organ donation

Iran’s Out of Control Kidney Bazaar

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Iran is the only country in the world that legally permits the purchase of human organs. (Yes, I know it happens elsewhere.) I don’t see Iran as a country to emulate, but some have argued that it is leading the way toward a compassionate change in policy, which I opined about here. Now, unsurprisingly, news […]

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Government Should Not Induce Kidney Supplying

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Psychiatrist and American Enterprise Institute senior fellow, Sally Satel, received a donated kidney from the writer Virginia Postrel, saving her life. Good for Postrel. Happy for Satel. But Satel wants kidney providing to become a compensated endeavor–to the potential significant detriment of the poor or financially struggling. Periodically, the New York Times gives her space […]

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We Should Follow Iran’s Kidney Selling OK?

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There is growing pressure among the utilitarian bioethics crowd to permit the poor to sell their kidneys–and there is already a thriving biological colonialism in kidney selling that prays on the world’s most destitute. Apparently, Iran permits this odious practice in the open–and now a new book this way comes extolling the idea. From the […]

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Moving Organ Donors Instead of Organs

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I think this is a very good idea. Rather than procure organs in disparate hospitals, in the Midwest, they are now moving donors to a centralized location. From the AP story: For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment […]

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Organ Transplant Disability Rights Victory

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I wrote back in April that a core ethical rule in organ transplant medicine was threatened with a dangerous turn that would allow doctors to bring up donation to the families of disabled patients before a decision to cease life support was made. Thanks to the work of disability rights activists such as Not Dead […]

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Wrong to Take Organs from Condemned Man

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I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but I think it is wrong to allow a condemned man to donate non vital organs before executing him. From the Reuters story: Ohio Governor John Kasich on Wednesday stayed the execution of convicted killer Ronald Phillips to assess whether Phillips’s non-vital organs or tissues can be […]

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Poor People Only Need One Kidney

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The drive to turn living human bodies of the poor and destitute into natural resources for the well off continues. Now, the oh-so-liberal Canadian Broadcasting Corporation boosts organ buying, based on advocacy from the heart of the medical intelligentsia. From the story: Paying living kidney donors $10,000 could boost donations and cost effectively improve quality […]

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Less Brain Deaths Tempt Organ Ethics Meltdown

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I blame my pal Ralph Nader and the law of unintended consequences: Improved safety — such as seat belt and helmet laws — resulted in far fewer catastrophic brain injuries. Great news! But that has meant fewer people experience “brain death.” And that has led to a consequential reduction in organ donors. Reduced supply and […]

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Legalize Murder for Organs?

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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. […]

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Disabled Woman Wants Suicide/Organ Donation

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I have been warning against coupling assisted suicide with organ harvesting since 1993, when I wrote my first anti-assisted suicide column in Newsweek. From, “The Whispers of Strangers:” Life is action and reaction, the proverbial pebble thrown into the pond. We don’t get to the Brave New World in one giant leap. Rather, the descent […]

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Wales OKs “Presumed Consent” Organ Harvest

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The NHS is melting down. Patient care is in an abysmal state. And what does the Senedd of Wales do in this distrustful and dangerous atmosphere? Sow more distrust by passing a “presumed consent” to organ harvesting law. From the BBC story: Wales has become the first country in the UK to introduce a system […]

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Death “Morally Insignificant” in Organ Donation

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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 article and I don’t […]

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Organ Request OK Before End of Life Decision

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 segregated from decision making […]

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No to Human Organ Farms!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC 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 […]

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The Attack of the Kidney Harvesters

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The perceived entitlement of the West sickens. We now believe our lives are so important that with biological colonialism, some of us are willing to work with criminal gangs to grab the kidneys of the vulnerable destitute. There is a shameful report out of the […]

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Organ Harvesting Not “Body Mutilation”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have little sympathy for a lawsuit that has been filed against the California Transplant Donor Network. Apparently, it received consent from a family for limited organ retrieval, but may have gone further than the family wanted or agreed to. And now, in the unfortunate […]

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Deadly Potential of Live Organ Donation Should Preclude Market Approach

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Some people believe that all of us have an obligation to participate in live organ donation, that is, giving one of our two kidneys or a lobe of liver. While I certainly admire those who risk their lives and health to help others, I don’t […]

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Bill to Allow Organ Farming from Unconscious Patients!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good grief! A Maryland state legislator has filed a bill that would allow surrogate decision makers to “donate” kidneys and liver lobes. From HB 449: THIS SUBSECTION APPLIES ONLY TO A PATIENT WHO HAS BEEN CERTIFIED UNDER § 5–606(B) OF THIS SUBTITLE TO BE IN […]

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