Ohio Child Killer's Organ Donation Wish Perplexes
The stay of execution for a convicted Ohio child killer seeking to donate his organs is posing perplexing ethical and medical questions that pit demand for life-saving transplants against the goals of incarceration. With less than a day to go, Gov. John Kasich postponed Ronald Phillips', 40, execution Wednesday as the state assesses his last-minute request. Phillips had asked to give a kidney and his heart to ailing relatives. Medical ethicist Arthur Caplan of New York University said "there's a kind of redemption" in organ donation that conflicts with prison's goal of stripping criminals of societal privileges. Mater Alexander, a liver transplant recipient from suburban Columbus, said inmates should be encouraged to do something good before they die.