What makes killing wrong?

Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (1):3-7 (2013)
Abstract
What makes an act of killing morally wrong is not that the act causes loss of life or consciousness but rather that the act causes loss of all remaining abilities. This account implies that it is not even pro tanto morally wrong to kill patients who are universally and irreversibly disabled, because they have no abilities to lose. Applied to vital organ transplantation, this account undermines the dead donor rule and shows how current practices are compatible with morality
Keywords info:mesh/Homicide  info:mesh/Ethical Analysis  info:mesh/Wedge Argument  info:mesh/Brain Injuries  info:mesh/Brain Death  info:mesh/Value of Life  info:mesh/Humans  info:mesh/Ethics, Medical  Animals   Humans   Brain Death   Brain Injuries   Tissue and Organ Harvesting   Homicide   Ethical Analysis   Wedge Argument   Ethics, Medical   Value of Life   Disabled Persons  info:mesh/Disabled Persons  info:mesh/Tissue and Organ Harvesting  info:mesh/Animals
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DOI 10.1136/medethics-2011-100351
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