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Miller believes the scientific community would view anencephalics as dead at birth because they have no brain waves or any form of consciousness.
Vail Miller's Argument for Permitting Anencephalic Organ Donation
Many parents of anencephalic infants want their children's brief lives to have meaning, but their desire to permit organ donation is met with legal roadblocks, sometimes including lawsuits by private groups.
Hanger, The Legal, Ethical and Medical Objections to Harvesting Organs from Anencephalic Infants, 5 HEALTH MATRIX 347, 356-57 (1995) (arguing that harvesting organs from anencephalic infants would harm the ethical integrity of the medical profession).
Because anencephalics are born without any upper brain, a narrow exception to the dead donor rule could be written without also extending the exception to persons in persistent vegetative states or other conditions of consciousness who were born with an upper brain and were once competent.
Do make sure that you write out your complaint in your very best handwriting so that the vast regiments of unfortunates who receive your letter can all read what you have to say and realise what an anencephalic onanist you are.
91 (1994) (entitling an anencephalic infant to medical treatment); In re T.
Thus, it came as a stunning surprise to many when, at the meeting of the AMA's House of Delegates this past June, the council submitted a new opinion setting forth three conditions for using anencephalics as organ donors "although still alive": independently confirmed diagnosis, parental consent, and compliance with the AMA's other guidelines for transplantation.
Using transplanted organs from doomed anencephalics to save other infants lives was, some said, against Kantian ethics.
Pathologic Findings in a Prospectively Collected Series of Anencephalics," American Journal of Medical Genetics 26:4 (1987), 797-810.
About 95 percent of all anencephalics screened have been detected in this way, and around 95 percent of the detected anencephalics have been electively aborted.
Harrison, "Primates and Anencephalics as Sources for Pediatric Organ Transplant: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues," Fetal Therapy 1 (1986), 150-64.
Subsequent deliberations focused on a pair of position papers: one by Shake Ketefian, which defended the use of anencephalics as sources of organs; the other by Eugene Grochowski, which opposed it.
On the other hand, physicians are acknowledging uncertainty about what will happen if anencephalics are maintained on life support and given palliative care.
The story of another anencephalic baby, Baby Theresa, has figured in some class discussions.
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