President Obama went further than anyone thought in lifting the restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Not only did he allow funding for research using existing stem cell lines made from embryos and making new stem cell lines from embryos set to be thrown away. Our taxpayer money may now be used to engender new living embryos just so they can be experimented upon and killed!
President Obama, however, said at the signing ceremony, that he does NOT believe in and will see that the government does not allow human cloning. He said, “It is dangerous, profoundly wrong and has no place in our society or any society.”
Well, good. But why does he call opposing human embryo experimentation being hostile to science and interfering with the progress of scientific research, while his opposing human cloning is OK? Why is he for one kind of embryo engineering but against another kind? Might not grinding up human embryos in an attempt to make medicine for adults also be ” dangerous, profoundly wrong,” deserving “no place in our society or any society”?
To me, it seems that human cloning is LESS wrong than harvesting embryos. With cloning, you at least get life. With embryo experimentation you kill life. Of course, cloning procedures usually generate many embryos that are later “disposed of.” So I am against cloning also. But I am struck by how repulsed many people are at the very thought of cloning, considering a clone some kind of soulless monster that should be killed. But if you are cloned, what you would end up with is just an identical twin. Who is also your sibling. “Profoundly wrong,” yes, but what the president has just allowed is “dangerous.”