Canada Conjoining Euthanasia/Organ Donation

By Wesley J. Smith In my first anti-euthanasia column, published in Newsweek in 1993, I warned that eventually medicalized killing/suicide would be conjoined with organ harvesting “as a plum to society.” “Slippery slope argument!” my detractors yelled at me. “Alarmist!” It will never happen!” You get the drift. Of course, it did happen. In Belgium …

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UNOS Opening Door to Assisted Suicide Organ Donors

By Wesley J. Smith My very first anti-assisted suicide column in 1993 warned that it would lead to conjoining organ donation with euthanasia “as a plumb to society.” That is happening now in Netherlands and Belgium–including of people with mental illnesses, no less. Now–very alarmingly–the United Network for Organ Sharing seems to be opening the …

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Belgium Combines Organ Donation Presumed Consent, Euthanasia

By Wesley J. Smith A just published article in the Journal of Medical Ethics argues for allowing killing by organ removal as a form of euthanasia and organ donation. The authors mention that Belgium has “presumed consent” for organ donation. From the piece: When a patient is determined dead on the basis of either circulatory …

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Dying babies shouldn’t be viewed as spare parts

By Anthony Ozimic Editor’s note. This analysis is provided by our friends at SPUC, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. The front-page story of last weekend’s Mail on Sunday newspaper revealed proposals [by The National Health Service] to ask mothers of terminally-ill unborn children to consider donating their babies’ organs. The proposal includes …

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Hospital says teenager shot in murder spree was not declared brain dead

By Dave Andrusko On Monday we posted a story about a glimmer of light in the horrific weekend in Kalamazoo, Michigan in which a Uber driver stands accused of murdering six people. A number of stories, which NRL News Today quoted accurately, said that 14-year-old Abigail Kopf had been shot Saturday in a Kalamazoo Cracker …

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Canada to Couple Euthanasia and Organ Harvesting?

By Wesley J. Smith Long ago, in my very first anti-euthanasia article, published by Newsweek in 1993, I warned that legalizing assisted suicide would lead to “organ harvesting as a plum to society.” That dark prophesy has come true in the Netherlands and Belgium, aimed specifically at people with “good organs,” such as MS patients and those with …

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Hey Kids: Let’s Organ-Harvest the Suicidal!

  By Wesley J. Smith I warned this would happen back in my first anti-assisted suicide article–Newsweek, June 28, 1993–in which I wrote: Of greater concern to me is the moral trickledown effect that could result should society ever come to agree with Frances [to legalize assisted suicide]. Life is action and reaction, the proverbial …

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Bioethics Push Poll to Allow Killing for Organs

  By Wesley J. Smith To donate vital organs, a donor must be dead. This is known as the “dead donor rule, I have been warning that utilitarian bioethicists and transplant medical professionals want to shatter the DDR to permit killing living, living profoundly cognitively disabled patients for their organs. Now, we see what appears …

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Asking Awake ICU Patients to Harvest Organs

  By Wesley J. Smith Pick your cliche: Give them an inch and they will take a mile; in for a penny in for a pound, etc. In bioethics, there is never a permanent boundary beyond which the utilitarian impulse will not take them. Now, advocacy is beginning to ask conscious patients who want to …

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Legalize Murder for Organs?

By Wesley J. Smith The attacks on the dead donor rule–which requires death as a precondition of donating vital organs–are continuing in the world’s most prestigious medical and bioethical journals. Take the New England Journal of Medicine, which has just published opposing articles about the issue. The pro-killing for organs article–by Robert D. Truog, M.D., …

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Death “Morally Insignificant” in Organ Donation

By Wesley J. Smith I have been warning for several years that many in bioethics and the organ transplant community hope to legalize killing for organs, that is, taking organs from the living. The latest example comes in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics by Canadian philosophy professor (of course!) Walter Glannon. It’s a long …

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Organ Request OK Before End of Life Decision

By Wesley J. Smith There are two protocols for donating vital organs after death. One involves brain death, and one involves removing life support, waiting for cardiac arrest, and then procuring organs after a few minutes. This post deals with the latter. I have always thought that the organ procurement administrative processes were kept strictly …

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