Hastings Center Report. 1988 Oct/Nov; 18(5): 30-33.
No one faults the desire of parents to "redeem" the death of their anencephalic baby. But, it is a profound misreading of what it is that gives life meaning, no matter how brief that life may be, to say that the only way an anencephalic child's life can have significance is if his organs can be transplanted. The perspective underlying much of the public clamor is an application of raw utilitarianism, reducing a person to a function.
Aborted Fetuses; Allowing to Die; Anencephaly; Beginning of Life; Body Parts and Fluids; Brain; Brain Death; Death; Dehumanization; Determination of Death; Fetuses; Life; Newborns; Organ Donation; Parents; Persistent Vegetative State; Personhood; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Risks and Benefits; Right to Life; Tissue Donation; Utilitarianism; Wedge Argument;