Organ Donation

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Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues of one person and transplants it into another who needs it. Over the years, organ donations have saved many lives and improved the lives of others. However, there is an on going controversy about assisted suicide tagging along with it. Should a person be able to get assistance in suicide if they are willing to donate their organs to benefit others? In my opinion, I believe that the answer is yes. Assisted suicide is already legal in some states, and an organ donation can still happen whether a person is dead or alive. In the video, Gary has been diagnosed with ALS, knowing that he won’t live for long he has made the decision in donating his heart, liver, and kidney, to benefit others while his organs were still healthy. However, he has been declined the request because it is illegal. Dr. Caplan stated that doctors of transplants cannot be the cause of death of the patient and they do not want to violate the “dead donor rule”. Dr. Caplan believes that Violation of the dead donor rule will only deter future organ donors. When …show more content…
The organs belong to them and they should have the right to choose what they want to do with it. The law says that the organ donor must be pronounced brain dead in order for their organs to be donated. In Gary’s case, since he is diagnosed with ALS, he has already accepted the fact and knows that he’s going to be dead within a couple months or years. He should have the right to donate his organs while they are still healthy in order to save the life of another. Once he is dead, his organs will no longer be as healthy. In addition, his family also understands and supports his decision in letting him go now rather than watch him suffer by living a longer life. Also, he will be saving his family in medical expenses because the longer he lives the more expensive cost will

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