Monday, September 24, 2007

'Opt out' organ donation proposed

Briefing: this is commonly proposed to increase organ donation rates. Unfortunately they want to take your organs before you are actually dead: they remove them from patients still breathing, but pronounced 'brain dead', a state from which people have recovered in numerous cases. Death, of course, is by definition something you can't 'recover' from, barring a miracle! Readers should get hold of a 'Catholic ID' card.

From SPUC: Mr Alan Johnson, the British Health Secretary, is promoting proposals for
people have to opt out if they don't want to donate their organs after death, rather than the present system of opting in to become organ donors. A task force has been set up to suggest how to achieve higher organ donation rates. Scotland's chief medical office, Harry Burns, rejected a such a presumed consent scheme for Scotland. According to the BBC, some European countries with presumed consent have more organ donations than the UK but Sweden has fewer.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen