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If it belongs to no one, then can his body parts be harvested for use as transplants? If his body belongs to his heirs, then can they sell his body parts for transplants?

asked Apr 04 '12 at 23:02

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edited Apr 05 '12 at 09:46

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Surely the only proper rule can be that the remains of a deceased individual are owned by the individual's estate.

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I think that when someone dies the body should be treated the same way we treat their property -- it should be disposed of in accordance with their expressed wishes. So you could donate organs for transplants (if possible), or donate your body to science for research purposes, or specify that it be cremated or buried with whatever ceremony you consider appropriate. Your body, your choice.

In the absence of an expressed desire by the now-deceased the law should specify a 'default' disposal. Whether this default should permit the harvesting of organs for transplant or give the authority to make such decisions to next-of-kin is not really a philosophical issue, and Objectivism doesn't have a position on it one way or the other.

answered Apr 24 '12 at 23:04

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