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Getting Away with Murder by Death - (If this doesn't scare you, nothing will)
JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | APRIL 1, 2005 | Drs. Michael A. Glueck & Robert J. Cihak

Posted on 04/01/2005 6:56:34 PM PST by CHARLITE

Terri Schiavo is not the first innocent victim of murder sanctioned by judicial fiat, although the heroic efforts of her parents alerted the world about her heartbreaking death sentence.

Almost four decades ago, the fallacious concept of "brain death" was introduced to pry open the legal doors to the killing of another group of unnoticed innocents — people who agree to donate their vital organs at death.

People are encouraged to consent in writing to allow another person to benefit from their vital organs, such as the heart or liver, after they die. Potential donors overcome their discomfort about the procedure by imagining they will be giving away unneeded organs from their cold, lifeless bodies. But the real situation is often quite different.

According to the testimony of Dr. Paul Byrne, a neonatologist from Toledo, Ohio, to a Pontifical Academy of Sciences meeting in Rome in February:

"All the vital signs of the donors are still present prior to the harvesting of organs, such as: normal body temperature and blood pressure; the heart is beating; vital organs, like the liver and kidneys, are functioning; and the donor is breathing with the help of a ventilator."

Since organs deteriorate rapidly after the moment of actual death, the "brain death" fiction allows them to be removed while they are still alive and usable for transplant.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: braindead; comatose; death; donors; organ; patients; pvs; transplants; useless
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21 posted on 04/01/2005 7:48:39 PM PST by CHARLITE (Women are powerful; freedom is beautiful.........and STUPID IS FOREVER!)
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Terri Schiavo Before dehydration

God Bless you Terri in your hour of death

Let everyone who said your beautiful smile was fake be haunted by it for the rest of their days.

22 posted on 04/01/2005 7:54:41 PM PST by mjtobias (Our love for Terri was immense; her parents' love was infinite; God's love is everlasting.)
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To: FairOpinion
I hope people don't change their minds about being organ donors on account of this story.

Yes. If you are brain dead, you are not coming back, and, frankly, the hospital of today is going to refuse to care for you for very long. This is nothing like Terri Schiavo, who was, if the husband's doc are right, in a persistent vegetative state -- which means, among other things, alive and with plenty of electrical activity in the brain.

I am a member of LifeSharers. In return for pledging your organs for any other members who need them after your death, you get an increased chance that a high-quality organ will be more quickly available if you ever need one. This completely non-cash but free-market approach is disliked by some docs but is in accord with basic conservative principles. People who are pledged give organs to others are the only ones really deserving of receiving organs in time of need IMHO.

23 posted on 04/01/2005 7:55:31 PM PST by Steve Eisenberg
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To: FairOpinion
I would think it would depend on the integrity of the doctor and the hospital. But if a patient isn't truly dead, no matter how altruistic the intention, this does indeed bother me.

This has me upset on another front. It has made me lose confidence in the medical profession in general. I would like to know what my personal physicians think about abortion, etc., but shouldn't you want the best for their specialty when you need it?

What happened during the last two weeks has shaken up a lot of people who are not currently counted among conservatives.

24 posted on 04/01/2005 7:57:00 PM PST by Aliska (Theresa Marie Schindler, December 3, 1963 - March 31, 2005, Never Forget)
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Actually in the movie there was an underground (double entendres not intentional) operation in the hospital which targeted young vital people undergoing simple operations. The operating room was rigged where the oxygen tanks were replaced by carbon monoxide (i think ) the anesthesiologist would see nothing wrong until he had to bring them out of the effects of the anesthesia. They all ended up in a coma. The bodies were all housed in a separate complex that was designed to take "care of them". Starred George C. Scott (as the hospital administrator) and Genevieve Bujold a french actress who played his girlfriend and the doctor who uncovered the plot. it was a good movie.

25 posted on 04/01/2005 7:59:17 PM PST by kvanbrunt
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The state constitution is very clear. The Governor then swears to it.

It can't be made any clearer than that.

The governor has failed Terri and the people of the state of Florida.

26 posted on 04/01/2005 7:59:41 PM PST by mjtobias (Our love for Terri was immense; her parents' love was infinite; God's love is everlasting.)
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To: lizma
EEG's measure cortical function, not brain stem function. The cortex controls purposeful movement and thought. The brain stem controls basic life support, i.e. lungs, heart, etc. Brain dead is a flat EEG (no cortical function).I think this is medically legit and these guys are wrong about this.

Thank you. Three flat line EEG's, dead MRI, dead Pet Scan. These patients are Brain dead and on vasopressors to assist with BP.

27 posted on 04/01/2005 8:04:08 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: CitizenM

Most people (most is th operative word, here) will see that starving Terri was wrong - once they know the facts.

The others? Those are the ones you hope are not married...

28 posted on 04/01/2005 8:23:29 PM PST by freecopper01
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To: Aliska

(s)Does the patient have insurance? NO! presto! instant organ donor...(/s)

29 posted on 04/01/2005 8:32:34 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Aliska

The team which will harvest the organs for transplant is separate from the physicians and nurses treating the patient. Only when the patient is declared brain dead can the harvest team perform its function.

This article is full of mularkey!

30 posted on 04/01/2005 8:39:59 PM PST by bagman
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31 posted on 04/01/2005 8:40:24 PM PST by k2blader (The state sanctioned murder of Terri Shiavo happened on the Republicans' watch.)
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To: armymarinemom
I'm not sure what you are saying.

Patients diagnosed as Persistent Vegetative State, such as Terri, do not by definition have flat EEGs. They do have some EEG activity. Only the brain dead have flat EEGs.

The diagnosis of PVS should be legally supplemented with a functional MRI and/or Pet scan. This never occurred in Terri's case, MS forbid it. Britain printed a report that 43% of the cases of PVS based on physician observation (such as Terri's) were wrong.

From what I've read Terri didn't have a flat EEG but the death docs decided it didn't count and her EEG was flat.(Would love to see it on the net and give it my two cents! I've seen her reported CT. It shows damage, and that her vision was probably very poor (that part of her brain, her occipital cortex is really shrunk , why? That is not consistent with diffuse hypoxia, but with trauma) but not necessarily PVS.

Yet they didn't declare her Brain Dead (if the EEG was flat this would have been and should have the diagnosis but they knew they couldn't pull it off), they declared her PVS. Medically this is hogwash! It just doesn't make medical sense.

32 posted on 04/01/2005 8:44:09 PM PST by lizma
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To: lizma
Patients diagnosed as Persistent Vegetative State,

I was responding the the article and comments about transplant patients and not patients who are PVS. Very very big difference.

33 posted on 04/01/2005 8:46:30 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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A friend of mine's brother was a transplant surgeon and he explained the whole gruesome procedure to us over a Thanksgiving turkey. On the following Monday, I changed my driver's license back to non donor status!

34 posted on 04/01/2005 9:00:32 PM PST by Vor Lady
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To: mjtobias

No. The Governor made a considered decision not to start a civil war.

35 posted on 04/01/2005 10:02:36 PM PST by Inkie (Surround Fallujia and start shooting.)
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To: Grannyx4

This is going to set the organ donor program back. I have never signed on, just for these very reasons.

36 posted on 04/01/2005 10:03:21 PM PST by Inkie (Surround Fallujia and start shooting.)
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To: SaltyJoe
I think this why prisoners are in the sights of the culture of death.

Actually, the state spares no expense when it comes to prisoners. My wife signed an organ donor card until she became a state medical inspector and found that prisoners, IV drug abusers with liver damage, etc were getting the organ donations. Neither one of us will sign a card now.

37 posted on 04/01/2005 10:11:43 PM PST by Ceebass
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