Last week, Britain became the first European country to allow scientists to use human cloning for medical purposes. DW-WORLD readers comment on the issue.
Researchers are most interested in embryonic stem cells
I strongly oppose human cloning and the harvesting of embryonic stem cells that are made available via the killing of a human fetus. I think stem cells harvested from a child when they are young in the womb is a better, more scientifically feasible procedure. The harvesting does not kill the child and the cells are not rejected by the host as being foreign. You can freeze these cells and store them for later usage if genetic intervention is needed. These cells can be altered and reintroduced into the host. Any harvesting of cells which requires the death of a child is the most horrible abomination I can imagine. God help us all if we make such a mistake. --
I personally have no problem with the idea of human cloning. In fact, I would avidly support it, especially if the research in the field was to be used for medical purposes. German socialists and conservatives are jumping too quickly onto this issue without first considering the positive consequences of allowing it. Yes, I will agree that there has been progress in the conventional method of medical development, but that doesn't mean cloning can't help. There has been very little done in cloning that claims that it won't be as effective as conventional research are inadequately justified. Also, the moral issue of cloning is of little importance. Currently, unless my sources are mistaken, abortion is allowed in many nations (namely Europe and the U.S.), and the idea of an embryos' "rights" is being thrown into this arena too lightly. What "rights" does an embryo have if abortion is considered okay legally and yet cloning is looked down upon. It is not the job of the government, in my opinion, to be the moral enforcer, but the legal enforcer based on law and reason, not emotional and "morally guided" principles. -- Kelly
Cloning only provides a cellular-level illustration of what has always been true. Every decision a person makes or fails to make destroys many potential versions of that person so that one actual version may exist. To say that it's wrong to make these choices, or that it's wrong to choose eternal life when the opportunity comes, is a fundamental denial of the basic tenets of Christianity. Cloning allows an individual cell to be made young again, or to use a Biblical word, reborn, and has the potential to do the same for an existing person. It promises us freedom from disease and aging, which are also promised after the return of Jesus. However, a kingdom on earth as it is in heaven won't come to us unless we choose it. --
Well, it figures. Britain was the first to gain the smarts in this matter. All the Germans do in preventing cloning in Germany is hinder themselves. Why waste a find like cloning? --
Human cloning should be outlawed in all countries. -- John Ryan