Human Cloning: A Reaction to Verma

- Tade Matthias Spranger, Ph. D.
Research Fellow, University of Bonn,
Institute for Public Law (Dept. Administrative Law),
Adenauerallee 24-42, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 12 (2002), 63.

In his commentary Prof. Verma (see the January 2002 issue of EJAIB) pointed out an aspect, which is of paramount importance for the further discussion on reproductive human cloning. His reflections refer to the question whether cloned human beings would be exposed to the risk of discrimination so that human cloning could lead to a violation of human dignity. However, one should make a distinction between three initial positions. First of all, the existence of cloning techniques as such cannot disobey the rights of future human beings, as law only empowers existing individuals. Secondly, in case a human clone already exists, it must be clear that he or she is a full member of mankind, i. e. protected by all human rights. Third, as any discrimination requires publicLs knowledge of the fact that he or she is a clone, confidentiality in view of the medical treatment is a crucial condition to avoid discriminatory acts.

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