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It's a delight to be here today. I haven't been in Birmingham for at least fifteen years, and it is as beautiful as I remember. I want to thank the Cumberland School of Law for hosting this important symposium on bioethics. I have been told that it will be the first in a series of annual symposia focused on bioethics sponsored by the Cumberland Law Review and the Southern Center for Law and Ethics. Recent scientific advances - most notably cloning, parthenogenesis, and stem cell research-have made it imperative that we, as lawyers, give serious thought not just to the ethical implications of these scientific advances, but also to the legal implications. That's what I want to talk to you about today: the significant legal - particularly constitutional implications of human cloning. I'll be focusing specifically on reproductive cloning as opposed to therapeutic cloning - that is, the use of cloning technology to produce a baby.


This paper examines the social and legal implications of human cloning.