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Intention and IdentityCollected Essays Volume II$
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John Finnis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580064

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580064.001.0001

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On Producing Human Embryos

On Producing Human Embryos

(p.293) 17 On Producing Human Embryos
Intention and Identity

John Finnis

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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

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