The Law tells you.
I laughed out loud at the brekkie table this morning when I read this letter from Dr Craig French, director of intensive care, Western Health, Footscray, in The Age (which, for some reason, has been edited in the version on their website – it leaves out the funny bit:
The Victorian community can be reassured that, in our jurisdiction, there is no ambiguity or non-conformity [about when a person is dead]. All organ donors have died – they are not “near dead” or “good as dead”. They are dead because section 41 of the Human Tissue Act 1982 provides a clear defintion of death for the purposes of the law in Victoria.
There you are. Isn’t that a comfort. Our legislators define what death is and then tell you whether you meet up with their criterion or not so that doctors can start chopping bits out/off of you without fear of prosecution. This would be the same legislative powers that recently claimed to itself the right to define who is and who isn’t a person for the sake of protecting doctors from legal prosecution when they decide it is “appropriate” to kill unborn babies.
As they say in the classics, there is a Monty Python skit for everything, and here is today’s. Don’t click on this if you are easily offended by…well…live organ transplants, I guess.