Cloning is scientifically
Richard W. Whitrock
Sunday began as any ordinary morning does.
At least it was ordinary until U.S. scientists made the announcement that
they had cloned the first
human embryo. After that news, little
about that day had anything resembling the color of 'ordinary'.
Cloning and the research that it provides
are scientifically invaluable. The lives it could save and improve are
But he immorality, disrespect and blatant
disregard for life that it shows are also immeasurable.
The benefits of this practice are not lost
on Americans. It is doubtful that anyone does not imagine what it would
be like to have a clone, or to
have Christopher Reeve walk again, Michael
J. Fox free of Parkinson's or even to have a father, mother, brother or
close friend survive cancer.
No one can ignore these benefits.
It is also doubtful that anyone ignores
what such research means. Human life, in all forms, cannot have a price
tag, nor can it be treated as a
commodity or tool. The simple fact of
the matter is that human life is being created and destroyed to carry this
research out. Those benefits
would exist only because the flame of
human life, a flame that was created by man, was extinguished.
Human beings do not have the right to create
and destroy life as we see fit. No matter how much good can come of it,
the action is still wrong
and a gross perversion. Since when are
we so callous that we treat our own with such indifference? Since when
has life become something to
be quantified and used in the worst sense
of the word?
The miracle of humanity is choice. I doubt
that, given the opportunity, many people would be willing to give their
lives to create the kinds of
benefits that cloning can. Few of us would
refuse the chance to ensure not just that Christopher Reeve would walk
again, but that all people with
spinal injuries could rise out of their
wheelchairs as whole as they day they were born. None would avoid sacrificing
his or her life to end the
horrors of cancer. That is our choice.
We are capable of making a choice like that. The life we create in laboratories
and petri dishes and with
our technology are not. Shame on us for
choosing for them.
Banning cloning does not ensure the deletion
of these achievements. These goals can be met without the research human
cloning can provide.
Human cloning should be banned, and people
should begin to recognize their humanity. Humanity, with our enormous capacity
achievement and compassion for one another,
is beautiful in spite of our limitations.
One day soon, these dreams will become
a reality. We should ensure that it does not come at the expense of turning
ourselves into nightmares.