Cloning and Bio-Ethics

Talking Points and Basic Information

1. State Constitutional Amendments for Cloning and Stem Cell Research
Family Research Council
Human cloning and embryo-destructive stem cell research have yet to yield one clinical trial, let alone a reliable treatment or cure. Safe and ethical adult stem cell research is currently being used to treat over 73 diseases and conditions, with over 1400 FDA approved clinical trials underway.

2. False Promises: Common Cloning Claims Refuted
Family Research Council
Pro-cloning forces have been working hard to convince state governments to pass constitutional amendments enshrining a “right” to clone and to destroy embryos for research. Such amendments promise medical cures, limitless profits, and ethical benchmarks. But all of these promises are false.

3. Stem Cell and Cloning Glossary
Family Research Council

4. Cloning Facts and Fiction
By James A. Marcum
The Center for Christian Ethics
The heated debate in our society over reproductive cloning, as well as therapeutic cloning to obtain embryonic stem cells, has been fueled by misconceptions and hyperbole on both sides. We need to separate the facts from the popular fictions about human cloning.

Comprehensive Research and Articles

1. Britain to Legalize Human Cloning?
By Albert Mohler
June 2006

2. Human Cloning in Korea: Does Medicine Have No Moral Limits?
By Albert Mohler
The plain fact is that the Korean scientists intentionally created human embryos only to destroy them in an effort to obtain stem cells. The intentional destruction of human embryos reflects the Culture of Death in the guise of white-coated technocrats. Once the sanctity of human life is denied at the embryonic level, human dignity is compromised for all human beings at every stage of life and development.

3. The Brave New World of Cloning, Part One – The Cloning of Animals and the Ethics of Dominion
By Albert Mohler
June 2005
Again, the Christian worldview warns us that our stewardship and dominion of other creatures is to be exercised within limits imposed by the Creator.

4. The Brave New World of Cloning, Part Two – The Cloning of Humans and the Reproductive Revolution
By Albert Mohler
June 2005
The cloning of a human brings to mind the sterile, dehumanizing images of Huxley’s Brave New World, with its fertilizing rooms, decanting chambers, and embryo stores representing the technological perfection of artificial human reproduction. The reproductive revolution has already thrown a host of difficult ethical issues on the national agenda, but the genetic revolution is perhaps the greatest ethical challenge of the new millennium.

5. Human Cloning and the Abuse of Science
Family Research Council
Human cloning is a subject of international controversy — it is being debated on every continent and at the United Nations. In the United States, the question is being addressed at both the national and state levels.

6. The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning
By Robert P. George, Ph.D.
Family Research Council

Website, Books and Additional Resources

1. Human Life and Bioethics Center
Family Research Council

2. The Center for Christian Ethics
Baylor University