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12/27/02

Human Cloning Raises Ethical Issues in Hub City

"My question is why do they want to clone a human being? What benefit is it?" asked Billy Glen of his friend Ian Keys. "Why did they want to go the moon?" Keys replies. "That beats me," said Glen. "Why did they want to go to the moon, all they brought back was a hand full of rocks," proclaimed Glen.

Billy Glenn and Ian Keys have seen a lot in their lifetime. These days, they spend more of their time at Lubbock's Senior Center. One thing that blows their mind is the idea of a possible human cloning. But not surprising for Keys. "Curiosity is basic for mankind," Keys said.

Curiosity teetering the scale of human dignity. "What does it do to a person to say you're a copy? Maybe that's bad for human dignity," said Covenant Senior Vice President Ted Dotts.

However bad it could be for human dignity, researchers believe duplicating humans would provide some medical benefits. "If we're to live well, we have to learn how to replace parts and having an identical person where you could make replacement parts from. That would be ideal or justify human cloning," added Dotts.

Dotts told NewsChannel 11 he doesn't like the idea of human cloning. He says cloning humans beings would instead turn them into human objects. And that's where First Christian Church minister Michael Passmore has a problem too. "If we were creating another human being, that being must intrinsically have value as God's creation or created order. But when you grow a whole human simply to harvest that human's organ you're getting into shady territory as far as I'm concerned," said Passmore.

"Curiosity of man will prevail. Man will be cloned," said Keys.

So far, there has been no scientific evidence to support the claim of Florida's human cloning, yet.

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