Human cloning moral arguments

The rest of society may also be at risk.

ethical theories on cloning

Not only is she lanky and thin, she has a grey coat over a white body and is lacking the patches of orange or tan typical to calicos.

In addition, anything that thwarts the natural process of conception i. It is not clear why cloning should be considered either more or less arbitrary than decisions to procreate through more conventional means.

Because embryonic cells are undifferentiated, and therefore extremely malleable, it was not too surprising that transferred embryonic nuclei produced distinct embryos when inserted into an enucleated oocyte.

Human cloning pros and cons article

True, selection from among existing genotypes is not yet design of new ones. Nevertheless, the cloned child's place in the scheme of family relations might well be uncertain and confused. While it is admirable that the parents wish to save their existing child, it is not ethically permissible to create another child solely as an instrument to save the life of her sibling Quintavalle, Therefore, I have usually done nothing morally wrong by deliberately bringing into existence a child who suffers from mental, physical, or developmental impairments. Because I did not harm her, I did not do anything morally wrong in this circumstance. Reproduction with the aid of such techniques still implicitly expresses a willingness to accept as a gift the product of a process we do not control. Indeed, for any purported harm that may come from cloning whether physical, psychological, or emotional , it must be argued why those harms are sufficient for banning reproductive cloning if comparable harm would not be sufficient for banning any other kind of reproductive method, whether natural or artificial Harris, ; Robertson, Lacking such understanding, no one should take action so drastic as the cloning of a human child.

But a different frame of reference is needed to evaluate the human meaning of innovations that may affect the lives and humanity of everyone, vulnerable or not. Since the prospective mother would use her own ova, they would both contribute genetically to the child albeit with a different proportion than a couple who conceived using gamete cells.

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