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Belgians say organs harvested from euthanized patients transplant better

The medical journal Applied Cardiopulmonary Pathology reports that organs harvested from euthanized patients make better transplants.

Euthanasia or “mercy killing” is the practice of ending the lives of patients who are terminally ill and have no possibility of recovery. Proponents say it ends unnecessary suffering. Opponents say legalization is a slippery slope. In its most extreme, Nazi Germany put the mentally retarded to death since they did not contribute to society.

Euthanisia is illegal in most of the United States, however is practiced in Belgium and some other countries. Abuses have been alleged where the elderly were euthanized by heirs who, according to accusations, were unwilling to wait for death.

“A disturbing study conducted by Belgian doctors involved killing patients via euthanasia in a room next to the hospital’s operating theater, and then wheeling them next door and harvesting their organs immediately after being pronounced dead,” writes journalist Thaddeus Balinski.

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