Compulsory organ donation
December 1, 2007 § 18 Comments
Most people would accept the offer of a diseased person’s organs if it could save their life. If your heart stops working you would probably want a new one.
But still, a lot of people are not willing to donate their organs after they’ve died. Even more people are not willing to donate some of their blood or bone marrow while still alive. Although they probably won’t say no to a blood transfusion, if that can save their life.
Blood for blood?
So wouldn’t it be fair to say that no one deserves to get somebody else’s organs or blood if they’re not prepared to donate this themselves?
We’re part of a society. We’re dependent on other people. Wouldn’t it be reasonable to make organ donation compulsory? Blood donation is a bit more complicated. If everyone had to give blood there would have to be a lot of testing going on. Now, people who donate are at least motivated for it, so they won’t “cheat” the guidelines. But only a few of the blood donors today are registered as bone marrow donors.
So, in order to save more lives, I propose:
- Everyone have to donate their organs after they’re dead. Exceptions are made for people who carry special cards stating that they’re not donors (for religious or other reasons).
- All blood donors have to be registered in the bone marrow registry. If someone need their bone marrow, the donor should be asked if he wants to donate or not. The donor should be informed of the consequences for the receiver if he don’t donate.
Maybe this is pushing the issue to the extreme, but there is some reason to this reasoning. Isn’ t there?