A social ethics expert weighs in on the devaluation of disabled lives during epidemics.

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How much your life is worth?

In an emergency, is your life worth saving? Or are you already too broken?

These sorts of questions are bioethicists’ bread and butter, and they are about to become increasingly acute as the wave of the COVID-19 pandemic breaks in full force across the United States, and we face the kinds of crises, such as ventilator shortages, that have contributed to killing thousands in Italy.

I’m an expert on social ethics and health risks, so let me be clear: the ways our social and medical systems currently pose these questions have immediate and deadly…

Rebecca Epstein-Levi

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