Here’s the latest: Euthanizing people who are very much alive by knocking them out and surgically removing whatever vital organs you have need of – hearts or livers, for instance.
It’s already happening in Canada. And the idea has long been discussed behind closed doors here in the U.S. But suddenly it’s being exposed to the light of day.
USA Today recently carried an op-ed by pulmonary and critical care physician E. Wesley Ely, according to a piece in World magazine. “How should society respond to the increasingly long list of people waiting for organs on a transplant list?” he asks. “You’ve no doubt heard of ‘black market’ organs in foreign countries, but are there other options that should be off the table?”
Death by organ donation would certainly seem to qualify as one of those verboten options, he concludes. Yet just the opposite is happening, Dr. Ely reports. “The idea of carrying out euthanasia by placing donors under general anesthesia and then surgically removing their vital organs while they are still alive is gaining frightening traction.”
So what do they put on the death certificate, do you suppose? "Cause of death: Organ removal"?
I suppose so. As I wrote a few years ago when I first got wind of this horrifying practice, “Leave it to modern scientists to use five words when one is perfectly sufficient.”
That word would, of course, be "murder."