Anencephalics as Organ Donors
Zaner, Richard M.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1989 Feb; 14(1): 61-78.
This paper reviews objections to the proposal to allow parents of anencephalics to donate their infant's organs for transplantation and finds them unpersuasive. Instead, interpretations of Baby Doe legislation, a higher brain functional conception of death, the idea of viability in many abortion statutes, and the wishes of many patients, give strong support for the proposal for organ transplantation using anencephalics.
Abortion; Anencephaly; Attitudes; Brain; Brain Death; Death; Determination of Death; Diagnosis; Donors; Government; Government Regulation; Legal Aspects; Legislation; Life; Moral Policy; Newborns; Organ Donors; Organ Transplantation; Parents; Patients; Personhood; Prenatal Diagnosis; Prolongation of Life; Public Policy; Regulation; Risks and Benefits; Selective Abortion; Statutes; Tissue Donation; Transplantation; Viability;
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