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Cloning Is Not So Bad.

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Posted by John Morgan Powell on February 21, 2001 00:31:03 UTC

Human cloning is not the dangerous thing some science fiction writers have enjoyed writing about. Natural human clones already exist (they're called identical twins). When human clones begin to be produced they will NOT be given less rights than other human beings. They will NOT be used as organ donors anymore than children are today. They will not just be young versions of their donor parent. They will be individuals. Their genes will be identical to their parent's, but their unique experiences will make them different.

Cloning will be seen as just another way to parent a child, like artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization.

I expect that society at least initially will consider the donator as the single natural parent (althouth the donator's parents are really the clone's genetic parents). Since the clone is alive and acts like a human, virtually all religions will assume the clone is given a spirit by God just like every other human being. Religions that refuse to give "spirit" category to clones won't be well-accepted. I doubt that earlier forms of Christianity would have been so accepting.

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