This is Nancy Pearcey in the Public Square.
The debate over human cloning has created strange bedfellows. Religious conservatives have now been joined by a coalition of secular liberals-who recently issued a statement urging Congress to prohibit the cloning of human beings.
Those who signed the statement include feminists, environmentalists, New Agers-even abortion advocates. As activist Jeremy Rifkin explains, cloning would permit our children to be selected by the values of the assembly line: "quality control, . . . efficiency, and utility."
The debate over cloning is really a clash between those who believe life has intrinsic value, and those who measure life by utility.
That's why people on both right and left have joined in saying no to human cloning. It's not an issue of right and left, but of right and wrong.
I'm Nancy Pearcey.
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File Date: 06.13.02