Fetal Harvest

Anencephalic Babies Are Now "Wanted"—For Their Organs

Every so often, a proposal is run up the proverbial flagpole that is so outrageous that one is dumbfounded that such an idea could seriously be suggested. A recent proposal out of the UK is one such idea, leaving the reader—to use a term familiar to Brits—"gobsmacked."

The context is the perennial shortage of donor organs, particularly for children. Over 7,000 adults and children are on waiting lists for organs in the UK,1 while in the U.S., over 2,000 children alone are waiting for organs.2 Last year, at least 42 infants were on the waiting list for a heart, an organ in rare supply because the donor must also be a child for the heart to fit. Yet, in the past two...

 

is the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in Deerfield, Illinois.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #37, Summer 2016 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo37/fetal-harvest

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