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17 See Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift, ‘Parents Rights and the Value of the Family,’ Ethics 117 (2006) 80-108 for an explanation of why the interest in rearing children supports a right. In Section III we will elaborate our more general understanding of interests and how very powerful interests can be right-supporting. An Argument Against Cloning 547 what package of expected pay-offs we should face in the choice situation. Suppose Celia is offered three jobs: Job A) is in Manhattan with an annual salary of $200k, and the expectation that she will devote almost every waking hour to the job, say 70 hours a week Job B) is in London, with the more modest salary of $125k and more modest expectations of her devotion to the job, say 45 hours a week.

Because parenthood is such a central experience through which people learn humility, 6 Leon Kass, ‘The Wisdom of Repugnance: Why We Should Ban the Cloning of Humans,’ The New Republic (June 2 1997) 17-26. Reprinted in The Human Cloning Debate; references are to the reprint. See 96. 7 Richard Lewontin considers and rejects a similar objection, that parents who clone would be treating their cloned children merely instrumentally. Richard Lewontin, ‘The Confusion Over Cloning,’ published originally in The New York Review of Books (1997).

Our argument does support both these kinds of policy, in that if they were successful our reason for objecting cloning would have much less power. 38 Evaluating the second kind of policy is more difficult. We accept that our argument implies that, when adoptees are available, it is better to adopt than to reproduce naturally. We do not see this as a reason to abandon the argument. The argument also supports, other things being equal, policies of encouraging adoption over natural, as well as over assisted, reproduction, up to the point that all potential adoptees find good homes.

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