Paul Smith has commented on this New Scientist article which outlines the debate currently being had amongst medical professionals in the UK, namely that the right to remove organs for donation from a dead body should be assumed unless the deceased professed otherwise.
Smith argues that the right to remove organs for donation should be assumed and even goes so far as to say that any opt-out clause can be reversed if the organs of a deceased individual are a matter of life or death for someone else.
I tend to agree with him, organ donation saves many lives yet many more could be saved but for the want of transplantable organs. Religious superstition has no place in any modern society, especially in matters as important as this.
Sadly, this issue is a very delicate matter, and one a government would be loathe to tackle, especially as a potential election looms on the horizon. However, the least the government could do was to fund a campaign to encourage more people to sign up to the organ donation register. A move that could save 100's of lives.
In the meantime please add your name to the donor's register here and potentially save the life of one of 9000 currently awaiting transplant.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON - Trouble Soon Be Over
Although I do not feel a great deal of empathy with the religious tones of this song, the idea that the only escape from a life of grinding poverty can be found in death is something that today rings as true for millions of people world wide as it did in when originally recorded in 1927.
Texas preacher Rev W. Johnson died in 1945. After his house burnt down he found himself with no where to sleep but on a sodden mattress amongst the burnt ruins. He contracted pneumonia two weeks later and died after no hospital would treat him due to the colour of his skin.