Not All Immoral Organ Harvests Bother Transplant Community

By Wesley J. Smith In the China tyranny, political prisoners such as Falon Gong practitioners, are tissue typed, killed, and harvested. Their organs are sold for exorbitant prices to desperate people who travel to China to save their own lives at the cost of another’s. China has promised to stop this gruesome trade, but hasn’t. …

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Dept. of Justice investigating Planned Parenthood and others’ involvement in the sale of fetal tissue

By Dave Andrusko There we were last night watching Fox News when we learned Fox News had obtained a letter sent by Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd to the Senate Judiciary Committee formally requested unredacted documents from the Committee supporting a December 2016 report titled “Human Fetal Tissue Research.” As …

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China, the Low Countries, and lethal organ harvesting

By Dave Andrusko The photos in the New York Post (even if only simulated) are blood curdling. Along with the accompanying story, they are the most recent reminder of “The grim reality of human organ harvesting in China.” (The article originated elsewhere and was reprinted in the Post.) We last posted about this scandal in …

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Organ Harvesting the Unconscious

By Wesley J. Smith This isn’t happening here–yet. But many in organ transplant medicine and bioethics want permission to kill the profoundly cognitively disabled for their organs, either by lethal injection and then harvesting, or by the process itself. The latest example was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics. From the article by bioethicist …

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Transplant doctors clash over Chinese organ donor system

By Xavier Symons Criticism of alleged forced organ harvesting in China reached fever pitch last week as the 26th International Congress of The Transplantation Society convened for the first time on Chinese soil. The Congress, which opened in Hong Kong on Wednesday, features a number of presentations from Chinese researchers, including former Vice-Minister for Health …

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Chinese policy on organ transplants is just smoke and mirrors, say critics

By Michael Cook The issue of harvesting organs from political prisoners in China to supply the country’s more than 160 transplant centres is not just controversial, but explosive. So it is a bit odd that an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME)published online last year by two authors from Macau and one from …

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Euthanasia by Live Organ Harvesting

By Wesley J. Smith For years, I have documented the growing calls within bioethics and organ transplant medicine to kill the dead donor rule to allow live organ harvesting. Over at First Things, I note that euthanasia and organ harvesting have been conjoined in Belgium and Netherlands (and probably soon, Canada). And now, some doctors …

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Euthanasia by organ harvesting

By Wesley J. Smith Shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder. — Leon Kass [The New Republic, June 2, 1997] The ethics of medicine aren’t what they used to be. Sanctity of life? That’s so passé. The Hippocratic Oath? Fuggettaboudit! The modern healthcare system is expected to embrace properly utilitarian perspectives. Take euthanasia …

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Push to Euthanize by Organ Harvesting

By Wesley J. Smith In 1993, my first anti-euthanasia article published in Newsweek, warned that if society ever embraced assisted suicide, we would eventually couple medicalized killing with organ harvesting “as a plum to society.” That is now happening in Netherlands and Belgium, where doctors are on the lookout for mentally ill and people with …

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President Obama condemns harvesting organs in Africa, has nothing to say about harvesting baby body organs in America

By Dave Andrusko I don’t think it’s a state secret that President Obama’s ego is (shall we say) secure which may account for what seems to the outsider (that would be me) a stunning lack of awareness of context when says various truly remarkable things. Just this afternoon a friend at National Right to Life …

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National Right to Life comments on a top Planned Parenthood doctor-executive’s admission abortion methods may be manipulated to obtain baby body parts

WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations, issued the following statement in response to a release today, by a group called The Center for Medical Progress, of a hidden-camera video purporting to show remarks by Deborah Nucatola, senior director for medical services for the Planned Parenthood Federation …

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Killing for Organs Push in The Atlantic Magazine

By Wesley J. Smith I have repeatedly warned about articles published in medical and bioethics journals advocating killing the profoundly disabled or dying for their organs. The assault on the “dead donor rule” has now filtered down to the popular media. The Atlantic has an article advocating that dying patients be killed for their organs …

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