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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Can a Presumed Consent System Stop Organ Trafficking?

(p.421) 12.3 Commentary
The Future of Bioethics

Takahiro Nakajima

Oxford University Press

Dr. Caplan tries to overcome the situation of organ trafficking by appealing to presumed consent legislation. However, three possible ethical objections to presumed consent remain: fear of mistakes and representation of will, violation of voluntary consent, and fear of refusal of health care. With these in mind, I argue that organ trafficking is not only the result of scarcity in the number of available organs, but also a lack of ways to decide their priority. Even if a system of presumed consent were to cover the entire world and organs become “free goods” in volume, organ trafficking would never cease, because a lack of ways to decide their priority would still exist.

Keywords:   Ethical objection, fear of mistakes, violation of voluntary consent, refusal of health care, scarcity, and presumed consent

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