Voice your opposition to embryonic stem cell research

Post your comments to the NIH Website to oppose research using human embryos.

Before May 26!

On March 9, 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order lifting restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

The restrictions that he lifted were those imposed by President Bush on August 9, 2001 – restrictions that limited federal funding of embryonic stem cell research to 21 cell lines that already were in existence as of that date and thereby restricting the use of federal tax dollars for research requiring the destruction of any embryos created after that date.

To all who believe that every human life has intrinsic moral value – President Obama’s decision was unethical. Scientifically it no longer is a question whether an embryo is a human life. Every characteristic that will mark a fully developed human life is embedded in the DNA of the embryo. The only question remaining is whether or not one assigns value to that life. And President Obama does not. Destroying one human life – uniquely and wondrously designed in the image of God – even in order to possibly help other human beings, is morally wrong.

Further – it is ethically wrong to force taxpayers who do honor the sanctity of the embryonic human life to help pay for research that they believe is immoral.

A time-limited opportunity: Post your comments to the NIH Web site

President Obama directed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. On April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines. Those guidelines allow for the use of tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are “leftover” from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, the draft guidelines encourage their death.

According to law, there must be a 30-day period for public comment on the draft regulations. A Web site has been established for the posting of public comments.

Please go to the NIH Web site and submit your comments opposing these regulations on or before May26! We must not let the comments of pro-abortion activists be the only comments posted to the NIH site. To submit your comments, please go to this Web site and fill out the form.

Here are samples points to make in your comments:

  • 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.

If you wish, the above comments can simply be pasted into the NIH Web form. Please go to the site today to post your comments.