Preventing a Brave New World; Cloning of Human Embryos Essay

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Abstract Leon Kass’s provides a compelling article on why the world should ban cloning. Kass’ article, “Preventing a Brave New World”, provides Kass’ theories of if society progresses on its current path, society would start to turn to cloning as an alternative to typical reproduction. Cloning offers a way to design an offspring rather than the typical experience of child raising. Kass believes if cloning is not banned, society will be more dependent upon technology and be at technologies whim.

Preventing a Brave New World In "Preventing a Brave New World", Leon Kass concludes that reproductive and therapeutic cloning of human embryos is unethical. He provides several thoughts as to why
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If the practice of cloning were not banned, it would lead to a society where the people could not even reproduce without the use of technology. Society would lose possession of their offspring. Offspring would no longer be genetic of a “mother and father”, rather they would be compiled of a genetic makeup that the designer though was perfect. Many people only view cloning from the point of view of the outsider and not the clone. Kass points out how the clone would feel living in a world of people that were conceived the natural way. The spawn would be consistently compared to the “adult” version. All of the “adult’” shortcomings would be immediately addressed with the clone. The clone would not have a typical father or a mother. The clone would also not have a purpose in life other than living in the shadow of the “adult” half. Kass points to this in itself as an ethical issue. Kass believes it is not fair to the clone to live a life with this type of uncertainty when living in a world of people who were born “normal”.
Kass believes banning the practice of cloning would be an achievable task. The process of cloning involves a complex process and not many scientists can perform the procedure. Identifying the scientists who can perform this procedure and enforcing their practice would be an effective way of banning cloning. Others believe this would still not work. Banning cloning would only drive the practice underground. With

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