Child killer Ronald Phillips' organ donation wish perplexes
JULIE CARR SMYTH and AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press
3:24 PM, Nov 14, 2013
5:21 PM, Nov 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - 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 40-year-old Ronald Phillips' 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 says "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, says inmates should be encouraged to do something good before they die.