ISIS Uses Organ Harvesting to Finance Itself, Bodies in Graves Found With Missing Kidneys

International   |   Wesley J. Smith   |   Feb 18, 2015   |   10:45AM   |   Washington, DC

ISIS may be harvesting organs from its victims.

From the CBSNews story:

Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to look at allegations that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is using organ harvesting as a way to finance its operations. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim told reporters that in the past few weeks, bodies with surgical incisions and missing kidneys or other body parts have been found in shallow mass graves.

“We have bodies. Come and examine them,” he said. “It is clear they are missing certain parts.”He also said a dozen doctors have been “executed” in Mosul for refusing to participate in organ harvesting.

Now, they’ve done it, violated the four sacred principles of bioethics; autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice. ​

Bioethicists will undoubtedly write angry condemnatory articles in professional journals calling the purveyors of random violence to task–except perhaps, those who say it is okay to kill people in PVS for their organs.

I can hear the bioethicists’ reaction already: “How dare you, Wesley! Killing for organs is only okay with consent (autonomy) as applied upon the cognitively devastated (justice). Isis’ victims didn’t exercise their autonomy (nonmalificence) and weren’t taken from human non-persons to help those with a better quality of life (beneficence)!”

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Sarcasm, aside: ISIS is so evil that it would be shocking if they weren’t harvesting organs. Get them jobs: That’s the ticket!

It is okay to use the E-word to describe these slaughterers, right? Or is that too judgmental? Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.