Modern Medicine And Human Rights Essay

1494 Words Nov 24th, 2015 6 Pages
Every human life is precious at every stage and in every circumstance. To preserve this commonly accepted moral principle, society is responsible for promoting human rights as well as preventing every threat to the progress of individual life. One of modern medicine’s achievements, organ transplantation, serves to promote the interests and dignity of patients while providing others a second chance to re-experience life for themselves. However, living in a modern society that faces increasing organ shortage and growing demand, an average of 21 patients on the waiting list die each day before receiving an organ transplant (recent statistics report released by Donate Life America). Now a new focus of modern medicine attempts to not just aim for the quality of individual life but also maximize the quantity - that is, the number of lives a donor can save. Many physicians and organizations have proposed the idea of organ donation from anencepahalic infants as a possible solution to the organ shortage. Although the use of anencephalic infants may not be a complete solution, their donation could certainly contribute to maximizing the quantity of life while improving the quality of life for all persons. As a result, organ donation from anencephalic infants should be permitted. In the Declaration of Independence, it states that all men are created equal, and governments are established to protect people’s rights to ‘life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness’ and to ensure the quality…

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