Monday, February 23, 2004

Organ donor fairness in New Zealand

Stephen Franks, a Member of the New Zealand Parliament, has proposed that organ donation be encouraged in New Zealand by a simple law change. In a press release, Mr. Franks said, "Non-donors should not be denied a transplant, but should go to the bottom of the list. Those who are prepared to contribute should get priority."

Mr. Franks' proposal is based on the same ideas that are behind LifeSharers.

"People are free to not donate, but they should then lose their moral claim to receive organs - it's fairness: people shouldn't expect others to do for them what they will not do for others," Mr Franks said.

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