LEUVEN, Belgium, June 16, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A disturbing study conducted by Belgian doctors and reported on in the medical journal Applied Cardiopulmonary Pathology involved killing patients via euthanasia in a room next to the hospital’s operating theater, and then wheeling them next door and harvesting their organs immediately after being pronounced dead. The study found that lungs from those who die by euthanasia are more suitable for transplant surgery than lungs taken from accident victims.It all begins with contempt for human life. If a preborn baby can be regarded as a mere "blob of tissue", why not a terminally ill?
The report stated euthanized donors accounted for 23.5% of all cardiac death lung donors in Belgium.
Dr. Peter Saunders of Care Not Killing, a UK-based alliance of disability and human rights organizations, healthcare and palliative care groups, and faith-based organizations opposed to euthanasia, said he was shocked by the casual indifference of the report.
“I was amazed at how nonchalantly the issue was dealt with as if killing patients and then harvesting their organs was the most natural thing in the world,” he was quoted to say by The Telegraph.
“The matter of fact way the retrieval process is described in the paper is particularly chilling and shows the degree of collaboration that is necessary between the euthanasia team and the transplant surgeons – prep them for theatre next to the operating room, then kill them and wheel them in for organ retrieval. All in a day’s work in Brave New Belgium.
“Given that half of all euthanasia cases in Belgium are involuntary it must be only a matter of time before the organs are taken from patients who are euthanised without their consent.”
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Embryonic stem-cell research first and then comes the next logical step: