What is Wrong with Cloning?

Cloning regards the human beings it creates as things rather than persons. The humans it manufactures are not respected for what they are, but rather for what they can do, have or be used for. Cloning is no way to treat a human being. Cloning destroys natural family relationships that have always existed in humanity (Pontifical Academy for Life, 1997).

Cloning is a way of making genetic copies of an organism. The first principle of medical ethics is: 'First, do no harm.' However, human cloning does not respect this fundamental principle because it will harm the many "imperfect" clones that will be inevitably discarded in the process. A human clone is a human being; many clones will be destroyed before the ideal is achieved - ideal according to whose standards? Human cloning certainly doesn't respect God's standards. We must not do evil that good will come of it. Lots of innocent human beings will die if we embrace human cloning. Should we throw human beings away like paper napkins? In human cloning, the technicians will play God by deciding which human clones qualify for membership in the human community and which don't. Human cloning is against the moral law because the transmission of human life is good only through sexual intercourse; it is contrary to the dignity of human procreation and marital union; it would create a human being without any connection to human sexuality; it is a total perversion of procreation as ordained by God.



* Please note that this text should be read in the context of the whole work and in recognition of the appropriate paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church highlighted in the index.