Dean Koontz hasn’t written this horror story yet

Truth is stranger than fiction, y’all.

Via Wesley J. Smith’s bioethics blog, Secondhand Smoke, Belgian doctors eye the “pool” of handicapped as a good source of high-quality organs:

A group of Belgian doctors are harvesting “high quality” organs from patients who have been euthanased. This is not a secret project, but one which they described openly at a conference organised by the Belgian Royal Medical Academy in December. In a PowerPoint presentation, Dirk Ysebaert, Dirk Van Raemdonck, Michel Meurisse, of the University Hospitals Of Antwerp, Leuven And Liège, showed that about 20% of the 705 people who died through euthanasia (officially) in 2008 were suffering from neuromuscular disorders whose organs are relatively high quality for transplanting to other patients. This represents a useful pool of organs which could help to remedy a shortage of organs in Belgium (as everywhere else).

Smith:

I can think of few more dangerous activities then to convince people with disabilities–and society–that their deaths have greater value than their lives.  That pebble with which I was concerned has grown into a massive boulder that is generating tidal waves of harm

Or encouraging doctors to think that some human life is more valuable than that of others.  Heck, not that Obama appointees  and buddies feel the same way. 

I’ve discussed the relationship between Smith and Koontz before here.

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3 Responses

  1. This is so sad. These people commit such evil, and still think they are doing good for society.

  2. Sick, nightmarish stuff.

  3. Dean Koontz has not written it but Robin Cook wrote the slight variation many years ago in “Coma” which was based on a serious paper authored by psychiatrist Willard Gaylin, a founder of the Hastings Institute, on the subject of “bioemporiums” to be established where people in comas be kept alive and used for all sorts of things-test new drugs on them, get blood out of them or take their organs. It was published in Harper’s Magazine in September 1974 and was called “Harvesting the Dead”. Evil casts a long shadow. May St. Michael the Archangel put his sword between us and the Willard Gaylins of this world.

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