There’s a grim reason why Belgium has plenty of organ donors

A discussion between two medical ethicists on the Today programme this morning ended with them agreeing on one point: whether or not it is right to breed pigs so that their organs can be harvested for transplantation into humans (as the University of California is experimenting with), the first thing we should do in order to solve the shortage of donor organs is to move to a system of ‘presumed consent’, where the organs of dying patients are considered fair game for transplantation unless they have signed a form excluding this.

  • And all one had to do was disguise legalised murder as “death with dignity”.

    • Shebel

      You must admit that here is a certain ‘Peacefulness to it All’.

      • After the government has exhausted all the pensions, they get to exhaust even more out of you when you are gone.

  • gareth

    I couldn’t read the article because of the paywall, but on the issue of presumed consent, I don’t have a problem. You don’t need your organs when you are dead. I wouldn’t even mind if those who signed out of organ donation went to the back of the line, if eligible at all, should they themselves need one. That would never happen though.

    • Waffle

      Right click the link and choose the “open in incognito window” option. That usually works. Or, look for the article using Google and a few key words.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        When I’ve reached my limit on National Post I right click, select all and copy the text into Notepad.

  • UCSPanther

    Ah Belgium: You have become no better than the Peoples’ Republic if China in terms of medical ethics…

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  • V10_Rob

    Your body belongs to the state, unless you jump through the hurdles. Tiny hurdles, we are assured. Those hurdles will find a way to grow, like everything government bureaucracy touches.

  • Shebel

    I know of someone that I think should be put down ,his organs harvested and his body used for science .
    Where do I sign him up?

  • canminuteman

    The Ontario Government has announced that they will provide euthenasia drugs for free! They are so humanitarian!

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …as long as they get our guts for free….World unfolds as it should…