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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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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China Promises to End Harvesting the Executed

  By Wesley J. Smith China has–for a second time–promised to stop organ harvesting those it executes. From the BBC story: China has promised to stop harvesting organs from executed prisoners by 1 January, state media report…Death row inmates have long served as a key source for transplants. This is not the first such promise: …

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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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No to Human Organ Farms!

By Wesley J. Smith Here we go again! The push to transform the most ill and disabled living human bodies into so many organ farms continues among some bioethicists and within organ transplant ethical discourse. Now, an article in the American Journal of Bioethics, written by organ surgeon and medical professor Paul E Morrissey, urges …

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