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Compulsory Organ Donation

I have carried an Organ donation card for 22 years because it was my choice, the Welsh Government have now ruled that everyone shall be put on the register unless they chose to "OPT OUT".

I believe the right to be buried with all the parts you were born with is an innate right and you should not be required to apply for the privilege. I understand there is an increased need for organ donation but surely, the government should be spending money educating the people as to the benefits of donating rather than basing a database on the presumption of people's thoughts.

People who wish to and feel strong about Organ donation make the effort to register and carry their card with pride as I did for the past 22 years, however people do not want to forced in to the system.

As far as I'm aware there are no plans in place to visit each and every old age pensioner without internet or the mobility required to give them the option to opt out, or any facilities to establish the wishes of children with learning difficulties or even children at all ..... if we are all presumed to be willing, what happens when a 5 year old child dies? Does the mother have the right to say no or does the government decide, as they didn't opt out? What if your in an accident, you've opted out but you die and there is a short window of time to transplant to another casualty, are we to believe the hospital will stop everything while they check their database, or will they 'presume' they have the right to take what they want?

There are already far to many historical cases of body parts and organs being taken without the family's consent for this to be an effective system and it under mines the basic human right that our bodies belong to us and our loved ones. The government should have to ask us if they can use our organs after our death, not us having to ask them for the pleasure of being buried with them.

I have spent my entire life looking after my body, I broke my back a few years ago and despite the doctors saying it would take years, I fought to be back up, mobile and in work within 4 months. I spend 3 hours a day exercising to keep it lean and I only eat well-balanced meals to maintain my health. I have spent my entire life feeding clothing and paying my taxes to maintain and repair it, therefore it is mine and I shouldn't have to fill in forms for the right to keep it!

As of today I have thrown my donor card ion the bin and have never been so ashamed to be Welsh.

I hope this petition can muster enough support to persuade the Government to change their minds about this law and spend their money in a more sensible way educating the public on the advantages of organ donation.

I'm not obligated to nor do I owe anyone my organs, my blood, my skin or any other part of my body. Organ donation has the word donation in it. To donate is to give of ones own free will. This mandate would make the phrase a contradiction.

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Jonathon SimsBy:
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