The Ethical Implications Of Cloning In Today's Society

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Human cloning has been a controversial topic of discussion for nearly two decades. Society is reluctant to legalize cloning because of the immoral implications of cloning. According to the President’s Council on Bioethics, a highly credible team of scientists who work alongside the president explain that this reluctance stems from people’s religious and political views; however, one of the main causes of this reluctance is the media’s inaccurate representation of cloning (The President 's Council on Bioethics). The media, especially in today’s society, plays such a major role in shaping people’s opinions and beliefs. The media often portrays cloning as inhumane, while also failing to inform the public of the true scientific facts of cloning. …show more content…
Some people argued that this was the beginning of a new era; an era where the advancements of science and technology would promote research and cure countless genetic disorders. However, there were still some people that believed that the cloning of Dolly was an immoral act because it went against the natural birth process. One of the main reasons for society’s conflicting views is the multiple types of human cloning and their various purposes. The most controversial is reproductive cloning, which is cloning to create an entire human. According to the Center for Genetics in Society, the nation’s leading center for how genetics affect society, this is considered the most immoral form of research because it is often used for selfish, personal purposes (About Reproductive Cloning). However, the National Human Genome Research Institute, a government based research institute dedicated to the advancement of genetic health, people who do support cloning often support the therapeutic form of research, which involves reproducing stem cells to repair damaged tissues and organs (Cloning Fact Sheet). Because of the many different forms of cloning and their many different implications, society is divided on …show more content…
According to News Activist, one of the most reliable news sources for teachers and students, it is considered “one of the most influential spheres of culture today, influencing what is relevant to society and what people think, talk and worry about” (Cloning and the Media: Friend or Foe?). Because it is considered one of the most influential spheres, it begins to alter people’s beliefs, especially regarding issues as controversial as human cloning. The media has a long standing reputation for altering information to make their cause more interesting, which means that society is often misinformed about important issues. This is especially evident in movies because they “are very inaccurate with their representation of the science involved” (Cloning and the Media: Friend or Foe?). This can be very detrimental to the opinions of society because it means that they are forming beliefs based off of false information. Movies that involve cloning often underscore the complex scientific implications of this type of research. The media also fails to inform society about all types of cloning because “Hollywood media is most cited as a source of information on human reproductive cloning” (Cloning and the Media: Friend or Foe?). This means that society is just presented with the selfish, eugenic form of human cloning, which naturally makes society have negative feelings toward cloning. Because of the

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