The Ethical Arguments against a Reproductive Cult

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There are so many different and effective ways to create children these days. For example, there is the old fashioned way—a married couple (man and woman) decide to reproduce; if they’re lucky, then nine months later they are usually welcoming a newborn baby into their lives. There are other ways to go about reproducing, too i.e. sperm donation. Different motives also arise when contemplating the process of producing a child. For instances, most couples want to continue their family lines; some single females wish to have a child despite the fact that they don’t have a partner, resulting in the use of a sperm bank. But now, there seems to be a new agenda behind having children: forming a reproductive cult.

The Ethical Arguments Against a Reproductive Cult

What Exactly Is A Reproductive Cult?

Many different ideas may be evoked when hearing the words “reproductive” and “cult.” In fact, these are probably two words that should never be used together in the same sentence. However, it’s noted that a reproductive cult could be considered to be the process of children being born or created from the cult’s leader. Of course, reproductive assistance is needed i.e. sperm donation, implantation, etc. Then, once the baby is born, other members of the cult would raise the child, bringing him or her or them (more than one child) to be like their father, or the leader of the cult. While this process may sound disturbing or fictional (though this idea could be thought to be hypothetical, similar circumstances have been known to actually take place), is it illegal or just unethical?

The Different Issues Associated With a Reproductive Cult

It’s been argued at Fertile Future that there is a relatively large difference between one man having multiple children i.e. a husband that produces several kids with his wife, versus children specifically being produced in a cloning like-manner i.e. a cult reproducing multiple children to aspire to be like their father, the cult leader.

One of the questions that continue to come up is rather basic: are these so-called “clone kids” being adequately cared for? It would appear that while these children have a purpose within their community, they might not actually be getting the love and attention that every newborn deserves to receive from his or her parent, family member, etc. It’s as if these children aren’t human beings, but objects.

Secrecy is another issue that has seemed to explode when discussing the idea of a reproductive cult. For instances, it’s been noted that because this cloning process is done secretly and somewhat off the grid, that the chance of incest is greatly increased. Of course, incest isn’t the only problem that could occur here; disease and genetic defects also have a higher chancing of taking place. Completely different from the process of donating sperm, when a cult decides to reproduce in this specific manner, there are no safety screenings. That is, there are no screenings to detect possible diseases, strength of sperm, upcoming issues, etc.

While opinions may be stretched across the board when discussing the different factors and consequences that can or do arise from the acts of a reproductive cult, it’s interesting and vital to note the health issues or safety violations of the child that could potentially erupt. Whether this is an ethical or unethical idea, you have to ask yourself one question: what is best for the child?