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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Presumed Consent revisited

Most of us know by now that the government wants to increase rates of organ donation by assuming the right to our bodies the moment we cease to breathe, unless we opt-out of their grisly clutches. Jimmy Young in the Sunday Express notes the failure of such schemes in Brazil and France, for example.

My wife points out that in England, it has always been the law that the body of the deceased belongs to the next of kin. Or has that gone by the board since the EU abolished our country's sovereign right to make its own law?

What has happened to the Common Law, Natural Justice, The Reasonable Man and the long, bloodily-won fight to assert the Englishman's rights against the overweening powers of the State?

And will these things have to be re-won by bloody resistance, one day?


Anonymous said...

"assuming the right to our bodies the moment we cease to breathe" - a particularly bad idea when the medic who declares our last breath is himself an apparatchik.

Sackerson said...

Too true, DM; and as for medical confidentiality, that went out of the window some time ago.

Paddington said...

I'm actually in favour of organ harvesting, but think that the family should be able to profit. Body parts from a single cadaver are worth over $500,000 to the companies. By current law forbids the family from getting any of it.

Sackerson said...

The issue for me is not harvesting or not harvesting, but the incredible presumption of the State. Next step, grab your body while you're alive, no doubt.

Paddington said...

'I've got a little list, they never will be missed...'