While the ministry takes a week off, think about this question and post your thoughts: is organ donation ethical, and under what circumstances?
Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, wrote a piece called “Presumptuous Consent.” In other words, should the medical community assume that all persons are willing organ donators unless they opt out? This presumes that organ donation should be normative. The other option is to opt in, which assumes that people are not organ donators unless they explicitly consent.
Consider: Is the human body a commodity? A conglomeration of parts to be used and reused? Or, is the human body sacred, thus meaning that organ donation implies a gift?
What are your thoughts on organ donation and how to deal with shortages of available organs? We should be careful to approach the subject not primarily on the basis of “shortages,” but rather focus first on the intrinsic dignity of life and the place of the human body. If we are holistic beings, meaning our physical bodies do indeed matter, how can the medical community honor human dignity while creating a culture of ethical organ donation?
Looking forward to your comments and the conversation to unfold!