Is an opt out system morally correct? Please helpWatch
Hi people! I wondered what peoples opinions are on the opt out donation system. Only because I need to know what the public consensus is so I can analyse for an essay. Please help thank you!! x
Before you could go online and register to donate
Now you log on to opt out
No hardship. Make your choice
For me once you are dead your organs are of no use at all to you but they could save another person's life. So I would authorise their use regardless of what a person or their family wanted. What's more important, saving somebody's (or even several people's) life, or pandering to someones superstitious belief or feelings?
I believe it should be opt in only.
As is the current process for people choosing to donate blood, bone marrow, ivf embryos/eggs or be living organ donors.
The system has been changed solely with the aim of facilitating access to a much larger supply of potential transplant organs.
Generally organs taken from adult deceased persons who did not choose to register themselves as organ donors.
I have grave concerns about the legal precedent direction, ethics, motivations and practical consequences of replacing the opt in system with opt out.
It is a personal decision whether adults want to be living donors, posthumously donate their organs or anything else that belongs to them after decease.
They should be able to specify in life if they wish to donate, what specifically they wish to donate and to whom (specific person/medical facility/charity/the state).
Just as is it is a personal decision to choose whether to donate money to a charity by monthly direct debit or donate unwanted gifts to a charity shop.
If the law was changed to require every person in the country to opt out to prevent the state automatically seizing all the financial assets, properties and valuables upon decease- there would be an outcry about an authoritarian state seeking to perpetuate a 'robin hood' style asset strip of dead persons by the backdoor and robbing bereaved descendants of their inheritances.
Currently, even if someone has signed up to be a donor, their family still get the final say - I'm assuming this would continue in an opt out system too, so It would still not be compulsory, there would just be a wider pool of families to ask.