Friday, February 10, 2012

Webinar: What if the Family Says "No!"?

Ethics of Response to Family Opposition in 'First Person Consent' Organ Donation

Terry Rosell, PhD, DMin
Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics

February 22, 2012
11 am Central Time

The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, as adopted and revised, affirms personal autonomy of those who wish to donate organs or tissue after death. Not even next of kin are permitted to revoke such "first person" authorizations to donate.

Yet the traditional rights of family upon death of a loved one are weighty, especially in regard to deciding what happens to the body.

So what happens, or ought to happen, if the family says, "No!" to donation?

For more information and to register click here.

Link: The Ethics of First Person Consent, Terry Rosell, DMin, PhD and Rob Linderer, Midwest Transplant Network, The Bioethics Channel, May 6, 2011



Blogger Maurice Bernstein, M.D. said...

If the question is raised to the patient's attending physician, the answer is that it is being raised to the wrong party. The attending physician should ethically and legally have no say in the matter. It is up to the local organ procurement organization to educate the family about the law and any alternatives. ..Maurice.

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