Anencephalic newborn as organ donor: beyond utilitarianism and the dignity-based approach


In the present article, we will be focusing on the possible scenarios that could raise from the analysis of the anencephalic newborn as organ donor. These scenarios are as follows: 1) organ donation is banned; 2) organ donation is possibile according to the brain death criterion; 3) in order to perform organ donation, a changement is needed: we need to introduce the cortical death criterion; 4) finally, our perspective, which goes beyond utilitarianism and the dignity-based approach. We will conclude our article presenting some philosophical considerations regarding bioethical issues such as utilitarianism and dignity.