What are the current laws on the books regarding complete or incomplete clones of humans? With or without natural birth? What is their legal status as individuals, and do they have a right to citizenship?

This would be a product of illegal action, clearly, but the product could still exist.

  • Do you mean a close that starts out as a baby, like Dolly the sheep? Or a clone that becomes exactly as the cloned person was- 30 year old man and now there are two 30 year old men- like in a sci fi movie? If the former, what makes you think he/she would have a legal status unlike any other baby human, other than a complicated "who are the parents?" that already has been addressed by laws and court cases around surrogacy?
    – Damila
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 15:44
  • @Damila The former, mostly. Do they have a claim to citizenship without parents? Could they be mass produced for slavery, as a bred product? Kind of in a "cruelty free meat" sense?
    – Weckar E.
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 12:29
  • Before or after they are decanted from a Tube?
    – Questor
    Commented Sep 23, 2022 at 16:46

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The same as it is for sentient aliens or plants

They don’t exist so they have no legal status. When they do exist, then the law will deal with them.

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    Humans already exist. Different types of IVF and surrogacy already exist. This answer ignores that when new things arise, the courts apply existing laws related to similar circumstances and legislatures make new laws especially if they don't like how the courts applied the existing laws.
    – Damila
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 15:54
  • @Damila which is what I said. When they exist, and there is a controversy, the courts will deal with it.
    – Dale M
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 22:30

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