The Corner

Pushing Euthanasia and Organ Donation for Canada

When Canada’s Supreme Court imposed a nation-wide euthanasia regime without a terminal illness requirement, I warned that it wouldn’t be long before bioethicists pushed to conjoin medicalized homicide with organ harvesting.

Advocacy for such a course has now begun. In the Journal of Medical Ethics. From “Organ Donation After Medical Assistance in Dying…” (MAID):

MAID has the potential to provide additional organs available for transplantation. Accepting to procure organ donation after MAID is a way to respect the autonomy of patients, for whom organ donation is an important value. Organ donation after MAID would be ethically acceptable if the patient who has offered to donate is competent and not under any external pressure to choose MAID or organ donation. 

The bioethicists even suggest that it would be acceptable if the the organ harvest: was the cause of death:

Living organ donation before MAID or death by procurement of organs would provide higher quality organs that would last longer and consequently reduce the organ shortage. Both strategies respect the donor’s autonomy, but neither is a better option than organ donation after MAID in terms of public trust or patient suffering.

This is very dangerous–and could mean that mentally ill and disabled patients who want euthanasia are implicitly or explicitly targeted for organ harvesting by doctors–as currently in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Taking organs from those being killed also gives a huge utilitarian stake for euthanasia to society generally–beyond the current incentive of saving medical resources.

I warned this would happen in Newsweek back in 1993–before any jurisdiction other than Switzerland had legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia.

At the time, I was called an alarmist. No, I’m logical.

Once a society accepts the tenets of euthanasia consciousness, sooner or later, the rest follows like the onset of winter and birds flying south.

Most Popular


In Defense of the Electoral College

Senator Elizabeth Warren has joined a growing chorus within the Democratic party in calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. Speaking at a forum in Mississippi on Monday night, Warren said that she hoped to ensure that “every vote matters” and proposed that “the way we can make that happen is ... Read More

Stick a Fork in O’Rourke

If, as I wrote last week here, Joe Biden may save the Democratic party from a horrible debacle at the polls next year, Beto O’Rourke may be doing the whole process a good turn now. Biden, despite his efforts to masquerade as the vanguard of what is now called progressivism, is politically sane and, if ... Read More
National Security & Defense

In Defense of the Iraq War

Today is the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and Twitter is alive with condemnations of the conflict -- countered by precious few defenses. Yet I believed the Iraq War was just and proper in 2003, and I still believe that today. When Donald Trump condemned the war during the 2015 primary campaign and ... Read More

Beto-mania and Our Cult of Personality Politics

Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s biggest fans and supporters insist he is a forward-thinking, future-oriented visionary, but no contender for the Democratic nomination feels more familiar than the former three-term congressman from El Paso. That’s because he has the highest combined score in both déjà vu ... Read More