM Self     A policy which so blatantly disregards the sanctity of human life at its earliest stages, is not worthy of a "civilized" nation. Adult stem cells, taken from skin or other cells, have proven every bit as valuable in growing new tissue for medical purposes, as embryonic stem cells. Why continue to use embryos in light of that fact? Are you not ashamed to trample on beliefs of much of your constituency? Are you not afraid that the Creator of human life (yes, I believe in, fear and love our Creator) might seek retribution? Reconsider. Humble yourselves. Preserve ideals of the sacred for all of our sakes.

 
7834 05/03/2009 at 09:53:05 PM Self     I oppose the decision to do embryonic stem cell research.

 
7835 05/03/2009 at 09:53:40 PM Self     We are opposed to stem call research which involves embryos. We believe that life begins at conception and clearly every embryo is a fertilized egg. Thank you.

 
7836 05/03/2009 at 09:56:48 PM Self     I am opposed to my tax dollars being used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

 
7837 05/03/2009 at 09:57:08 PM Self     THE USE OF HUMAN EMBRYOS FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH IS MORALLY AND ETHICALLY WRONG AND I OPPOSE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S REMOVAL OF THE BARRIER AGAINST FEDERALLY FUNDING THIS RESEARCH. CONSIDERING THE NEW SECRETARY OF HUMAN HEALTH AND SERVICES, I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT SCIENTIFIC AND LEGISLATIVE SAFEGUARDS WILL MATTER. SHE SEEMS TO HAVE A WAY OF HIDING ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN HER HOME STATE AND I SUPPOSE THAT PRACTICE WILL CONTINUE. WHY USE HUMAN EMBRYOS FOR CELL CREATION WHEN IT CROSSES THE LINE MORALLY AND IS ALSO PROBLEMATIC WITH CONSISTENT DOCUMENTATION OF MUTATIONS INTO CANCER CELLS? ADULT STEM CELLS ARE WORKING JUST FINE!!!

 
7838 05/03/2009 at 10:00:52 PM Self     I would NOT like my tax dollars used to destroy human embryos. I AM in favor of continuing to permit research, and it appears to be sufficiently funded with PRIVATE dollars, therefore no federal money is needed.

 
7839 05/03/2009 at 10:03:32 PM Self     I want to protest using embryos for stem cell research. There is no reason to kill these embryos when adult stem cells have already proved to be of better use. This is murder and will blood stain out country's honor and what is left of our morals. Please kill this type of research not our unborn babies

 
7840 05/03/2009 at 10:03:38 PM Self     I oppose federal funding for research on human embryonic stemcells.

 
7841 05/03/2009 at 10:04:22 PM Self     DEAR HIH Staff members and Mr. Obama: We are writing to ask that you please not approve the destruction or killing of human embryos. HUMAN EMBRYOS. If they were your babies would you want them used for scientific purposes? That is what they are. The early life of a baby human being. We pray that you will listen to the citizens of your country and ours who oppose such action. Perhaps you need to pray on this and ask God if he would want you to approve this. Maybe your wife and children would like to pray with you. We wish we could be sure that you receive this email. Is it possible that you or perhaps one of your family members could let us know if you were able to read our plea? Thank you for your consideration.

 
7842 05/03/2009 at 10:04:27 PM Self     We oppose use of federal funds for reasearch on human embryonic stem cells.

 
7843 05/03/2009 at 10:05:18 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's embryonic stem cell 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 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, these draft guidelines would require their death.

I am writing to oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
7844 05/03/2009 at 10:05:47 PM Self     I am totally opposed to the murder of embryonic human beings for the purpose of research. How dare you make them guinea pigs. And then you have the nerve to use my tax dollars to pay for it.

Every human being should have the same protection under law. I think this should apply even more so for those helpless embryos that cannot defend themselves.

 
7845 05/03/2009 at 10:06:17 PM Self     If it is important to have requirements regarding the documentation that must be retained by the grantee institution, then it is ESSENTIAL that such documentation records be audited by the NIH on a regular basis. In addition, there MUST be pre-established fines & penalties. Penalties should include the loss of the privilege to receive NIH funds.

It is important that this legislation not create a “Moral Hazard” for Grantee Institutions nor should it create a new profit center for the grantee institution. The supposed intent of this legislation is to find a medical breakthrough and not create a financial bonanza. There should be NO financial inducement to the grantee institution whether at the time of the donation or at the time of any future commercial benefit. All financial statements must be stringently audited for any such violations and reviewed by NIH. If violations are discovered there must be stringent fines and penalties.

As implied by the draft regulation, I would agree that the reproductive physician should not only never be the same as the researcher “if practicable”, but would go further to say that it should simply NEVER be the same. This creates a “Moral Hazard” for unintended financial gain and is unacceptable for our government to create new moral hazards and unintended results.

 
7846 05/03/2009 at 10:07:45 PM Self     please do not kill human embryos for stem cell research!

 
7847 05/03/2009 at 10:08:14 PM Self     In Section B, # 7, included in section d., the guidelines must state specifically that the embryo used in said research will be destroyed.

In Section B, #1, the guidelines should specifically state that if the embryo is instead implanted in a reasonably healthy woman's uterus, it will grow and develop into a baby, a unique human being with unique DNA. The guidelines in this section must include specific information about the option of embryo adoption and given specific resource information for that option.

The guidelines should very specifically state that all people, including the donor were once in the form of an embryo, making very clear the understanding of basic human growth and development, so that this consent is truly an informed consent.

 
7848 05/03/2009 at 10:08:30 PM Self     National Institutes of Health,

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

However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not appreciate that your 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. We want you to know that we oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embyonic stem cells.

 
7849 05/03/2009 at 10:11:45 PM Self     I think Stem cell research should be done on adults only and not on embryos.

 
7850 05/03/2009 at 10:12:00 PM Self     Please don't allow this to happen.

 
7851 05/03/2009 at 10:12:27 PM Self     I am adamantly opposed to using government funding to pay for the destruction of human embryos for stem cell research or for any other research that requires government funding.

 
7852 05/03/2009 at 10:12:35 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's embryonic stem cell policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. The NIH guidelines for distributing funds for this research will open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines will use 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 an abominable practice that should not be encouraged with federal funding from taxpayers like me. The Nazis thought it was morally acceptable to experiment on innocent human life. Evidently the Obama administration thinks so too.

Also, to date there have been no proven benefits to embryonic stem cell treatments. All successfull medical treatments have come from stem cell lines that do not kill human beings. Our efforts should be focused on those options, not this horrific practice of ending one life with only a vague hope of producing a possible cure for another. Otherwise we establish as governmental policy that some human beings are disposable while others worthy of saving. This is remniscent of Nazi attempts to experiment on and ultimately slaughter Jews, Christians and other groups that were not part of Hitler's master race.

 
7853 05/03/2009 at 10:12:53 PM Self     This is unethical, please reconsider.

 
7854 05/03/2009 at 10:13:36 PM Self     I object to the overturn of the Federal funding ban on embryonic stem cell (ESC) reasearch by President Obama. I believe that these embryos are human beings who are denyed their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe that tax should not be spent to destroy, kill and experiment on them. Sincerely,

 
7855 05/03/2009 at 10:15:42 PM Self     Quit killing innocent people who deserve being born and not be an experiment.

 
7856 05/03/2009 at 10:17:50 PM Self     I STRONGLY oppose the use of MY tax dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings! I do not give my persmission nor to I condone the use of my tax dollars to fund these experiments! Enough is enough! Listen to the majority of your fellow citizens and put aside your personal agendas and ego! Just because you can (experiment) doesn't mean you should!

 
7857 05/03/2009 at 10:17:54 PM Self     I opose E.S.C.R because I believe it creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos, even though I myself have been an insulin dependent diabetic for the last 28 years and could possibly benefit from this reseach.

 
7858 05/03/2009 at 10:19:33 PM Self     In the fourth paragraph of the 'supplementary information' it states that embryonic stem cells are not embryos, but removing the cells from the embryos causes their death. We object to these guidelines on that basis.

 



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