Euthanasia and Organ Harvesting: The Commercialization of Human Beings

December 26, 2019

While many countries have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide, many doctors are calling for the harvesting the organs from people who want to kill themselves, further undermining the value of human life.

The expression comes from across the Atlantic and has an altruistic accent: “death by donation.” This is actually the last monstrosity developed to encourage euthanasia.

The Zenit agency published, on December 6, 2019, a contribution by Professor Justo Aznar, of the Catholic University of Valencia, warning against a practice that many British doctors would like to see generalized in order to compensate for the lack of organ donors.

Already, in countries where assisted suicide has tended to become commonplace, the “gift of imminent death” is appearing. This procedure is as follows: when a patient suffering from a terminal pathology must be euthanized, the organ harvesting takes place immediately after the act of killing.

As if that were not enough, many practitioners, says Professor Aznar, citing an article “both disturbing and interesting” published in the English language journal Intensive Care Medicine, are considering “death by donation.”

It is no longer a question of the sick, but of people considered to be in good health who nevertheless wish to end their lives due to infirmity or great mental suffering. The act of suicide will coincide with the removal of vital organs for later transplantation.

We see all the possible downward slide looming, in particular that of the commercialization of the human being: bargaining, which is already an object of concern within the framework of the transplant industry, risks becoming a parallel reason in the desire for suicide, even a motivation which could push poor families to encourage suicide. There is nothing utopian about this hypothesis.

“It is certainly another step in the mad race against respect for human life, because death by donation, like euthanasia, is nothing more than homicide,” concludes Justo Aznar. The professor recalls that, according to the New England Journal Medicine, of the 3,882 deaths by euthanasia perpetuated in the Netherlands and in Belgium in 2013, 1,047 (27%) were practiced without the patient requesting it, and therefore without his consent - talk about premeditated murder.