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Organ donation requires strong ethical principles

My latest article for Zenit has been published. In it, I look at the compromise of ethical principles for organ donation when the procurement system moves to "presumed consent". Under this policy, everyone is considered an organ donor unless they have actively taken themselves out of consideration. The state claims it owns your bodily organs and has the right to control their use for the common good. You are only borrowing them during your lifetime.

One of the key criterion for ethical organ donation programs is that donors must be fully informed and freely give their consent to be a donor. Removing the need for free and informed consent opens the door to abuses. This becomes more relevant as a utilitarian philosophy seeps into health care policy and practices.

Organ donation is a supremely generous, life-giving and virtuous act when done under strict ethical guidelines. Once the ethics breaks down, it quickly degenerates into a dehumanizing work of evil.

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RAnn said…
Your blog has been recommended on Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival. You are invited to come introduce yourself and/or participate regularly.
Rosemary Bogdan said…
Denise, what a great article. I love how well you explain the details of these medical issues. Thank you!

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