Germans, you can keep your organs. For now.
The German parliament recently voted down a proposal that would have made it mandatory for every citizen to become an organ donor. The so-called “objection solution,” was defeated by a vote of 379 to 292. An alternative proposal seeking Germans’ opinions via an online database was passed.
The “objection solution,” which sounds far too much like the “final solution,” was proposed by health minister Jens Spahn, a member of the Christian Democratic Union, though it sounds particularly unchristian and undemocratic. Karl Lauterbach, a member of the Social Democratic Party, promoted the measure. After the vote was taken, Lauterbach stated: “I believe we will be here again in a few years, and then there will be a majority for the ‘objection solution.’” He and Spahn believe that Germans may be willing to surrender their organs en masse within three to five years.
Organ donation is, quite literally, a very personal issue, one that involves a person’s views on body, soul, metaphysics and religion. Forced organ donation sounds like something from the Third Reich.
“Ouch! Hey, Heinrich, I’m not dead yet! Take a hike, I’m still using my liver!”
Even if a significant majority of a nation’s citizens are in favor of donating their organs, that doesn’t give them—or their government—the right to demand others do the same.