Anencephalic Donors: Separate the Dead From the Dying
Capron, Alexander Morgan
Hastings Center Report. 1987 Feb; 17(1): 5-9.
Proposals to use organs from anencephalic infants to meet the growing need for transplantable organs are well-meaning but misguided. It would be unwise to amend the Uniform Determination of Death Act to classify anencephalics as "dead." They are in the same situation as other patients (such as the permanently comatose). Likewise, amending the Anatomical Gift Act to permit organs to be removed from anencephalics would be unjust, would set a bad precedent, and would likely reduce overall success in this field.
Anencephaly; Brain; Brain Death; Brain Pathology; Congenital Disorders; Death; Determination of Death; Diagnosis; Donors; Government; Infants; Legislation; Moral Policy; Newborns; Organ Donation; Organ Transplantation; Patients; Personhood; Public Policy; Risks and Benefits; Scarcity; State Government; Terminally Ill; Tissue Donation; Transplantation; Wedge Argument;
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Capron, Alexander Morgan (1987-02)
Critical Issues Debates: Intervention for Infants With Fatal Heart Disease, Xenografting, and Brain Death Criteria for Anencephalic Infants. Debate III: Resolved: Brain Death Criteria Must Be Revised So That Society Can Readily Benefit From Families Who Offer Their Anencephalic Infants as Organ Donors (Debate 3 of 3) Girvin, John; Capron, Alexander Morgan; Press, Bill (1993-11)
Critical Issues Debates: Intervention for Infants With Fatal Heart Disease, Xenografting, and Brain Death Criteria for Anencephalic Infants. Debate III Girvin, John; Capron, Alexander Morgan (1993-11)