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Libertarian Alliance: Proposed Organ Donation Law is "State Cannibalism"

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  • Dr Sean Gabb
    NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE In Association with the Libertarian International Release Date: Monday 14th January 2008 Release Time: Immediate
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 13, 2008
      In Association with the Libertarian International

      Release Date: Monday 14th January 2008
      Release Time: Immediate

      Contact Details:
      Dr Sean Gabb on 07956 472 199 or via sean@...

      For other contact and link details, see the foot of this message
      Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr062.htm

      "Cannibalism: New Labour's Next Step" Says Libertarian Alliance

      The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties
      pressure group, today denounces Prime Minister Gordon Brown's proposal
      that organs for donation be taken without consent from the dead.

      Libertarian Alliance Director, Sean Gabb, says:

      "Whenever British politicians or their clients want to do something
      particularly gross to the rest of us, they announce it in a special
      'caring' tone. Watching Gordon Brown at work today, his voice so slow and
      husky it was barely audible, was rather like being lovebombed by Fred West.

      "When the law allows organs to be harvested from the bodies of the dead
      without the explicit prior consent of the dead, or the explicit consent
      of the next of kin, the State becomes effectively a cannibal.

      The proposal may save one or two lives. But it also puts lives in danger.
      Many National Health Service hospitals are chaotic infection traps. Their
      unwashed wards swarm with doctors who are high on drugs to stay awake,
      who think an epidural goes into the arm, and who frequently speak barely
      a word of English.

      "Give these people the right to harvest organs, and no one without
      private insurance will be safe. Doctors will take organs from patients
      who are not dead. They will 'accelerate death' for patients whose organs
      they want for friends or paying clients.

      "We are told that we shall have the right to opt-out of this presumed
      consent scheme. I do not believe NHS bureaucrats are efficient enough to
      draw this to the attention of medical staff. But I do believe they will
      eventually be efficient enough to withhold treatment from those patients
      whose records on the database now being constructed show a lack of consent.

      "And presumed consent really is only the beginning. Let this through, and
      it is only a matter of time before blood donation becomes compulsory.
      After cannibalism, after all, vampirism is very little."
      The Libertarian Alliance believes that no organ or bodily part should be
      taken from any person for any purpose without the explicit prior consent
      of that person, or, if dead, without the explicit consent of the next of


      Note(s) to Editors

      Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His latest
      book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England,
      and How to Get It Back, may be downloaded for free from
      http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3. It may also be bought. His other books are
      available from Hampden Press at http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.

      He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

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