13 January 2008

organ donation

while i'm trying to pull together some thoughts on universal health coverage in order to make more than a few-line post, i thought i'd share something in that vein. i, too, read Graham Glass' post re: opt-in versus opt-out organ donation programs. i think it's a great idea: given preference to those people who are themselves registered organ donors. it might encourage participation, providing an more personal incentive to help others, all without requiring participation. that last point is important to me. we will effectively become meat farms to be parceled out by our political superiors, without regard to our own wishes.

Joe Gregorio thinks NC has an opt-out program, meaning that one has to specify that one doesn't want to donate. i can't think of a policy that is more repulsive than having a gubmint control disposition of the most personal of property: one's body. i am a donor by choice, but i'll be damned if i'll let someone tell me i am required to donate myself to anyone. involuntary servitude, indeed.

please be an organ donor. give a hoot, don't pollute human land-fills or crematoria with organs that could make a difference.

1 comment:

  1. Over half of the 98,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.