This is disturbing, to say the least.
The New York Post reports:
The New York Organ Donor Network pressured hospital staffers to declare patients brain dead so their body parts could be harvested — and even hired “coaches” to train staffers how to be more persuasive, a bombshell lawsuit charged yesterday.
The federally funded nonprofit used a “quota” system, and leaned heavily on the next of kin to sign consent forms when patients were not registered as organ donors, the suit charged.
“They’re playing God,” said plaintiff Patrick McMahon, 50, an Air Force combat veteran and nurse practitioner who claims he was fired as a transplant coordinator after just four months for protesting the practice.
The suit alleges that last year a 19-year-old man who’d been injured in a car wreck was still trying to breathe and showed signs of brain activity. But docs declared him brain dead under pressure from donor-network officials, including Director Michael Goldstein, who allegedly said during a conference call: “This kid is dead, you got that?” the suit charged.
Brain dead has clearly become such a subjective diagnosis that it can’t really be called a diagnosis anymore. What they really mean is “they’re better off dead so let’s make it happen.”
The worst part is that occurs under the auspice of doing good for others. Look, I totally understand that if you’re not dead solid locked in on the sacredness of life, everything then becomes a value judgement. Could there be someone who could live a better life with this coma patient’s eyes? Yeah so they think we should make it happen. That’s the problem. If you don’t believe that God made and loves every individual, then it’s all up to you to deliver life and death to those who you think deserve it.