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Lawsuit charges heavy pressure for 'brain death' declarations

Catholic World News - September 28, 2012

A lawsuit brought by a former employee charges that the New York Organ Donor Network has pressured hospitals to declare patients “brain dead” in order to provide organs for transplants.

Patrick McMahon, a nurse-practitioner who was dismissed from his position with the New York Organ Donor Network, says that he was fired for complaining about the pressure for “brain death” declarations. “It’s atrocious what’s going on,” he said.

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  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Oct. 01, 2012 3:57 PM ET USA

    Organ donation is a dark alley. I believe CatholicCulture has reported on the requirement declaring someone dead (while "alive" in order to harvest their organs. It is very disturbing indeed.

  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 01, 2012 2:19 PM ET USA

    I have said this before, It is for this reason that I have ceased listing "organ donor" on my driver's license and have instructed my relatives that I do not want to be an organ donor. With the growing pressure and acceptance of euthanasia, I do not see the prospect of being a *WILLING* organ donor in the future as something that I, as a faithful and informed Catholic, can embrace. I say "*WILLING*" because that is a situation I also fear to change and be forced upon us, like contraception.

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