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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ethics and the Corby Case

Sorry for the multiple posts on this topic.  But as an autism dad and organ donor (kidney), I have more than the usual interest.

At First Things, Wesley Smith writes:
Wait a minute. Without the surgery, he will probably die. Risk the behavior issues.
If someone’s mental condition makes it unlikely they will be able to care for themselves properly after transplant to the point of becoming medicallycompromised, it could be one thing, given the current triage for organs. But we should not deny transplants simply because of things like autism, Down syndrome, or invidious ”quality of life” judgmentalism. That denies human exceptionalism and unacceptably discriminates against those with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.