What is a human life worth? Is each human life worth the same as every other? Or does the worth of a human life depend on the following:
What country, state, county, or city a person lives in?
The color of a person's skin, the language spoken, the person's age, gender, or sexual preference?
Whether the person: Has an IQ of 150 or less than 50? Is a heart surgeon or a jaundiced newborn? Is a concert violinist or a victim of trisomy 21? Is a star professional quarterback or a quadriplegic? Is a millionaire or is on welfare? Is a mother of five young children or is a convicted rapist? Is a practicing psychologist or an institutionalized schizophrenic? Is a social worker or an active street heroin addict? Is a celebrated ethicist or a functional illiterate?
Is primarily productive or primarily consumptive?
These questions are being asked and choices
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