Wesley Smith and the New Stem Cells in Ovaries: The Means for Mass Human Cloning


Wesley Smith, who runs a bioethics blog called “Secondhand Smoke” has blogged about the discovery of stem cells in the human ovary that can make cells that look like human eggs. He fears, and I think rightly so, that this could lead to the “Brave New World project of human self design, genetic engineering, transhumanistic tinkering, human enhancement, and using reproductive technologies to shatter the remaining vestiges of norms surrounding families.”

Human cloning can lead to nothing good. Right now it has stalled because of an acute shortage of human eggs (oocytes). The risk of the egg procurement procedure, and the work of people like my friend Jennifer Lahl and her film Eggsploitation, has dried up the supply of eggs. Thus cloning work has greatly slowed. TIlley’s work, however, could change that. Oh, sure, it will be sold as providing eggs for the infertile, which is a laudatory thing by the way. However, the use of huge numbers of eggs for human cloning purposes is a bridge too far.  A cloned  embryo is still a human embryo and is therefore still a human person.  Cloning for manipulation and enhancement research is a grotesque abuse of human rights.

You can read Smith’s article here.