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death row transplantation 

ETHICS 

(1) The hypothetical transplantation of an organ into a person on death row, who has been sentenced to death for committing a capital offence.

This type of transplantation is a hot button issue that evokes outrage by members of the public who feel that such prisoners get better care than their victims.

Reference http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=90611&page=1

2) The hypothetical (in the USA) harvesting of organs from prisoners on death row for transplantation to those needing a heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, etc.

The debate over death row inmates as organ donors hinges on

• The ethics of potential coercion of these prisoners and

• The suitability (HBV, HCV- and HIV-negativity) of their tissues. 

Executed prisoners once provided 2/3 of organs “donations” in China, a practice which was said to have ended in 2014. Some cynics believe that it continues–c’mon guys, this is China–they’ve just stopped talking about it. 

Reference Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 June; 93(6): 1773–1779.
doi:  10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.03.003

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