I read a disturbing news story a day or so ago courtesy of Vox Day’s blog. Doctors in Belgium are using organs from patients who have been euthanized (I already have a problem with that part) as transplants organs for other patients. According to the article from the UK Daily Mail mentions that around 1/4 of all lung transplants come from “donors” who were killed by doctors in the hospital as well.
Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002, so this isn’t an overnight slide. It is apparent that the dreaded “slippery slope” isn’t a fallacy in this case. Doctors in Belgium are far more casual about this whole thing than doctors in other countries who aren’t euthanizing patients:
Dr Peter Saunders, of Care Not Killing, an umbrella group of more than 50 British medical, disability and religious charities opposed to euthanasia, said he was shocked by 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 said.‘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.