Cloning: Choice is EthicalThousands of people a year are placed on the organ donor’s list. Thousands of people a year are diagnosed with diseases that are dubbed fatal unless a transplant or transfusion is given. This has created a large demand for some alternative method to the present donor practice. Research in the “taboo” science of cloning seems to provide a viable method in which to aid the problem aforementioned and many others as well. But is it ethical?Cloning technology is expected to aid the result in several medical breakthroughs. It is thought that there may one day be a cure for cancer. This is because the cloning process helps us understand the process of cell differentiation. Theories exist that if a cure for cancer can be found, then further testing may lead to a cure for heart attacks and cloning organs for organ transplantation. Scientists believe that they may be able to treat heart attack victims by cloning their healthy heart cells and injecting them into the areas of the heart that have been damaged (Smith). The cloning of organs would eliminate individuals waiting on a list for an organ transplant. Skin for burn victims, brain cells for the brain damaged, spinal cord cells for quadriplegics and paraplegics, hearts, lungs, livers, and kidneys could be produced or regenerated. This could provide a means for suffering patients in desperate need of a transplant, which also eliminates the risk of rejection, for these new organs will be compose of their own tissue (Garg).Human cloning though, has always been an issue of controversy, be it in terms of its ethics or religious reasoning, and there are many who will counter these ideas at any means to see it not happen. They would argue that it is not our right to dabble in such research, but why not? In a science where the possibilities for good are endless and many lives can be saved why not? Others counterarguments may include the worry that there would be no line drawn, cloning would go too far. For example, in this war, would it be ethical to clone “soldiers”? Creating an army to win a war, using these “soldiers” as a type of disposable robot to fight and help win. This can also be called the 10,000 Hitler objection, since it is most commonly stated as fear that someone would use the technology to create an army of Hitlers. It’s a fear generated from to…
…r cloned, it will not be the same person you knew before (Dr. Prentice).Freedom sometimes means having tolerance for others and their beliefs. In our society today, some people believe there should be gun control while others do not. Everyone is free to decide what faith, or religion they will follow. Pro-cloning individuals feel that in a free society we know that we must tolerate some views that we do not agree with, this is what make our freedom so valuable, we have the right to choose. So when it comes back to that same question, is it ethical, in my opinion, choice is ethical.
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