Full disclosure up-front, I’ve recently been given some test results which suggest that a kidney transplant in the next five years isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. So I do have something of a personal stake in this.
According to various websites, the demand for donor organs simply dwarfs the supply. This probably isn’t news to anyone. It also probably isn’t news to anyone that only a minority of people are organ donors, or that the main reason for this is simple apathy. Most non-donors have no ideological objection to organ donation - indeed, when asked they think organ donation is a fine idea - but they simply can’t be bothered to spend five minutes filling out the registration form. They think “Meh, I’ll do it another day”, and they never do.
Given all this, wouldn’t it make so much more sense to put the onus on opting out rather than in. It will save lives, help ease the worry of people on the donor waiting list, and if you don’t like it you can just opt out.
I can honestly see no reason not to do this.