In the imaginations of the bioethicists, anencephalics
(that is to say, children born without brains) and those whom they revealingly persist in calling human vegetables loom disproportionately large, as if most doctors spent most of their time tending to them.
Truog (as above) also states that "qualified individuals who had given their consent, could simply have their organs removed under general anesthesia, without first undergoing an orchestrated withdrawal of life support, and that anencephalics
could be similarly treated.
When are anencephalics
considered legally dead so that their organs may be harvested?
lack an upper brain, they do have brain stem function, and thus are legally alive under existing criteria and tests for whole-brain death.
Then you'll know why I use it to describe vivisectors, traffic wardens, butchers, farmers, lawyers, politicians and witless anencephalics
who drive around with their rear view vision impeded by "baby on board" stickers.
This view, which left the treatment of anencephalics
equivalent to that of any other potential organ donor, was embodied in Opinion 2.
are potentially excellent infant organ donors and that, quite frankly, is what most of the individuals who conceived them would like them to be.
Capron's claim that the permanently comatose are identical to anencephalics
"on the relevant criteria" begs the question of which criteria are relevant: coma, biological activity, loss of integrating functions, or the social utility of various proposals.
About 95 percent of all anencephalics
screened have been detected in this way, and around 95 percent of the detected anencephalics
have been electively aborted.
Harrison, "Primates and Anencephalics
as Sources for Pediatric Organ Transplant: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues," Fetal Therapy 1 (1986), 150-64.
Subsequent deliberations focused on a pair of position papers: one by Shake Ketefian, which defended the use of anencephalics
as sources of organs; the other by Eugene Grochowski, which opposed it.
On the other hand, physicians are acknowledging uncertainty about what will happen if anencephalics
are maintained on life support and given palliative care.