Saturday, January 12, 2008

Organs to be taken without consent

Will they at least wait until I'm dead first?

Gordon Brown has thrown his weight behind a move to allow hospitals to take organs from dead patients without explicit consent.

What's the big deal? The dead don't need them anymore.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister says that such a facility would save thousands of lives and that he hopes such a system can start this year.

I don't know what human beings "deal" is with the dead. We spend more space on cemeteries than we do low cost housing. We treat a dead body like it was a Holy relic centries lost and finally found. It's meat. Meat and fat and bones and other icky things that are no longer needed by whoever was originally using them. If my organs go to help someone live a few extra years I say, hey, why the fuck didn't someone extend my life a few years?

The proposals would mean consent for organ donation after death would be automatically presumed, unless individuals had opted out of the national register or family members objected.

If they're still going to ask family members than nothing has changed really unless they are going to harvest organs from people who have no family which, in turn, raises some interesting questions, like, medical history and lifestyle questions that are usually asked to the next of kin in order to determine whether the deceased is a suitable donor. I don't want the kidney's from some guy who OD'd on heroin in a crack house cause no one claimed his body.

But patients' groups said that they were "totally opposed" to Mr Brown's plan, saying that it would take away patients' rights over their own bodies.

You lose your rights when you die. It sounds mean, but ask yourself one question. A bus is headed at you at high speed as you cross the street, there's no time to jump out of the way and no way this bus can stop before hitting you. Are you concerned with what is going to happen to your organs after they pry you out of the bus's grill? Nah. Use my organs, I did nothing but abuse them anyway. Maybe someone will treat them better than I did.

There are more than 8,000 patients waiting for an organ donation and more than 1,000 a year die without receiving the organ that could save their lives.

Pointless lose of life. If a person lay dying and you don't call for emergency it's pretty much the same thing as refusing to donate an organ if you match someone who is in dire need of one. Plus, you're fucking dead. You won't care.


Blogger The Realist said...

"Will they at least wait until I'm dead first?"

Don't count on it. There's already lots of reports from places like China of organs "magically" appearing thanks to prisoners' untimely deaths - shot trying to escape, no doubt!

January 12, 2008 11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this like dawn of the dead or night of the living dead ... where we start eating organs before people actually die.

January 15, 2008 2:06 PM  

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