No Jeysie I mean seemingly selfless. Selfless and selfish choices are always subjective to the individuals and others views.
Nice ignoring the rest of the argument which points out the huge hole in your argument. If my choice even at the time perceived to be selfless causes harm it is not morally superior or even reasonable by your line of logic. If I donate my organs and the person survives and murders someone my choice to not donate could have stopped that and would then be morally superior. What if I wanted to be buried with my body intact because of religious or personal beliefs, but they harvest the organs anyway. What if they are never used in time and go bad. or worse yet despite my organs reaching their expiration date the doctors put them and don't tell anyone.
Not only is that a waste it violates my right to choose in some fashion or if the doctors are crooked may very likely kill the patient.
If my right to choose gives me piece of mind leading to better mental health for the duration of my life time then I would say my overall personal health outweighs that persons health as it is direct benefit to me. If it gives my family piece of mind and aides in their mental health we are involving multiple peoples potential health again outweighs that one person's health and life.
Because there is no such thing as predictable choice and the element of chance is the ultimate decider it is better to give someone the choice to take the risk.
Also you ignore the high failure rate of organ transplants and very very short life span of harvested organs. The chances of my organs matching someone else s with sufficient genetic and blood type compatibility is what makes finding organ donation hard not the lack of organs.
All of your statements are based on a large what if scenario.
If organ donation was guaranteed to save a persons life I would choose differently. But since it doesn't guarantee it and can even prolong suffering the choice to choose is always superior.
Maintain it as best we can with free choice until tech can fill the gaps and make the odds turn in favor of the person needing the new parts. Preferably with vat grown or artificial organs. If not with techniques to guarantee it works. Until then my right to choose is superior to being forced.
edited 5th Jun '11 9:21:08 PM by TuefelHundenIV