Gordon Macdonald writes for The Scotsman on Proposals to Change the Organ Donation System in Scotland
Gordon Macdonald, CARE for Scotland's Parliamentary Officer penned an article for The Scotsman, focusing on why changing Scotland's current laws on organ donation to one of 'presumed consent' leads to ethical dilemmas.
"The problem with presumed consent is it creates a system that treats human beings with a degree of automation and bypasses their personhood. It is good that people choose to donate their organs – this should be encouraged. However, if we introduce an arrangement which results in the taking of people’s organs after death without direct and honouring engagement with their personhood prior to death we cannot guarantee that the organs are given freely and with consent and, therefore, the donor’s personhood is potentially disrespected."
With the Scottish Government currently consulting on reform of the organ donation system, Gordon's article is rather poignant.