Human cloning offers endless possibilities, but we as humans often fear what we do not understand. There is an undeniable moral fear in cloning technology, but the benefits that can be achieved, by far, outweigh the risks. We fear the ability to create new life through technology. However, despite our fear, and all of the negative aspects of human cloning, cloning could mean hope for so many people, such as transplant candidates.
One of the most argued points is that human cloning is "playing God." Clones would be human and therefore have rights just as every other human being, but many argue that their freedom, individuality, and uniqueness would be taken away. The famed sheep "Dolly" was the sole survivor of two hundred seventy seven cloned embryos. In essence, two hundred seventy six sheep died in the process to make one life. There is also a strong chance for genetic defects that may not be present until after the embryos birth.
Despite all of the negative aspects, there are numerous advatages that can be gained through research and development. It would make possible for sterile couples, or couples with high risks of genetic dieases, to raise a normal, healthy child that is biologically related to one of the parents. By advocating cloning, doctors may find a cure or even prevent genetic dieases.
Be it right or wrong, someone, somewhere will evantually clnoe. If not on American soil, then it will surely happen elsewhere. The most raidical and controversial, medical achievement in history is being heavily criticized and faces the potential of being banned in the United States. The most important issue is that human life be protected. Instead of trying to eliminate cloning, we need to establish rules and regulations to ensure proper usage of this new technology, and more importantly prevent the worst case scenarios from ever happening.
Works Cited Nussbaum, Martha C. and Cass R. Sunstein, eds. Clones and Clones NewYork:Norton, 1998.