The ethics of poker machines and organ donation

08/12/2011

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
Bishop Anthony.

The ethics of poker machines and a family's right to veto a departed loved one's wish to donate their organs were two of the issues discussed by the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, and Anglican Bishop Rob Forsyth on ABC Radio's Mornings with Philip Clark Ethics Panel on Wednesday 7 December.

"We know that gambling has terrible impacts on individuals, families and communities," Bishop Anthony said during the panel discussion.

"You can't just say 'it's my right to do what I like with my money', if I'm messing up my family and my friends, my whole community and myself in the process.

"This is an ethical issue and we have to take it very seriously. There might be a debate about what schemes will work best, but we've got to do something."

On the question of a family's right to veto a loved one's wish to donate their organs, Bishop Anthony said:

"The best thing to do is to have good discussions in families before you ever get to this point, so you wouldn't have a difference of opinion between what someone's put on their driver's licence and what their parents, their kids or their spouse wants."

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