In Britain, Your Body Belongs To The Stateby Doug Mataconis
The British government is in the process of turning it’s citizen’s bodies into harvesting sources:
LONDON — Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday threw his weight behind a move to allow hospitals to remove organs from dead patients without explicit consent.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr. Brown said such a move would save thousands of lives and that he hopes such a system can start this year.
The proposals would mean consent for organ donation after death would be automatically presumed, unless individuals had opted out of a national register or family members objected.
But patients’ groups said they are “totally opposed” to Mr. Brown’s plan, arguing it would take away patients’ rights over their own bodies.
To say the least.