WHY REPRODUCTIVE HUMAN CLONING?
For common interests
To be able to leave a legacy to somebody who cares
To be able to reproduce without the need for sex if preferred
To be able to avoid the complication of having two genetic informations in reproduction (a mother and a father), which can lead to serious moral and social problems, eg one parent may end up with full custody of the children following divorce, or one parent may have more say than the other in how the children are raised, or it is not possible to control how the child will turn out to be since the other parent may bring unexpected physical and mental health problems with its 50% genetic information, or the character of the child may turn out to be very different from what was expected.
Why should reproductive human cloning be a legal right?
Because reproductive cloning (asexual reproduction), is the most fundamental form of reproduction in this universe. It builds for example the human body and the bodies of all other species through cell cloning, and in identical twins, triplets and so on, leads to a special bond that cannot be compared to non identical siblings. Many people want to find people with whom they can share their most inner thoughts, likes and dislikes, hopes and ideals with, and for this nothing can compare to the bond between twins.
What do we have to do to legalize human cloning?
In the past any group of people who felt they didn't have the right to be treated fairly, eg blacks, women, homosexuals, employees and so on, had to fight long and hard to achieve the rights they felt had been denied to them. This often involved protesting in the streets with banners (peacefully) and making their voices heard. The same will apply to reproductive human cloning. If you feel you should have the right to clone yourself to be happy, then we will have to fight for it.
What are the main legal obstacles at present in the UK?
Reproductive Cloning (as opposed to therapeutic cloning which involves embryonic stem cell research and embryonic cell nuclear replacement) is illegal in the UK under the Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001. Anyone attempting it in this country faces a maximum of a 10 year prison sentence or a fine or both. Even the United Nations is calling for all countries to prohibit all forms of human cloning (even though the UN declaration is non-binding and has no legal status) and many countries do not allow any form of cloning research, nor reproductive, nor therapeutic. The difference between rerproductive and therapeutic cloning is that with reproductive cloning you can make a copy of yourself, with therapeutic cloning only certain types of cells can be cloned to try to cure certain diseases, eg juvenile diabetes, Parkinsons' disease, chronic heart disease.
Clearly any country that opposes the most fundamental type of reproduction in this universe (cloning) is denying individuals a fundamental right. Without cloning there will be no bodies of any kind and no life and that is exactly why a person can reproduce without the need for two genetic informations (what some people call fertilisation, meaning egg and sperm = the 50/50 moral, physical and intellectual mess).
How far has human cloning research advanced worldwide?
Dr Panayiotis Michael Zavos is at the forefront of reproductive human cloning since 2001. He is passionate about the subject, is brave enough to take risks by carrying experiments in secret locations, and rightly has suggested that in the past In Vitro Fertilization was condenmed by most people as something bad, and yet nowdays people cannot get enough of it. In his website [please contact me for website address] he says that human cloning is the process of introducing the DNA from one body cell into the egg that has been stripped of its DNA. The egg is then stimulated to become an embryo. When the cells of an embryo divide sufficiently, it is then transferred into the womb of a woman.
Has he managed to clone somebody successfully yet? No, not yet. But this is because with so many countries banning reproductive human cloning research it is very difficult to achieve results quickly. Everything has to do with practice. The more practice the more perfection. It is just a matter of time. After all we are only trying to copy what nature itself does easily, eg identical twins.
HOW CAN I HELP?
There are many ways in which you can help promote reproductive human cloning once you become a member of Pro Human Cloning Activists. Some of them are:
1. We can distribute leaflets to people in crowded places
2. We can protest in the streets with banners
3. We can send letters to newspapers to make them aware of who we are and what we stand for
4. We can meet in Hyde Park, Speaker's corner, London, UK, and speak out
5. We can keep in touch over the phone or by email to discuss strategies
6. We can send letters to government departments complaining about the law who makes reproductive human cloning illegal
7. We can send letters to human rights organizations explaining why we believe reproductive human cloning should be a human right
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER? (FREE MEMBERSHIP WORLDWIDE)
Just send me an email with your full name and the area where you live, eg Margate, Kent, UK, saying you want to become a member and that you don't mind being contacted by other members. And that is it. I will send you an email back confirming your membership. For people who had requested a leaflet by phone, just send me a letter with your full name and email address/or phone number stating that you want to become a member and that you don't mind being contacted by other members.
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