My very first anti-assisted suicide column in 1993 warned that it would lead to conjoining organ donation with euthanasia “as a plumb to society.”
That is happening now in Netherlands and Belgium–including of people with mental illnesses, no less. Now–very alarmingly–the United Network for Organ Sharing seems to be opening the door to letting those planning to commit assisted suicide become living organ donors before taking the lethal pills.
From its proposed changes to the ethics of living organ donation to allow the terminally ill to participate:
We recommends that individuals with certain fatal diseases be 230 allowed to donate their organs prior to an assisted suicide, but only in those U.S. states where physician 231 assisted suicide is legal and individuals meet the criteria for physician assisted suicide.