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Against the family veto in organ procurement: Why the wishes of the dead should prevail when the living and the deceased disagree on organ donation

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The wishes of registered organ donors are regularly set aside when family members object to donation. This genuine overruling of the wishes of the deceased raises difficult ethical questions. A successful argument for providing the family with a veto must (a) provide reason to disregard the wishes of the dead, and (b) establish why the family should be allowed to decide. One branch of justification seeks to reconcile the family veto with important ideas about respecting property rights, preserving autonomy, and preventing harm. These arguments are ultimately unsuccessful. Another branch of arguments is consequentialist, pointing out the negative consequences of removing the veto. Whether construed as concerning family distress or as a potential drop in the organs available, these arguments are unsuccessful; the first fails to recognize the tremendous distress associated with waiting for an organ, while the second has little supporting evidence. A final section considers and rejects whether combining some of the arguments just examined could justify the family veto. We should thus remove the family veto in organ donation.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBioethics
Vol/bind34
Nummer3
Sider (fra-til)272-280
Antal sider9
ISSN0269-9702
DOI
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2020
BegivenhedÅrsmøde Dansk Selskab for Statskundskab - Hotel Koldingfjord, Kolding, Danmark
Varighed: 29 okt. 201530 okt. 2015

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KonferenceÅrsmøde Dansk Selskab for Statskundskab
LokationHotel Koldingfjord
LandDanmark
ByKolding
Periode29/10/201530/10/2015

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