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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.
Indeed, transplant physicians might refuse to retrieve or use organs from anencephalics to prevent erosion of public trust in the organ donation and transplant system.
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.
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.
Not a few ethicists, some sporting legal credentials, jumped at the anencephalic issue, and like the proverbial horseman, went riding off in all directions.
Pathologic Findings in a Prospectively Collected Series of Anencephalics," American Journal of Medical Genetics 26:4 (1987), 797-810.
Organs from Anencephalic Infants: An Idea Whose Time Has Not Yet Come
The number of anencephalic aborted would probably diminish somewhat if their use as organ sources were to become widely accepted and routinely practiced, given that a fair amount of the impetus toward this in the last year seems to have come as much from parents of anencephalics as from transplant surgeons.
The proportion of anencephalics who are stillborn is difficult to determine from the literature, with estimates ranging from around half to as high as 90 percent.
Organ Prolongation in Anencephalic Infants: Ethical & Medical Issues
Today the most promising major pool for neonatal organs is anencephalic newborns.
On this third position, therefore, there are no intrinsic interests of anencephalics to be defended.
It may soon be generally agreed that anencephalics cannot, if whole brain death criteria are used, be considered organ donors.
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