A woman is is undergoing early menopause and would like to have a child. Since she is losing her own eggs to menopause, she would consider having a clone of herself to raise. Here is how she worded it in an e-mail to the webmaster at the Human Cloning Foundation (http://www.humancloning.org):
“I am a 41 year old woman who is going through early menapause. I am considering the idea of cloning as I believe it is one of the few alternatives which exist for me to pass my genes on. I also want a child, and I think it might be wonderful to feel the connection that would exist with someone who was so much you.”
Those who are trying to ban cloning probably haven’t thought about that fact that women who haven’t had the time to have children before menopause sets in could have children by cloning. Some women go through menopause extremely early and cloning could definitely help them have children if their window of fertility closed prematurely.
This mother to be, also points out that there might be an extra special connection between a mother and her own clone. Wouldn’t you know a lot about a child if it was your twin only younger? Clones are twins. Think about all the things that you would know ahead of time if you were raising yourself.
Interestingly, one wonders if there would be fewer medical problems if a mother raised her own clone. Sometimes, pregnancy will set off autoimmune diseases. When a mother carries a clone of herself, she would not be carrying foreign genetic material inside her womb as occurs in a normal pregnancy. This could open up a whole new area of research that might help to fight autoimmune diseases. In fact, Princeton Professor Lee Silver, who wrote the book Remaking Eden: Cloning and Beyond in a Brave New World remarks that getting pregnant by cloning is safer than the old fashioned way. His point was that with cloning there could be more assurance that the DNA was not “bad.” Down’s syndrome and other genetic diseases would be less likely with cloning.