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Vail Miller's Argument for Permitting Anencephalic Organ Donation
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).
Several recent proposals to increase the supply of cadaveric organs would create exceptions to the dead donor rule to allow donation when the donor lacks an upper brain and will imminently die (anencephalic infants) or will be executed (death row prisoners). These proposals do not challenge the rule's core function of protecting persons against unwanted demise.
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.A.C.P., 609 So.
In a 26 June 1988 statement, the council - in response to resolutions adopted at the AMA's 1988 annual meeting on anencephalic infants as organ donors - reported that it would be inappropriate to use organs from these infants prior to their being declared dead based on the complete and irreversible cessation of all brain functions.
She was at another hotel in the same city covering an important meeting of transplantation specialists, and was just finishing a story on the dilemmas of anencephalic babies as organ donors that highlighted an infant friend of mine named Paul Holc.
Capron's claim that the permanently comatose are identical to anencephalics "on the relevant criteria" begs the question of which criteria are relevant: coma, biological activity, loss of integrating functions, or the social utility of various proposals.
Nevertheless, the commonly encountered contention that "anencephaly" is so well defined and so distinct from all other congenital brain malformations that misdiagnoses cannot occur and that organ-harvesting policies limited to "anencephalics" cannot possibly extend to other conditions, is simply false.
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.
It may soon be generally agreed that anencephalics cannot, if whole brain death criteria are used, be considered organ donors.
Anencephalic infants, babies born without a cerebral cortex who die within a few days of their birth, are a controversial source of organs.
The story of another anencephalic baby, Baby Theresa, has figured in some class discussions.
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