Keeping Up with the Cloneses -- Issues in Human Cloning
Author: Rollin, B.E.
Source: The Journal of Ethics, Volume 3, Number 1, 1999 , pp. 51-71(21)
Abstract:The advent of cloning animals has created a maelstrom of social concern about the ``ethical issues'' associated with the possibility of cloning humans. When the ``ethical concerns'' are clearly examined, however, many of them turn out to be less matters of rational ethics than knee-jerk emotion, religious bias, or fear of that which is not understood. Three categories of real and spurious ethical concerns are presented and discussed: 1) that cloning is intrinsically wrong, 2) that cloning must lead to bad consequences, and 3) that cloning harms the organism generated. The need for a rational ethical framework for discussing biotechnological advances is presented and defended.
Keywords: biotechnology; cloning; ethics for reproductive technology; ethics of biotechnology; ethics of cloning; ethics of human cloning; genetic engineering; human cloning; religious ethics; reproductive technology; secular ethics; social ethics
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1781, USA
Publication date: 1999-01-01