Be wary of the body snatchers

First published in Letters

The Assembly’s draft Human Transplantation Bill – ‘Presumed consent’ – may seem a good idea to those who see this only as a means of saving useful body parts from going to waste, but this is more than that. It’s a matter of ownership of the deceased’s body.
At no point does it become the property of the Assembly or a health authority for the purpose of harvesting spares. So, without prior consent, they would be wise to keep their
thieving hands off.                             The message is
clear: If this Bill ever becomes law, to avoid the body snatchers, make sure you expire over the border.
R H Ashton,
Woodland Place,
Pengam

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8:43am Fri 21 Sep 12

melaniew says...

This type of rhetoric is ill informed and unhelpful to the debate surrounding the proposed change in legislation.
Yes I would agree the message is a clear one if you don't want to be a donor then for the first time ever you will be able to say so therefore you won't have to travel across the border to expire.
Might I also remind you that you are statistically more likely to need a transplant than become a donor.
This type of rhetoric is ill informed and unhelpful to the debate surrounding the proposed change in legislation. Yes I would agree the message is a clear one if you don't want to be a donor then for the first time ever you will be able to say so therefore you won't have to travel across the border to expire. Might I also remind you that you are statistically more likely to need a transplant than become a donor. melaniew
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10:49am Fri 21 Sep 12

Mervyn James says...

With all these stories about the state being asked to decide over your body parts, and when to end your life, the writer is correct in raising concern. Just because most people do not tend to think about donor cards is a pretty dodgy excuse to make a law deciding for them. Most people watch TV instead of voting, just try forcing them to....
With all these stories about the state being asked to decide over your body parts, and when to end your life, the writer is correct in raising concern. Just because most people do not tend to think about donor cards is a pretty dodgy excuse to make a law deciding for them. Most people watch TV instead of voting, just try forcing them to.... Mervyn James
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