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[*] Post 316064 posted on 13-1-2008 at 10:04 Reply With Quote
Presumed consent?

Do you think that the rules on organ donation should be changed so that we need to opt out of the list rather than opt in?

Are people who do not opt in at present just too busy to get around to filling in the form, or it is that they are still not comfortable with the thought of being incomplete when buried?

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[*] Post 316069 posted on 13-1-2008 at 10:40 Reply With Quote

My mother and father both have Multi-Donor cards which basically means that they are willing to give any part of their body away when they die. They have suggested that I should get one to, but I am rather superstitious about it and choose to have all parts of my body - 'organs and all' in tact. Even though they shall all end up in flames once the incinerator goes to work and I get cremated. :(

I think it's just superstition really that stops people from doing it. Or perhaps lazyness or a 'couldn't care less' attitude - one of the three
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[*] Post 316073 posted on 13-1-2008 at 10:56 Reply With Quote

I don't really have a problem with opt out rather than opt in as long as one's wishes are followed.
I think it is true that a larger number of people would be donors but haven't got round to, or have a superstition about, actually signing up.
As a community we also need more donors, if for no other reason than to reduce the excuse for genetic experimentation.

However, I will be opting out as I don't trust the medical profession:
An enthusiastic surgeon, who knows that he may well be able to successfully treat a patient with a donated organ, may well justify the shortening of another life (who hasn't long to go anyway) to reach that end.
I already have some difficulty with the medical profession's definition of death.
I don't think that the decision on life or death should be the responsibility of the doctors treating the patient.
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