RE: human cloning

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From: Lisa Dusseault (
Date: Thu Sep 28 2000 - 08:25:53 PDT

I'm extrapolating a little, but it seems the objection here is that the
availability of cloning might make parents more likely to choose abortion.
Is that it? If so, it's an objection to abortion, not to cloning. A
rational person with this position would expend energy opposing abortion,
not cloning.

Seems to me that cloning could even be used to justify abortion among
those who would not normally approve. "We're not really aborting Junior,
we're setting his genes aside until we're prepared to offer a proper home
and loving, mature parenting."

Of course that skirts the issue of whether the cloned baby is the "same"
as the original one would have been.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Klassa []
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 5:52 AM
Subject: Re: human cloning

You're a couple with a baby on the way. You decide you don't want kids
right now, for whatever reason, so you abort the fetus. Before you do,
you store some DNA away. A few years later, you "recreate" him/her when
it's convenient for you.

Maybe it's just that out-dated, narrow-minded, judgmental Christian
mindset of mine showing through, but this doesn't seem right to me.
That it may to a significant number of others concerns me.

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