VOLOKH at LAW.UCLA.EDU
Tue Mar 4 12:31:07 PST 1997
Teresa Collett writes:
> If dignity is grounded upon the unique nature of the individual, and
> cloning allows for identical reproduction, then upon what basis do we say
> the person is entitled to dignity? If dignity is based upon the fact the
> person is created in God's image, and cloning is an entity created in
> man's image, what is our obligation to recognize its dignity?
Forgive me, but I'm not quite sure I understand this: If an
identical twin possesses dignity even though he is not *genetically*
unique, why wouldn't a clone possess the same dignity? To the extent
uniqueness is important (and I'm not quite sure it should be), isn't
uniqueness of personality -- which clones fully have -- more
important than uniqueness of genetic code?
-- Eugene Volokh, UCLA Law
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