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[6]: Opt-out here
by cfgr on Tue 1st May 2012 22:23 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Opt-out here"
cfgr
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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.)

Yeah but the question is: to whom do your physical remains belong after you died? Your family? Society?

It would seem that in the UK, your body belongs to your family and in that way it makes sense that they have the final word - even when you opted in. It's their property after all. On the other hand, the state can seize a body for an autopsy and then release it to the family which would imply that the government has ownership first which it then transfers.

So from a purely principle perspective, it's very fuzzy anyway. Therefore I'd rather have a system that at least helps society by default. Let's care for the living first.

Edited 2012-05-01 22:27 UTC

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