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Cloning and Surrogacy Ethical Dilemmas

I knew of cloning before because i did study it in one of my courses back in my home country but talking of surrogacy, the class with Dr. Fouzy was the first time i knew something existed as such.

Cloning is the creation of an organism that is an exact genetic copy of another. This means that every single bit of DNA is the same between the two!

You might not believe it, but there are human clones among us right now. They weren’t made in a lab, though: they’re identical twins, created naturally. Below, we’ll see how natural identical twins relate to modern cloning technologies. On the other hand,

The definition proposed by the World Health Organization is undoubtedly more accurate and proper: “A gestational carrier is a woman in whom a pregnancy resulted from fertilization with third-party sperm and oocytes.  She carries the pregnancy with the intention or agreement that the offspring will be parented by one or both of the persons that produced the gametes”.

Both cases have to  do with some aspects of tampering with the creation of some human parts if not the entire human being. In my culture ,if one did mention about cloning it will not be feasible to; but if one talks of surrogacy this is what is really going to capture their attention. This is because my culture belief so much in child bearing as the greatest achievement of any woman. Also the pride of a woman comes with her being able to bring forth her own offspring. In my culture a woman without a child is considered almost an “outcast”. Reason being that is because of her mischievous deeds that God has decided to punish her with barrenness  They do not belief that any natural process can cause someone to be barren reasoning being that God is a kind creator and will not like to give such afflictions to his own creations.They back themselves with the analogy that if animals can deliver what more of man who is made in the very image of God.

However, in actuality; barrenness can occur naturally due to one genetic malfunction to another. If one is barren there are many options available to have a child if one so desire. One could adopt a child or even in vitro fertilization in the lab. This only happen if the couple are financially viable if not permit me say just accept the faith. This is because the negative aspects and psychological  that this act is going to bring will be unbearable. There is a strong reason why nature made it that a child should grow in the womb of the biological mother. Let us not try to tamper with nature because when nature wants to act back on us we will not be able to control it

Many will probably have this question in mind that what about in societies where such act is legalized? If we happen to fine ourselves in such an environment let us try as much as we can to give a counter argument to this practice. You can make a different in your own small corner. Permit me share this story with you. I was walking at a sea side one sunny afternoon when i saw millions of star fishes lying at the sea shore and a boy carrying one into the sea each time he walked too and fro. I laughed and walked  up to him and and said,” look boy there are millions of these star fishes here what u are doing will not solve any problem”. I was tremendously astonished with the respond i got. He told me that i could make a difference with one. Yes indeed we can make a difference in our community by holding firm to our ethical values despite all odds. Surrogacy is never and will never be a means to and end.

Looking at cloning little about it is known to me when it comes to cultural values, but biologically i know some what. With cloning a full human being can be created with the same genetically components as the original. The difference is that the clone can not recollect or retrospect. The point is why do this ?  Doing this is going to cause much harm that good to the community as the clone will not be able to interact with the people as the original. This is going to bring a lot of confusion and disarray.

The ethical dilemma here is that  let  us accept that cloning an entire human being is bad but then is  it weird or unethical  to clone part of human body to replace worn out ones ?  like creating some what “spare parts store”   in case of any malfunction or defect.

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