A Proposal for a Law to Monitor Cloning Essay
The Cloning Controversy
Public opinion toward cloning is often negative. A Time /CNN poll taken a few days after Ian Wilmut's announcement regarding the cloning of a sheep found that 93% of Americans felt cloning was bad, and 66% opposed animal cloning (Masci 2). Many religious groups have taken a definite stand on the cloning issue. The Catholic Church has been a strong …show more content…
In the Book of Genesis we learn that plants and animals are under our domain. Neither has a soul. But people are far more than biological. Any attempt to clone human beings would be the ultimate attempt to be equal to God. And the scriptural consequences of trying to play God are clear. (Peterson F1)
On the human cloning issue, all denominations agree that this type of reproduction is wrong.
Opposition to cloning also comes from an ethical standpoint. When Dolly was cloned, her cell was the only one, out of 277 cells, that developed into a healthy lamb (Masci 2). This idea is one of many that bothers ethicists. Many tries are used to make a clone, and many of these attempts are unsuccessful and result in defective embryos, which in the future could result in damaged and handicapped babies (Fried 60). Other concerns of ethicists include who would control cloning, and the possibility of creating "monsters" (Fried 60). Karen Grandstrand Gervais, Ph. D., the Director of the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics, feels that "human cloning would be done for a specific goal: to make stronger, more intelligent [sic] or more