We are at a time in our world when genetics is just beginning to understand for itself the promise the field of study holds in biomedical and biological research. At the forefront of this promise is the ability to clone a human being into an exact replicate of the surrogate mother or father donating the nucleus. While we are not at the point in our technological advancement to complete a successful human clone in order to produce a child the more promising field of human cloning for biomedical purposes is on the brink of discovery. What makes human cloning a social issue is the fact that it has the possibility to alleviate the suffering of millions of our brothers and sisters around the world. What also makes human cloning so controversial is the fact that the destruction of an undeveloped human life is destroyed in the process. The Catholic Church’s stance on human cloning in general is thaexternal image 1101010219_400.jpgt it is completely immoral and should not be practiced. Human cloning undermines God’s will of all human beings and strips away the human dignity of the undeveloped human being when it is killed in order to obtain the stem cells it produces. Those who favor cloning for biomedical reasons cite the fact that the grown embryos never were truly intended to be human beings and that it is through these cells that suffering will greatly decrease in our society. It is impossible to determine if the undeveloped embryos are true forms of “human life” in such a premature stage which makes the decision on human cloning so difficult to make. The most beneficial way to handle the social problem of human cloning is to initially ban all forms human cloning for reproductive purposes. This, as stated before, is in correspondence with the general consensus against human cloning of the Catholic Church and the biomedical scientist. Secondly, in order to learn more abut the possibilities of human cloning for biomedical purposes it would be necessary to place a moratorium on the field of study and to hold an open debate between politicians, scientists, church representatives, theologians, and the general public to fully formulate a correct response to the field of study. Human cloning obviously is a gateway into a more advanced form of treatment for chronic diseases that will alleviate suffering of many. In my opinion I think that it should be allowed strictly for treatment in the field of medicine but the facts and statistics about the field must be first discussed. Questions such as the possibility of successfully growing and retrieval of un-specialized stem cells will surely need to be debated and answered.
Human cloning at its most basic level is a very scary and severe notion of thought. Humans today do posses the ability to “play God” and we must decide if it is morally acceptable to practice this power for the betterment of society in general. In my opinion there are certain instances when cloning could be acceptable in society and certain instances when it is not acceptable. When the benefits of cloning can outweigh the costs caused by the procedure I feel as though it can be a suitable form of medical treatment.