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Chamber Of Debate
10 December 11
Chamber of Debate
ORGAN DONATION - opt out not opt in
organ donation - opting out rather than opting in
Should organ donation be made something you opt out of, rather than opt in to?
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No, of course not. There should not be an assumption in law that the state has the rights to you body parts unless you expressly request otherwise.
I would sooner opt in. But if the state does change the rules & I don’t co-operate it may attempt blackmail - by withdrawing the automatic right to a transplant should I happen to need one. Indeed, on the face of it, this would seem reasonable. Surely, if I’m not prepared to donate my own organs, why should I be allowed to benefit from someone else’s organ donation?
At the very least I would imagine my priority points for a transplant would probably fall below those of patients who had chosen not to opt out. All of us opt outs will no doubt spend many hours waiting on trolleys in hospital corridors - while more altruistic (& non-supernaturalist) patients will be wheeled in for their operations ahead of us!
But this is exactly why we should retain the sense of it being a donation - not an obligation.
Therefore we should continue to opt in - not be compelled to opt out.
If a person does not want to donate their organs, no matter how helpfull it may be, then they don't. It's you're choice and no one has the right to deciding what you do with your organs.
Contrary to the beliefs of the supernaturalists, the body's vital organs are just a pile of offal once you pop your clogs. Far better that, by default, they go to help other people hang in there a while longer. If it's a big deal to you then opt out.
Your body is yours to decide what to do with. It is simply unacceptable for the state to appropriate that right. And this is just one step away from the State deciding that it can maximise wellbeing by sacrificing a single individual for their organs and thereby saving several lives. Giving the state the default right to decide what to do with YOUR body will inevitably lead to this situation.
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