Personally, I am against cloning of humans altogether. I may be a redneck, but I see neaderthals as human. Creating life is for God only.
Oops, I introduced religion into this topic, my bad. But I am a firm believer in Christ and I believe creating life (cloning) is playing God and should not be done.
Since I have opened this here can of religious worms, let me back up my stance with a bit of logic.
As a firm believer in Christ, I believe that in order for a being to have a "soul", he/she must be given that soul by God. We mere mortals haven't the ability to give a soul to a being.
Hence, the cloned neanderthal would have no soul, hence, no sense of right or wrong, no conscience, no remorse, etc.
A monster waiting to happen is my fear.
OK, now let me have it, I know it's coming....
RedNeck, the religious perspective is actually very interesting to me. But God is all powerful and all knowing. Can't he simply notice that humans cloned a Neanderthal and swoop in to grant it a soul? Likewise, if we cloned a human, why can't God simply bestow a soul upon the cloned individual.
Identical twins are clones (literally, clones), but we do not suppose that the individual coming out of the birthing cannal first is the only one with a soul. You do understand that a clone is merely an identical twin of the cloned individual, but born at a later date, right? A clone must be carried by a woman like a normal child, born like a normal child, and mature like a normal child. Don't tell anyone (including the clone) that they are a clone and there is no way anyone would be able to tell that they are a clone. Does this change your perspective?
As for Wintersong, I would advocate harvesting babies under certain circumstances (I'm not sure what you mean by "baby" though. The question would, of course, be how the harvesting was done, what benefits would it yield, and whether our society was mature enough to handle it (which it isn't.) The matter of harvesting babies in most conventional ways would probably involve exploiting less fortunate demographics, which directly conflicts with a civil society that values justice and human rights. If we could find another way and the benefits were collosal? Sure.