Coldly Calculating the Price of Human Life

Abortion has been on the mind of many Houstonians lately, especially with the construction of an enormous new clinic in our midst. How do you calculate the price of a human life? An article from the National Review blog gives a chilling parallel…

And don’t imagine that we do not coldly calculate the price of a human life. In 1974, the speed limit was lowered to 55 mph to conserve oil. That also led to a dramatic drop in traffic fatalities — approximately 3,000 lives every year. This didn’t stop us, after the oil crisis, from raising the speed limit back to 65 and beyond — knowing that thousands of Americans would die as a result.

The calculation was never explicit, but it was nevertheless real. We were quite prepared to trade away a finite number of human lives for speed, and for the efficiency and convenience that come with it.

(HT: National Review)

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