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Cloning deceased child Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21633 posts
6th Apr '13

This is a topic in my ethics class at the moment. I would like to see what you ladies think.



Bringing back a child
Katherine Gordon of Great Falls, Mont., whose 17-year-old daughter, Emily, was killed by a drunk driver five years ago, says she became obsessed with bringing a part of her daughter back in some way. Spurred on by the news of Dolly

Severus Snape Due March 15; 1 child; Tennessee 3511 posts
6th Apr '13

Sounds unhealthy to me.... but I've never lost a child so I can't truly say what I would do or feel in that situation. I hope I never have to find out.

user banned Due November 7; 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
6th Apr '13

Oh man that is tough.



1. If Katharine Gordon could give birth to a clone of her deceased daughter, should she?



No, she should not. I do not think psychologically it would be beneficial for the mother or child.



2. Is grief over the loss of a child a morally legitimate reason for wanting to clone him or her?



A legitimate reason? No. A legitimate feeling? Sure. I can completely see why someone would be tempted to do it. But I don't think it's healthy. And can you imagine being that cloned child :shock:

Severus Snape Due March 15; 1 child; Tennessee 3511 posts
6th Apr '13
Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:" Oh man that is tough. 1. If Katharine Gordon could give birth to a clone of her deceased daughter, should ... [snip!] ... see why someone would be tempted to do it. But I don't think it's healthy. And can you imagine being that cloned child :shock:"


My thoughts exactly. I would feel horrible if I knew I was created to help grieve the loss of someone else. I would feel like a pawn. I think it's more detrimental for everyone than good.

Brandie Dawne Due November 10; 2 kids; Mt Vernon, Ohio 1234 posts
6th Apr '13

I don't think anyone should be cloned. A clone is not the same child. I feel she would be disappointed since the child would be different anyway. If I lost a child I wouldn't want a clone I would want that child back and that can not happen.

Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21633 posts
6th Apr '13
Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:" Oh man that is tough. 1. If Katharine Gordon could give birth to a clone of her deceased daughter, should ... [snip!] ... see why someone would be tempted to do it. But I don't think it's healthy. And can you imagine being that cloned child :shock:"


My thoughts exactly. The mother has this idea of perfection of Emily that would compromise the cloned child although she says she would accept Emily's negative traits. It's like the cloned child would not just be the twin, but would be following in the footsteps of Emily. I wouldn't want to be a cloned child. I wouldn't feel like my own person.



At the same time though, I can understand the mother wanting her child back and going to any length to do so. That grief I hope I never have to face.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
6th Apr '13
Quoting Lilly'smommy5:" My thoughts exactly. I would feel horrible if I knew I was created to help grieve the loss of someone else. I would feel like a pawn. I think it's more detrimental for everyone than good."


Is it that much different than people who lose a child and sexually have another one? Putting aside the stress of living up to what their Emily was and had (pretty, good grades, healthy social life, etc.), the child is still there to fill the void left by the deceased child.



I don't know. This is a really tough one. While I don't think it's mentally healthy for either the parents or the potential clone, I could see why they would want to do it. They want to have their daughter back. They see this as the only way to do that.

Severus Snape Due March 15; 1 child; Tennessee 3511 posts
6th Apr '13
Quoting MommyToWesley:" Is it that much different than people who lose a child and sexually have another one? Putting aside ... [snip!] ... I could see why they would want to do it. They want to have their daughter back. They see this as the only way to do that."


I can see that point, but I think a clone is too much. Losing a child and trying to conceive another is different. The second child will be completely different in looks and personality. A clone I believe would at least look the same (maybe not act. not sure about that). I would feel like the parent would be seeing their deceased child when they looked at me. Not seeing me for me. Just my thoughts though.

Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21633 posts
6th Apr '13
Quoting MommyToWesley:" Is it that much different than people who lose a child and sexually have another one? Putting aside ... [snip!] ... I could see why they would want to do it. They want to have their daughter back. They see this as the only way to do that."


Good point. That is actually part of the lesson we are studying. It compares cloning to the sexual reproduction of a "Replacement Child"

I think a child that is produced sexually has the better chance of being it's own person than a child who is cloned. The child has more of a chance at individuality when not being the clone of another person. But I can see it from both sides.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
6th Apr '13
Quoting Lilly'smommy5:" I can see that point, but I think a clone is too much. Losing a child and trying to conceive another ... [snip!] ... like the parent would be seeing their deceased child when they looked at me. Not seeing me for me. Just my thoughts though. "


That's true. That's why this one is so hard! I can completely understand wanting back their little girl, but I just don't know that it's healthy or fair for the cloned child.