Legalizing Human Cloning

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Legalizing Human Cloning
Laura Johnson
Philosophy 103
May 10, 2010

Part I: Thesis

We are in a technological and medically advanced age to where anything is possible. Technology and medical advances combined us as a people have the ability to gain from each opportunity that we invent. For example, we now have the capability at our fingertips to connect with friends and family through the World Wide Web, this in which is given to us by way of technological advances. Through medical advances, we can now repair hearts through surgery, replace organs from donors who have gone on to the next life. And with this comes a new medical rise of transplanting organs with one that can be harvested from a clone. Medically speaking; ( to clone a person for the creation of a person. (¶ 1) As technology and medical advances grow, so does the need for finances to ensure that growth. We will all agree to spend our well earned cash to ensure that technology advances and remains legal, but would we be willing to fund the advancement of cloning in order legalize this field of medicine? It is (Duddington, 2000) speculated that within the next ten to fifteen years human cloning will become possible. (¶ 1) When in fact human cloning is possible due to the famous sheep named Dolly in 1997. Here in the united states according to our National Conference of State Legislatures (2008) fifteen out fifty states have taken action in prohibiting human cloning; which are “Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Virginia.” (¶ 1) I stand firm behind these fifteen states that and would be proud to state that I believe all fifty should have laws against human cloning.

If we are to legalize human cloning, there would be no passing on to the next life; for those who have a strong emphasis on an afterlife; or just plain deaths. Therefore, with human cloning being legalized, we would encourage immortality. According Johnson (2003) who quotes the French journalist Claude Vorihon; “Cloning a baby is just the first step” approaching an endless life. (¶ 3) If we were meant to have a lifespan with no end, then we would have been created as such. Unfortunately we have not been created to continually live. As with every living plant, there is a beginning and an end.

As mentioned before there are fifteen states that prohibit the use of human cloning which is due to the lack of support from the federal government. Even though (Johnson, 2008) states that our former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have addressed the issue of human cloning and have even gone to the extent of stating that “no researchers could use federal money to harvest new cells from embryonic stems.” (¶ 9) Although, Johnson (2008) does mention that the “Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…would regulate reproductive cloning” with the use of state funding only or private. (¶ 10)

Since our federal government is not willing to pass in type of regulation for the use of federal funds to ensure the progress of cloning research; we as a people should see this as a red flag. Granted the medical advancement is a great source of knowledge to posses, but it is not one in which we should make a practice of and legalizing human cloning would be like legalizing murder.

Part II: Anti-Thesis
As our world turns with new advancements in the medical comes the inevitable, cloning. Cloning ( is for the purpose of creating life or a person by genetically producing an exact copy. (¶ 1) Granted during the process of cloning this was first accomplished with a sheep by the name of Dolly in 1996 by the Roslin Institute (1996) “as a part of research in producing medicines in the milk of farm animals.” Which led to “cloning technology,” and in doing so this has led to new advancements to the “improving our understanding of...
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