Although, Jen, I'd wait until I had about twenty people join before I go enforcing a rule like that. Otherwise you'll end up having no members. But that's just me.
One of the major prob's I see with cloning is how extremely uninformed most people are about it. Cloning is already being used in mainstream America all the time. Dolly wasn't the first and hasn't been the most recent by far. She only got the most media attention because it was the first successful clone using the technique that the scientist that made her used which was using a cell taken from Dolly and importing DNA into an egg cell of Dolly and making a clone that way. There are several other techniques to cloning that have had rampant success in other parts of the world. Scientist in Japan recently cloned I believe 100 rats from 1 single rat. They lost 30 of them to disease early on, but the rest survived well into maturity and died a normal death. Scientist at Texas A&M recently cloned a cat (and named it CC for Copy Cat) and it survived and is still alive today.
Farmers all over the country have cloning available to them for their animals. They don't use it simply because it is to expensive and they aren't sure if they can sell meat or milk from a cloned cow. The FDA is still looking into it before they give it the go ahead. What's the point of spending so much money to clone a cow if you can't sell it to anyone?
About a year ago, a religious sect that calls themselves Raelien's claimed to have cloned a human. It wasn't ever proven that it was an actual clone, though, because no tests were allowed to be performed on the child and the person the child was cloned from. The Raelien's claimed that the parents were the ones who wouldn't allow the testing, but everyone else thinks it was because the baby wasn't actually a clone and it's all just a big stunt. The Raelien's actually own a company called ClonAid which claims to be the first human cloning company. More information can be found at their website here.
Personally, I don't have a problem with cloning. There are several positive uses for cloning. If they have their way, soon gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry and they will want children. Cloning would be a way to allow these people to have a child that would truly be theirs. Many hetrosexual couples are unable to have children but they still want children and cloning would help in that area as well. Also, families that have lost a child at a very young age would be allowed to have a second chance with that child if they so chose.
The only problems with cloning human's at the moment aren't the techniques to do it. Cloning happens on almost a daily basis, we just call it natural. During pregnancy, it is not uncommon for an egg to seperate and become two identical children, what we call twins. There are several successfully tested techniques that would work to clone a human. The only problem with cloning comes at the psychological level. What would happen if suddenly you were told that you are an exact replica of one of your parents? Or if you were an exact replica of a child that died several years ago? Or maybe even another child that is still alive? How would you take that? And the psychological problems don't just exist with the clones. If an adult had a clone of himself/herself, it is very possible that the adult would have a high expectation for his/her clone, expecting it to be just as good if not better than himself/herself.
There is also the idea that that problem might not even exist. That there is no such thing as a cloned person. The cat that I mentioned earlier, CC, was an exact copy of an adult cat which was a calico cat. However, the pattern of her fur was different because of differences in the womb during birth. Some scientists believe that because of this, even a cloned human would be a completely different person. What makes us who we are are our life experiences and those are shaped by the place in time where we grew up, the location where we grew up and the people around us. Some speculate that a clone wouldn't even look the same as the person the clone was cloned from.
Cloning will be a reality in just a few years. There are too many positives to be able to deny that. Cloning would allow thousands of cows to be cloned from just one cow and could very well lead to an end to starvation in the world. Cloning basic animals has already been successfully tested and is just waiting for the approval of the FDA. The next big question is humans. The only thing holding back that is the ethical standpoints. At the moment, there are laws against it in the US (see the Cloning Prohibition Act of 1997) but scientists can still go to other countries to do it. The only real question is who will clone a human first and will it be a perfect child. If everyone turns on their TV sets one day and sees that there has been a cloned human and it is a cute, perfect child, then it will most likely be passed into everyday life. But if everyone turns on their TV and hears that there was a clone but it died soon after birth because of problems during cloning, then it won't.
That's what I have to say about cloning.