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Go Forth and Replicate

From the May 30, 2005 issue: The age of human cloning has arrived.

May 30, 2005, Vol. 10, No. 35 • By ERIC COHEN
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One does not need to believe that human embryos are human persons to have one's conscience stirred by our current predicament--where the drive to advance stem cell research has apparently made us tolerant of human cloning. One simply needs to believe that we should not bulldoze ahead with ethically hazardous research in an environment with no limits on the brave new world; and that we should try every other avenue of scientific possibility before trampling the values of many fellow citizens to make embryo destruction a national project. This is what the Castle-DeGette bill really does, under the false guise of moderation.

The Democratic left sees stem cell research as a way to make the dehumanization of early human life a prerequisite for being pro-health and pro-science. This is not the path of moderation; it is the path of ideological excess, leading toward funding the kind of research that will bring the age of human cloning, or worse, that much closer.

Eric Cohen is editor of the New Atlantis and resident scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.