Since advancement of technology to an extent where human beings could be cloned, ethics of human cloning have become a debatable issue. Those who advocate and those against have strong reasons to support their opinion. This is an ethics paper where I am presented with a dilemma of saving my sisters life or standing by what I strongly believe in.
Cloning presents a serious advancement in technology and would be of great benefit to the field of science and medicine. For example, if cloning was done and proved successful, my sister Dee Dee would be cured of her disease, which would greatly benefit me and my family but with a catch. Every human being is created by God in an unique and mysterious manner. Humans having the ability to create other humans at their will similar to those already in existence would lead to loss of the uniqueness.
Legally, any cloned human being, is not liable to any laws created either by God and governments. The cloned human being would not be answerable to anybody. Incase large numbers of cloned individuals are created in the laboratory, the world would turn into chaos. I strongly believe that every individual would create a genuine and a strong agenda behind him/herself being cloned (Woodward, 2005).
The issue presented to me by my sister is a dilemma. This is because I have a lot of love for my sister. The thought of my sister dying while I have been presented with an opportunity to save her life would kill me strongly. However, I am a person who has been brought up in a religious family. With advancement in science, the religion challenge increases. Talcott Parsons stated with science advancement, religion is posed for extinction. I strongly believe in the existence of God and that the role of creation should be entirely left to Him. From the religious teachings, I do not advocate for development of other ways of life apart from the natural one. I also believe that by God creating us, he put us under Him; thus humans are subject to the laws and rules he created and formulated. These laws according to the bible are to be obeyed and failure to adhere would lead to punishment (MacKinnon, 2000). Thus, it is no surprise that churches are against cloning of human beings, regardless of the benefits that technology brought to the medicine field.
I am not entirely against cloning, I would advocate for further research be carried out in the field of gene cloning but not cloning of human beings. As stated earlier, through the religious teachings, I have learnt that there is a natural way in which things happen. Trying to save my sister would disrupt the natural order of how God intended it to be, and I would be held responsible by God for that. I have a lot of love for my family, I know they will hate me if they ever come across this paper, but the with the integrity I have, I would allow myself get cloned.
MacKinnon, B. (2000). Human cloning: Science, ethics, and public policy. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Woodward, J. (2005). The ethics of human cloning. Detroit, Mich: Thomson/Gale.