Wesley J. Smith: Pushing Euthanasia with Organ Harvesting


(The Corner) – Back in 1993, I warned in my first anti-euthanasia column, published in Newsweek, that once killing became accepted as a solution to human suffering, eventually it would lead to conjoining the death procedure with organ harvesting “as a plum to society.”

“Alarmist!” my critics cried. “Slippery slope” purveyor, they sniffed.

No. Prescient. In Netherlands and Belgium, conjoining euthanasia and organ harvesting is now a fact on the ground–just as I warned against–and there is talk of permitting that same approach in Canada.

One of the most alarming aspects of this radical change in transplant ethics has been the shrugging silence from professional transplant organizations. Now, the idea of conjoined killing and harvesting is being presented positively in the media as a splendid way of ending the organ shortage. CONTINUE