The Naked Clone: How Cloning Bans Threaten Our Personal Rights

Hardcover | June 30, 2003

byJohn C. Kunich

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Banning therapeutic and reproductive cloning jeopardizes more than cloning itself. The constitutional principles intertwined with cloning embrace such vital liberties as personal autonomy, privacy, reproduction, and freedom of expression. Properly understood, cloning is essentially the same as other forms of assisted reproduction. Procrustean bans on cloning implicate and indirectly threaten numerous key personal interests, including abortion, in vitro fertilization, same-sex adoption, and surrogacy. A government allowed to preemptively isolate and censor medico-scientific research into cloning may be emboldened to shut down other forms of disfavored inquiry and expression as well. Much of the animosity toward cloning is based on unfounded fear, science-fiction fantasy, moralistic bias, and slippery slope predictions, most of which is scientifically untenable or already illegal. Yet when people are cloned, they will in fact be less similar than identical twins; genetics aren't everything. Differing environments produce differing people, and human clones--distinct individuals--will be entitled to the same human rights and legal protections that have protected individuals for centuries. Kunich establishes the pressing need to evaluate cloning in a rational scientific and legal manner, before the extreme opposition sprouting from fear and misunderstanding, which has already led to several state laws, results in an unconstitutional federal ban.

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Banning therapeutic and reproductive cloning jeopardizes more than cloning itself. The constitutional principles intertwined with cloning embrace such vital liberties as personal autonomy, privacy, reproduction, and freedom of expression. Properly understood, cloning is essentially the same as other forms of assisted reproduction. Proc...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.68 × 6.12 × 0.77 inPublished:June 30, 2003Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275979644

ISBN - 13:9780275979645

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"An interesting and provocative book discussing not only the scientific background of human cloning but also proposed legislation to ban or limit human cloning as well as constitutional challenges to such legislation. Anyone interested in this timely legal issue will want to know John Kunich's analysis and argument as to why he believes that the modern case law may place important limits on efforts to ban cloning."-Ronald D. Rotunda George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law George Mason University