The Status of Anencephalic Babies: Should Their Bodies Be Used as Donor Banks?
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1988 Sep; 14(3): 150-153.
In recent months there has been considerable discussion on the ethics of using organs from anencephalic babies for transplantation purposes. The heart of an anencephalic in Ireland was so used, but the recipient died very soon after the operation. Since this case came to light the Royal College of Physicians has imposed a ban on the use of these babies as donors while a working party investigates the issues involved. This article attempts to examine the problem and reaches the conclusion that in practice it is not ethical to use the organs of anencephalics for transplants.
Anencephaly; Beginning of Life; Body Parts and Fluids; Death; Deontological Ethics; Determination of Death; Donors; Ethics; Hearts; Human Characteristics; Human Rights; Life; Moral Obligations; Moral Policy; Newborns; Organ Donation; Personhood; Physicians; Rights; Tissue Donation; Transplantation; Utilitarianism; Value of Life;
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