Thursday, June 09, 2005

Disgusting "Bioethics" in Canada

An article on JewishWorldReview about how Canada is refusing to let a kidney donation take place to save a Jewish hero.

But rather than just beating up on Canada, I want to mention that I find the whole idea that people are not allowed to sell organs to be stupid (not that there is selling going on in this case, but apparently fear of that is why they aren't allowing the transplant). I think that the idea that so-called bioethics prevent people from profiting from helping other people ultimately puts the "purity of the system" over the value of human life.

To explain what I mean by this, let's look at Judaic morality for a moment (which has a parallel issue to this, and which is appropriate considering that the article was on a Jewish web site and the victim in this story is Jewish).

Judaism has a lot of laws, including that people ought not to eat pigs or work on Saturday. Nonetheless, all of the laws, excepting the law against murder, the law against idolatry, and the law against sexual immorality, are nulland void in teh case when following them costs a person his life. In other words, a starving Jewish man in a prison with only bacon to eat is not just allowed, but required to eat the bacon because preerving life is more importatn than dietary restrictions.

In the same way, I think that preserving life is more important than preventing people from porfiting.

Obviously, allowing the sale of organs has its drawbacks; you may get a lot of peopl who try to donate who do not have good organs, for example. But most of these can be screened out, and I can't help but think that with so many people dying waiting for a transplant that the risk of someone getting a bad organ is smaller than the current risk of dying without getting a transplanted organ.

That is all.

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