Humanists want to help people enjoy and make the most of the one life we have. Humanists don’t believe in an afterlife, and see the only meaning of life as the meaning we make for ourselves, and it’s for this reason we try to promote happiness and strive to make a better world in the here and now. From this point of view, organ donation can be seen as a beautiful way to help others even after you’ve died. It is one last, final act of charity.
In order to save as many lives as possible, we campaigned for the UK to a move to an ‘opt-out’ organ donor register; this reflects the reality that most people are happy to donate their organs after they die but never get around to registering. It allows for people to still opt out, including for religious reasons. Additionally, many people decide to become living organ donors. The new opt-out system has become law in Wales (in 2015), Jersey (2019), England (2020), and Scotland (2021). Similar laws were passed in Guernsey (2020) and the Isle of Man (2021), which await implementation. We continue to campaign for the same change in Northern Ireland (where legislation has been introduced in 2021).
We’ve provided some helpful links below, including ways of promoting awareness of organ donation laws. Life is a gift, so please – pass it on.