Unlike Justin, I’m instinctively opposed to compulsory organ harvesting, though rationally I don’t see any clear objection to it. One expects even a minimal state to have oversight over the disposal of corpses and if the state can say that you need to put the organs in this hole rather than that one, there’s no reason why the hole concerned can’t be one excavated by surgeons inside another human being. My objection right now would be that I don’t think enough has been done to encourage more people to donate voluntarily.
What I do expect to see in future – If I’m spared, guvnor – is an organ brokerage company contributing lavishly to the expenses and hospitality of some future Health Minister and those in a position to influence him or her. In the current political environment, giving the state control over your tripes is a precursor to them handing it over to the state’s private sector cronies. Organ harvesting puts your body in play.
Anyway, it won’t affect me. I’m giving my body to Science. Though as a response to Dawkins, Hitchens and all of the shouty gang, I’m considering giving it to Superstition instead. Nowt like a nice sky burial.