Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st May 2012 12:10 UTC
Internet & Networking "Starting today, users in the United States and UK will be able to add that they're organ donors to their Timelines, and if they're not organ donors, they can find links to official organ donation registries and instantly enroll." A commendable effort, but for some reason, I find it quite creepy, too. What if you leave your Facebook open and someone enlists you? On a related note - if you're not registered as a donor yet, please consider doing so. It might save someone's life.
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RE[5]: Opt-out here
by mahiyu on Tue 1st May 2012 21:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Opt-out here"
mahiyu
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I can see where you're coming from, but I'm uncomfortable with the idea of the State presuming consent to do whatever it likes with peoples' bodies after death. I much prefer an opt-in system (and for the record I've opted in.)

In my opinion, there are two things that need to be done to make the system work better. First of all, give people on the organ donor register priority should they ever need an organ, with people who haven't registered getting organs if there are any spare. Second, and I know this would create some uncomfortable situations for doctors, get rid of the system we have in the UK whereby relatives can override the deceased wishes and forbid their organs being used for donations. As I see it, if I'm happy for my organs to be used, no-one should be able to refuse on my behalf.

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