People protest the idea of cloning because many are mystified as to how it could be used and what its purposes can be. The purpose and use of cloning, in the scenario the paper is based on, is to save a life. This use and purpose of cloning is extremely specified in the sense that it would save a human being’s life. The fact that we, as humans, might be able to figure out how to clone so that lives could be saved is extremely exciting and inspiring. On the other hand, there is a time and a place for everything, including research. While cloning is justifiable in certain circumstances, I would want to make sure other healthcare issues were taken care before donating money to research for cloning.
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In addition to Stella being able to live, Mia would be brought into the world with loving parents. Therefore, “the net result: two healthy children, loved by their parents, who happen to be identical twins of different ages” (575). By cloning Stella, the couple has a chance to save their dying child but they also have the gift of bringing Mia into this world. The end result of having two healthy and well-cared for children would be the same result if they decided to have another child using IVF. The only difference, however, is that the children would be identical.
While Stella’s and Mia’s DNA and physical appearance would be exactly the same, there has been too much research done to show that identical twins may have many things in common and, yet, still have their own goals, personalities, and friends. Furthermore, the fact that the parents are intent on loving Mia and treating her as an individual ensures that the ends justify the means. In fact, “many proponents of cloning see it as…just another way of providing a couple with a biological child they might otherwise be unable to have. Since this goal and these other technologies are acceptable, cloning should be acceptable” (574). This statement is attempting to, in a sense, normalize the cloning process. Robert Wachbroit is attempting to make a connection between cloning and other reproductive technologies that are accepted in society. The argument that cloning simply allows couples to