Court Refuses Organ Harvesting Case 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court refused Monday to block a lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office of wrongly removing the corneas of dead children without first getting permission. 

The coroner's office was sued by the parents of two boys whose corneas were harvested and sold to an eye bank for several hundred dollars in 1997. The parents' attorney has sought class-action status for the lawsuit, and said the class could include the families of up to 7,000 deceased. 

Controversy over the practice prompted the California Legislature to pass a law requiring consent for the harvesting. An earlier state law had allowed the cornea takings without permission if coroners had no knowledge of objections. 

County attorneys told the Supreme Court that if the decision was not overturned, staff at hospitals and coroners' offices will be afraid to harvest tissue or organs because of lawsuits...... 

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Do you think doctors should get signed consent forms before they start harvesting organs?
Court Refuses Organ Harvesting Case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court refused Monday to block a lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles County Coroner`s Office of wrongly removing the corneas of dead children without first getting permission.

The coroner`s office was sued by the parents of two boys whose corneas were harvested and sold to an eye bank for several hundred dollars in 1997. The parents` attorney has sought class-action status for the lawsuit, and said the class could include the families of up to 7,000 deceased.

Controversy over the practice prompted the California Legislature to pass a law requiring consent for the harvesting. An earlier state law had allowed the cornea takings without permission if coroners had no knowledge of objections.

County attorneys told the Supreme Court that if the decision was not overturned, staff at hospitals and coroners` offices will be afraid to harvest tissue or organs because of lawsuits......

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19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/22/02 - 11:52:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
The problem in this issue lies in a Sanctity of Life vs. Quality of Life judgement. Take, for instance, the case of an anaencephalic baby (one born without a brain, or just a brain stem) and a baby with a heart defect. The heart of the anaencephalic child can be used to save the baby with the heart defect. Legislation in some states currently prevents doctors from performing this operation, forcing them to watch both babies die when one could easily be saved. Also, harvesting organs needs to be done with a fresh corpse, obviously (a warm body) - requiring explicit consent brings up complications in an already delicate situation. When all is said and done, a corpse is a corpse. If the person did not indicate that they would be unwilling to be organ donors while they were still alive, then I see no reason why you shouldn't just take the organs while they are still viable, rather than let the entire body go to waste.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/26/02 - 6:00:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hmm... I thought they had to do that anyway. I think they should get signed consent. I mean, I think it's just a body and it's just going to rot anyway. But, not everyone feels the same way.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/28/03 - 7:54:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
i think that the parents should have een given the money they made by selling the corneas..
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/28/03 - 7:56:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
as long as abortion is legal, I dont see why this needs to be regulated...
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/20/03 - 11:40:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with delmar.



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