"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The most sacred, personal, and sensible "right" that an American has is the right to his physical body. The theory that "because someone else needs it, therefore I should be mandated to provide it" is NOT constitutional, it is not "American," it is not patriotic, it is not in keeping with the heritage we claim to be so proud of as a nation. Because we are, as you stated, an intelligent lifeform, we should learn from our successes as well as from our mistakes.
What I have does not belong to you. You have no claim to it unless I offer it to you. It belongs to me. There are things that are ABSOLUTELY mine. The next logical step, according to your theory, would be to take kidneys from living people because they only require one. This is not a far cry from what you propose. Society evolves in graduated steps. These are not steps I wish to take, and according to the poll, it would appear that a bipartisan majority would oppose it.
114,813 people are waiting for an organ
18 people will die each day waiting for an organ
1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives
The Gap Continues to Widen
Right now, there are more than enough people waiting for an organ to fill a large football stadium twice over.
organdonor.gov | The Need Is Real: Data
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