Oxford bioethicists Julian Savulescu - for whome virtually anything goes- writing with Dominic Wilkinson argues, that euthanasia coupled with organ harvesting, would be a splendid way to obtain more livers, kidneys and hearts. This article was published in Bioethics titled "Should We Allow Organ Donation Euthanasia?"
Wesley J Smith has a theory, "If you are a bioethicist - the more brutal your ideas, the more denigrating of human exceptionalism you become, the more crassly utilitarian direction in which your advocacy flows - the more prestigious the university that will give you a tenure chair and a big salary, and the more likely you are to get the big grants. "Think Peter Singer and personhood theory/infanticide/Great Ape Project in Princeton and, as here, Julian Savulescu and Oxford. "Interestingly, both are Australian, so perhaps a pleasing accent is part of the mix. "In any even the article only supports my theory, but proves another point I often make - if you want to see what is going to go wrong in society tomorrow, just read the professional journals' articles published today."
In the article, the authors say "If we believe that we should not remove organs from patients who are still alive, even where they have consented to this, and would otherwise die anyway, then one alternative would be to euthanize the donor and retrieve organs, after cardiac death had been declared. "This would already be a theoretical option in countries where euthanasia is permitted. Organ donation after cardiac euthanasia has been described in a patient in Belgium. Organ donors could be given large doses of sedative, and cardioplegic agents (to stop the heart). Again, this would reduce the risk of patient suffering after withdrawal of life sustaining treatment, and make organ donation possible for some patients, who would otherwise not be able to donate."
Wow! A slipper slope indeed. I wonder when it will come to the United States. After all, euthanasia is legal in 4 states.