Opt-Out to the Rescue: Organ Donation and Samaritan Duties

Public Health Ethics 14 (2):191-201 (2021)
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Deceased organ donation is widely considered as a case of easy rescue―that is, a case in which A may bestow considerable benefits on B while incurring negligent costs herself. Yet, the policy implications of this observation remain unclear. Drawing on Christopher H. Wellman’s samaritan account of political obligations, the paper develops a case for a so-called opt-out system, i.e., a scheme in which people are defaulted into being donors. The proposal’s key idea is that we may arrange people’s options in specific ways for the sake of others.

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Andreas Albertsen
Aarhus University
Soren Flinch Midtgaard
Aarhus University

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