Magazine article New Internationalist

A Living Donor: Bill of Rights

Magazine article New Internationalist

A Living Donor: Bill of Rights

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1 All humans have the right to bodily integrity.

2 Organ harvesting should be considered in terms of a post-Cartesian notion of the person. Not 'I think therefore I am' but 'I am self-consciously embodied, therefore I am' .

3 Recognize organs as one's birthright, one's bodily inheritance.

4 Recognize that there are no 'spare' organs.

5 Green donation (deceased donors) should be the default system. Red donation (living donors) should be viewed as the exception, not the rule. Living donation should be acknowledged as a major sacrifice and not as a moral imperative.

6 Establish safeguards that recognize the existence of vulnerable donor populations - young people, the unemployed, prisoners, the mentally ill, guest workers, the uninsured, economic and political refugees, those in debt.

7 Establish a principle of solidarity with the weak, the frail, the sick and the existentially shaken, both kidney patients and kidney sellers. …

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