A private member’s bill is about to go before parliament, to change the law regarding our current system of organ donation. Currently in England, you have to opt in to donate your organs, but presumed consent, which is the system now in Wales, is what this private member’s bill hopes to bring in. The public are in raptures over this – they are delighted to think that after they are cold and dead their organs can be given to someone else to help them live – this is the public’s perception of organ donation. It is a false belief – it is consent on the basis of ignorance. It is based on, in fact, deception. I’ve written about it many times. It ought to be a scandal, but the media won’t rock the boat of this system.
So the MP who is presenting the bill is called Dan Jarvis, so this morning I wrote to him, and this is what I said:
Dear Mr Jarvis,
I see from this article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4704718/My-new-lungs-don-t-work-more.html), that you are about to present a Private Members Bill in the House of Commons regarding the introduction of an opt out system for organ donation.
Are you aware, Mr Jarvis, that no one has ever given informed consent to be an organ donor? The public firmly believe they will be dead when their organs are removed. Dead by the definition that all the public understands. Cold, blue, and no longer with any function in their bodies. The medical profession and government have done nothing to disabuse the public of this false notion – in fact without it, the organ donation system as it stands could not have come into being at all. The public is incapable of giving consent to be an organ donor, because if they knew that they would be alive – with a pulse, respiration, a beating heart etc. they would never give their consent.
Informed consent is a basic tenet of all medical treatment (and also it’s withdrawal). Yet this is not being followed in the case of organ donation.
This must come to an end, and I call on you to stop this private members bill from proceeding on the basis that it is legally flawed to presume consent, when informed consent on the basis of truth, information etc. has never been obtained from a single donor, let alone the general public.
Lastly, I leave you with this. I asked a couple of my friends whether they were on the organ donor register, and they both said no. I said to them, “Well don’t go on it.” They asked why, and I simply asked them ‘Would you like an anaesthetic when your organs are removed?” They said, “But why would I need one, I’d be dead?”
There you have the public’s understanding of organ donation in a nutshell.
It is very easy to obtain many hundreds of thousands of signatures on a petition to bring in an opt out system for organ donation when all those signing believe they will be cold and dead when those organs are removed. They are in such deep ignorance of the facts – facts so abhorrent that they are difficult to even broach – yet as lawmakers it is your duty to work on the basis of truth.
I hope that my letter reaches you in time to prevent a crime against the people of this country.
Mrs Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx
The thing which is most sickening of all is how the press push this crime by writing mawkish stories about the need for organs. The article linked in the letter above was one such piece. The comments were classic of the uninformed:
Please share this far and wide – the public has to know the truth. I cannot sit idly by and do nothing while I see a crime being perpetrated. It’s bad enough that such awful crimes have been going on since 1967, but we can still awake from the lies and deception, and we can say no more!
On the issue of sick people’s need for organs, by the way, I am not without feeling for these folks. But I bet if they knew the person who was ‘donating’ their organs (having them stolen without consent), was going to be alive, they would refuse to accept them. I would hope so.
God Bless you