In Support of Presumed Consent for Organ Harvesting

The new Nova Scotia law titled “Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act” is a great step forward for healthcare and will certainly save many lives that otherwise would have been lost. 

The new law now legislates that unless you have formally registered to decline to have your organs harvested, your consent is given. 


This is a shining beacon of Canadian values. Canadians belong to Canada just as Canada belongs to Canadians, and Nova Scotians belong to Nova Scotia just as Nova Scotia belongs to Nova Scotians (or people that have lived in Nova Scotia for 12 months or more as per section 13(1) of the Act). It is thus well within the prerogative of the Province to claim what is rightfully theirs, i.e. your organs. Well, after you die. You can keep the organs in your body that rightfully belong to someone else. For now anyways (more on section 16 below). 

Undoubtedly there will be those that object, perhaps saying something such as, “my body, my choice,” but is this reasonable? Certainly not. By denying someone their human right to your organs you’re literally committing murder. Someone died, and it’s YOUR fault. 

Thankfully the Act provides many ways to get around the wishes of people that do not wish to be chopped up for parts. Sections 12, 13, and 14 provide conditions for non-consent. However, thanks to the dutiful diligence of our Dear Leaders, each also contains an escape clause:

Nothing in this Section affects the ability of a substitute decision-maker to give consent on behalf of the individual.

Section 15 conveniently provides another escape clause to allow a “substitute decision-maker” the right to override the greedy, selfish wishes of bio-misers that have explicitly and formally stated their wishes to not have their bodies cannibalized by ghouls. 

However, there still could be organ shortages. But have no fear! Our government overlords have already thought of that in section 16! 

16 The medical tests to demonstrate that death has occurred are those established by the medical profession from time to time.

All that needs to be done is to redefine what death is. Such as, oh, maybe just perhaps having the wrong political opinion. If China can do it, why can’t we? 

But the Act doesn’t go far enough.

What are we to do with extra organs? 

This is a golden opportunity to start a harvested organ market! We could sell to other Canadian provinces, or we could perhaps get a better price from our American neighbours to the south! Just imagine how many potholes we could fix!


That’s already built in thanks to section 27(2)(c)!

27 (1) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall buy, sell or otherwise deal in, directly or indirectly, for valuable consideration, any human organ, tissue or body for use in transplantation, education or scientific research.

(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), valuable consideration does not include

(c) the buying and selling of tissues by the tissue bank as approved by a health authority or the Minister.

The only questions now are whether we can collateralize organs as a debt instrument, set up exchange traded funds (ETFs), and stimulate a healthy derivatives market with contracts for differences (CFDs), margins, and 400x leverage. 

Ryan Smyth
Atlantica Party

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