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UK doctors union proposes radical changes to organ donation system

15 February 2012

The British Medical Association (BMA) has proposed radical changes to the UK's organ donation system.

The changes include presumed consent for organ removal as well as keeping patients alive solely to enable organ removal. [Telegraph, 13 February] In a separate move, two US bioethicists have argued for the abolition of the dead-donor organ removal rule.

Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "The authors of this obnoxious paper have forgotten the lessons of the 20th century of the consequences of making the right to life dependent upon the possession of abilities.

"The authors should read the famous 1941 sermon of Blessed Clemens Cardinal von Galen against the Nazi euthanasia programme, who said: 'Once admit the right to kill unproductive persons ... then none of us can be sure of his life.'" [, 8 February]

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