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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    Poll should have included "Yes, with the ability to opt out." Which would have been my choice.
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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Kandahar, it's just not true to claim that the majority of organ donations come from victims of a pro-longed illness. It's actually a lot less likely that someone who has been terminally ill for a long period of time will have usable and harvestable organs than someone who's suffered a sudden and severe trauma.

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    I stand corrected. However, the point still remains that anyone who has serious objections to organ donation can opt out ahead of time, so that their family isn't scrambling at the last minute to prevent doctors from taking organs in the middle of extreme duress. An "opt-out" system doesn't impose a major burden on anyone who absolutely does not want to donate. Too many people are dying due to simple inertia, because most people won't bother to spend the 5 minutes to fill out an organ donation form. In any case when the person didn't "opt in" or "opt out" (and in which the family doesn't have a preference / can't be reached), the doctors are going to be making some assumptions about what the person would have wanted. So why not err on the side of actually saving lives? Who is harmed by it?
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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    I think organ donation is great but making it mandatory seems too tyrannical. A better solution IMHO would be offering financial compensation to the family of the late donor should they choose to offer organ/tissue transplantation from their late loved one. If it meant kids college funds would be contributed to and bills paid off I bet we'd start seeing more voluntary organ donations (for lack of a better word). I'm thinking health insurance should cover the cost.

    FYI: You might be surprised how much money the blood bank charges hospitals for the blood the community voluntarily donates. All for a good and important cause and thank God for it but there is money involved. Certain blood types and blood components bring in more than others. I'm ab positive and the blood bank worker told me I was a walking gold mine.
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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    The only organ that is bad on me is the heart. I've had them all checked out. But even if they wanted them for that I'm happy with that and with what ever knowledge is gained.

    However the point is that I'm willing to accept an organ yet I can refuse to donate mine?
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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    I am ok with it being mandatory, but I am just cheap enough to think the recipient's insurance
    should pay for the funeral expenses.

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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I think organ donation is great but making it mandatory seems too tyrannical. A better solution IMHO would be offering financial compensation to the family of the late donor should they choose to offer organ/tissue transplantation from their late loved one. If it meant kids college funds would be contributed to and bills paid off I bet we'd start seeing more voluntary organ donations (for lack of a better word). I'm thinking health insurance should cover the cost.

    FYI: You might be surprised how much money the blood bank charges hospitals for the blood the community voluntarily donates. All for a good and important cause and thank God for it but there is money involved. Certain blood types and blood components bring in more than others. I'm ab positive and the blood bank worker told me I was a walking gold mine.
    You give blood to the blood bank and they charge a fortune for the blood. I understand expences and all but the stuff they sell was given to them pretty much for free. That means the only real costs should be personel and storage costs along with testing. They sell off the blood dirivetives for profit before the blood expires so the expences for a NON PROFIT enity should fairly low. Something doesnt smell right.
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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    Hell no, I'm kinda big on voluntary consent and private property.

    That being said, I am an organ donor.
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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachean View Post
    Hell no, I'm kinda big on voluntary consent and private property.

    That being said, I am an organ donor.
    I think it's horrifying that anybody would even entertain the idea that the state "owns" individual bodies or that there should ever, ever be a mandate. But like you, I'm ready to donate everything of use and have been part of the National Bone Marrow Registry for over 20 years and hope someday I'll get the call.

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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. This is especially true in the case where the need of one party is instead a desire. This also applies when roles are reversed, but one party still holds to their desires over another parties needs; so in the case of the many desiring something that is harmful for the few, the beneficiary action would be to negate the desire of the many.

    As statistics and facts have shown, organs are in great need for those who wish to avoid an untimely death. So for the good of those people, it is an absolute necessity that they acquire the organs that they need to live. To deny this is to deny the innocent life, an action that is the hallmark of an uncivilized society.

    The self ceases to exist beyond death; what remains is nothing more than an empty vessel, or shell, of that former self. It is only through mutual association of the person and their physical body that people come to possess a sentimental attraction to the corpse. But to base a social policy solely on sentiment alone is foolish; while not worthless, it should at least be secondary to reason. So although a difficult endeavor, I would request that those who hold sentiment for the corpse alleviate their emotions from the matter so that progress can be made.

    So the desire of an individual to practice something that is both emotional and selfish at the expense of the greater good is not something that should be accepted. What ones immediate desires is irrelevant compared to the need of the whole group.
    The only practical benefit that I could see for not instituting mandatory organ donation would be natural population culling; to allow those that do have needs to die as a means of ensuring that the population remains at a stable level. This method can also be used to secure the greater good of the nation.

    I would also be in favor of the 'opt-out' system where individuals can choose to not give away organs, but to have the ability to keep organs beyond death is not only extremely selfish, but I find giving that liberty to people unnecessary. I would also be in favor of monetary gains as reimbursement for donating organs, for either voluntary or mandatory organ donation.

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    Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaIncognito View Post
    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
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