The Price of Our Humanity: Cost Effectiveness, Abortion, and Disability

Posted by Mary O’Callaghan on Jan 22, 2020 10:11:16 AM

“‘What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?’” They paid him thirty pieces of silver…” —Matthew 26:15

It is particularly haunting to see an exact price exchanged for a human life; the juxtaposition of a finite monetary amount and the life of an infinite being is incomprehensible. In Mathew’s Gospel above, the thirty-pieces figure has been traced back to earlier scriptural references, and is thought to signify the compensation due a master when a slave is killed. 

No matter how the amount is derived, calculating the worth of a human life is at once both so absurd and crass that it renders the act of killing for a specific financial gain singularly troubling. 

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Topics: abortion, pro-life, human dignity, disability, Down syndrome

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