Why would you not have Connor (from Neal Shusterman's Unwind) unwound?

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I would not have Connor unwound because it is murder.  

The society Connor lives in thinks that an unwound child is still alive, but the child is alive in various pieces. That thought has become commonly accepted, and the headmaster is shocked when Risa suggests her unwinding is the equivalent of death. She tells Risa,

Please, Miss Ward. It's not dying, and I'm sure everyone here would be more comfortable if you didn't suggest something so blatantly inflammatory. The fact is, 100 percent of you will still be alive, just in a divided state.

The citizens probably believe this lie because it is stated in the "Bill of Life."

The process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive is called "unwinding."

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