Body Discount

Assisted Suicide, Organ Donation & the Devaluing of the Human Person

Heather Ross could not hold her husband Bob's hand while he died because he was being prepped for surgery. His organs needed to be removed as close to the moment of death as possible to ensure the best outcome for their transplantation. Bob Blackwood was one of the first patients in Quebec to donate organs after medical aid in dying (MAID) was legalized in Canada in 2016.1

While more than 6,700 people have chosen to end their lives through medically assisted suicide in Canada in the past three years, only a tiny fraction, about 30, also chose to donate their organs. Most people do not qualify because of the nature of their disease. And most of those who do qualify would prefer to die at home.



has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #51, Winter 2019 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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