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Contemporary Ethical Issues – Part 1

This week’s lecture exposed us to contemporary ethical issues around the world. It is really interesting how people think nowadays and how they come up with something extra ordinary. However, the question is whether it is beneficial to humankind or not. We had discussed five issues included: cloning, surrogacy, suicide, euthanasia and abortion.

In this paper I would like to reflect about cloning since it is pretty much interesting to me. I have heard about cloning but I did not really know how it is done and why people are doing it. The only thing I knew is that it will produce the same copy as what you want. In fact, I have not heard a cloning situation of human being. However, after Dr. Faosiy – our lecturer taught us in ethics class I have known quite a lot about cloning. It involves so many scientific understanding.

Based on what our lecturer said in class, cloning is the creation of a genetic copy of a sequence of DNA or of the entire genome of an organism. In other word, it is a creation of offspring through a sexual reproduction done in a lab and not by a sperm fertilizing an egg. It is a method that involves the production of a group of identical cells of organisms that all derive from a single individual.

There has been an issues raised by so many people in terms of cloning whether this is ethical or unethical. The issues included: advocates of human cloning hope to create a fertility treatment that will allow the infertile parents to have children; it can offer homosexual couples with hereditary related children and so on. On the other hand, there are also ethical issues with reproductive cloning which include genetic damage to the clone, health risks to the mother, psychological harm to the clone and so on. Many people believe that cloning is ethically immoral and should never be done.

In my opinion, although human cloning serves as an aid to the parents who cannot produce children, still cloning is entirely unacceptable to create human life as a product. Besides, cloning will create a world full of dolls that will eliminate living human beings. Some scientist may see the good effect that cloning may offer to the world, but cloning advocates the unacceptable idea to the people in today’s generation. For instance, some people might miss-used the idea of cloning by creating a clone so that someone can do the things that the original person don’t want to do. Furthermore, cloning shows a sign of human going against God and changes the life God gave us. With this, cloning should never be done because it brings a lot of problems more than good things.

Prepared by: Wai Wai Ko

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