Organ Donation: Should we be ‘Opting in’ or ‘Opting out’?

Okay, a short enough question to chew on for a bit. The core of this argument between JoAnne Dobson (UUP) and Alastair Ross (DUP) is that the former wants to change the law to make organ donation a default position which you and your relatives can opt out of, whilst Mr Ross’s proposed amendment would set it back to opt in system.

So, for the moment leaving aside all the politicking and looking at the core question, what is wrong with making organ donation the default? Mr Ross says its ethics, but doesn’t really go into any detail on that. There was also a rematch on Nolan yesterday morning:

Ms Dobson says her measure is needed to increase supply to meet a growing demand for organ replacements. What’s your view?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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