Canada is heading over a moral cliff regarding organ donation with little regard to the donor
From the article regarding organ donation in Canada:
Canadian Medical Journal Offers Guidelines for Euthanasia/Organ-Harvesting Non-Terminally Ill Patients
A new Canadian Medical Association Journal article updates recommendations for doctors to apply when euthanizing and organ harvesting non-terminally ill patients. The article was published in the wake of Canadian law now allowing patients who are not dying to ask for euthanasia — called “Track 2” patients in the article. (Track 1 patients, those whose deaths are “reasonably foreseeable,” have even more relaxed policies than Track 2.)
... From, “Deceased Organ and Tissue Donation After Medical Assistance in Dying”:
All Track 2 patients who are potentially eligible for organ donation should be approached for first-person consent for donation after MAID
Once MAiD eligibility has been confirmed, regardless of when their eligibility for MAID is confirmed within the 90-day assessment period. (New recommendation).
In case you're not tracking with this here, the guideline says once they have confirmed the patient's eligability for "Medical Assistance In Dying," (MAID), they should approach the patient about the possibility of donating their organs.
The death doctor is to contact the organ-donation association, which, in turn, will contact the suicidal patient and ask for his or her organs (which already happens in Ontario). Note: The patient is not offered suicide prevention but is offered the option of becoming an organ donor
So Canada is not offering counselling with regard to perhaps changing the patient's mind about the assisted suicide. But they ARE given the option of donating their organs.
The recommendations also suggest allowing a patient to direct the donation:
Organ donation organizations and transplantation programs should develop a policy on directed deceased donation for patients pursuing MAiD, in alignment with the directed donation principles and practices that are in place for living donation in their jurisdiction. (New recommendation) . . .
Directed donation should not proceed if there is indication of monetary exchange or similar valuable consideration or coercion involved in the decision to pursue directed donation.
The intended recipient in a directed deceased donation case should be a family member or “close friend” — an individual with whom the donor or donor’s family has had a long-standing emotional relationship . . .
The intended recipient must be on the current transplant waiting list or meet criteria for the same . . .
Transplantation will proceed only if the donor organ is medically compatible with the intended recipient
Think about this. The need for a transplant by medically compatible loved one could become the motive for asking for euthanasia. This applies to the non–terminally ill Track 2 as well as Track 1 patients.
...Euthanasia dehumanizes people deemed killable under the law. Once accepted for death by medicalized homicide, the patient is diminshed — in at least some sense — to a natural resource ripe for the harvest.
As Doctor Hodkinson says,