Mills’ Greatest Happiness Principle With Cloning

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A clone is a genetic replica of a cell, plant, and animal. One may ask what the controversy on this topic is or why is this topic important? The supporters of cloning see many reasons to continue and develop this form of creating children. Supporters believe everyone should have the right to have a child and cloning will help with certain conditions requiring transplants or rid humans of certain diseases. Arguments against the process of cloning believe the process is dangerous and that morally we should not create individuals with the same genetic material as another. In relation, John Stuart Mills believed in utilitarianism which overall is happiness for the greatest number of people ...view middle of the document...

There are many more that I could list as well but, the first three topics that entered my mind when I thought of the greatest/ pleasurable happiness relates to cloning.
Cloning gives infertile people and homosexuals the ability to have children with their genetic material. With my personal experience there is no question that after experiencing both life before children and motherhood, motherhood is more pleasurable for people wanting children. I love my children unconditionally. Because my children were created from my husband and I, I love looking at them and seeing little qualities and features that they acquired because of my husband and me. One can also relate to different stages a child may go through because of similar stages due to genetics. Like Michael Tooley said in “Moral Status of Cloning Humans”, there can be a biological connection with both parents regardless of their gender. Cloning can provide happiness to couples who want their own child with a biological connection but are unable to have children naturally.
Lastly, let’s explore good health and life together because of their interchangeable relation. When a person gets sick or has chronic pain this is not happiness in accordance to Mills’ theory because of the involvement of pain. Cloning can also solve this issue in many ways. First, Tooley states “genetic constitution has bearing on how long one is likely to live, on what diseases, both physical and mental, one is likely to suffer from. ” My grandfather suffers from severe Alzheimer. The pain he feels from not remembering and the pain I feel because I can not help him, breaks my heart. I wish I could take the pain away from him so, he could live his final...

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