Cloning and Reproductive Liberty.

27 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2022

See all articles by Francis Joseph Beckwith

Francis Joseph Beckwith

Baylor University - Department of Philosophy; Baylor University - Department of Political Science; Baylor University - Institute for Studies of Religion

Date Written: November 6, 2002


Can the principles that gave rise to reproductive liberty - principles that undergird the reasoning of several United States Supreme Court decisions - be extended to include the right to clone? I will attempt to answer that question in this paper. However, prior to directly addressing that question, I will (1) explain the science of cloning, and human cloning in particular; (2) present a brief overview of the cloning controversy, as well as the political, legal, and public reactions to it; and (3) discuss the possible uses for cloning, and interact with some of the objections raised against the practice. I believe it is important that we address these three topics so that we may better grasp the issue of cloning and its implications for reproductive liberty.

Keywords: cloning, Roe v. Wade, reproductive justice, fetal personhood

Suggested Citation

Beckwith, Francis, Cloning and Reproductive Liberty. (November 6, 2002). Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2002. Pp. 61-87, Available at SSRN:

Francis Beckwith (Contact Author)

Baylor University - Department of Philosophy ( email )

One Bear Place #97273
Waco, TX 76798-7273
United States
254-710-6464 (Phone)


Baylor University - Department of Political Science

Baylor University - Institute for Studies of Religion

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics