by Arina Grossu
July 17, 2014
Today Dr. Prentice, my colleague who is Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at Family Research Council, and Dr. Andy Harris (R-MD), who has sponsored the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2012 and has been an active voice in bioethics discussions on Capitol Hill, presented a lecture on human cloning.
In the lecture, Dr. Prentice discussed the scientific process of cloning and its prevalence, the current studies and results available, the timeline of human cloning, its ethics (or lack thereof), and legislative proposals to ban human cloning.
In the question and answer session with Dr. Harris, what struck me the most was his description of the genetically complete human being at all stages of development: “When you were one cell, you were exact as you are today. We have a lot more cells now, but we also have a lot more cells now than we did when we were one year old.” Were we any less human at one year old than now? No. Were we any less human as a one celled human than we are now? No. It is mysterious and miraculous that we are the same genetically complete human beings at one cell development as we are as a full-fledged adult.
We must do what we can to pass the Human Cloning Prohibition Act and similar measures to defend the littlest of humans, even one-celled humans, from the destructive and careless forces of scientists and laboratories that do not revere and protect the sanctity of all human life.