Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Assisted suicide was legalized in Canada last June. And since then it has claimed the lives of 744 people. Now some bioethicists are pushing to allow the harvesting of organs from patients who seek physician-assisted suicide. This move is alarming when you consider that undue pressure may be placed on people to prematurely take their lives in order for someone else to benefit from their organs. The mentally infirm, clinically depressed or physically impaired could become vulnerable to others who covet their organs.  David Stevens of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, says there is a worldwide push for “imminent death organ donation.” If harvesting of organs while the human heart is still beating sound grisly, that's because it is. And its  already been proposed in this country which further undermines the sanctity of life ethic that was once widely embraced.