In light of some recent “breakthroughs” this year, Wesley Smith explains why it is time for us to ban human cloning…now:
Human cloning is here. After years of effort, scientists manufactured human life using the same process that created Dolly the sheep. There is no way around it: The age of human cloning is here—unless we act now to prevent it.
Why outlaw human cloning? As the United Nations General Assembly decided in a nearly 3-1 vote in 2005, each country in the world should “prohibit all forms of human cloning inasmuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.”
Some countries do outlaw human cloning. Germany is a good example. But most—like the USA—have done nothing to address this technology legally.
That’s a problem: That which is not illegal, is legal. Hence, human cloning—including the creation of the cloned embryo and gestating it through to birth are currently legal acts.
Heh. I remember writing, back in 2009 when the first human embryos were cloned, “We Need to Ban Cloning ASAP!” Knowing then that there will be no stopping this train once it picks up steam.
Wake up and smell the clones, folks! It is time to stop pretending that this is a problem for our children and grandchildren. This is our issue to tackle. Now.
Please link to the proposed cloning ban we should be enacting ASAP. I don’t think Wesley has ever gone on record with the language he’d support. He always seems to oppose only SCNT and not other forms of manufacture of human embryos.