Organ Donation, and matters of right and wrong

"Matters of the Heart" by Denn (Denise Chan)

The BBC is this week reporting that the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (an entity set up to  evaluate ethical questions arising from the advance of biological and medical research) is running a public consultation to evaluate means of increasing the donation of blood, sperm and organs, to counteract the outstripping of supply by demand. Among the ideas put forward is the possibility of cash incentives and/or the payment of funeral expenses in exchange for these precious commodities.

The consultation exercise is, I believe, interesting in two philosophically-relevant respects. Continue reading “Organ Donation, and matters of right and wrong”

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