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Keep out, State; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

SIR - It is not yet an offence to hold a view contrary to that held by minority special interest groups, however worthy.

In this respect, the letter from Roy Thomas (Dec 28) was somewhat lacking in Christian charity. To disagree with the Welsh Government's Bill on presumed consent for organ donation does not signify lack of compassion or sympathy for patients awaiting organ transplants.

As a lapsed "nnibynwyr" of many years standing, I would not presume to speak for the Church in Wales but the letter from Archbishop Morgan dealt with the issue clearly and concisely.

It is said that "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions" and surely the idea of presumed consent for organ donations is a good example of this.

Organ donation is a beautiful, unselfish act. It is an intensely personal decision and the State should keep out of it. Presumed consent is not consent in any recognised sense of the word.

Thankfully, we have not reached the stage where the State owns our bodies, dead or alive. Hopefully, it never will.

More voluntary organ donation should be encouraged and the system improved to make better use of it.

H THOMAS Neath Abbey, NPT
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