Bioethics Discussion Blog: “Sacrifice the Value of a Human Life to Convenience”: Any Examples?

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Friday, August 05, 2005

“Sacrifice the Value of a Human Life to Convenience”: Any Examples?

An anonymous visitor wrote the following, in part, as a comment on a previous posting, about Plan B:

”More information is needed to confirm that BCPs and Plan B do not act as abortifacients. Until then, the society should treat them as abortifacients. This means, patients should be informed of the possibility of a chemically-induced abortions before they are prescribed hormonal contracpetives and/or Plan B. Pharmacists and doctors should be given a good opportunity to avoid using/dispensing these drugs if they have CO. The best way of doing it is taking these drugs off the formularies of usual hospitals, and off the inventories of pharmacies. Just like in case of abortions and mifepristone, patients would have to go to specialized clinics.
To some it may seem like a very radical measure. If it does, it may be just because it is a very inconvenient one. Should we sacrifice the value of a human life to convenience?”


It is the last sentence: “Should we sacrifice the value of a human life to convenience?” that I thought was a topic worth expanding into further discussion. Can my visitors think of examples, beyond the application of Plan B to prevent pregnancy, where society is routinely sacrificing the value of human life to the convenience of others but in those cases involving already born humans who already have a history and an established value, unlike a few hours old embryo? I want to read what other think before I write my own comments on the subject. ..Maurice.

2 Comments:

At Friday, August 12, 2005 5:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Examples abound. The wars in vietnam and iraq. The death penalty. The use of automobiles most especially.

 
At Saturday, September 13, 2008 11:07:00 PM, Blogger Mona Albano said...

Your commenter seems ignorant of the fact that Plan B prevents ovulation; there is nothing to be aborted.

 

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