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Human Exceptionalism

Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.

Cloning Could Kill



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One of the least covered but fundamental problems associated with human cloning is the need to use human eggs--one egg for each cloning try. Obtaining eggs involves an onerous process known as super ovulation, in which a woman is administered high doses of hormones to induce her ovaries to release 10-15 eggs in her cycle instead of the usual one. The eggs are then obtained surgically, usually by inserting a needle through the vaginal wall. This can be a dangerous procedure, leading to potential side effects such as infection, sterility, and in a few cases such as this tragic example, death. No wonder many feminists oppose human cloning as a technology that could lead directly to the exploitation of women.


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