People Praise Singapore’s Controversial Organ Donation Rules
A rule on organ donation in Singapore has been highlighted by the online community, but despite its controversy, it is receiving a lot of praise.
Just like the UK, citizens of the Southeast Asian country are automatically registered as organ donors.
In 1987, to address an organ shortage in Singapore, the Human Organ Transplantation Act (HOTA) was passed to allow for the salvage of kidneys, livers, hearts and corneas in the event of death.
Fast forward to 2009 and it was passed that all Singaporean citizens and permanent residents aged 21 and over who are not mentally ill are automatically included in HOTA.
Although people can opt out through the country’s health ministry, there’s a particular downside to this – you’re less likely to get an organ transplant if you need it.
As stated in the HOTA information booklet: “Those on HOTA will not only have the chance to help others, but will also have a higher priority on waiting lists if they need a transplant. organ. This will be essential when the need arises.
This particular detail was brought to the attention of the Reddit community when a user shared the government’s HOTA page, writing, “Anyone in Singapore over the age of 21 is automatically registered as an organ donor. . If you evade this law, you will be placed at the very bottom of the list of priority organs, if you need an organ transplant.
The rules allow people to refuse to donate specific organs, and they will then be deprioritized on waiting lists for the specific organs they have refused to donate.
Dozens of people have flocked to the comments section to offer their thoughts on the matter, and while some people think the rule is controversial, a majority agrees it’s only fair.
Discussing the complex nature of this topic, one person wrote, “As someone who is happy to have my organs harvested (although I’m not sure I chose because I’m very bad at organizing my life) , I think it’s still a complicated subject.
“From a logical point of view, of course, if the organs are no longer needed, then use them elsewhere. But deaths are often filled with emotion, not logic.
“Sometimes people haven’t come to terms with death and before you know it, ‘we’re taking out your daughter’s heart and liver now for someone else to use’.”
Another simply said, “That seems right,” a sentiment many people agreed with.
Another commented: “Good. You shouldn’t have to be a giver, but if you unsubscribe you shouldn’t receive either.”
Others praised the government for implementing the rule, with one saying: ‘I love it when governments do things that are fair, just and rational’, and another commenting: ‘I think we should all follow this logic.