Drake on organ harvesting on death row

Great post just up by Stephen Drake from Not Dead Yet on some recent discussions of the idea of introducing policies that promote the harvesting of organs from death row inmates.  It begins:

Wesley Smith has two related pieces on an op-ed by a death row prisoner that was published in the NY Times on March 6th.  Christian Longo, who admits to being guilty of killing his wife and three children, wrote to the newspaper to promote voluntary organ donation by death row prisoners.

In Wesley’s first blog post on this, which I’ll be quoting later on, he blasts the concept – a sentiment I wholeheartedly share.  In the second post, he describes the unmentioned history that the NY Times has with Longo and discredited former reporter Michael Finkel.

While I was surprised at this particular promoter of this proposal getting published in the NY Times, it really wasn’t that surprising to see the idea of death row prisoners as an untapped source of organ donors being pushed in their pages.

This issue resurfaces from time to time, usually around media coverage of a specific death row inmate making the request – wanting to donate organs after his or her death or a kidney while alive.

But right now we might be seeing a deliberate push to popularize this idea by at least one player with both money and media savvy.  See, I’ve been meaning to write something about this topic since last February.  February 14th, to be exact.

You can read the rest of the post, which includes several videos and a discussion of the longer history of this issue, right here or by going to


National Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is holding a National Symposium on October 24 & 25 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre, Winnepeg, Manitoba.  Speakers include Diane Coleman and Stephen Drake of NOT DEAD YET, Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and others.  The registration fee is $99CA, with a reduced rate for students and disabled people.  For more information, visit the conference website: http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/NationalSymposium2008.htm