Sunday, February 12, 2012

Increasing: Calls To Kill The Disabled For Their Organs

We’re seeing this more and more – so-called “experts” and “bioethicists” starting to say it’s OK to kill people for their organs, beginning with the disabled.
Let’s Kill Betty for her Organs
It is written in oh so politically correct language, but it should set off alarm bells. A US government appointed ethicist at the National Institutes of Health just wrote an article in the British Medical Journal proposing the handicapped should be killed for organ donations.
What makes an act of killing morally wrong is not that the act causes loss of life or consciousness but rather that the act causes loss of all remaining abilities. This account implies that it is not even pro tanto morally wrong to kill patients who are universally and irreversibly disabled, because they have no abilities to lose. Applied to vital organ transplantation, this account undermines the dead donor rule and shows how current practices are compatible with morality.
Got that? The article explains that since disability is worse than death, so why worry if you kill a theoretical lady named Betty. more

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