11-16-10: What do you think?

I recently read the following and wanted to pass it on for your consideration.  A medical school professor once posed this bio-ethics question to a group of students:  "Here's a family history.  The father has syphilis.  The mother has TB.  They already have four children.  The first is blind.  The second has died.  The third is deaf.  The fourth has TB.  Now the mother is pregnant again.  The parents come to you for advice.  They are willing to abort their child if you decide they should.  What do you say."  After the students shared their various opinions, the professors placed them into groups to make final decisions.  After deliberating, every group reported that it would recommend an abortion to the parents.  "Congratulations," the professor told his class.  "You have just took the life of Beethoven."  The author then goes on to say that "like Beethoven, every person has potential to add music to the great symphony called life.  That includes the people you encounter in life.  And that includes you, too.  You - and everyone around you - have way more potential than you have history or heritage."

Sue Judd, M.S.S., L.S.A.C.

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