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Sunday, January 20th 2008

Opt Out = Opt In

This is alarming. Everyone should be an organ donor, but to force such is shameful. And the ability to opt out is an inadequate solution to protect people’s right to themselves which I would argue extends past their death.

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

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.

While polls show 90 per cent of Britons are in favour of organ donation, 40 per cent of relatives refuse consent for the organs of their relatives to be donated, a figure which rises to 75 per cent among black and ethnic minorities. To solve this, the organ taskforce plans measures to boost donation, including putting pressure on doctors to identify patients as potential donors before they have died.

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