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`Hannah had no children... because the Lord has closed her womb'
1 Samuel 1:2-6
`You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of thy womb.'
1) DNA cloning multiple, identical copies are made of a DNA sequence. Copies are used in biological and technical experiments.
2) Reproductive cloning produces an animal that had the same DNA as another: genetic material of the donor animal is transferred to an egg whose
nucleus has been removed, the embryo is subsequently transferred to a female animal to continue developing until birth - the process has low success
3) Therapeutic cloning (embryo cloning) production of human embryos, in order to gather stem cells for research into human development and disease.
The Sanctity of Life
Life is a precious gift and every person is of equal worth to God.
A Human's age, health or ability does not make the person more or less valuable; life should be treated with respect as an act of worship to God.
Any mistreatment of the human body goes against this religious teaching.
Christians believe that:
Each person should honour God through their bodies and in the way that they live their lives
God not only gives life but he sustains it and guides people in each situation they are in, if they have faith in him
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Christian Responses to Cloning
For Christians human cloning presents many moral dilemmas -
`God is the giver of all life and so human life is considered sacred' the process of discarding embryos after using them for research is sometimes seen
as undermining humanity. However some Christians recognise that God gave us intelligence and that it should be used for the greater good.
The Catholic Church - believes that research on cloned human embryos is immoral and unnecessary.…read more
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The Church of England oppose abortion, although some believe that in certain situations it can be justified. The Church believes that alternatives to
abortion, such as adoption should be available and that parents in difficult situations should be supported.
`Before I informed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.…read more