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Belgium: Euthanasia and organ harvesting

Posted 31/1-11 at 12.27

In a talk given in December at the Belgian Royal Medical Academy, doctors revealed that about 20% of the 705 people who died through euthanasia (officially) in 2008 had had neuromuscular disorders. They added that these people's organs were extremely desirable as they are relatively high quality for transplanting to other patients.

Stephan Drake, writing on the Not Dead Yet website comments:

"One has to wonder what kind of pressures - subtle or otherwise - will people with disabilities experience in Belgium as they are increasingly seen as viable donors, and maybe more "useful" dead than alive when their organs are seen as more valuable than they themselves are."

http://notdeadyetnewscommentary.blogspot.com/

http://www.scribd.com/doc/47509584/Organ-Donation-After-Euthanasia">A copy of the doctors' presentation can be found at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/47509584/Organ-Donation-After-Euthanasia

 

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