Is Human Cloning Morally Permissible or Not, and Why?

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Is Human Cloning Morally Permissible or Not, and Why?
We are repelled by the prospect of cloning human beings not because of the strangeness or the novelty of the undertaking, but because we intuit and we feel, immediately and without argument, the violation of things that we rightfully hold dear (Kass).
In 1997 a sheep named Dolly became the first higher mammal to be cloned. This event led to worldwide discussion on the morality of cloning. The above statement by Leon Kass represents the opinion of many people worldwide. While, as Dolly illustrates, the technology now exists for human cloning, the practice has been widely condemned. There are some, like John Harris however who challenge the conventional reasoning of Kass and others. In...
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