I just read a pretty shocking blog post called "Are you an organ donor? After you read this, you will change your mind."
Do you wish to be an organ donor? I'm sure many of you have answered yes, thinking that this is an honorable and responsible practice. I don't blame you. I used to think so also. After all, if I am dead, what do I need my organs for anymore?
This presumes, of course, that I am actually dead. There's the rub. This will probably shock you, but if so, you need to be shocked: There is no such thing as a dead organ donor [...] You are alive [...] you are very much alive. Your organs are, quite literally, cut out of your body while you are still breathing, and your heart is still beating.
It goes on to describe several cases where organ donors were pre-maturely terminated and how the primary motivation for this practice isn't in the interest of saving lives but the huge profit that comes from performing a transplant procedure (side-stepping the fact that human organs cannot legally be sold).
These are some pretty serious claims. Enough that, if valid, I would personally consider removing my organ donor status, as I'm sure many people would.
I'm sure from a utilitarian point of view, it would be easy to argue that overall more lives are saved from this practice, but I'm not interested in that. I want to come at this from the point of view of the common adage: "that it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer", i.e. without equating lives to one another.
Are people who would have otherwise have gone on to live some semblance of a normal life sometimes euthanized due to their organ donor status?