Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Negative Option Organ Donation in Ontario, Again

The Ontario NDP are dead wrong on calling for negative option organ donation again; pun not intended.

CBC, Ontario's NDP calling for law presuming automatic consent for organ donation

Ontario's New Democrats are renewing calls for a presumed-consent law to govern organ donation in the province.

NDP members Peter Kormos and Cheri DiNovo plan to introduce — for the third time — a bill calling for a system that assumes people want to donate their organs when they die.

I still don't feel comfortable with 'negative option organ donation' - somebody else making the decision for me, or a decision on behalf of my next of kin. Making a decision about what becomes of me is very personal, and can be extremely difficult for those left behind.

I continue to support making selecting or not selecting organ donation a requirement for renewing one's driver's license or health card, but I don't agree with this position.

The NDP should rethink their position on this bill.

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