Monday, 19 December 2011

Organ donation

The ethics of acquiring organs for transplantation is something I have questioned before, with some illustrations of the less savoury means that have been used. Well I have found some more instances, from China, (again) Pakistan and even Holland.

As a youngster I used to read a lot of science fiction, and I recall one story where, to satisfy the demand for organs, the state gradually lowered the threshold of seriousness for which the death penalty was imposed, until you could be executed for speeding, and your organs harvested. Fiction can sometimes become uncomfortably predictive.

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