Monday 27 June 2011

Watch SPUC's Anthony Ozimic highlight the dangers of an opt-out organ donation system

Various governments around the world, including in the UK, have in recent years considered moving to a system of presumed consent to organ donation, also known as an opt-out system. Under such a system, when people die doctors would be free to remove their organs, unless the person had opted-out by having made clear (e.g. in a legal document, patient register etc.) that they refuse consent to organ removal. There are significant ethical problems and dangers in such a system, which Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, highlights in this thought-piece (video) broadcast last night on Channel Four as part of its series You may like to support Anthony by leaving a comment on the webpage below the video. You can find arguments for your comment in my following blog-posts:
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