Just another reproductive technology? The ethics of human reproductive cloning as an experimental medical procedure
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (10):596-600 (2006)
Human reproductive cloning has not yet resulted in any live births. There has been widespread condemnation of the practice in both the scientific world and the public sphere, and many countries explicitly outlaw the practice. Concerns about the procedure range from uncertainties about its physical safety to questions about the psychological well-being of clones. Yet, key aspects such as the philosophical implications of harm to future entities and a comparison with established reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilisation are often overlooked in discussions about HRC. Furthermore, there are people who are willing to use the technology. Several scientists have been outspoken in their intent to pursue HRC. The importance of concerns about the physical safety of children created by HRC and comparisons with concerns about the safety of IVF are discussed. A model to be used to determine when it is acceptable to use HRC and other new assisted reproductive technologies, balancing reproductive freedom and safety concerns, is proposed. Justifications underpinning potential applications of HRC are discussed, and it is determined that these are highly analogous to rationalisations used to justify IVF treatment. It is concluded that people wishing to conceive using HRC should have a prima facie negative right to do so
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Amel Alghrani (2013). Womb Transplantation and the Interplay of Islam and the West. Zygon 48 (3):618-634.
Similar books and articles
Robert Lane (2006). Safety, Identity and Consent: A Limited Defense of Reproductive Human Cloning. Bioethics 20 (3):125–135.
Yitzchok Breitowitz (2002). What's So Bad About Human Cloning? Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 12 (4):325-341.
S. Camporesi & L. Bortolotti (2008). Reproductive Cloning in Humans and Therapeutic Cloning in Primates: Is the Ethical Debate Catching Up with the Recent Scientific Advances? Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (9):e15-e15.
Joyce C. Havstad (2010). Human Reproductive Cloning: A Conflict of Liberties. Bioethics 24 (2):71-77.
C. F. Gethmann & F. Thiele (2001). Moral Arguments Against the Cloning of Humans. Poiesis and Praxis 1 (1):35-46.
Timothy Caulfield (2003). Human Cloning Laws, Human Dignity and the Poverty of the Policy Making Dialogue. BMC Medical Ethics 4 (1):1-7.
Françoise Baylis (2002). Human Cloning: Three Mistakes and an Alternative. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 27 (3):319 – 337.
John R. Spencer & Antje Du Bois-Pedain (eds.) (2006). Freedom and Responsibility in Reproductive Choice. Hart Pub..
D. A. Jensen (2008). Human Reproductive Cloning and Reasons for Deprivation. Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (8):619-623.
B. Gogarty (2003). What Exactly is an Exact Copy? And Why It Matters When Trying to Ban Human Reproductive Cloning in Australia. Journal of Medical Ethics 29 (2):84-89.
R. Williamson (1999). Human Reproductive Cloning is Unethical Because It Undermines Autonomy: Commentary on Savulescu. Journal of Medical Ethics 25 (2):96-97.
Richard Hanley (1999). A Wolf in Sheep's Cloning? Monash Bioethics Review 18:59-62.
Added to index2010-08-24
Total downloads12 ( #137,616 of 1,140,035 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #92,708 of 1,140,035 )
How can I increase my downloads?