Human Reproductive Cloning and Reasons for Deprivation
cloning, reproductive cloning, genetic modification
Human reproductive cloning provides the possibility of genetically related children for persons for whom present technologies are ineffective. I argue that the desire for genetically related children is not, by itself, a sufficient reason to engage in human reproductive cloning. I show this by arguing that the value underlying the desire for genetically related children implies a tension between the parent and the future child. This tension stems from an instance of a deprivation and violates a general principle of reasons for deprivation. Alternative considerations, such as a right to procreative autonomy, do not appear helpful in making the case for human reproductive cloning merely on the basis of the desire for genetically related children.
Original Publication Citation
“Human Reproductive Cloning and Reasons for Deprivation.” Journal of Medical Ethics. 2008. 34: 619623.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jensen, David A., "Human Reproductive Cloning and Reasons for Deprivation" (2008). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 11.
Journal of Medical Ethics
2008 BMJ Publishing Group & Institute of Medical Ethics