Cloning Human Beings: An Assessment of the Ethical Issues

Pages: 3 (900 words) Published: August 5, 2013
Cloning Human Beings: An Assessment of the Ethical Issues Pro and Con

In Dan W. Brock's essay, Cloning human beings: an assessment of the ethical issues pro and con, Brock tries to take a neutral stance on the subject and give both the positives and negatives of cloning human beings. While doing this he talks about the individual and societal repercussions, what it means to be an individual and human rights. He takes a strict secular approach to both sides of the argument and doesn't involve religious implications or stances on any points that he mentions. There are many arguments and positions on both sides of the debate of human cloning but Brock only mentions the most pertinent and balances arguments that he could find.

When he begins he starts off defending the concept of cloning humans. In his opening arguments of the pro, it is defending cloning in the aspect of non-sexual reproduction for those individuals and couples whom can not conceive. His argument is strong when the subject of freedom to reproduce and by the means of reproduction comes into play for those don't have the option to conceive child with their partner. If one goes to an adoption agency, they go around and find a child of the characteristics that are suitable to that of the family looking to adopt. Why then, shouldn't the freedom to choose which child to adopt be not limited to a genetic copy of yourself and/or your partner? If that was the case then there would also be a biological connection with said child.

From a moral standpoint he himself states that even if a moral right to reproductive freedom protects the use of human cloning, that does not settle the moral issue about human cloning, since there may be other moral rights in conflict with this right. However it is not said what these other rights in conflict may be, but just that they are present. Moving on from reasons of reproduction he talks about an individual benefit of harvesting organs or tissues from the...
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