A Critical Appraisal of Carl Cohen “Presumed Consent” in Organ Donation [Turkish Journal of Bioethics]
Turkish Journal of Bioethics. 2019; 6(2): 46-57 | DOI: 10.5505/tjob.2019.08370  

A Critical Appraisal of Carl Cohen “Presumed Consent” in Organ Donation

Jamiu Kunle Ayınde1, Babajide Dasaolu2
1Department of Philosophy, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria
2Department of Philosophy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun, Nigeria

INTRODUCTION: This paper identifies the Achilles heels in Carl Cohen’s notion of organ donation. It posits that presumed consent cannot sufficiently solve the problem of organ shortage. Presumed consent though might improve the number of organs available; it does not resolve all moral challenges faced by presumed refusal as assumed by Cohen.
METHODS: In achieving this, we critically analyze concepts and processes involved in Carl Cohen’s presumed consent. We further identified ethical problems Cohen’s presumed consent failed to solve. This paper recommends a possible solution to the problem of organ shortage.
RESULTS: This paper concludes that Cohen’s presumed consent cannot sufficiently solve the problem of organ shortage.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The paper further shows that regenerative medicine, cloning, and other advanced medical research if well explored will solve to a large extent the problem of organ shortage.

Keywords: Presumed Consent, Presumed Refusal, Regeneration Medicine; Organ Donation; Organ Shortage


Jamiu Kunle Ayınde, Babajide Dasaolu. A Critical Appraisal of Carl Cohen “Presumed Consent” in Organ Donation. Turkish Journal of Bioethics. 2019; 6(2): 46-57

Corresponding Author: Jamiu Kunle Ayınde, Nigeria


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