Carson Strong has argued that if human cloning
were safe it should be available to some infertile couples
as a matter of ethics and law. He holds that cloning by
somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) should be available
as a reproductive option for infertile couples who could
not otherwise have a child genetically related to one
member of the couple. In this analysis, Strong overlooks
an important category of people to whom his argument might
apply, couples he has not failed to consider elsewhere.
In this discussion, however, Strong refers exclusively
to opposite sex couples facing obstacles such as surgically
removed ovaries and the inability to produce sperm. In
fact, however, there are many adult couples who, while
fertile in and of themselves, are not fertile as couples.
This group includes not only opposite sex couples but coupled
same sex partners as well. I believe the defenses Strong
offers regarding the use of SCNT by opposite sex infertile
couples would extend to same sex couples for two reasons.
First, some same sex couples might face the inability to
have a genetically related child, and second, Strong's
arguments ultimately ground a general defense of SCNT independent
of the question of a couple's fertility.