On Producing Human Embryos

John Finnis

in Intention and Identity

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580064
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729386 | DOI:
On Producing Human Embryos

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Although focused on cloning, this chapter considers the reality and nature of the early human conceptus however conceived, and considers the moral significance of arranging conception otherwise than as supervening on sexual (particularly marital) intercourse (whether by ‘ordinary’ IVF or by cloning). R. G. Edwards's witnessing to the reality and human individuality of the one-cell zygote/embryo is quoted. Terminological expedients such as ‘therapeutic’ as distinct from ‘reproductive’ cloning are shown to be unacceptable. IVF and cloning involve production, and this makes the act a kind of enslaving, even when otherwise well intentioned.

Keywords: cloning; IVF; R. G. Edwards; therapeutic cloning; reproductive cloning; enslavement; production; conceptus

Chapter.  4166 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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