alexa Saving Lives with Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Organ Donation After Assisted Dying
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Clinical Research

Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics

Author(s): David M Shaw

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In this chapter I consider the narrow and wider benefits of permitting assisted dying in the specific context of organ donation and transplantation. In addition to the commonly used arguments, there are two other neglected reasons for permitting assisted suicide and/or euthanasia: assisted dying enables those who do not wish to remain alive to prolong the lives of those who do, and also allows many more people to fulfill their wish to donate organs after death. In the first part of this chapter I explore the possibility of allowing those who die with assistance to donate their organs and the potential benefits of doing so in countries where some form of assisted dying is legal; in the second part I consider the added force that organ donation considerations bring to the argument in favour of legalizing assisted dying in countries where such practices remain forbidden.

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This article was published in New Directions in the Ethics of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia and referenced in Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics

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