My point is, of course, that we are on the verge of being able to artificially create real human life. As a society, we have many decisions to make with respect to that possibility. A country that began the glorious leap to its present economic and political height partially from the backs of a whole race of humans kept as chattel should know this better than most.
While I am grateful to Hentoff for bringing alternatives to our attention, I would dearly like to see us postpone those decisions until we have reached a point where all life produced in the natural way is held sacred. That may take some time.