In recent weeks we learned that scientists have created human embryos in test tubes solely to experiment on them. This is deeply troubling, and a warning sign that should prompt all of us to think through these issues very carefully. We recoil at the idea of growing human beings for spare body parts or creating life for our convenience. I strongly oppose cloning. And while we must devote enormous energy to conquering disease, it is equally important that we pay attention to the moral concerns raised by the new frontier of human embryo stem cell research. Even the most noble ends do not justify any means.
GEORGE W. BUSH, radio address, Aug. 11, 2001
Abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, for example, risk reducing the human person to a mere object: life and death to order, as it were!
POPE JOHN PAUL II, speech, Jan. 13, 2003
Banning human cloning reflects our humanity. It is the right thing to do. Creating a child through this new method calls into question our most fundamental beliefs. It has the potential to threaten the sacred family bonds at the very core of our ideals and our society. At its worst, it could lead to misguided and malevolent attempts to select certain traits, even to create certain kind of children -- to make our children objects rather than cherished individuals.
BILL CLINTON, speech, June 9, 1997
President Bush and Bill Clinton both agree that cloning is morally wrong. Clinton said that he thinks humans should be made the old-fashioned way -- liquored up in a cheap hotel room.
JAY LENO, The Tonight Show
Why would you clone people when you can go to bed with them and make a baby? C'mon, it's stupid.
RAY BRADBURY, Salon Magazine, Aug. 29, 2001
In South Korea, a scientist considered to be one of the pioneers in the field of cloning has been sentenced to two years in prison. At least, they think it's him ...
JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, October 27, 2009
Anybody who objects to cloning on principle has to answer to all the identical twins in the world who might be insulted by the thought that there is something offensive about their very existence. Clones are simply identical twins.
RICHARD DAWKINS, BBC interview, Jan. 31, 1999