Ever since organ donation after a declaration of “cardiac death” was first practised in the Ottawa Hospital in June
2006, Canadians have been subjected to an incessant drumbeat of rhetorical manipulation in the media in favour of
organ donation. The following commentary is offered in order to inform the public about the truth in regard to both
the moral principles and scientific facts pertaining to both the donation and harvesting of human organs for
transplantation purposes. Many physicians have serious and well-considered concerns about the morality of human
organ transplantation and about the fact that the general public has not been properly informed about what really
happens when organs are retrieved.