**Argument Worksheet on “Will Cloning Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer Harm People?”**

**By Gregory Pence**

(1) What is SCNT? (p. 115)

(2) What are the possible benefits of SCNT?

*Below are some* arguments against SCNT; additional premises need to be added to make them ** valid**;

**are these**

*valid*arguments*sound*arguments?*Parallels with In Vitro Fertilization: Repeating History*

1. If a method of producing children is morally permissible then* *it yields only healthy children.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible.

3. If a method of producing children is morally permissible then it the children consent to it.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible.

5. If a method of producing children is morally permissible then it is risk-free.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible.

7. If a method of producing children is morally permissible then it always results in “normal” children.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible.

9. If a method of producing children is morally permissible then it results in *no harms* to children.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible.

**Psychological Harm to the Child**

11. Parents who would use SCNT have bad motives in creating a child.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible

13. Being produced by SCNT is harmful for a child produced by SCNT.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible.

15. People will be prejudiced against SCNT children.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible

17. “People would not want to be produced by SCNT.”

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible

19. SCNT is “repugnant” and “a horror.”

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible.

21. Children produced by SCNT will have “troubled psychic identities,” be confused about their lives.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible

23. SCNT-produced children are like children produced by incest.

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Therefore, *Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer* is wrong, i.e., morally impermissible