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   Apr 29

An Organic Dilemma

Is it just me or does it seem monumentally wrong, that unless you say otherwise, potentially when you die, your organs could be taken and given to someone else.

To me the ‘opt-out’ organ donation scheme mooted for Qld is almost akin to someone saying “when you die, unless you say you don’t want us to, we’ll take your house and give it to some homeless person”.

I’m all for choice.

I have seen the benefits of organ donation.

What I disagree with is having a decision made for me by default if I don’t choose to make one myself.

Frankly, donation by default doesn’t seem to me to be ‘donation’. Imagine if there was a law that said ‘Unless you tell us, we’ll assume that you want to donate your excess assets to charity’. Donation by default I think detracts from the enormity of the generosity a person shows when they choose (of their own volition) to donate organs when they die. In fact, exercising your right NOT to donate could be then seen to be selfish.

It doesn’t sit well.

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2 Comments

  1. Dave says:

    Yeah, but what are you going to do with them? You’ll be dead…

  2. jez says:

    It’s not so much the “what am I going to do with them” thing, it’s the “I’d really like to be able to make a generous donation rather than have someone decide I’m going to donate unless I otherwise decided against the idea” thing.

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