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

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



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8858 05/04/2009 at 08:14:39 PM Self     Thank you for inviting our comments. I do not want to see my tax dollars going toward something I strongly disagree with - human embrionic stem cells being used for research. Our United States Constitution was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs and the Bible makes clear that life begins at conception (Psalm 139). Therefore, researchers would be killing innocent human lives, no matter how young they be. Please don't take us down this road. You will find many opposing that plan of action. I appreciate the opportunity to share my sincere convictions with you.

 
8859 05/04/2009 at 08:16:27 PM Self     I am BEGGING you to NOT use human embryonic stem cells for research paid for with tax payer dollars. These are people you are killing for your testing. We know we have had great success with adult stem cells and induced pluripotent cells which are also tax supported, so why are we wasting out time with frozen embryonic cells other than the MONEY factor?

Thank You.

 
8860 05/04/2009 at 08:17:34 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

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.

Needless to say, we oppose this form of abuse and murder. We oppose the use of federal funds--our tax money--for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
8861 05/04/2009 at 08:18:04 PM       I am opposed to the goverment funding the use of embryonic cells in testing.

 
8862 05/04/2009 at 08:20:33 PM Self     Please do not fund embryonic stem cell research which destroys human life. We have the option in adult stem cell research to radically improve the lives of ill and disabled people without destroying human life. Adult stem cell research is worthy of our funding. Embryonic stem cell research is not worthy of funding primarily because it destroys life, but also because it does not show the promise that adult stem cell research does.

 
8863 05/04/2009 at 08:22:31 PM Self     I am writing to oppose the changes in the current guidelines regarding the use of stem cells. Research has shown that there are more promising results using currently available stem cell lines derived from adult sources than anything that has ever been tested utilizing stem cells from fetal tissues. Changing the guidelines in ways that would only encourage the harvesting of stem cells from fetal tissues would not only be counterproductive, but would increase the divisiveness of this issue. In an era where fostering cooperation is key, please do not make the mistake of taking a step backwards. Thank you.

 
8864 05/04/2009 at 08:22:33 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

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

 
8865 05/04/2009 at 08:22:49 PM Self     This is not a political decision. This is a immoral decision. To kill embryos for the sake of experimentation is immoral and unnecessary. Research has proven that stem cell research using adults has been more advantageous. I am commanded by God to obey my government until such time as their laws violate God's laws. Then I must obey God or jeopardize my conscience and immortal soul.

How sad that the world has changed so much that we use public money to kill babies and think it good science. If you do this, you will bring God's judgement on our country.

 
8866 05/04/2009 at 08:23:08 PM Self     I adamently oppose my taxpayer dollars being used for experiments that require the killing of embryonic human beings.

While embryonic stem cells are known to cause tumors in mice and haven't treated a single human being, adult stem cells are already helping thousands of patients with over 70 diseases and injuries. Being a Type 1 diabetic, I was very encouraged with a major breakthrough from Harvard University's Stem Cell Institute which used three genes to change one type of adult cell in mice directly into another adult cell type, with no intervening stem cell. As a result, diabetic mice were able to reduce their blood sugar levels to near normal.

With the shape the current economy is in, why would you keep throwing money (mine included!) into something that doesn't work when the alternative (adult stem cells) DOES - with a proven history.

Thank you for your time.

 
8867 05/04/2009 at 08:24:08 PM Self     I do not believe we need to encourage stem cell research from aborted babies. It is unethical and goes against all moral obligations of man kind. I am on board with former President Bush. People start taking responsibility for your own actions. And accept that there will always be diseases that will kill. You will never be able to stop it.

Maybe you need to do some soul searching and realize that death isnt such a bad thing, no matter how we die.

 
8868 05/04/2009 at 08:25:59 PM Organization colleton county chiropractic 4510 jefferies hwy walterboro sc 29488 Proceeding with this is immoral both from killing innocent children, but also immorally wrong. Those of you that partake in this research...know this...God will strike you down...you will experience great suffering and pain in your life bc of your participation in this. You think you will "be helping me in the future from diseases"...God gives and takes away life...only GOD...you will be judges severely and will suffering in THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!!

 
8869 05/04/2009 at 08:27:13 PM Self     Biologists are quite aware that adult stem cell research has proven more than satisfactory in finding cures for many types of human illnesses. It is known, for example, that it is only a matter of single digit years before they will have a cure for Parkinson's disease, for trauma to heart tissue due to heart attacks, etc. There is no need, scientifically, to pursue embryonic stem cell research - except for ulterior motives. Human cloning for tissue harvesting or to make a statement about the "discardability" of anything that 'primordial' (mitigating the circumstances of abortion) are just two examples. Please STOP all embryonic research that results in the death of the human embryo. For if it isn't human, what is it?

 
8870 05/04/2009 at 08:27:39 PM Self     Please usehuman common sense and do not use Embryonic Stem Cells as your intent is. You're destroying thisnation by allowing abortion as it is. We don't need a new and quicker nail in America's coffin. We need common sense and truth. LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. Anyone with a half of brain and courage enough to say so knows that. Anything but the truth is just killing us as a nation. I hope you use common sense and not money, pleasure or anything else as your motivation. L RESEARCH USING EMBRYOS.

 
8871 05/04/2009 at 08:29:00 PM Self     We wish to express our opposition to the use of federal funds to be used on the funding of more research on human embryonic stem cells. We support the use of adult stem cells in research instead.

 
8872 05/04/2009 at 08:29:01 PM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research as it requires the destruction of a human life. It also does not work and adult stem cells have worked and are ethical also.

 
8873 05/04/2009 at 08:30:10 PM Self     Presidnet Obama, I totally disagree with your allowing the use of embryonic stem cells in research. This will kill embryos that could be adopted. You have crossed the line with this decision of yours. I keep you in prayer. God is able to change your heart and mind.

 
8874 05/04/2009 at 08:30:15 PM Self     I do not want ANY tax dollars being used to fund ESCR. If it really was a good idea, there would be private companies trying to make it work. ESCR has not had any success in treating medical conditions. Adult stem cell research is a PROVEN method. There is no rejection issue since the person's own stem cells are used. Adult stem cells are sucessfully being used for many medical conditions right now. There is no need to pursue the unproven ESCR, and I would like to see it stopped completely. In the event the research is continued, I do not want our tax dollars paying for any aspect of it. Life begins at conception and ESCR kills lives.

 
8875 05/04/2009 at 08:34:45 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. It is ethically wrong to havrest stem cells from a human embyro no matter how noble the reason. The end does not justify the means. Adult stem cells, animal embryonic stem cells and reprogramed body cells is where the federal funding should be used as the most promising results are being found there. Sincerely,

 
8876 05/04/2009 at 08:35:36 PM Self     I don't think tax money should be used for stem cell research if an embryo is destroyed in the process.

 
8877 05/04/2009 at 08:35:56 PM Self     This proposal condones murder. Murder of the innocent. Direct opposition to God. Inexcusable cruelty. Deserving of eternity in hell.

 
8878 05/04/2009 at 08:37:18 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells. Life is sacred!

 
8879 05/04/2009 at 08:38:33 PM Self     We ask you on behalf of the unborn and the tax payers to not to fund the stem cell research. It is against my beliefs and I do not want my tax dollars paying for something that is against my beliefs. I believe that adult stem cells can be used and that cord blood can also be used and has proven to be successful. Thank you

 
8880 05/04/2009 at 08:38:54 PM Self     The use of new ebryos for research continues to deny the fact that we are sacrificing human lives for the potential well being of others.

How is it that the same exact embryonic tissue is considered a life when the mother wishes it to be a life, but just tissue to be discarded when it is unwanted, and finally valuable tissue when WE can use it to our own (those of us already born) benefit?

The fact that these ebryos from infertility clinics will be discarded and thus "wasted" misses the point that THEY are wasted as lives in our treatment of them from the beginning. It does not justify their use for other purposes. It is bad enough that they are sacrificed in a process that creates many lives, but only allows a few to live.

Please do not continue on with this move to further expand the culture of death. It will only be one more stepping stone to even worse things.

 
8881 05/04/2009 at 08:40:28 PM Self     We oppose using embryos for stem cell research.

It is not only unethical to take the cells from an embryo thus killing him or her,

but it is also scientifically unsound.

Adult stems cells are making great progress. Money should be used to continue to

develop adult stem cell lines. Let us not kill these embryos for an experiment that

as yet has shown no results.

Respectfully,

 
8882 05/04/2009 at 08:40:48 PM Self     When Pres. Obama overturned the federally funded ban on embryonic stem cell research, we continued to tread on a slippery slope of death that he emphasizes. I object that my tax dollars are and will be paying for research on stem cells derived from supposedly "leftovers" from in vitro fertilization. We should be promoting adoption and life,especially since there has not been ONE disease cured from destroying embryos. There are over 70 diseases healed from adult stem cells (www.donoharm). Let's use that money instead, to fund that successful area of research. Again, please do not use my tax dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
8883 05/04/2009 at 08:42:01 PM Self     The research on human stem cells should be limited to the 22 lines currently in use. There is no evidence that research will be improved with the use of more lines. These cells are human. It is wrong to encourage the destruction of human life for any reason. It is wrong.It is the place where the reader began thier unique life.

 
8884 05/04/2009 at 08:42:35 PM Self     On ethical grounds, I oppose the killing of human embryos. These regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research that I believe is unethical.

 
8885 05/04/2009 at 08:44:24 PM Self     On March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send 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 oppose these regulations.

 
8886 05/04/2009 at 08:44:39 PM Self     The case for discounting the potential human personhood of a fertilized embryo is poorly constructed and largely based upon pragmatic assertions. In that light, embryonic stem cell research may directly contribute to the destruction of human life despite its seemingly noble purpose to preserve human life. Viable research alternatives (such as umbilical cord blood) should be explored so that the integrity of the research itself is not violated by risking the travesty of killing unborn human persons.

 
8887 05/04/2009 at 08:46:02 PM Organization Defenders of the Faith, Inc. PO Box 1000, Berkeley Springs WV 25411-1000 Please do not fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research.. In the first place it causes the death of human beings. Secondly it is a complete waste of money. All research so far has been negative. Research on Adult Stem Cells has been very positve. Research on modified Adult Stem Cells has been even more positive.

Use some common sense.

Don't use my tax money for immoral and wasteful purposes.

 
8888 05/04/2009 at 08:46:40 PM Self     Please do not consider using embryonic stem cells in research especially when there are other ethical alternatives like adult stem cells that don't require the destruction of human life. I am morally opposed to the destruction of human life for any medical research.

 
8889 05/04/2009 at 08:46:56 PM Self     I oppose these guidelines, because, in allowing for research on human embryos, they devalue the basic right of a human being to live. In addition, the creation of embryos outside the marital act is an attack on the nature of this act, and on the dignity of marriage and of the child.

For these reasons, I strongly oppose these guidelines.

 
8890 05/04/2009 at 08:47:37 PM Self     I believe the current path being taken in the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines Draft is morally wrong. I oppose my tax dollars going toward this morally flawed research. There are other means of obtaining research to meet the same ends without having to use human stem cells. Those other scientific methods, that don't use human stem cells, can and should be used in place of human stem cell research.

 
8891 05/04/2009 at 08:47:52 PM Self     To Whom it May Concern;

I strongly oppose funding for embryonic stem cell research. My tax dollars should not go towards something that I morally disagree with. Please consider other ways to progress in medical research. If we do not stand for the sanctity of life, I can only help but wonder what will we will sacrifice next. We must draw the line.

Thank you,

 
8892 05/04/2009 at 08:48:17 PM Self     Stem cells research is being supported because of the many uses it could bring science. Stem cells could be used to replace cells and tissues in the body that have been damaged or that have been diseased in order to restore bodily function. There are 3 places stem cells could be found from. First, there are stem cells from adults. Secondly, there are stem cells from fetal tissue coming from aborted pregnancies. Thirdly, there are stem cells that have been isolated from early stage human embryos. Stem cell research is ALWAYS WRONG when embryos are being used for the research. If a pregnancy is terminated just for stem cell research it is always wrong and shouldn't be done.

 
8893 05/04/2009 at 08:48:52 PM Self     I believe the use of embryonic cells for research is immoral.

Instead I highly support the use of adult stem cell research that has been proven successful and is morally acceptable.

I would ask that you stop the use of embryonic cells for research entirely or at least in consonance with policies established by President Bush.

 
8894 05/04/2009 at 08:49:10 PM Self     Stem cells research is being supported because of the many uses it could bring science. Stem cells could be used to replace cells and tissues in the body that have been damaged or that have been diseased in order to restore bodily function. There are 3 places stem cells could be found from. First, there are stem cells from adults. Secondly, there are stem cells from fetal tissue coming from aborted pregnancies. Thirdly, there are stem cells that have been isolated from early stage human embryos. Stem cell research is ALWAYS WRONG when embryos are being used for the research. If a pregnancy is terminated just for stem cell research it is always wrong and shouldn't be done.

 
8895 05/04/2009 at 08:49:19 PM Self     • On ethical grounds, I oppose the killing of human embryos. These regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research that I believe is unethical.

• Although scientists have been conducting research with both adult and embryonic stem cells for years, only research with adult stem cells has yielded any successes in the treatment of human disease. More than 70 diseases and conditions presently are being treated with adult stem cell therapy. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from this successful research with adult stem cells and away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of human embryos.

• Research with embryonic stem cells has been plagued with problems. Tests, which to date have been limited to animals due to the inherent risks, invariably have ended in failure due to immune rejection and rapid replication of cells leading to cancerous tumors.

• The reason most frequently stated for opening up research with embryonic stem cells is the ability of embryonic stem cells to differentiate into all cells of the body. But research has proven that adult stem cells have the same ability to change into every kind of cell, tissue and organ in the body.

• These guidelines do not require any separation between an in vitro fertilization (IVF) doctor and an ESCR researcher. The guidelines say that 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.

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

 
8896 05/04/2009 at 08:50:08 PM Self     I am writing this letter to oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
8897 05/04/2009 at 08:51:03 PM Self     It has been a proven fact that the human embryonic stem cells will not help people. I am against using these for any reason at all. we have other methods to be used and has been proven effective.

 
8898 05/04/2009 at 08:52:31 PM Self     Destruction of human life for research purposes is never ethical. The basic tenets of ethics is "Do No Harm" Destroying one human being to benefit another violates every moral principle known outside the third world and violates the moral and religious sensibilities of millions of taxpayers. How can one consider any research to be ethical if it only benefits those who are not morally offended? Hundreds of thousands of Americans are refusing to use vaccines produced from aborted fetal cell lines. Shouldn't public tax dollars be used in a manner that benefits ALL Americans?

"Scientifically worthy"

Despite years of research and billions of dollars poured into embryonic stem cell research using private funds, to date, there has not been one single cure for any human illness using embryonic stem cells, while adult stem cells continue to provide cures for thousands of patients with over 70 diseases.

Embryonic stem cells have consistently proved that fatal tumors form whenever they are manipulated for use in treatments and because they are not patient-specific, like most adult stem cell treatments, patients will have severe immune rejection problems.

"In Accordance with Existing Law"

Research which involves the deliberate destruction of human life violates every principle found in existing law, including the Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR 46, (See http://www.dhhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.htm ) and the Dickey Wicker Amendment, which was signed into law under President Clinton and states:

SEC. 509. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for-- (1) the creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes; or (2) research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero under 45 CFR 46.208(a)(2) and Section 498(b) of the Public Health Service Ac (42 U.S.C. 289g(b)) (Title 42, Section 289g(b), United States Code). (b) For purposes of this section, the term "human embryo or embryos" includes any organism, not protected as a human subject under 45 CFR 46 (the Human Subject Protection regulations) . . . that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes (sperm or egg) or human diploid cells (cells that have two sets of chromosomes, such as somatic cells). In addition, US Constitution guarantees the right to life for every human being. Embryos ARE human beings - and this is not an ideological fact - it is a scientific fact. Embryos do not start out as some other sort of life form - they are not carrots or puppies that evolve somehow through the development process. From the first moment of the union of the egg and sperm, the embryo has all DNA necessary to become a unique individual, including hair color, eye color, personality traits, etc. Thus, as a human individual, they are entitled to the same protection under Federal Law as other human beings.

 
8899 05/04/2009 at 08:55:06 PM Self     I have Parkinson's and have read that in Australia they have taken adult stem cells from the olfactory nerve of a woman and put them in the brain of a rat who had a brain injury that caused it to be crippled. The rat was able to walk normally again because of the stem cells which differentiated into dopamine. Please don't produce embryonic cells which are a human being to kill it to possibly save another human being when adult stem cells have been proven to work.

 
8900 05/04/2009 at 08:56:31 PM Self     We are against the experimenting with human embryos. There are other, more humane ways of research that would be less expensive and not harm anyone. Please consider these.Adult stemcell research is one of them. Please review the facts of this method of research instead of bending to the pressure of those who do not care about life.

 
8901 05/04/2009 at 08:56:39 PM Self     We cannot help but wonder why the NIH should pursue a controverisal and currently needless use of embryonic cells in a search to cure diseases when it has been medically and scientifically demonstrated that adult-stem-cell uses are effective. We also understand that embryonic stem cells far from effecting cures are in fact having dangerous side effects.

 
8902 05/04/2009 at 08:56:48 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

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

 
8903 05/04/2009 at 08:58:07 PM Self     Early human embryos are in fact human. Experimenting on them is human experimentation, an unnecessary and unethical process. It is unnecessary because adult stem cell research has already proven successful and because new ways to attain cells that have qualities similar to embryonic cells have been developed. It is unethical because it is human experimentation that treats humans as mere material objects.

It is extremely objectionable to use tax money for this purpose since many tax payers conscientiously object to this destructive process. Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research should be banned and replaced with increased emphasis on adult stem cell research.

 
8904 05/04/2009 at 08:58:48 PM Self     Why use taxpayer funding for embrionic stem cell research while killing a live embrio, while numerous other stem cells are being used with great success. Embrionic stem cells have never been used with any success at all.

 
8905 05/04/2009 at 09:01:04 PM Self     Please stop the senseless destruction of human embryos for research. There is no scientific proof to date that embryonic stem cells are any better than adult stem cells for health benefits. These embryos could have a chance at life if adopted instead of being destroyed. They are human beings from the first moment of creation and deserve the dignity due to every human.

 
8906 05/04/2009 at 09:02:47 PM Self     I am totally against my tax dollars going for embryonic stem cell research when adult stem cell research works better!

 
8907 05/04/2009 at 09:07:12 PM Self     I am writing to express my opposition to the Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Considering there is no data indicating that embryonic stem cells cure any diseases while there is data indicating success using adult stem cells, I would question the reasoning behind funding embryonic stem cell research with taxpayer's dollars. Destroying one life to maybe save another is unethical and immoral and antithetical to what America is about which is Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Please do not associate my tax dollars with this unproven and immoral research. I would, however, support federal funding of adult stem cell research, since I have seen some promise in this arena.

Thank you for your time.

Regards,

 
8908 05/04/2009 at 09:08:02 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

 
8909 05/04/2009 at 09:09:27 PM Self     Please do not fund stem cell research, which causes the death of a tiny human being. The majority do not want our money to fund such research.

 
8910 05/04/2009 at 09:09:55 PM Self     I would like to go on record as being opposed to the use of Federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research. The progress made by somatic stem cell research has proven to be both promising and productive without destruction of human life. Please consider this as decisions are being made about guidelines for Human Stem Cells. Much progress is continuing to be made in other areas to promote life enhancing medications, techniques, etc. Please do not destroy the good work that you do by supporting the destruction of human life. Thank you for your consideration.

 
8911 05/04/2009 at 09:09:56 PM Self     God will not and is not honoring our country as we find more ways of sacrificing our babies in the name of our personal pleasure... You will stand before God and be judged for these actions..

 
8912 05/04/2009 at 09:10:28 PM Self     We oppose use of federal funds (our tax dollars) for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
8913 05/04/2009 at 09:10:44 PM Self     Please do NOT use my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead why not promote the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death otherwise.

 
8914 05/04/2009 at 09:12:24 PM Self     Adult stem cells have proven beneficial in treating a significant number of diseases. This is in contradistinction to embryonic stem cells, which have a far greater risk of metaplasia and dysplasia, no clearly proven benefits, and significant moral and ethical dilemnas in terms of obtaining the stem cells, which can only be obtained by producing and then destroying human embryos. As such, I am strongly opposed to use of human embryonic stem cells in research, from both an ethical and a fiscal perspective.

 
8915 05/04/2009 at 09:13:47 PM Self     I do not believe in the research on stemcells of human embryos

 
8916 05/04/2009 at 09:14:12 PM Self     You must not murder innocent babies. Life begins at conception. Cells start to multiply. That is the beginning of our lives. To create or use the embryos for experiments is to commit murder. Nothing has yet to happen of any good when you use embryo stem cells. God will not allow it. Adult stem cells are the way to produce positive results. Spend your time and money where the results are and STOP murdering innocent lives.

 
8917 05/04/2009 at 09:15:19 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

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

 
8918 05/04/2009 at 09:15:23 PM Self     Just what is a human embryo? By any sane evaluation, it's a human being in its early stages. Killing the human being for experimentation is just what Dr. Mengele did. Now the U. S. government is adopting Dr. Mengele's methods. Congratulations! Are you proud?

 
8919 05/04/2009 at 09:16:50 PM       I do NOT want my tax dollars to fund the use of human embryonic stem cells for research, regardless of how they were obtained. Human life in any form should be respected and protected. As a country, once we start down a path of disrespect for human life, hearts will grow more and more cold until we reach a point where we can justify taking any life for any reason. We are already proving this true with abortions. In the past God has blessed and protected this nation because we honored Him by loving, nurturing and protecting human life, but as we move away from this practice we see increasing evidence of God's hand of protection being removed, and eventually we will pay for it with our own lives.

 
8920 05/04/2009 at 09:21:02 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.

 
8921 05/04/2009 at 09:24:37 PM Self     Please be advised we are opposed to embryonic stem cell research in any fashion or the use of federal funds to research any form of embryonic stem cell research.

 
8922 05/04/2009 at 09:25:01 PM Self     I am against fetal stem cell funding, as a unique human being exists at the moment of conception, and adult stem cells work just as well in helping illnesses.

 
8923 05/04/2009 at 09:26:06 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.

 
8924 05/04/2009 at 09:28:41 PM Self     I oppose the use of your taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
8925 05/04/2009 at 09:30:45 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

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

 
8926 05/04/2009 at 09:30:58 PM Self     It is not right or just to force Americans to be complicit in the death and destruction of human embryos by using our tax dollars for human embryonic / fetal stem cell research. I believe that human life begins at conception, to use my tax dollars to kill human embryos is a violation of my rights.

Regards,

 
8927 05/04/2009 at 09:31:51 PM Self     Please don't use my taxpayer dollars to subsidize research that involves the destruction of human embryos. Thank you.

 
8928 05/04/2009 at 09:32:06 PM Self     As you may know, President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send 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 . Pleas edo not adopt this new policy rather , stick to our existing policy made by President Bush. Thanks

 
8929 05/04/2009 at 09:33:34 PM Self     These are my beliefs about stem cell research:

"Ethically responsible"

Destruction of human life for research purposes is not ethical, no matter what the perceived benefit may be. The basic tenets of ethical principles state that "One must never do evil so that good may come from it." Destroying one human being to benefit another violates every moral principle and violates the moral and religious sensibilities of millions of taxpayers. How can one consider any research to be ethical if it only benefits those who are not morally offended? Hundreds of thousands of Americans are refusing to use vaccines produced from aborted fetal cell lines. Shouldn't public tax dollars be used in a manner that benefits ALL Americans?

"Scientifically worthy"

Despite years of research and billions of dollars poured into embryonic stem cell research using private funds, to date, there has not been one single cure for any human illness using embryonic stem cells, while adult stem cells continue to provide cures for thousands of patients with over 70 diseases.

In addition, embryonic stem cells have consistently proved that fatal tumors form whenever they are manipulated for use in treatments and because they are not patient-specific, like most adult stem cell treatments, and patients will have severe immune rejection problems.

"In Accordance with Existing Law"

Research which involves the deliberate destruction of human life violates every principle found in existing law, including the Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR 46, and the Dickey Wicker Amendment, which was signed into law under President Clinton and states:

SEC. 509. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for-- (1) the creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes; or (2) research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero under 45 CFR 46.208(a)(2) and Section 498(b) of the Public Health Service Ac (42 U.S.C. 289g(b)) (Title 42, Section 289g(b), United States Code). (b) For purposes of this section, the term "human embryo or embryos" includes any organism, not protected as a human subject under 45 CFR 46 (the Human Subject Protection regulations) . . . that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes (sperm or egg) or human diploid cells (cells that have two sets of chromosomes, such as somatic cells).

In addition, US Constitution guarantees the right to life for every human being. Embryos ARE human beings - and this is not an ideological fact - it is a scientific fact. Embryos do not start out as some other sort of life form - they are not carrots or puppies that evolve somehow through the development process. From the first moment of the union of the egg and sperm, the embryo has all DNA necessary to become a unique individual, including hair color, eye color, personality traits, etc. Thus, as a human individual, they are entitled to the same protection under Federal Law as other human beings.

 
8930 05/04/2009 at 09:33:55 PM Self     I oppose 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.

Stop murdering more of humanity. There are more than enough stem cell lines needed for research, and ADULT stem cells have already proven sufficient for medical breakthroughs. Look what's happening at Wake Forest University.

Do not waste human beings in this unconscionable, unethical, destructive and murderous choice.

 
8931 05/04/2009 at 09:36:38 PM Self     Please do not pass the bill for embryonic research. It has already been proven by doctors and scientists that the adult stem cella work very successfully in treating various diseases. The embryos are a human life that deserves a chance to grow and develop and have life like you and everyone else. Why not give those embryos up for adoption to the many many couples waiting to adopt. Man has no right to kill these babies just because they have not been born. Even you had to have a beginning as an enbryo. So please reconsider this bill.

 
8932 05/04/2009 at 09:37:13 PM Self     Scientists have been conducting research with both adult and embryonic stem cells for years, only research with adult stem cells has yielded any successes in the treatment of human disease. More than 70 diseases and conditions presently are being treated with adult stem cell therapy. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from this successful research with adult stem cells and away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of human embryos.

 
8933 05/04/2009 at 09:41:26 PM Self     PLEASE use good sense and realize Adult stem cells are doing wonderful healing and embryonic stem cells have not healed anything and HAVE caused tumors. Where is the gain in killing unborn babies to grow sick tumors??? Think!! thank you.

 
8934 05/04/2009 at 09:45:26 PM Self     I am opposed to using human embronic stem cells for research. Eventhough, the Guidelines state only "embros left over from in vitro fertilization" will be used, they are still living humans being killed. If any cure is found from this research,embroys will be created and their life taken to give to another person.

The second reason is because it is a waste of tax money. No cure for any disease has been found from embronic stem cell research in other countries but many cures have been found using adult stem cells. This administration has wasted enough tax payers money!!!!

 
8935 05/04/2009 at 09:48:06 PM Self     How can I believe in an omnipotent God who made me into a special being if I believe in destroying human life? Would this please God? No. The midwives did not kill the Hebrew babies according to Pharoah's command because they feared GOD. Exodus 1:16-17 God kmit my bones together in my Mother's womb and I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-16

 
8936 05/04/2009 at 09:48:08 PM Self     I believe that you should not perform embryonic stem cell research because it takes the life away from that human. Everyone has a right to life, and it's not fair if you kill innocent babies just in order to find cures for diseases. Even if you would eventually find something important that could help millions of people, the way you go about it has to keep every life safe.

 
8937 05/04/2009 at 09:48:17 PM Self     I oppose the use of human stem cells. Thank you,

 
8938 05/04/2009 at 09:49:25 PM Self     Please do not let such a Bill pass that will take the life that God has created , its a barbaric act .

 
8939 05/04/2009 at 09:49:29 PM Self     It's very difficult for me to comprehend why the federal government insists on killing babies in the name of research. Please understand I want to see people who are afflicted get help as much as anyone but it does not make any sense to destroy life to do so when science clearly indicates that there are other resources available that provide the matter necessary to provide help for the afflicted. Certainly there is ultimately a steep price to pay for the decision to murder babies so please be absolutely certain that you are willing to pay that price. Please know that comment is not meant in any to be a threat and I appreciate your concern to do what is right for mankind.

 
8940 05/04/2009 at 09:50:09 PM Self     Dear President Obama, When you overturned the federal funding ban on embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, you left the parameters of that decision up to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). You have opened the floodgates for the destruction of embryos at taxpayers' expense. Under the rules, my tax dollars would pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization, instead of promoting the adoption of these tiny humans. I'm tired of having my pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. You claim to represent positive change for the good of America. There is nothing positive about this legislation. No treatment for any illness or injury has been produced from ESR in any country and it is morally wrong to destroy life. Do not force Americans to support this unethical experimentation.

 
8941 05/04/2009 at 09:51:07 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 
8942 05/04/2009 at 09:51:56 PM Self     No law or government can justify the direct taking of a human being's life unless that human being is an unjust aggressor or has been judged guilty of a capital crime punishable by death. The human being begins when the mother's egg and father's sperm unite to form the zygote. This scientific fact is in no way changed by political or social considerations. Therefore, taking the life of the innocent human being newly conceived is a crime against humanity and cries out for justice. As a United States citizen I condemn the destruction of tiny human beings for their body parts. As a registered nurse I refuse to take part in any such activity camouflaged under the euphemism of "health care". As a Roman Catholic I pray the Lord of all creation to change the minds and hearts of those who consider killing human beings "health care". Wasn't it the Nazi doctors who did so for eugenic reasons? Weren't they themselves then judged by the world of crimes against humanity and the perversion of their role as healers?

 
8943 05/04/2009 at 09:54:24 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

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

 
8944 05/04/2009 at 09:54:33 PM Self     I think stem cell research is wrong because it is killing a real human life for the interest of science. Although, i do think it is a useful idea, finding cures for sicknesses and such, i do not think it needs to be done with human embryos. If it were animal fetuses it still wouldn't be the best thing in the world, but it would be better than killing a human life.

 
8945 05/04/2009 at 09:54:52 PM Self     I do NOT want my tax dollars used to promote embrionic stem cell research. There have been great advances using adult stem cells and there is great potential in using umbilical chord blood as well. Neither of these methods would directly result in the death of a human being. I believe that human life begins at conception and morally oppose embrionic stem cell research where human life is destroyed

 
8946 05/04/2009 at 09:55:25 PM Self     Embryo stem cells are cancer causing and have major moral issues, adult stem cells are free of negative moral issues and are shown to work in over 70 diseases!!!! As a medical provider I have researched this! STOP immoral embryo stem cell research!!

 
8947 05/04/2009 at 09:55:31 PM Self     I do NOT want my tax dollars being used in embryonic stem cell research...it is unethical and immoral.

Adult stem cell research has been much more successful and is both ethical and moral

 
8948 05/04/2009 at 09:56:00 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.

 
8949 05/04/2009 at 09:56:49 PM Self     Such an incentive for creation and destruction of human embryos is unconscionable. I am firmly against research and testing on new embryos beyond the 22 lines obtained prior to Aug 9, 2001. Using human embryos for these purposes is no better than the human experimentation we fought to end by the Nazis.

 
8950 05/04/2009 at 09:58:20 PM Self     Section 2 Statement B: Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Drived from Human Embryos---I think that Stem Cell Reasearch is a good thing for what it does. The only problem is that the ends don't justify the means. You are killing innocent lives that never really have a chance to see what type of life they will have. Those embryos can live a great life if they were given a chance. Who knows one of those embryos could grow up to use Stem Cell Reasearch without having to kill embryos.

 
8951 05/04/2009 at 10:00:15 PM Self     Please stop the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell research from all embroy. These are children not a factory

 
8952 05/04/2009 at 10:00:26 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax payers money for the use of embryonic stem cell research. There has been absolutely nothing that has come out of the use of embryos so far but lots of good that has come from adult stem cells. Why destroy a life? There is always plenty of stem cells that can be taken from left over placentas from birthing. Using the stem cells of embryos will open a pandoras box for the development of all kinds of possible diseases too since these can mimic any given cell within a body including cancer etc. Embryos are God's creation & by using my tax payer $ I'm truly offended that you would even consider killing a child. I am a diabetic but would NEVER even consider taking stem cells that are coming from a embryo. Please don't use embryos for this.

 
8953 05/04/2009 at 10:02:24 PM Self     This is not necessary. It is wrong and is messing with precious life. Life that does not belong to us.

 
8954 05/04/2009 at 10:02:53 PM Self     I oppose federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. My understanding is that President Obama's plan is to allow experimentation 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 draft guidelines would allow the embryos to be sacrificed for research on their stem cells.

Since I believe that human life starts at conception, I can not allow life to be destroyed for science.

Thank you, and God bless you!

 
8955 05/04/2009 at 10:04:38 PM Self     We oppose killing human embryos. The proposed regulations will force taxpayers like us to fund research we 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. We have a family member who has successfully been cured of cancer using her own adult stem cells. No successful claims can be made by the use of embryonic stem cells.

The proposed regulations create a financial incentive for the creation of more human embryos to be destroyed to obtain their embryonic stem cells. Creating human embryos just to destroy them is totally unethical!

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.

These are just a few of the many reasons our tax money should not be used to fund the destruction of human embryos.

 
8956 05/04/2009 at 10:06:56 PM Self     Stem cell research has yet to show that it is even as successful as umbilical cord cell sources. Please don't use aborted cell tissue and justify it by saying it will save lives. Encouraging abortion is no way to save lives.

 
8957 05/04/2009 at 10:10:59 PM Self     We strongly oppose research with embryonic stem cells because it shows a disrepect for the potential lives these embryos represent. In addition, adult cell lines can be used with great potential without killing these embryos. As an ophthalmologist, I am fully aware of how successfully we use adult stem cell lines for limbal stem cell grafts in cases of burns or Stevens-Johnson syndrome. No embryos are destroyed for this vision-saving treatment. If embryos are destroyed for research purposes it shows a disrespect for human life that could spill over into an attitude of callousness to care of the elderly or handicapped as we become callous to the taking of human life, even at this early stage. Please take our comments against this Orwellian practice seriously and with prayer for wisdom. Many thanks for listening.

 



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