It may have been providential that it was not long before Mother's Day that the congressionally chartered National Academy of Sciences announced it had developed a set of commandments to govern cloning human embryos and that the greatest of these was that all clones must be killed by their 14th day.
To succeed in their quest for medical therapies based on cloning and killing embryos, one thing human-cloning researchers must do is annihilate motherhood -- for clones at least. They must create human beings who not only lack mothers, but who in all cases are denied the love and nurturing good mothers give their children.
It is true that these researchers need women as "donors." But instead of conceiving and bearing children in their wombs, these "donors" will be given drugs that cause them, like so many chickens on a poultry farm, to exude eggs for the convenience of the researchers who harvest them.
The researchers will take the human eggs, strip them of the donor's DNA and fertilize them with DNA from another person. Thus, a cloned human is denied a biological mother.
By insisting -- as they start out in this research at least -- that all clones be killed by the 14th day, the researchers will make sure all clones are denied adoptive mothers, too.
America's most elite laboratories will be populated with the first fully motherless members of the human race.
Aspiring clone-to-kill researchers cannot have it any other way -- at least for now. The last thing they need before Americans are thoroughly conditioned to accepting their research is for someone to cherish a cloned embryo as if it were their own child. If therapies based on the mass destruction of human embryos are to become a routine (and highly profitable) medical practice, as the researchers hope, clones need to be established as a unique sub-class of humans that no one ever personally loves, and that researchers may treat at all times like mere property.
What the NAS's "ethics" rules envision is a high-tech form of human bondage. Under this regime, the well-functioning cloning laboratory will be a little slave state, teeming with captive humans, who are easily reproduced and controlled until they are killed to benefit someone else.
If researchers who have no respect for the sanctity of life are allowed to get away with this today, we cannot expect their degradations to stop with mass cloning tomorrow.
In only three decades, we descended from abortion on demand, to partial-birth abortion on demand to court-ordered death-by-starvation for a disabled person.