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Human Cloning has several negative aspects

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  Since Scottish reporters reported the successful cloning of the sheep Dolly in 1997, many biologists as well as the public have been debating over whether the cloning of human beings was a possibility. In the Summer of 1999, reports came in of the first cloned human embryo. Chicago physicist Richard Seed announced his plans of how he was going to clone a human being. His proposal was debated among the media and most of it was negative criticism. Even President Clinton joined the debate pledging to outlaw both public and private cloning operations. In a radio address he argued, "Personally, I believe that human cloning raises deep concerns, given our cherished concepts of faith and humanity." In July 1997, the President's National Bioethics Advisory Committee issued a report in which it concluded that human cloning should not be attempted by anyone. House of Representatives Majority Leader Dick Armey, a republican from Texas, also called for an end to human cloning. On "Fox News Sunday," he said, "I think this is a nasty business, something that we should not be messing in." Since then, many anti-cloning bills have been introduced on Capital Hill and passed. Thus cloning of humans is certainly disliked by government officials and is illegal in the United States.

    Many other negative aspects about human cloning have been debated among scientists and critics. One aspect is the possibility of physical harm to the human embryo. They see that technology is not safe enough to use on humans. Some are also afraid that clones will age quicker since the cell used in the cloning procedure has already been used in a real life individual.

    Opponents also argue that psychological harms could fall upon children. They could suffer from a reduced sense of individuality, and a cloned child may feel that their future is worth less as it now rests in a cloned individual. Also critics argue that cloning encourages parents to value how well children can genetically meet their expectations rather than loving them for being just their children. Also with cloning humans, parents and society may now see their children as objects and not as human beings with actual feelings. It is also seen that if human cloning becomes a reality and a regular social practice, parents who want to "play the lottery" and not genetically choose their child may be cast out of society.

    It is also argued that we should not use scarce resources in order to concentrate on cloning when there are more pressing issues such as curing diseases.

    Cloning human beings is a very interesting issue to debate and raises not only technological issues, but also ethical ones as well. Many people have debated this issue in a religious or philosophical manner.

How is it DANGEROUS???

Human cloning is possible but also dangerous to society. One day during an assembly in March 1977, a heated debate began over the topic of human cloning. Both sides were getting very involved in the argument. Suddenly a group of protestors stormed the stage. They were protesting human cloning while chanting, "We shall not be cloned!" During the protest the group held up a sign that said: "We will create the perfect race – Adolf Hitler" (Lester and Hefley 55). The group was right in protesting, human cloning will negatively affect society. 
The background of human cloning goes back many years. First, people tried to just clone plants. Once that was accomplished scientist started to clone small animals such as rodents and insects. The first cloned animal was a mouse. The scientist took the egg of a white mouse and joined it with the sperm of a black mouse and then put the egg into the womb of a brown mouse. This was a breakthrough in the advancementof cloning. Scientist kept experimenting and eventually were coming up with new ways to clone and also cloning different types of animals. 

The political background of human cloning is intriguing. Heated debates have taken place over the time. Politicians and even regular people have argued whether we should or should not clone human beings. Often times these debates will go on for hours on end. There are good points to both sides of the story but more often than not the people on the side of banning human cloning win.   George Bush, along with many other political leaders is against the cloning of humans. They have even banned it in the United States of America.

The disadvantages to human cloning are certainly clear. Not to mention that the number of disadvantages far out numbers the advantages.

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