Thursday, February 26, 2009

Organ Donor or No?

On The View today, one of the ladies said she thought that instead of having to sign your drivers license if you want to be an organ donor, you should have to sign it if you don't want to. I'm thinking that's a great idea. Everyone would automatically be an organ donor, unless they specifically choose not to be.

Now we have people who might be willing to be organ donors, but they don't want to think about the fact that something could happen to them. Maybe they don't feel strongly about it one way or the other, or maybe they mean to, but they just never get around to signing. Changing things around would make that decision easier, and the people who don't want their organs donated probably feel strongly enough about it that they'd be sure to sign if they had to.

What do you think?


  1. my sister was an organ donor. I saw here just after.

    guess I have mixed emotions about it.

  2. eh, the government would never allow it. They always have to protect us from ourselves, even if we are dead ;)

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  3. It's like the "opt out" option you get for so many e-mail marketing things. Why should I have to take the effort to opt out of something that I never wanted to opt in to in the first place? Being an organ donor is a choice, not being one should be the default. If you had to sign to say that you didn't want to be a donor, there would be a lot of people who would be inadvertent donors.

  4. About 50% of the organs transplanted in America go to people who haven't agreed to donate their own organs when they die. As long as we let non-donors jump to the front of the waiting list if they need a transplant we'll always have an organ shortage.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

  5. Wow, you've got some interesting dialogue going on in these comments, Anna!

    I must admit - when I first read the post, I thought it was a great idea. Then, when I took the time to read other peoples' opinions, I changed my opinion.

    P.S. If you want to laugh, come over the Misty's Musings and read about my Urine Leaking E-mail.

  6. ppphoto - Why should people have to opt out? If being an organ donor is a choice, then not being an organ donor is also a choice. So why favor one choice over the other? I think the default should be the choice that will help the most people.

    Dave - Thanks for the info. I'm heading over to LifeSharers now.

    Misty - It is an interesting discussion, but I'm sticking with my first reaction on this. Maybe I just want to assume that most people want to help, but they put off making the decision because they don't want to face their own mortality.

  7. I signed up to be a donor. They are thinking of doing an opt out system over here..


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