On Monday or Tuesday, someone is going to die.
A man, a woman, older or younger, black, white, Asian, Christian, Jew, Atheist, Gay, Straight…. someone will be lost.. Thanks to a 10 second investment, signing a donor card or answering a donation question, an eye will be harvested, sent to an eye bank and the corneal tissue delivered to Dr. Holland. The unselfish act of a total stranger will give me better vision, someone else life with a kidney, another dying person a heart or lung, perhaps.
I was surprised to learn that 95% of Americans “support” organ donation, while only 38% are registered organ donors? I think it’s probably a combination of laziness, ignorance, paranoia and anti-scientific leanings. But mostly I think it’s the ridiculous opt-in system that we use in the US right now.
If you believe in heaven – donating your viable organs will look very good on your resume at the pearly gates check-in queue.
How many people die because people, rather than having some deep philosophical misgivings, simply forgot to sign their card? I’m a major advocate for opt-out organ donation nationwide and presumed consent.
Presumed consent, advocates argue, combines the principles of supply-side efficiency, respect for individual conscience, and individual’s positive, yet qualified, duty to promote the good of society.
-Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network
If someone is bothered by the donation of their organs, let them do the work of un-registering themselves. During that process, they will take an internal ethical journey, at each step justifying their position. I think many would reconsider after reflection.
More than 100,000 people are currently waiting for organ transplants, and close to 20 die each day because of organ shortages.
- National Institutes of Health
I’m also an advocate for preference of donors in receipt of organs/tissue should they need it. Excepting those with health issues that prevents donation, I think that when there are two people with equal need for a given organ, preference should be given to the one who has signed their donor card, such as it is in Israel
All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
Created and maintained by Donate Life America, www.donatelife.net contains important facts and information about donation and transplantation as well as details on how to become a registered organ, eye and tissue donors in each state.
Donate Life America’s Spanish web site, www.donevida.org contains facts and information about donation and transplantation and addresses concerns that are specific to the Hispanic community. It also details how to become a registered organ, eye and tissue donor in each state.
Created and maintained by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), www.unos.org is the organ transplantation information resource for medical professionals and the general public. UNOS brings together medicine, science, public policy and technology to facilitate every organ transplant performed in the United States.
Created and maintained by UNOS the site contains in depth national, regional, and state donation and transplantation data.
Created and maintained by UNOS, the Transplant Living Web site is the definitive information and education resource for transplant patients and their families.
The oldest transplant association in the United States, the EBAA is a nationally recognized accrediting body for eye banks.
The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) is a professional, non-profit, scientific and educational organization. It is the only national tissue banking organization in the United States, and its membership totals more than 100 accredited tissue banks and 1,000 individual members.
The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) is the non-profit organization recognized as the national representative of fifty-eight federally-designated organ procurement organizations, serving more than 300 million Americans.
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