Cloning, a topic that has recently caused mayhem all over the world, is possible, but will it be here to stay? The astonishing news that scientists had cloned a sheep a couple of years ago sent people into panic at the thought that humans might be next. "Cloning is a radical challenge to the most fundamental laws of biology, so it's not unreasonable to be concerned that it might threaten human society and dignity" (Macklin 64). Since most of the opposition is coming from the pure disgust of actually being able to clone species, it makes it difficult for people to get away from the emotional side of the issue and analyze the major implications cloning would have for society. To better understand this controversial issue, the pros and cons of cloning will be discussed.
In "Human Cloning? Don't Just Say No," Ruth Macklin states that while human cloning might not offer any benefits, no one has yet made a persuasive case that it would do any real harm either.
Theologians contend that to clone a human would violate human dignity...But why suppose that cloned persons wouldn't share the same rights and dignity as the rest of us? ...There's the fear...that parents might clone a child to have 'spare parts' in case the original child needs an organ transplant. But parents of identical twins don't view one child as an organ farm for the other. Why should cloned children's parents be any different? ...Even if human cloning offers no obvious benefits to society why ban it? (64)
Macklin also states that in a democratic society we don't usually pass laws outlawing things before there is actual or probable evidence of harm. The same laws that now protect human rights should govern human cloning. "A world not safe for cloned humans would be a world not safe for the rest of us" (64). Ruth Macklin's article raised several interesting points that we must take into consideration when discussing the cloning issue. Society should not rush to make up its mind about cloning; it should wait and see if the good outweighs the bad. It is obvious that cloning raises many serious issues that will be hotly debated all over the world.
"Scientists Urge Senators Not to Rush to Ban Human Cloning" by Gina Kolata, is another interesting article that lets us see what the politicians are doing concerning the cloning issue. The article discusses how scientists and ethicists urged congress not to ban research on the cloning of human beings because society might rush to the wrong decision.
There is no immediate crisis...since...methods...would need to be made more efficient before they could be tried on humans. Cloning research holds glittering promises for medicine, and many scientists' fear that a hastily enacted ban might inadvertently halt research that could cure disease and save lives. ...Society should not lose the opportunity to develop new treatments based on cloning techniques. (Kolata)
The scientists in this article bring up many...