What is Cloning? The production of genetically identical organisms via “somatic cell nuclear transfer”. Somatic cell nuclear transfer refers to the process of removing the nucleus of a somatic cell of an organism and transferring it into an oocyte from which the nucleus has been removed.
Human Cloning An embryo that, as a result of the manipulation of human reproductive material, contains a diploid set of chromosomes obtained from a single human being.
The Law Paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Act states: No person shall knowingly create a human clone by using any technique, or transplant a human clone into a human being or into any non-human life form or artificial device. Penalties for contravening the prohibition are severe: a maximum fine of $500,000 or ten years in prison, or both.
Moral Relativist’s Position Therapeutic Cloning Genetic Illnesses “Super Humans”
Catholic Church’s Position Strongly opposed Embryos are harmed and killed It devalues human life and what it means to be human It is a disgrace to human dignity
How does it affect the good? If we allow human cloning to occur, floodgates for genetic testing/experiments will open Stem Cell Research Genetic Modification
Our Opinion Human cloning should not be done Loss of individuality Breach of security What happens to failed experiments?