Experiences of a med student with an incurable travel bug.

“According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there are more than 110,000 Americans on organ waiting lists. Around 19 of them die each day. There are more than 3,000 prisoners on death row in the United States, and just one inmate could save up to eight lives by donating a healthy heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and other transplantable tissues.”

Interesting piece. The author does a decent job of addressing many of the counter arguments and making his case. Rather than rehashing it all, I’ll just leave you to check out the preceding link to the NY Times article.

Should prisoners be denied the right to decide what happens to their bodies and organs after their death? Are there legitimate reasons for refusing to allow those on death row to be organ donors when they pass screening measures and the lethal injections don’t damage the organs? I am not taking a side in the death sentence debate here, I’m just pointing out an interesting aspect from one prisoner’s point of view. If his organs are viable, why should eight people have to wait any longer for a life-saving transplant? Interesting.

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Comments on: "Giving Life After Death Row" (2)

  1. That is a very interesting idea. Why not? It may help them get a sense of redemption.

    • As long as they pass the medical screening, I think it should be allowed. We were going to have a medical ethics discussion about this the other day and I was hoping it would highlight legitimate reasons I hadn’t thought of for why people would be opposed, but we ended up discussing a more pertinent, local issue instead. Maybe next time.

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