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PHI 204 - Therapeutic Cloning


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PHI 204 - Therapeutic Cloning

  1. 1. Therapeutic Cloning (Biomedical Ethics) Charles Lohman
  2. 2. Therapeutic Cloning <ul><li>Therapeutic cloning is called therapeutic because of its potential to rejuvenate tissues or even replace organs damaged from degenerative diseases. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Embryonic stem cells (ES) might cure or at least alleviate the symptoms of diseases that adversely affect the quality of many people’s lives. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Therapeutic Cloning Existing People -v- Potential People <ul><li>Opponents say it destroys potential human life. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The claim is that once ES cells have been mined from the cloned embryos, the embryos will be destroyed, destroying potential human life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In other words, since an embryo has the potential to become a human being, it has a right to life, thus therapeutic cloning would violate this right and therefore should be prohibited. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So the conclusion is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Even if therapeutic cloning could improve the lives of existing people suffering from degenerative diseases, it should be prohibited because it destroys potential human life. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Therapeutic Cloning Existing People -v- Potential People <ul><li>Advocates say embryos are a clump of cells. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The claim is that embryos cannot have interests and rights because they are nothing more than a nonintegrated clump of cells. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In other words, if embryos cannot have interests or rights, then they cannot be harmed or wronged by not becoming persons. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So the conclusion is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Since embryos cannot suffer from and be harmed by not realizing their potential, it should be permitted because existing people can suffer from and be harmed by disease. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Therapeutic Cloning Existing People -v- Potential People <ul><li>Opponents say it violates the sanctity of human life from the time of conception. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So the conclusion is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Embryos embody the sanctity of human life, thus it should be prohibited. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Advocates say both, potential people and existing people, embody the sanctity of life so both have equal moral status. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They say what makes them unequal is that potential people cannot suffer, while existing people can suffer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So the conclusion is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If embryos cannot be harmed, and if therapeutic cloning can alleviate suffering, then therapeutic cloning should be permitted. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In other words, if the suffering of existing people is morally worse than creating and destroying embryos, then we should be more concerned about alleviating the suffering of existing people. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>