Ethical questions raised on body donation after assisted suicide

Ethical questions raised on body donation after assisted suicide

 

The legalization of medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Canada has resulted in some people choosing to donate their bodies to anatomy programs, but it has raised profound ethical issues, says McMaster University’s head of anatomy…

“An ethical question I face is that for these people who are so vulnerable, who are at that moment trying to decide if theirs is a life worth living, are we somehow inducing them to want to donate? Are we providing them with additional impetus to donate? It’s a serious issue as the last thing we want to do is to bring about any pressure at this difficult point in their lives.”

Then, there’s the complexity about how to communicate the circumstances of these body donations with students in anatomy education programs at academic institutions, he noted.

Read more at Medical Express…