down to the "We really need to make it easier to harvest organs. No matter what." attitude:
The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary
was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in
anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after
a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to
turn off her respirator. About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the
But Carina Melchior did not die after her respirator
was removed. She is now undergoing rehabilitation and may make a full
recovery. About 500 people immediately removed their names from
Denmark’s organ donor register.
The hospital acknowledged that the question of organ donation should not
have been raised as there were no unambiguous signs that brain death
would occur. New guidelines have been introduced to ensure that
relatives will only be approached about organ donation if no more
treatment options are available. There was no risk of a false diagnosis
of brain death, the hospital insisted.
Translation: "Someone thought it would be better to take her organs than see if she'd recover, and we got caught."
In some of Niven's novels, as organ transplants became easier to do, there was more of a demand for organs, so the government(for the good of the collective, of course) began using criminals as sources. Started out with murderers, and then- especially as the connected and powerful needed transplants- as demand rose, the crime level necessary to get you sentenced to the organ banks dropped lower and lower...
Right now we're seeing the abuse of the Liverpool Care Pathway in Britain to get rid of older patients and free up beds, and people in some countries getting a shove along the assisted-death path even when they don't want to, or the officials 'neglected' or 'forgot' to inform the family, and the world is well on the road.