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Recycling: I believe in exploitation. Now what is it?

Wesley J. Smith has a new post up in which he dissents from a Wall Street Journal article urging that kidneys should be bought and sold, both from live donors and from cadavers. (Selling someone else's kidney after he is...

What do I think of the Jahi McMath case?

Some readers may be wondering whether I am going to weigh in on the case of Jahi McMath. Here is the latest news story on that situation, and you can research it further from there. I have said for years...

Various pieces of news from the medical ethics world

This article confirms what I said here about the difficulty of enforcing born-alive infant protections. The testimony of many nurses shows a pervasive pattern of overt discrimination against premature babies in withholding life-saving treatment based on the fact that they...

Bombshell allegations against New York organ procurement entity

A new whistle-blower lawsuit makes allegations that in a just world would, if even some are substantiated, shut down the New York State organ procurement organization, the New York Donor Network. An independent investigator should be appointed to look into...

And still more on organ transplant

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Dick Teresi says much of what I have been saying for a long time about organ transplant. Here are some relevant quotes. If you didn't know this before, wake up and...

Blocking the mentally disabled from receiving organ donation

This is a slightly tricky post for me to write. As my regular readers know, my position on vital organ donation is ambivalent at best and anti- at worst. I might be open to live donation of a kidney from...

In Narnia we call it "going bad"

"But that would be putting the clock back," gasped the governor. "Have you no idea of progress, of development?" "I have seen them both in an egg," said Caspian. "We call it 'Going Bad' in Narnia...." C.S. Lewis, The Voyage...

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Part II

I've blogged about the alarming nature of organ donation many times. But if this, this, this, this, or this hasn't sufficiently alarmed you, here's more: (HT Secondhand Smoke) Some of you may recall from some of my other posts linked...

Presumed consent proposed in Colorado

Colorado lawmakers are considering a presumed consent law. Anyone who gets a state-issued ID (any adult, I presume) would be presumed to have consented to be an organ donor unless he did something special on the paperwork. This is sort...

That cannibalism example (Updated)

...that I gave here in the thread about China. (See also this comment of mine.) Guess what? It wasn't so far-fetched after all. Wesley J. Smith: "If these stories are true–and I believe they are–China is a monster state." Amen....

Two little-known facts about organ transplant

This post will be fairly brief. I hope to write more another time about last year's report by the President's Council on Bioethics (that would be the previous President's council) concerning the determination of death. Here I just want to...

To whom do we belong?

I present the following deliberate overstatement to provoke discussion: If a man does not believe that his body belongs to God, he ends by believing that his body belongs to the state. Now, since I said that this is a...

Rushing organ donation for the sake of "ethics"

Via Wesley J. Smith's Secondhand Smoke comes a story that some of you may already have seen: Organ procurement physicians in Denver have now done heart transplants from babies using the non-heart-beating donation method after waiting only 75 seconds from...

Okay, I believe in exploitation. Now what is it?

Being a person with some sympathies for some aspects of libertarianism in economics, I have always been prone to resist the application of the word 'exploitation'. For years I probably would have said that I didn't believe there was such...

Serious questions about brain death in new article

Whenever I say anything on the Internet on the subject of brain death, I'm always looking, or even pushing, in two directions at once. On the one hand, it's overwhelmingly important to resist the misuse of the term 'brain dead'...

Can you try to murder a dying man?

First of all, a blessed Good Friday to our readers. I realize that any of you folks who are of the Eastern Orthodox persuasion are not celebrating Good Friday today, so I ask for your indulgence. I'll be wishing everybody...

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