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Humans Aren't Rational
Organ donation 
20th-Jan-2009 11:26 pm
People are dying because they can't get an organ transplant. Sickeningly, hospitals can't use the organs of people who have just died without their prior consent when they were alive. This is stupid because a dead body does not belong to the dead person. It's just a lump of flesh that could save lives. The law should make organ use the default, and require people to explicitly say when they don't want the organs from their dead body used.

This issue is especially dire because there is only a short interval of time after someone dies in which their organs can be transplanted. If the person is unconscious from a sudden accident and that interval of time has to be spent contacting their relatives to find out if a transplant is acceptable, it may be too late anyway.

Given the current unjust law, we have a moral imperative to ensure that our consent is explicitly known. This is done by filling out an organ donar card and keeping it in your wallet, as well as telling your family members that you're an organ donar. You can download and print such a card from the following website, if you live in Canada:

http://www.organdonations.ca/donorcard.htm

I implore everyone to do so.

By the way, it's also important (though less so than the above) to have a will and a Living Will (the latter of which tells doctors what to do if they can't save you, but could keep you alive as a vegetable for a while longer).
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22nd-Jan-2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
I guess in New Brunswick, this isn't a big issue because when you fill out your Medicare card, there's a box to check if you want to be an organ donor, which causes it to appear on your card and file. It might be a bigger issue in other provinces / countries.
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