Size: Are preschoolers less valuable than teenagers, or
woman less valuable than men because they’re smaller? Size
doesn’t equal value.
Level of Development: Is a four-year-old girl less valuable than
her mother because she can’t reproduce? Value is not
determined by abilities.
Environment: Does your value change when you cross the
street, or even roll over in bed? Where you are – in the womb
or out – has no bearing on who you are.
Dependency: Should we disqualify those who rely on insulin
or heart pacemakers just because they are dependent?
Viability doesn’t determine worth.
We can never answer the question, “Can I kill this?” unless we’ve answered a prior question: “What is this?” Whether it’s right or not to take the life of any living being depends entirely upon the answer to one question: What kind of being is it?