In England, where doctors appear to be a bit more provocative than in the United States, an argument has erupted over how to apply a cost-benefit analysis to human life.
As the Daily Mail reported earlier this month, physicians at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggested new tests to determine whether pregnant women are carrying babies with Down Syndrome should come with an economic analysis “that includes the lifetime costs of caring for children and adults” with the condition.
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.