What's Wrong with Cloning?
cloning, bioethics, human cloning
The recommendation by the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC or Commission) of a three- to five-year moratorium on attempts to clone human beings appears sensible and defensible, grounded as it is on concern for the safety of the individual fetus or potential child who would be the object of the attempts. The Commission also noted "moral concerns" that "revealed fears about harms to the children who may be created in this manner, particularly psychological harms associated with a possibly diminished sense of individuality and personal autonomy, and concerns about a degradation in the quality of parenting and family life." The "sunset clause" suggested by NBAC, and incorporated in President Clinton's proposed legislation, ensures a continuing and robust discussion on this topic. In this essay, I take a "first cut" at some of those moral concerns.
Dena S. Davis, What's Wrong with Cloning?, 38 Jurimetrics 83 (1997)