Infinite Possibilities If Mirrors Face

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The inevitability of human cloning is unavoidable. Although a majority of individuals disapprove the idea of cloning humans, I firmly believe that, not only will human cloning be widely practiced in the near future, but it will also benefit the health and well-being of all humanity. Just visualize for a second that you are one of the human clones that will exist within this decade, and imagine putting up with all the arguments that many opinion leaders are currently struggling to make illegal: that cloning is a threat to human dignity and nobility, that it's a slippery slope, that it's playing God, that everyone has an entitlement to a unique and exclusive genome (except identical twins?) or to an unknown genome, and so on and so on, etcetera, etcetera. Now how would this possibly make you feel? Perhaps, and maybe in all probability, you would feel much the same way as a black man would suffering from racial abuse, or even a woman being a victim of sexual harassment.

Fortunately, however, by the time a human clone arrives at an age where he or she can be aware of what is being interpreted, each and every one these arguments we hear today will be forgotten. This is what happened to the moral panic that once tempered over the prospect of transplanting a heart via one individual to another; and to most of the opposition to in vitro fertilization, which has not been heard from barely again after the 1978 birth of Louise Brown, the first test tube baby (McGee 79). Public approval of IVF in America has risen from 15% in the early seventies to over 70% today (McGee 135). Although it did take more than 275 attempts before researchers were able to obtain a successful sheep clone (Internet), while...



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