Vol. 2 No. 1 (2020): Simon Fraser University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

Trillium Gift of Life Network: A Moral Agent

Published 2020-10-21


  • Deontology,
  • Impartiality,
  • Categorical Imperative,
  • Kantian Deontology


This paper aims to present the case that Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) was ethically permitted to deny Delilah Saunders a liver transplant. Moral reasoning and impartiality as the minimum conception of morality support the claim that TGLN was a conscientious moral agent. Deontology supports the claim that TGLN took the appropriate ethical actions. Some argue that alcohol use disorder is a disease and denying her treatment was unethical, but alcohol use disorder is preventable. TGLN had the duty of allocating scarce livers, but they remained ethical in carrying out their duties.