Should We Clone Human Beings? Cloning as a Source of Tissue for Transplantation
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1999 Apr; 25(2): 87-95.
The most publicly justifiable application of human cloning, if there is one at all, is to provide self-compatible cells or tissues for medical use, especially transplantation. Some have argued that this raises no new ethical issues above those raised by any form of embryo experimentation. I argue that this research is less morally problematic than other embryo research. Indeed, it is not merely morally permissible but morally required that we employ cloning to produce embryos or fetuses for the sake of providing cells, tissues or even organs for therapy, followed by abortion of the embryo or fetus.
Aborted Fetuses; Abortion; Autonomy; Beginning of Life; Beneficence; Bone Marrow; Cells; Cloning; Embryo Research; Embryos; Embryo Experimentation; Fetal Development; Fetuses; Killing; Life; Moral Obligations; Moral Policy; Motivation; Organ Transplantation; Personhood; Reproductive Technologies; Research; Stem Cells; Tissue Banks; Tissue Donation; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation;
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