Wesley J. Smith: No to Killing for Organs

(Discovery Institute) – The shortage of organs for transplantation is threatening to unleash immoral and unethical remedies. A terrible story out of Belgium illustrates the peril. A 16-year-old girl with a brain tumor asked to be euthanized and have her organs harvested. Sixteen!

Doctors agreed. She was sedated and intubated in an ICU for 36 hours so that her organs could be “examined”—which probably meant imaging and blood tests. She was then euthanized and her organs procured.

Three points. First, this was a minor terrified of decline who stated that by donating organs she believed she could do some good. But for that option, she might not have made that decision. CONTINUE