I'm still pro-life
I found this quote in my email:
"I'm sorry, but all these 'life begins at conception' arguments are sheer nonsense. Killing a cluster of cells that has the potential of becoming human life is not the same as killing a human being. Here is a reductio ad absurdum argument for all the extreme pro-lifers. With modern cloning technology, a simple skin cell is a potential baby. Where do pro-life people stand on removing a wart or a mole? Are dermatologists the latest in the long list of baby killers?"Dialogue is Needed on Abortion; St. Petersburg Times (Florida); May 20, 2009.
I don't know the technology required to clone from a skin cell, but I imagine it requires some effort. I do know that warts and moles aren't commonly in the habit of becoming babies. A mole is not a baby. This I know.
But a life, whether conceived normally or cloned, starts at conception -which I'm sure has an analog in the cloning process. In fact, cloning seems to me to be a more deliberate process to create a new life than normal lovemaking. Killing a clone is the moral equivalent of abortion.
At first, I was tempted to think, gee well maybe all life is no different from a wart or mole, so killing, that is- murder-, is now as perfectly acceptable and as justifiable, morally, as shedding skin, a natural process that deserves no punishment. It would make a hell of a defense in court. That seems to be what the author implies. I'm not willing to take that stand.
Adoption is the loving option. Please don't forget about adoption.
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