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Archive for March, 2011

Giving Life After Death Row

“According to theĀ 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.