Category Organ Donation

Needed: More Honesty About Death Before Donation

L. Syd M Johnson examines the controversies surrounding death before organ donation and how current organ procurement practices may foster distrust and discourage donation.

Needed: Better Guidelines for Defining Death

Jacquelyn Shaw contests a number of claims made by Sarah Chapple in her recent critique of the CBC The Fifth Estate documentary Dead Enough.

How Dead is ‘Dead Enough’, Asks the CBC

Sarah Chapple defends organ and tissue donation after cardiac death for patients who are critically ill and dependent on mechanical ventilation, but who do not meet the requirements for neurological death.

Blood Money

Kat Lanteigne argues that there are no good reasons for Canadians to be in the business of buying and selling blood.

No Ethical Free Lunch in Organ Donation Policy

Jennifer Chandler points to the ethical trade-offs in any policy to increase organ donation.

Should Five More Kidneys Go To Market?

Barry Hoffmaster argues that the moral cost of commodifying kidneys for transplantation must be calculated before the health care costs can be considered.  

You Can’t Unring a Bell

Aviva Goldberg suggests that while payment may increase the number of living kidney providers, this benefit may not outweigh the risks associated with commodification of the human body.