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  • Report: The Chinese Government Is Stealing 10,000 Organs From Live Political Prisoners Every Year

    04/09/2015 6:26:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/9/15 | Josh Fatzick
    A Canadian documentary has alleged that the Chinese state is aware and approves of the removal of organs from live political prisoners, often without anesthetic. Some 10,000 political prisoners are reportedly killed each year, and at least one former worker is willing to testify to atrocities. The documentary, produced by Australia’s SBS Dateline, purports to show the gruesome details of the multi-billion dollar “organs-on-demand” transplant program, and how these Chinese hospitals remove organs from live patients, in some cases putting the people in incinerators before they had even died. The filmmaker, Leon Lee, in an interview with Australia’s, described...
  • The Atlantic pushes killing for organs

    03/25/2015 8:28:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/24/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    March 24, 2015 ( -- 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 rather than having to actually, you know, die first. From, “As They Lay Dying:” A more useful ethical standard could involve the idea of “imminent death.” Once a person with a terminal disease reaches a point when only extraordinary measures will delay death; when use (or...
  • Scientists Transplant Organs for Aborted Babies Into Rats for Future Harvest (Worse than Sodom)

    03/06/2015 2:34:48 PM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    CNS ^ | March 6, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Live Science reported in January on research being done by scientists at Ganogen, Inc., a biotech company in California, that transplants organs from aborted babies into lab rats with the goal of growing them for use in patients who need organ transplants. “Researchers say they have developed a new technique that will get more kidneys to people who need transplants, but the method is sure to be controversial: The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size,”...
  • Islamic State Accused Of 'Harvesting Organs'

    02/19/2015 2:57:29 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Sky News ^ | Wednesday 18 February 2015 12:23, UK, | Sky News
    A senior diplomat says IS is taking body parts to finance its operations, with bodies missing organs found in mass graves. Iraq's ambassador to the UN has asked it to look at claims Islamic State is harvesting human organs as a way of financing its terror campaign. Bodies with surgical incisions and missing kidneys, or other body parts, have been found in shallow mass graves over the past few weeks, Mohamed Alhakim told the media. "We have bodies. Come and examine them," he said. "It is clear they are missing certain parts." A dozen doctors had been "executed" in Mosul...
  • ISIS harvests organs to fund terror: Iraqi ambassador

    02/18/2015 8:50:45 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies
    NY POST ^ | February 18,2015 | FOX
    A top Iraqi diplomat told world leaders that ISIS is harvesting the organs of its victims to fund its murderous operations, the latest charge of barbarity in a list that already includes mass beheadings, burning people alive, crucifying children and throwing people off buildings. The shocking new claim was presented by the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, who said bodies have turned up in mass graves bearing surgical incisions and missing organs such as kidneys. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim leveled the charge as he asked the Security Council to investigate whether ISIS is harvesting and selling the organs of those...
  • When Bioethics Has No Ethics: Pushing Medical Futility and Requiring Organ Donation

    12/24/2014 7:21:01 AM PST · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/24/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Julian Savulescu represents all that I find so objectionable about the mainstream bioethics movement.Rejecting the sanctity/equality of human life, utilitarian in outlook, embracing a eugenics point-of-view, the Oxford professor–what does that tell you?–would lead society in a way opposed by most of the very people bioethics claims to serve.Savulescu ”gets” that the field has not swept all before it–to which I would add, not for lack of trying. But he is clueless as to why.He writes that the alleged problem can be cured by somehow improving the “philosophy.” From, “Bioethics: Why Philosophy is Essential for Progress,” published in the radical...
  • Netherlands aims to increase organ donations by euthanasia victims

    11/25/2014 10:59:59 AM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/25/14 | Jeanne Smits
    Specialists from several Dutch medical schools have prepared a document that is to serve as official guidelines for organ donation after euthanasia, and aims to facilitate the procedure. Doctors expect the legal framework to step up the number of organ donations, which up to now have been few and far between: 6 cases in 16 years, less than in neighboring Belgium. It will help people who choose euthanasia to give a “meaning” to their death, the guidelines’ authors suggest.Up until now, organ donation after euthanasia has been a very marginal practice for several reasons, the first being that killing of...
  • Organs removed from young woman against family's wishes

    11/23/2014 9:49:01 AM PST · by Shimmer1 · 80 replies ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    The organ donation process has been completed for the young woman whose family was fighting against it. According to family members of 26-year-old Martha Perez, her organs were removed on Friday against their wishes. Fox 4 spoke to the family before the removal and they said the third woman confirmed dead of injuries sustained in an Arlington wreck involving a suspected drunk driver was technically still alive. more.....
  • Medical Journal Pushes Killing Patients for Their Organs

    10/08/2014 12:49:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/8/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    To donate vital organs, a donor must be dead. Tough this is known as the “dead donor rule,” I have been warning that utilitarian bioethicists and transplant medical professionals want to shatter the DDR to permit killing living living profoundly cognitively disabled patients for their organs.Now, we see what appears to me to be a push poll type question in a study measuring popular support for such a change in the law.A push poll seeks to obtain a desired answer by the way the question is framed. Here is the question from “Abandoning the Dead Donor Rule?” in the Journal...
  • Want To Murder Someone? Pennsylvania’s About To Make It Easier

    09/17/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-17-2014 | Dick Teresi
    Pennsylvania legislators are poised to pass into law an organ-transplant-donation bill that will make it easier for murderers to avoid detection and prosecution. Two bills, almost identical, Senate Bill 850 (SB 850) and House Bill 30 (HB 30), according to its many bipartisan sponsors, will greatly increase the number of organ donors. There are currently 121,000 people on the national waitlist for organ transplants, and laws to increase the organ supply are perennially popular in many states. Those opposing such laws are commonly accused of condemning to death people on the waitlist. Law enforcement officials, however, are taking exception to...
  • Activist Exposes Brandeis University Anti-Israel Faculty Listserv

    07/16/2014 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/15/2014 | Chloé Valdary
    One may have believed that the revocation of an esteemed award from human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali by Brandeis University was the lowest level the school could stoop in kowtowing to fascist, racist influences among Brandeis faculty. Yet one would be wrong. In an all-new bombshell uncovered by Brandeis student Daniel Mael, an entire listserv used by Brandeis professors and teachers has been leaked to the public. This email list, entitled “Concerned” contains several exchanges between professors bashing conservatives, Jews, Christians, and anyone who views America as a force for good in this world.Donald Hindley, professor of comparative politics...
  • Thinking He Was Brain Dead Family Was Set to Give Away His Organs, Then He Held Up Two Fingers

    05/16/2014 2:04:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Life News ^ | May 16, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews has repeatedly profiled cases where doctors may too quickly began cutting up patients who are not really dead to begin harvesting their organs for donations.These kinds of cases have happened before, as supposedly “brain dead” patients have come back to life just before having their vital organs taken from them after prematurely being declared dead. Although there is nothing morally wrong with organ donations — in fact, it’s arguably a very pro-life action to take — these kinds of stories ought to remind organ donors (and any patient and their family) that doctors are too quickly declaring patients dead...
  • One in five ‘brain dead’ patients still alive, claims lawsuit

    01/03/2014 6:34:06 PM PST · by Marie · 64 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10/01/2012 | Hilary White
    At least one in five patients declared brain dead and approved as organ donors by one organ donation organization, are in fact still alive and are being killed by the removal of vital organs, a lawsuit filed last week in Manhattan alleges. The suit outlines the ghoulish worst-case scenario, one that was widely dismissed as scaremongering in the early days of the development of organ transplant technology, but which is getting a second hearing amidst growing concerns that coercion and abuse are becoming increasingly common in the highly lucrative transplant business. Patrick McMahon, a nurse practitioner and Air Force combat...
  • Officials Discover Child Trafficked From Somalia to UK to Harvest Her Organs

    10/20/2013 3:27:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | October 20, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    The first case of a child smuggled into the UK to be organ harvested has been uncovered. From the Telegraph story: The first case of a child being trafficked to Britain in order to have their organs harvested has been uncovered. The unnamed girl was brought to the UK from Somalia with the intention of removing her organs and selling them on to those desperate for a transplant.Child protection charities warned that the case was unlikely to be an isolated incident as traffickers were likely to have smuggled a group of children into the country. The buyers should be asked:...
  • Which Organs Can I Live Without, And How Much Cash Can I Get For Them?

    08/31/2013 8:32:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Polular Science ^ | Aygyst 29, 2013 | Bjorn Carey
    First, a disclaimer: Selling your organs is illegal in the United States. It’s also very dangerous. Handing off an organ is risky enough when done in a top hospital, even more so if you’re doing it for cash in a back alley. No, really: Don’t do this. OK? OK. There are many organs one can theoretically do without, or for which there’s a backup. Most folks can spare a kidney, a portion of their liver, a lung, some intestines, and an eyeball, and still live a long life. That said, donating a lung, a piece of liver or a section...
  • Babies born alive after abortions, part 2: medical workers testify

    04/11/2013 6:06:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Live action ^ | Sarah Terzo
    When a Planned Parenthood representative testified against a Florida bill that deals with babies born alive during botched abortions, pro-choice activists claimed that this scenario never happens. However, live births due to botched abortions have been occurring ever since abortion was made legal. A number of clinic workers, doctors, and former abortionists have broken the silence and talked about these children who were denied medical care after being born alive. Clinic Workers Describe Babies Born Alive Pro-choice author Linda Bird Francke interviewed women who had had abortions and clinic workers for her book The Ambivalence of Abortion. She quotes one...
  • Ethicist’s Stunning Challenge: Why Wait Until a Patient Is Dead to Harvest Organs?

    04/09/2013 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/9/13 | Liz Klimas
    We’ve seen ethicists discussing the controversial topic of time of death and organ donation before. Now, another ethicist is discussing the “moral insignificance of death” when it comes to organ donation in the latest issue of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. As pointed out by BioEdge, Walter Glannon, a Canada Research Chair in Medical Bioethics and Ethical Theory and professor at the University of Calgary, is among the many ethicists that have begun questioning whether it’s necessary to wait until death before harvesting organs, especially in light of recent shortages. Glannon’s abstract states (the full article is available for purchase)...
  • Scientists Want to Scavenge Aborted Fetal Eggs for IVF Treatment

    04/02/2013 5:13:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    life news ^ | Wesley J. Smith
    Scientists are keeping aborted fetal ovaries alive in order to scavenge their eggs. From the Daily News story: Scientists are ready to plunder the ovaries of aborted babies for eggs to use in IVF treatment. Experiments have taken the process almost to completion, it emerged yesterday. They raise the nightmare prospect of a child whose biological mother has never been born. The news, from a scientific conference in Madrid, was greeted with widespread revulsion at how far science is testing ethical frontiers. Experts warned of appalling emotional and biological problems. But fertility doctors say the development could ease a worldwide...
  • Critical organ donation warnings and guidance in new pamphlet: “Do not do an Apnea test!”

    04/27/2012 4:08:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/26/12 | Steve Jalsevac
    April 26, 2012 ( - Dr. Paul Byrne has been on a personal mission for many years to warn the public about the alarming facts and dangers of the $20 billion dollar-a-year organ transplant industry.  At the International Conference for Life in Vatican City February 25, Byrne and other distinguished speakers, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, addressed serious concerns regarding so-called “brain death”, the apnea test and organ transplantation. Dr. Bryne also introduced a new 29-page booklet produced by his Life Guardian Foundation containing crucial information to assist the public in making informed decisions about organ donation. The new Life Guardian...
  • Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs...

    04/26/2012 6:52:49 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 102 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    ...boy recovers completely Although a team of four physicians insisted that his son was “brain-dead” following the wreck, Thorpe’s father enlisted the help of a general practitioner and a neurologist, who demonstrated that his son still had brain wave activity. The doctors agreed to bring him out of the coma, and five weeks later Thorpe left the hospital, having almost completely recovered.
  • Bill to Allow Organ Farming from Unconscious Patients!

    02/24/2012 4:10:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    First Things ^ | February 23, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
  • British doctors endorse radical solutions to organ shortage

    02/19/2012 12:27:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 54 replies · 1+ views
    BioEdge ^ | 2/18/12 | Michael Cook
    Some of the most controversial methods of obtaining organs have been endorsed by the British Medical Association in a report released this week. “Building on Progress: what next for organ donation policy in the UK?” laments “the fact that… people are still dying unnecessarily because of a lack of organs”. Among the measures it proposes are: Elective ventilation: keeping patients alive solely so they can become organ donors, Retrieving hearts from newborn disabled babies, Using body parts from high-risk donors including the elderly, people with cancer, drug users and people with high-risk sexual behaviour. making donation after cardiac death a...
  • Wesley J. Smith: The killing-for-organs pushers

    02/11/2012 2:39:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/10/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    If you want to see where our culture may next go off the rails, read professional journals. There, in often eye-crossing and passive arcane prose of the medical intelligentsia, you will discover an astonishing level of antipathy to the sanctity of human life — to the point now that some advocate killing the profoundly disabled for their organs.Case in point: “What Makes Killing Wrong?” an article published in the January 19, 2012 edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics. The authors argue that death and total disability are morally indistinguishable, and therefore harvesting organs from living disabled patients is not...
  • Simply abandon the ‘norm against killing’ to solve organ transplant problem: leading US bioethicists

    02/08/2012 4:53:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/8/12 | Hilary White
    February 8, 2012 ( – The conundrum faced by the organ transplant industry, that the removal of vital organs kills the “donor,” can be “easily obviated by abandoning the norm against killing,” two leading U.S. bioethicists have said. In an article titled, “What Makes Killing Wrong?” appearing in last month’s Journal of Medical Ethics, the authors have moved the argument forward by admitting that the practice of vital organ donation ignores “traditional” medical ethics. “Traditional medical ethics embraces the norm that doctors … must not kill their patients. This norm is often seen as absolute and universal. In contrast, we...
  • The Xinjiang Procedure

    12/24/2011 8:58:37 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Dec. 5, 2011 | Ethan Gutmann
    To figure out what is taking place today in a closed society such as northwest China, sometimes you have to go back a decade, sometimes more. One clue might be found on a hilltop near southern Guangzhou, on a partly cloudy autumn day in 1991. A small medical team and a young doctor starting a practice in internal medicine had driven up from Sun Yat-sen Medical University in a van modified for surgery. Pulling in on bulldozed earth, they found a small fleet of similar vehicles—clean, white, with smoked glass windows and prominent red crosses on the side. The police...
  • 21-Year-Old Man Wakes From Coma Before Doctors Take Organs

    12/22/2011 11:11:04 AM PST · by julieee · 59 replies ^ | December 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    21-Year-Old Man Wakes From Coma Before Doctors Take Organs Tucson, AZ -- A 21-year-old man has awaken from a coma just hours before doctors were ready to shut off life support and take his organs for donation purposes.
  • Killing For Organs

    11/13/2011 11:54:16 AM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/11 | Dr. Mark P. Mostert
    There is little doubt that successful organ transplants make miracles out of miserable lives. Quality of life increases and patients are able to return to a fairly normal life. A parent survives to see kids get married. A child is gifted with a bright disease-free future. A sibling receives an organ from a brother or a sister. When it all works properly the feel-good stories are hard to miss. However, there are many other stories that end in loss as significant numbers of people on donor lists die before a match is found or before they have moved up the...
  • Shock: requiring death before organ donation is unnecessary, say experts

    11/05/2011 1:24:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 64 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/3/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    TORONTO, November 1, 2011 ( – Because organ donors are often alive when their organs are harvested, the medical community should not require donors to be declared dead, but instead adopt more “honest” moral criteria that allow the harvesting of organs from “dying” or “severely injured” patients, with proper consent, three leading experts have argued. This approach, they say, would avoid the “pseudo-objective” claim that a donor is “really dead,” which is often based upon purely ideological definitions of death designed to expand the organ donor pool, and would allow organ harvesters to be more honest with the public, as...
  • ‘Brain dead’ Quebec woman wakes up after family refuses organ donation

    07/07/2011 3:55:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/7/11 | Rebecca Millette
    DROMMONDVILLE, Quebec, July 5, 2011 ( – Last week, Madeleine Gauron, a Quebec woman identified as viable for organ donation after doctors diagnosed her as “brain dead,” surprised her family and physicians when she recovered from a coma, opened her eyes, and began eating. The 76-year-old woman was hospitalized at the Hospital Sainte Croix de Drummondville for an inflammation of the gums, which required a brief operation.  During her recovery, hospital staff gave the elderly woman solid food, which she had been unable to consume in her family home for some time, and left her unattended.  Choking on the food,...
  • Wesley J. Smith: At the Bottom of the Slippery Slope - Where euthanasia meets organ harvesting

    06/26/2011 11:31:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/4/11 | Wesley J. Smith
    In 1992, my friend Frances committed suicide on her 76th birthday. Frances was not terminally ill. She had been diagnosed with treatable leukemia and needed a hip replacement. Mostly, though, she was depressed by family issues and profoundly disappointed at where her life had taken her.Something seemed very off to me about Frances’s suicide. So I asked the executor of her estate to send me the “suicide file” kept by the quintessentially organized Frances and was horrified to learn from it that she had been an avid reader of the (now defunct) Hemlock Quarterly, published by the aptly named Hemlock...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Belgian Doctors Boast of Harvesting Organs After Euthanasia

    06/12/2011 11:14:06 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    First Things/Seconhand Smoke ^ | 6/10/11 | Wesley J. Smith
    I can think of few things that would undermine universal human equality than for society to think that killing despairing people with serious illnesses or disabilities could be a splendid means of incresasing the supply of transplant organs. I warned about this likelihood in my very first foray into anti euthanasia activists in Newsweek, June 28, 1993. From, “The Whispers of Strangers:” Of greater concern to me is the moral trickledown effect that could result should society ever come to agree with Frances. Life is action and reaction, the proverbial pebble thrown into the pond. We don’t get to the...
  • Wesley J. Smith: No Longer Science Fiction (Euthanasia and Organ Harvesting)

    04/03/2011 9:53:43 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies
    To The Source ^ | 3/30/11 | Wesley J. Smith
    When Jack Kevorkian advocated harvesting organs from assisted suicide victims in his 1991 book Prescription Medicide, people were appalled.  What could be more dangerous than giving depressed people with severe disabilities the idea that their deaths would have greater societal value than their lives?  Then, when he actually acted on his beliefs, stripping the kidneys of Joseph Tushkowski, a quadriplegic ex police officer Kevorkian assisted in suicide, offering them at a press conference, “first come, first served,” people were stunned.  Who could be so ghoulish? Article Link However, Kevorkian’s macabre notion had turned a key in the deadbolt.  The idea...
  • Belgian Doctors Harvesting Organs From Disabled Euthanasia Donors

    01/26/2011 3:17:11 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    First Things ^ | January 26, 2011 | Wesley J. Smith
    Back when I first got into this line of work, I wrote a piece for Newsweek about the dangers of euthanasia consciousness. I was a naif at the time. I had no idea how insidiously seductive the culture of death could be nor how deeply it had already seeped into the culture of the West. Since then, the darkness has spread like a stain.But even then, in my innocence, I was prophetic. Here’s a key paragraph from my first anti-euthanasia piece, “The Whispers of Strangers,” published on June 28, 1993: Of greater concern to me is the moral trickledown...
  • Amorality of US Kosovo Policy: Friends with the Snake

    12/29/2010 8:48:06 AM PST · by montyspython · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | Dec 28, 2010 | Vojin Joksimovich
    Amorality of US Kosovo Policy: Friends with the Snake Dec 28, 2010 By Vojin Joksimovich | No amount of human rights violations against the Serbs; no amount of dead Serbs nor any amount of Serbs whose organs are gruesomely extracted by the Kosovo Albanian KLA terrorists is sufficient for Washington to at least re-examine its wrong policy in the Balkans. On April 17, 2008 I published article titled Bankruptcy of Moral Values: Butchering of Serbs Condoned by the West. It was written in response to the revelations in Carla Del Ponte’s book translated into English as Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with...
  • City to Deploy Ambulances to Save Organs

    12/01/2010 11:21:37 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    Some 911 calls in Manhattan will now bring out two ambulances, one hurrying to the scene and one lagging slightly behind. The first one will try to save the patient’s life. The second one will try to save the patient’s kidneys, in case the first ambulance fails. After months of grappling with the ethical and legal implications, New York City medical officials are beginning to test a system that they hope will one day greatly increase the number of organs collected for transplant. For five months starting Wednesday, the city will deploy a specially trained team that will monitor 911...
  • The Card to Protect You from “Presumed Consent” Organ Harvesting

    10/23/2010 1:24:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/22/10 | Patrick B. Craine
    October 19, 2010 ( – As the push for organ harvesting gets increasingly aggressive, and more and more cases of abuse by transplant teams surface, one pro-life leader has developed a card to ensure doctors respect one’s wish to live a natural lifespan.“The card documents that they want to live as long as God gives them,” said Dr. Paul Byrne of the Life Guardian Foundation, who is a pioneer in the field of neonatology and a leading opponent of the notion of “brain death,” which is often used as the point where doctors can begin harvesting organs from dying...
  • Stop Harvesting Organs after ‘Cardiac Death,’ Say MDs

    09/16/2010 4:07:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/15/10 | Patrick B. Craine
    CALGARY, Alberta, September 15, 2010 ( - A group of doctors have called on the medical community to cease harvesting organs from patients whose hearts have stopped pulsating, saying that doctors are misleading families to believe that the patient has died when in fact their loved one is still alive.The story was featured Wednesday on the cover of Canada's National Post. “A longstanding tenet of ethical organ donation [is] that the nonliving donor must be irreversibly dead at the time of donation,” explain the eight paediatric intensive care specialists, writing in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.The doctors say that the...
  • Presumed Consent: Waiting Lists Pressure Organ Donation Before Patients Die

    06/16/2010 4:02:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 451+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/16/10 | Jennifer Lahl Note: Jennifer Lahl is the founder and national director of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. She has a BSN and worked for 15 years in pediatric nursing, specifically pediatric critical care, pediatric trauma, and transport nursing. She received her B.S. in Nursing from California State University at Fullerton and her M. A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University. Since organ donation became the recommended treatment of choice for many patients with end-stage organ failure, the controversy over the number of available organs for transplant and the solutions to addressing the shortage of much needed organs for those...
  • Human-animal hybrids in life vs. death struggle Science-fiction fantasy becomes reality in labs

    06/03/2010 11:28:30 AM PDT · by TaraP · 18 replies · 593+ views
    WND ^ | May 2thth, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling
    In what may seem more like a Hollywood science-fiction plot, as in the forthcoming movie "Splice," lawmakers are trying to prevent scientists from combining human and animal embryos to make "human-animal hybrids." In "Splice," two scientists defy ethical boundaries and splice together human and animal DNA to create a new organism, also known as a chimera.
  • "Organ Donation Euthanasia": A Dangerous Proposal

    05/30/2010 1:23:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies · 617+ views
    Culture of Life Foundation ^ | 5/27/10 | E. Christian Brugger, D.Phil.
    Should we adopt euthanasia to maximize our supply of available organs for transplantation? For several decades transplant medicine has suffered from a critical shortfall in the supply of organs needed for patients with organ failure.  As a result thousands of patients die each year on waiting lists.  Presently there are over 100,000 patients awaiting donor organs in the U.S.; in 2007 alone, 18 patients per day died waiting for deceased donor organs.  The problem has given rise to significant milestones in end-of-life medicine.  For example, the shift in the 1960s from diagnosing human death in terms of the cessation of...

    05/12/2010 4:55:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies · 820+ views
    ABSTRACT There are not enough solid organs available to meet the needs of patients with organ failure. Thousands of patients every year die on the waiting lists for transplantation. Yet there is one currently available, underutilized, potential source of organs. Many patients die in intensive care following withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment whose organs could be used to save the lives of others. At present the majority of these organs go to waste. In this paper we consider and evaluate a range of ways to improve the number and quality of organs available from this group of patients. Changes to consent...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Euthanizing Patients for Organs Advocated in "Bioethics"

    05/08/2010 1:01:09 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 273+ views
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 5/8/10 | Wesley J. Smith
    This isn’t the first time that coupling assisted suicide/euthanasia has been suggested as a potential concept, but it may be the first time it has been actively advocated.  Oxford bioethicists Julian Savulescu–for whom virtually anything goes–writing with Dominic Wilkinson argue that euthanasia coupled with organ harvesting would be a splendid way to obtain more kidneys, livers, and hearts. From “Should We Allow Organ Donation Euthanasia?” published in Bioethics (citations omitted): It is permissible to withdraw life support from a patient with extremely poor prognosis, in the knowledge that this will certainly lead to their death, even if it would be...
  • Killing for Organs: Taking Neurologically Devastated Patients' Kidneys Before Death

    04/10/2010 12:47:46 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 525+ views
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 4/10/10 | Wesley J. Smith
    As I have repeatedly reported here and elsewhere, some bioethicists and others in the transplant community seek permission to harvest patients’ organs before they are dead.  The latest example is in the Winter 2010 edition of Lahey Clinical Journal of Medical Ethics, in which Brown University transplant surgeon, Dr. Paul Morrissey, argues that to obtain more usable kidneys, organs should be taken from neurologically devastated patients without first withdrawing life support and waiting for death by cardiac arrest.  From the article “Kidney Donation From Brain-Injured Patients Before a Declaration of Death:” My proposed model uncouples organ donation from the...
  • Repost: Cass Sunstein Advocates for Removal of People's Organs Without Explicit Consent

    03/19/2010 12:53:19 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 47 replies · 937+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | September 4, 2009 | Adam Bitely
    Oldie but goodie from 9/4/09 For the last couple of weeks we have been blasting Cass Sunstein on this blog. Many of you have also picked up the sword and begun fighting this Obama appointment as well. Now, we need to really stand up. The Senate will be coming back into session next week and Harry Reid has already mentioned that he wants to make confirming Sunstein one of his first priorities. We CANNOT let this happen. Check out this story today on Sunstein from Matt Cover at CNS News. If this doesn't make you pick up a phone and...
  • The Future's Shadow (Obama's Organ Harvesting Plan)

    03/18/2010 8:03:30 PM PDT · by This Just In · 25 replies · 1,197+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | March 18, 2010 | George Neumayr
    The Future's Shadow By George Neumayr on 3.18.10 @ 6:09AM Often the politicians who talk about health care the most believe in the Hippocratic Oath the least. Barack Obama falls into this category. He promises that his health care plan will protect the weak and vulnerable. This would be a little bit more credible if his policies weren't already killing and exploiting them. He considers aborting unborn children "health care," has authorized the use of tax dollars for the exploitation of embryos in lab experiments, and his Department of Health and Human Services is now pushing the grotesque practice of...
  • Illinois Considers 'Presumed Consent' Organ Harvesting Bill

    03/04/2010 3:35:02 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 1,082+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/4/10 | Kathleen Gilbert
    PEORIA, Illinois, March 4, 2010 ( - An Illinois senator is pushing legislation that would allow doctors to harvest organs from citizens who have not explicitly given consent for the procedure.The Journal Star reported Monday that a hearing was scheduled this week for Sen. Dale Risinger's bill that would establish a "presumed consent" policy governing organ donation for individuals 18 and older. "This is an important first step to getting a law in Illinois that helps us have more organ donors," said Risinger, a Republican. Risinger said he was open to public input suggesting revisions to the bill, and...
  • Albania urged not to obstruct organ-farming probe

    02/25/2010 11:53:12 AM PST · by montyspython · 23 replies · 422+ views
    Irish Times ^ | February 25, 2010 | DANIEL McLAUGHLIN
    A UN official has urged Albania to stop hampering efforts to investigate claims that hundreds of Serbs were tortured and murdered for their organs in the country during the Kosovo war. Belgrade says the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) abducted up to 500 Serb civilians and took them to neighbouring Albania for organ removal during the 1998-9 conflict with Slobodan Milosevic’s forces. The allegations were first made public in a memoir by Carla Del Ponte, the former chief UN war crimes prosecutor, who said her office had received information about a possible Albanian trafficking network selling human organs abroad for transplanting....
  • Israeli army admits stealing organs

    12/21/2009 4:06:13 AM PST · by myknowledge · 18 replies · 1,348+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 21, 2009 | Mark Lavie
    ISRAEL has admitted that in the 1990s, its forensic pathologists harvested organs from dead bodies, including Palestinians, without their families' permission. The issue emerged with publication of an interview with the then-head of Israel's Abu Kabir forensic institute, Jehuda Hiss. The interview was conducted in 2000 by an American academic, who released it because of a huge controversy last summer over an allegation by a Swedish newspaper that Israel was killing Palestinians to harvest their organs. Israel hotly denied the charge. Parts of the interview were broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 TV over the weekend. In it, Hiss said: "We...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Medical-Bioethical Elite Seek License to Kill for Body Organs

    10/11/2009 10:51:26 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 1,035+ views
    CNS News ^ | 10/7/09 | Wesley J. Smith
    Oh-oh: Here they come. For years, organ transplant ethicists and some in the bioethics community have agitated to increase the supply of donated organs. There is nothing wrong with that in the abstract, of course. Increasing the supply would alleviate much human suffering and is devoutly to be wished.  But therein lurks a great danger. Increasing supply is a worthy goal only so long as the organs are obtained ethically. But there is a growing chorus among the medical and bioethical intelligentsia to obtain more organs by harvesting living patients. Yes, some of our most influential voices now seek a license to...
  • Wesley J. Smith: They Really, Really Want To Kill For Organs

    10/03/2009 2:12:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 905+ views
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 10/3/09 | Wesley J. Smith
    I reported the other day that Nature editorialized in favor of loosening the rules to allow living patients to be killed for their organs (more about which, soon). And now, we see more advocacy for lethal medicine in The Journal of Medical Ethics, an international publication.  From the article by Dr. F.G. Miller  (No link, here’s the abstract): Revisiting the still-provocative essays of Jonas on brain death and organ donation helps in mapping present and future ethical and policy options. Four options seem most salient. First, we can follow the lead of Jonas by adopting a stance of deontological...