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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8958 05/04/2009 at 10:11:02 PM Self     I oppose killing human embryos. The proposed NIH regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research I believe is unethical because it requires the destruction of living human beings. Sacrificing some humans (in this case those at an earlier stage of development) to help other humans is morally wrong. We should have learned this concept through the experiments done using the Tuskegee Airmen.

Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from promising research using stem cells obtained from ethical sources into what has so far yielded only disappointing, even disastrous results from experimental treatments using embryonic stem cells. Treatments using ethically obtained “adult” stem cells has already resulted in many amazing therapies and cures.

The draft NIH guidelines do not require any separation between an IVF doctor and an ESCR researcher. The guidelines say they “should” be separate, but only when practicable. The guidelines allow any IVF doctor to create more embryos than are needed for fertility purposes in order to generate more so-called "leftover" embryos for ESCR research using taxpayer funds. There is no penalty for doing this.

Instead of preventing any future expansion of funding for ESCR on unethical experiments involving human clones and human-animal hybrids, these regulations open the door for such funding whenever NIH wants in the future. This is should instead be avoided at all costs.

The guidelines do not require full informed consent for the parents of the human embryos regarding their options for their embryonic offspring to be adopted by other infertile couples in lieu of destruction for research.

The idea that it is acceptable to use embryos precisely because they are human, yet not afford them respect as persons is the moral equivalent of the Dred Scott decision. This is shameful and should not be the case in the United States in the 21st Century!

 
8959 05/04/2009 at 10:11:18 PM Self     I oppose the use of taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. There has been more advances using adult stem cells than embryonic cells. Follow the science and don't force the taxpayer to be on the hook for this.

 
8960 05/04/2009 at 10:12:50 PM Self     I have read various accounts about the successes of the adult stem cell treatments even though I cannot enumerate the actual articles that I had read. I have also read about the failures of the embryonic stem cell treatments. The fact that the research would be using human embryos/babies for experimentation is too horrible to contemplate. The animal rights advocates would not allow such atrocities to be performed on animals. It is unconscionable that human embryos/babies are being considered for such research. I have personally talked with a recipient of human embryonic stem cells for treatment of muscular dystrophy, who after having gone out of the country to receive two treatments, has not shown improvement. Also, according to information that I have read, private investors are unwilling to provide capital for this research due to all the failed experiments. I do not want our country, the USA, to be involved in nor my tax dollars to be used for such an unethical, atrocious undertaking.

 
8961 05/04/2009 at 10:13:24 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells research has been proven scientifically to be unproductive - a waste of time and certainly a waste and destruction of human life. Adult stem cell research, on the other hand, IS productive without destroying human life, and should be a priority.

 
8962 05/04/2009 at 10:14:36 PM Self     I am disappointed in the guidlines on Human Stem Cell research. I believe it will encourage the "production for destruction" of embryos for the purpose of medical research. I believe human life should be regarded as more valuable than that of a research tool or animal, and should not be a candidate for destruction in the name of research. Furthermore, adult stem cells have been shown to be more effective in the battle against disease. Our tax dollars would be better spent there. I am sickened that Americans who conscientiously object to Embryonic stem cell research are forced to allow their tax dollars to support it.

Respectfully but with sincere grief,

 
8963 05/04/2009 at 10:19:01 PM Self     I am opposed to the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. There is no reputable research available that shows embryonic stem cell research to be valuable, however, there is very reputable research available showing that adult stem cell research is very promising. Adult stem cell research should be pursued -- not embryonic stem cell research.

 
8964 05/04/2009 at 10:20:02 PM Self     Stem Cell reseach is bad on the levels and is a sin because it uses Embryos for reaseach. A embryo is a human life and desreves the right to live just like everyone in the world. The Catholic Church is aganist stem cell research because it is taking the life of an unborn child. (Embryonic Stem Cell Research)

 
8965 05/04/2009 at 10:20:37 PM Self     I am in complete disagreement with the proposal to use human embryonic stem cells for research, especially in light of evidence that adult stem cells are a perfectly acceptable method for the same purpose - without destroying human beings in their early stages of development. "These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells."

 
8966 05/04/2009 at 10:22:08 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.

 
8967 05/04/2009 at 10:22:45 PM Self     Please oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells are far more productive in being able to solve health problems. Terminating the embryo is a serious moral issue as is growing human embryos for the purpose of research.

Thank You

 
8968 05/04/2009 at 10:24:39 PM Self     do not destroy human life for research. This is morally wrong. No cures have been found with embryonic stem cells -only ADULT stem cells

 
8969 05/04/2009 at 10:27:56 PM Self     I would like to go on record as opposing the funding of embryonic stem cell research. It has already been proven that adult stem cells have, and are, healing diseases and are much more stable than embryonic stem cells. Funding embryonic stem cell research is not only immoral, it's taking funding away from adult stem cell research that is actually helping to cure diseases. These funds could be doing a lot more good & helping a lot more people if applied to adult stem cell research instead.

 
8970 05/04/2009 at 10:29:42 PM Self     ***** are opposed to Executive Order 13505 which allows for embryonic stem cell research using tax dollars. We believe that life begins at conception and promoting stem cell research involves aborting life and will continue to promote this to a greater extent. From our understanding, non-embryonic stem cell research has produced positive results and we recommend focusing on this form of research instead.

 
8971 05/04/2009 at 10:30:20 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.

 
8972 05/04/2009 at 10:30:27 PM Self     Please don't use aborted babies for stem cell research. This is opening the door to many deaths of babies. I can't condon murder in any form.

You know how greedy many are and I can see it now blackmarket for these babies deaths.

We find that you can use adult stem cell to use and it has been seemingly successful in some diseases. We have yet to find any benefit above the adult stem cell found in baby's stem cell.

Thank you for your time.

 
8973 05/04/2009 at 10:34:13 PM Self     Stem cell research success has been found with adult stem cells rather than embryonic stem cells. Regardless of this current fact, embryonic stem cells destroys the life of a human to try to improve the lives of other humans. When American families learn the difference in these two forms of stem cells, they realize that embryonic stem cells is immoral and should not be done.

 
8974 05/04/2009 at 10:34:40 PM Self     I ask that all other stem cell research be fully funded and explored and that embryonic stem cell research be banned. Adult stem cell research is much more promising and does not destroy human life. I am opposed to my tax dollars going to this type of research which I consider morally and ethically inappropriate. Thank you.

 
8975 05/04/2009 at 10:36:20 PM Self     I strongly oppose any stem cell research that would lead to further killing of human embryos.

 
8976 05/04/2009 at 10:36:28 PM Self     Sirs, This certainly is not the "hope" that people voted for when they put President Obama into office. My hope is that we will have more respect for human life and not allow the senseless killing of even potential infants. Much more success will come from Adult stem cell projects that don't involve incentives for people to create a new life, just to end it in murder.

Sincerely,

 
8977 05/04/2009 at 10:36:35 PM Self     We oppose embryonic stem cell research as per President Obama's guidelines. The killing of a human embryo amounts to nothing short of murder. These embryos have the same DNA structure as you and I. They are positioned to be viable human beings. Killing them would not only be unethical, it is morally wrong. Please stand up for human life and oppose this abomination.

Sincerely,

 
8978 05/04/2009 at 10:40:26 PM Self     please accept the fact that human embryonic stem cell research has not been successful like the adult stem cell research. God has already designed the stem cell for a specific purpose and using he embryonic stem cells will only cause risk and death to the human. rather, the adult stem cell will be more successful in serving its purpose to help others. the embryonic stem cell is a form of murder... THOU SHALT NOT KILL

 
8979 05/04/2009 at 10:40:29 PM Self     I believe that the NIH is correct for not funding emryonic stem cell rearch, but it still is not ok to use adult cells because it is not morally correct. Even thinking of killing an inocent live such as an unborn embryo is wrong. Even if it is for research to try and regrow limbs on the human body. I will support any type of stem cell research except for emryonic or any kind that will have the end result of taknig a humans life. It is wrong no matter what to take someones life even if they are close to death.

 
8980 05/04/2009 at 10:41:26 PM Self     If they weren't alive in the first place they wouldn't ever have living human cells. I don't care what you call it, any simpleton can see that this is murder. The real problem is that people think it is backwards to call it murder when it is just so convenient to have an abortion. We are not stupid and we are not the minority, I don't care how many polls you doctor up to say otherwise.

 
8981 05/04/2009 at 10:41:37 PM Self     Please do not allow stem cell research or use of stem cells from embryos. These are tiny, unformed, potential human beings. There are stem cells from many other sources that can be used.

Thank you.

 
8982 05/04/2009 at 10:43:16 PM Self     Please do not allow the destruction of embryos for stem-cell research. The Obama administration needs to read all the actual research/information about this topic instead of being driven by ideology alone, as it is being driven in many other areas as well. Ideology may be close to people's hearts, but facts speak the truth. Much more actual help and promise is coming from adult stem cells. Read,learn. Thank you.

 
8983 05/04/2009 at 10:44:41 PM Self     Taxpayer dollars should NOT be used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in-vitro fertilizations. No human should be classified as "leftover". Adoption of these human embryos is a much greater gift to our country than their death.

 
8985 05/04/2009 at 10:45:54 PM Self     I believe that the NIH is correct for not funding embryonic stem cell research, but it still is not ok to use adult cells because it is not morally correct. Even thinking of killing and innocent life such as an unborn embryo is wrong. Even if it is for research to try and regrow limbs on the human body. I will support any type of stem cell reseach except for embryonic or any kind that will have the end result of taking a human being's life. It is wrong no matter what to take someones life even if they are close to death.

 
8986 05/04/2009 at 10:46:08 PM Self     I believe that the NIH is correct for not funding embryonic stem cell research, but it still is not ok to use adult cells because it is not morally correct. Even thinking of killing and innocent life such as an unborn embryo is wrong. Even if it is for research to try and regrow limbs on the human body. I will support any type of stem cell reseach except for embryonic or any kind that will have the end result of taking a human being's life. It is wrong no matter what to take someones life even if they are close to death.

 
8987 05/04/2009 at 10:46:39 PM Self     This is simply to express my opposition to the use of embryonic stem cells in medical research of any kind. It is simply not necessary to do so. Given the advanced amount of research using adult stem cells that has already provided extensive new discoveries far beyond expectations, adult stem cells have proven to be more than adequate for the needs in medical research at this time. The use of embryonic cells is gratuitous and unnecessary.

 
8988 05/04/2009 at 10:46:56 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.

 
8989 05/04/2009 at 10:49:00 PM Self     It is totally incomprehensible that this disgusting practice will be turned around by the current resident of the White House. I am under the impression that these stem cells currently can be harvested from people when we take them from the umbilical cord at birth. I also thougt that we can in some casis, harvest our own bodies for our own stem cells. I can,t fathom a united push being made playing God witin the unborn,creating babies so they can be killed for other reasons

 
8990 05/04/2009 at 10:50:42 PM Self     PLEASE STOP TAX FUNDED STEM CELL RESEARCH.

 
8991 05/04/2009 at 10:50:59 PM Self     It is totally incomprehensible that this disgusting practice will be turned around by the current resident of the White House. I am under the impression that these stem cells currently can be harvested from people when we take them from the umbilical cord at birth. I also thougt that we can in some casis, harvest our own bodies for our own stem cells. I can,t fathom a united push being made playing God witin the unborn,creating babies so they can be killed for other reasons

 
8992 05/04/2009 at 10:52:53 PM Self     With regard to embryonic stem cell research, the end definitely does NOT justify the means. Since human life begins at conception, these embryos have souls which would be subject to destruction in the name of scientific research. Furthermore, vast quantities of cord blood containing stem cells proven to be invaluable for research go unused and wasted each and every day. Instead of destroying embryos for research, the government should simply ask for cord blood donations.

 
8993 05/04/2009 at 10:54:27 PM Self     It is incomprehensible that federal funds are going to be used to experiment on human embryonic stem cells. I vigorously oppose this!

 
8994 05/04/2009 at 10:55:46 PM Self     Adult stem cells have a proven record of success. Embryonic ones do not. Even Dr. Oz on Oprah said they would not work to fight Parkinson's disease because they would destroy the very organs they need to repair. This is money wasted and harvesting embryos unnecessarily.

 
8995 05/04/2009 at 10:56:34 PM Self     Stem cells work, so please do not permit EMBRYO to be use for research. There is great success with adult stem cells and the unstable embryos only lead to trouble.

 
8996 05/04/2009 at 10:56:38 PM Self     I dont feel like this is a good thing. We do not need to be using tax payers dollars on this right now or ever really. Now we have so many other things that that money could be used for,.

 
8997 05/04/2009 at 10:58:43 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is requesting public comment on draft guidelines entitled ``National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research'' (Guidelines). I oppose any research as proposed by this draft. This is an immoral policy and unethical in nature since it will require funding by all tax payers incluing all who are opposed to this practice. Let the immoral and ungodly pay for their own reseacrch when ity comes to this issue.

Respectively Yours,

 
8998 05/04/2009 at 11:01:51 PM Self     A sure sign that something does not work is when the private sector refuses to spend money on something, so the government steps into fund it, namely, embryonic stem cells. Not only are you destroying life, which you have no regard for, but you have misled the public in the belief that embryonic stem cells will save lives. In fact, it destroys life and germinates cancer. Adult stem cells are plentiful, easily obtained, and cause no loss of life; plus they actually work. Where is your push and funding for this research? I know you will push your wanton disregard for all human life, regardless of the facts. May God have mercy on your souls!

 
8999 05/04/2009 at 11:01:53 PM Self     One Nation under God with liberty and justice for all. Is an unborn child given any justice for life? Not when a green light is given for abortions.

 
9000 05/04/2009 at 11:02:44 PM Self     I do not believe that taxpayers, like myself, who disagree with the practice should have to fund unethical stem cell research.

 
9001 05/04/2009 at 11:03:41 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.

 
9002 05/04/2009 at 11:09:39 PM Self     I am opposed to the proposed legislation to allow research of embryonic stem cells.

 
9003 05/04/2009 at 11:09:49 PM Self     President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.I do not support this.

 
9004 05/04/2009 at 11:11:05 PM Self     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.

 
9005 05/04/2009 at 11:11:41 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Federal funds come from my taxes and I want my tax dollars spent in a more ethical way.

 
9006 05/04/2009 at 11:14:48 PM Self     Adult stems cells treat over 70 serious diseases, while embryonic stem cells treat none. As taxpayers, we are now funding this research. Why?

 
9007 05/04/2009 at 11:17:02 PM Self     My moral and religious convictions against embryonic stem cell research compel me to contact you. It is my understanding that significant progress has been made using adult stem cells, and there is no justifiable reason to use embryonic stem cells, and also I feel we are sliding down a slippery slope with no end in sight. Thank you for the opportunity to contact you

 
9008 05/04/2009 at 11:17:25 PM Self     Empryonic stem cell research is an offense to the sanctity of life. Besides that it is ineffective in curing illnesses compared to the use of adult stem cells which are very effective. Empryonic stem cell harvest is just an excuse to promote abortion of living human beings.

 
9009 05/04/2009 at 11:18:21 PM Self     Please do not open or use federal funds for reaearch on human embryonic stsem cells. So far the adult sstem cells are the ones having any success.

 
9010 05/04/2009 at 11:19:08 PM Self     Please do not open or use federal funds for research on human embryonic stsem cells. So far the adult stem cells are the ones having any success.

 
9011 05/04/2009 at 11:19:49 PM Self     I am in shock that the U.S. continues down the road of fostering the lack of dignity in life. Even if we took the life through abortion, isn't horrific to use the bloodshed of these babies to try to better our lives? Most people don't realize that we have lowered our standards to those of heartless souls and not aware that innocent blood may be used in their babies. ...ugh we can't go on this long without some wrath.

"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 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. For a list of some of these treatments, see: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/data/315/5810/328b/DC1/1

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, 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.

Comments may also be mailed to: NIH Stem Cell Guidelines

MSC 7997, 9000 Rockville Pike,

Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7997

Children of God for Life Responds:

Click here to read our letter submitted on May 4, 2009 and feel free to use any portions of the letter in your own response. Try not to copy word for word - original letters are always best!

 
9012 05/04/2009 at 11:19:52 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.

 
9013 05/04/2009 at 11:20:15 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.

 
9014 05/04/2009 at 11:20:53 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.

It is a scientific fact that human embryos are living human beings and therefore due the same unalienable right to life as other U.S. citizens. Please support their rights in Congress.

 
9015 05/04/2009 at 11:22:18 PM Self     We oppose the use of U.S. tax dollars for embryonic stem cell experiments.

There is no evidence that embryonic stem cell experiments have a reliable medical benefit for various medical conditions.

We do support adult stem cell research, which has a proven track record of medical benefit.

 
9016 05/04/2009 at 11:25:18 PM Self     The NIH states their intention is to create guidelines that are "ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law".

Questions about "ethically responsible":

Who determines what is "responsible"? Politicians(who accept campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry)? Scientists in academia(who have a monetary interest in a lax ethical policy to garner more research grants)? Why not create a panel of ALL intersted parties(business,academic,religous) and require a super majority(e.g. 85%) to hammer out a policy that everyone can live with?

For all the money that has been spent on embryonic stem cell research in recent years, there seems to be a dearth of any good results for the money spent. On the other hand I see journals full of success stories, especially as it relates to various forms of cancer, of autologous(i.e. adult) stem cell research. My thought is that government funding would be put to more productive use and be an ethical non-issue if it was directed toward autologous stem cell research as opposed to embryonic stem cell research. Disclaimer: I have no monetary interest in how the funding is spent, but I do have a personal interest as my family has suffered from a higher than normal incidence of cancer in its various forms.

 
9017 05/04/2009 at 11:25:39 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings!!

 
9018 05/04/2009 at 11:26:05 PM Self     Please consider this: I am asking that 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.

These are difficult times that we live in. There is a lack of ethics and moral decision making all around us from corporate boardrooms to our government offices. I ask that you set the positive example and do what is ethically and morally right. We all know it is intrinsically wrong to destroy human life. Furthermore we all know that life begins at conception. The real debate is at what point do we put value that life. Please reconsider this policy and put value on all human lives.

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.

 
9019 05/04/2009 at 11:28:16 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

 
9020 05/04/2009 at 11:28:26 PM Self     Dear Sirs and Madams,

First and foremost, our country goes up-in-arms if hair spray is tested on bunnies. So how can we justify the killing of innocent Americans in the "name of science"? It is an established, scientific fact that an embryo is fully human, and now you are asking the American people to to only endorse murder, but pay the bill.

Secondly, and just as important, is the fact that NOT ONE SINGLE embryonic stem cell trial has been successful. We need to ask ourselves why would we continue to dump funding into experimentation that is repeatedly UNsuccessful, while ignoring the very real fact that there have been several successful adult stem cell experiments. Just who and what are we serving by doing this???

 
9021 05/04/2009 at 11:28:58 PM Self     I am writing to oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. The research to date on embryonic stem cells has yielded no successful results. However, results from adult stem cell research is already being used to treat a variety of different illnesses. Please focus federal funds on where the results are coming in and do not throw money on embryonic stem cell research.

 
9022 05/04/2009 at 11:36:22 PM Self     Using public tax dollars to support the destruction of human embryos for any reason will make every U.S. citizen an accomplice to mass murder of the innocent. I once believed that we were "...one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Someone is trying to do away with the parts about "God" and "justice." What will our new nation be like -- the one that denies God and places no value on justice or human life? Does it really pass the common sense test for humans to harvest other humans as if they were cows, pigs or chickens? How insane! PLEASE do NOT support this!

 
9023 05/04/2009 at 11:36:46 PM Self     RE: Executive Order 13505 I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. The experimentation with human embryonic stem cells derived from human embryos is not "ethically responsible, scientifically worthy," nor conscionable to a majority of Americans, because each human embryo is a very small person, who should be accorded the same rights as any other person of any size. In the text of the summary draft Guidelines for Executive Order 13505, this statement is used: "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." This entirely misses the point. The fact that the human embryo from which these human embryonic stem cells are derived must die when these cells are removed, makes this process ethically irresponsible and an unworthy scientific process. Please do not force those Americans, such as I, who consider life to be sanctified by our Creator, to pay for the destruction of human life for this unworthy scientific purpose. There has been replicable success in the treatment of many diseases with adult stem cells, which are available without the destruction of another human life. These adult stem cell treatments are ethically responsible and are saving lives and making quality of life better for many Americans.

 
9024 05/04/2009 at 11:43:51 PM Self     Adult stem cells are much more effective and have resulted in actual treatments and cures. I would urge more use of and research regarding ADULT stem cells.

Embryonic stem cells on the other hand are controversial, UNethical, and have yet to produce one positive use or cure... only speculation at the cost of a human life.

Please support ADULT stem cell research!

Thank you for your time and consideration!

 
9025 05/04/2009 at 11:44:28 PM Self     To whom it may concern,

I am writing to oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I strongly urge you to not make tax payers who have moral convictions against embryonic stem cell research have to flip the bill.

Best regards.

 
9026 05/04/2009 at 11:45:29 PM Self     I believe that life begins at conception and a ALL human life must be protected. It should not be used for research.

 
9027 05/04/2009 at 11:51:23 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research that sacrifices human life is immoral. I object to the government in which I participate allowing, much less funding such immoral activity.

 
9028 05/04/2009 at 11:54:21 PM Self     There is no justification to destroy a human life for scientific experimentation. We should not assign a lesser value to young human people by saying they are "no longer needed." We should not presume that any human life is available for experimentation.

This is wrong. It would be wrong no matter who was paying the bill for the experimentation.

This is an abuse of power; the power of the strong over the weak. Laws in a civil nation protect the weak; this law would exploit the weak.

 
9029 05/04/2009 at 11:56:11 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.

 
9030 05/04/2009 at 11:57:02 PM Self     Thank you for the opportunity to comment. My comments focus specifically on Section II, part B., item 7., points c. and d. cited just below for clarity.

II. Guidelines for Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Use in Research

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: 7. Written informed consent was obtained from individual(s) who sought reproductive services and who elected to donate human embryos for research purposes. The following information, which is pertinent to making the decision of whether or not to donate human embryos for research purposes, was in the written consent form for donation and discussed with potential donor(s) in the informed consent process: c. A statement that the embryos would be used to derive human embryonic stem cells for research; d. Information about what would happen to the embryos in the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research;

The words "donate", "used to derive", and "what would happen to the embryos" are incredibly smooth clinical language which cleverly misleads the reader as to what is really happening here. How dare us to allow . . . any human being to "donate" another human being! "Used to derive" effectively means destroyed, as in, whether we want to face the reality or not, killed/terminated/murdered! "What would happen to the embryo" is that a tiny human being with all its own human gnome and awesome potential will die! ESCR is totally unnecessary for stem cell research and should be completely ended, never expanded. And even if adult stem cell research had yet made none of the amazing progress for treatment for various diseases which it has, it is never right to do wrong (ESCR) in order to get a chance to do right (improve medical treatments). Unless these guidelines and the order behind them are reversed, America will have staggered much further down the path of the devaluation of human life. The guidelines and the order undermine one of the basic foundation principles of these United States, the right to life. No human being has the moral authority to exercise such merciless control over another human being. The moment of conception marks the beginning of another unique human life.

 
9031 05/05/2009 at 12:00:17 AM Self     I oppose the killing of human embroys. These regulations will force tax payers like me to fund research that I believe is unethical.

 
9032 05/05/2009 at 12:00:33 AM Self     I think embryonic stem cell research is immoral, and further more I think it is a violation of my rights to use my tax dollars to fund it as well as abortions! It's an outrage, and I cannot believe my own government is condoning any of it!

 
9033 05/05/2009 at 12:01:32 AM Self     We oppose the use of embryonic stem cells for science research and the use of tax payers monies to fund this experimental venture. On April 23, 2009 NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. We oppose these guidelines.

 
9034 05/05/2009 at 12:04:53 AM Self     Please stop the destruction of viable human embryos with this unfounded quest for research on embryonic stem cells. The travesty is that people will harvest these one day old human beings in formation for money and then dismember them in order to find the needle in the haystack possibility that it will even help at all. Please refer to the web below. Thank you. Yours truly,

Anglicans For Life: www.AnglicansforLife.org Check out their April 09 "Newsbrief" front page article by Steve Chapman

 
9035 05/05/2009 at 12:08:51 AM Self     SResearchers have discovered an added layer of complexity in the network that determines human embryonic stem cell fate. A report published online April 30th in the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, shows that a microRNA known as miR-145 lowers the activity of three key ingredients in the "recipe" for making embryonic stem cells. The discovery may have implications for improving the efficiency of methods designed to reprogram differentiated cells into embryonic stem cell-like cells and for the use of those transformed cells in replacing cells lost to disease or injury, the researchers said.

"The heart of the matter is that before this paper, we knew if you want to maintain a pluripotent state and allow self-renewal of embryonic stem cells, you have to sustain levels of transcription factors, including Oct4, Sox2 and Klf4," said Kenneth Kosik of The University of California, Santa Barbara. "We also knew that stem cells transition to a differentiated state when you downregulate those factors. Now we know how that happens a little better."

Stop trying to play God...you can't.

 
9036 05/05/2009 at 12:08:59 AM Self     What these guidelines do is send your 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 totally against this whole concept of my tax dollars to be used on stem cells from human embryos which require their death - PERIOD."

 
9037 05/05/2009 at 12:09:30 AM Self     These guidelines send 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 use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Adult and umbilical cord stem cells have produced many cures, but embyonic stem cells have produced none. Recently, medical expert Dr. Oz appeared on the Oprah show and said no cures will ever be found from embyonic stem cells. Please don't waste tax dollars on baseless reserch, especially in this tight economy.

 
9038 05/05/2009 at 12:10:05 AM Self     I think it is wrong to use "spare" embryos for research because:

-we can call them whatever we choose, but they are still human lives and experimentation on a human life is reprehensible

-embryonic stem cells have yet to yield any positive outcomes but adult stem cells have yielded many positive outcomes...why not pour money into adult stem cell research?

-this will only create a future market/demand for embryos, perpetuating an already disturbing situation where there are so many embryos sitting frozen

In short, this is trying to create a positive outcome by doing something wrong. For example, nursing homes are full of elderly people who are very likely near death. In some cases, nobody visits them, and they are quite alone. Should we go in and harvest their organs and let them die so somebody else could benefit from them? Of course not. They still have dignity simply because they are human beings.

Embryonic stem cell research really is the same idea. Please, don't go down this road. It would be a terrible mistake.

 
9039 05/05/2009 at 12:12:19 AM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. Adult stem cells have been found to bring breakthroughs in health. Use them.

 
9040 05/05/2009 at 12:16:30 AM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research, and I do not want tax dollars funding the destruction of the innocent.

 
9041 05/05/2009 at 12:16:47 AM 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.

 
9042 05/05/2009 at 12:17:03 AM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research based on the fact that this is a life, that many American couples would love the opportunity to have and raise as their child.

 
9043 05/05/2009 at 12:17:10 AM Self     Please stop the funding for more embryonic stem cell research. It is uproven and not necessary not to mention it destroys human life in the process. I urge you to stop this deadly process!

 
9044 05/05/2009 at 12:17:42 AM Self     According to medical science and the Bible, a human embryo is a child and ending the life of that child is murder. We hear about people pitching fits because rabbits are being tested for science - where is the outcry for human babies? How monstrous is it that we sacrifice children for research? The existing embryos should be put up for adoption and that steps should be made toward decreasing embryos "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I do not want my tax dollars paying for the killing of these children.

 
9045 05/05/2009 at 12:20:57 AM Self     Please stop this in Jesus name. Amen.

 
9046 05/05/2009 at 12:21:00 AM Self     I want to say that I am against our nation's tax dollars going to fund embryonic stem cell research. I understand that "research embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes are to be used. Why not sve them for what they were intended? I have no problem with research of adult stem cells - they have proven to be of use to the medical field. What I see is that embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. In the last administration I thought this was settled. I cannot understand why all of a sudden this nation is turning its back on that which is human and sacred. Please do not implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH- funded research.

 
9047 05/05/2009 at 12:25:03 AM Self     I do not agree with the proposed guidelines which promote the use of our tax dollars to study human embryos, resulting in their death.

 
9048 05/05/2009 at 12:32:50 AM Self     I oppose the proposed regulations for embryonic stem cell research. There have been no realized health benefits or cures from this research in the past, while there have been many from adult stem cell research. It is unethical and immoral to use human embryos for any kind of experimentation. Life is sacred, even when it is tiny, frozen and helpless.

 
9049 05/05/2009 at 12:35:01 AM Self     I AM VERY OPPOSED TO EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH.There is no need for it with the advances that are being made with adult stem cells.We should not be sacrificing one life over another.

 
9050 05/05/2009 at 12:35:04 AM Self     We are totally oppossed to the use of Federal funds for embrionic stemcell research.

 
9051 05/05/2009 at 12:36:24 AM Self     This is a tragedy! This President does not value human life. I don't want my tax dollars paying for this research.

 
9052 05/05/2009 at 12:41:16 AM Self     We oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
9053 05/05/2009 at 12:47:30 AM Self     I am in opposition to Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Please reconsider the affect this has on unborn babies. I am appalled that funding (my money) will support something I don't support! I made a choice to keep a child and nurture a child now 27 years of age with disabilities. I am very thankful to see each day go by...reminding me now precious life is. I do not take anything for granted. Life is not something to play with, it is given and taken away, but meant to be lived out fully without people interfering as in abortion. It is not humane to stop life so as to support a science project. Who do we think we are?

 
9054 05/05/2009 at 12:49:40 AM Self     Please reconsider this scientific experiment. Embryos are defined as human cells, and anything that is living that is killed is not always necessary even if it is for a good cause.

 
9055 05/05/2009 at 12:50:11 AM Self     This is to express my vehement opposition to President Obama’s March 9, 2009 executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. On April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells.

With all due respect, I was already outraged that President Obama overturned the Mexico City policy that halted U.S. family planning funds from going to foreign non-governmental organizations that perform abortions or “actively promote” abortion as a method of family planning in other countries. As a result, now hundreds of millions of dollars are taken away from family planning groups that do not promote abortion, and delivered into the hands of organizations that are the most militant in promoting abortion as a population-control method - especially in countries that find abortion objectionable on moral grounds. I don’t want my tax dollars to support abortions in this country – why on earth would I want President Obama forcing my hard-earned tax dollars to promote abortion and infanticide overseas? On the abortion issue, this abortion-fanatic Obama Administration ignores the “inconvenient truth” that unborn human beings have the moral right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and no one in this Administration considers the unborn human’s right to choose life.

Now, President Obama is sending 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. President Obama talks constantly about how moral his Administration supposedly is but it couldn’t be clearer in his very brief political life that he is an anti-life, abortion/infanticide fanatic who wants to destroy as much life as possible. I’m sorry, but this Administration must think American citizens are complete morons. He has thus far shown zero morality and gross immorality.

President Obama’s Administration demonstrates similar contempt for life in human embryos. Merriam-Webster’s OnLine Dictionary defines an embryo as, “(1) aarchaic: (a) vertebrate at any stage of development prior to birth or hatching; (b) an animal in the early stages of growth and differentiation that are characterized by cleavage, the laying down of fundamental tissues, and the formation of primitive organs and organ systems; especially: the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eighth week after conception.

I don’t know any other meaning [than “life”] that a reasonable person could attach to those words – “especially the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eight weeks after conception.” Similar to the “inconvenient truth” regarding abortion, this anti-life Administration disregards life in the human embryo. In the section referenced as II. (Guidelines for Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Use in Research), B. (Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived from Human Embryos), point 7 states that, “Written informed consent was obtained from individual(s) who sought reproductive services and who elected to donate human embryos for research purposes. The following information, which is pertinent to making the decision of whether or not to donate human embryos for research purposes, was in the written consent form for donation and discussed with potential donor(s) in the informed consent process” including nine (a through i) disclosure points to potential donor(s). Again, the Obama Administration refuses to take into account the fact that the human embryo represents human life in process of “development” that continues through the individual’s decades of human life in America. If this abortion-fanatic, anti-life Obama Administration is going to move forward with embryonic stem cell research, this “Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research Notice” should also add some eligibility guidelines that also obtains the written, informed consent of the impacted human embryo, thus providing it the so-called, “right to choose” life, which any human being certainly would do when given the option.

If you can’t determine any way to obtain that informed consent from the human embryo, you should prohibit this proposed anti-life research.

 
9056 05/05/2009 at 01:04:16 AM Self     Please do not permit my tax money to be used to fund embryonic stem cell research. Not only is this immoral, but foolish as the most recent research developments have shown greater success with adult stem cells. Do no waste our money, and do not kill real lives. Healing is available from a different source.

 
9057 05/05/2009 at 01:11:07 AM Self     Embryonic stem cell research as described in these guidelines is immoral and unethical. A human embryo is by definition in fact an individual human. Intentionally destroying the life of any human at any stage is murder. Whether or not someone gives their "consent" is irrelevant. No one has the right to sign another human's death warrant except where the laws allow criminals to be executed and in the case of war, although our corporate conscience in this arena is changing also. Scientists are coming up with new techniques to harvest embryonic stem cells without killing the original set of cells. If perfected, this appears to offer an alternative that would be acceptable. In the meanwhile, allowing the killing of any humans is immoral and unethical. Unless these guidelines are rewritten to allow only harvesting techniques that do not destroy the embryo (allow it to be capable of developing into a normal fetus and beyond), I can not endorse them.

 



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