Cloning Should Not Be Legalized

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Cloning Should Not be Legalized

Human cloning has been a very controversial issue for a number of years. In order to understand cloning better is important to recognize what cloning is. A clone is an exact genetic replica of a DNA molecule, cell, tissue, organ, or entire plant or animal. This may be done through reproductive cloning or therapeutic cloning known as stem cell cloning. (Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research) Human cloning raises the issues of whether or not a cloned person would in fact be considered a "human" or if they would have the same human rights. This question opens the door to a multitude of violations against humanity and the idea of genetic engineering. Religious groups are arguing that cloning is the
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(Adherents) According to Survey2001, out of 531 religious individuals surveyed, only 15.4 percent supported cloning research and 69.9 percent were for passing a law against cloning. (Bainbridge) This would account for majority of the world’s population.
The top two religions of the world are Christianity with two billion followers (33 percent) and Islam with one point three billion followers (22 percent) (Adherents). Christians, especially Roman Catholics strongly oppose to cloning. In Sunni Islam and most other sub-divisions it is forbidden to clone animals, or humans, even though some may support cloning research. Richard McCormick for Christian Century believes that human cloning is not just an issue of personal privacy, but it is a very social matter. It affects the wholeness of life, the individuality of life and the respect for life. (McCormick) He wrote a paper describing how all creatures came from God with their own certain uniqueness about them. Some organisms were created to produce asexually, but for humans this is not the case.
Cloning is a form of playing God since it interferes with the natural order of creation. God devised a proper way to conceive babies; it should be done through marriage and love. A newborn baby is a gift of God and should be a unique product of mother and father. A child’s genes should be determined by chance and continue being a mystery of life

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