Pros And Cons Of Organ Donation In The United States

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Shortages in organs available for a transplant continues to be a problem in the United States, even though the transplant of donated organs is completely safe. A person not registered as an organ donor may believe organ donation is against his or her religion or that it is necessary to donate organs while still living, but that is not the case. There are almost only benefits when it comes to registering to be an organ donor.
To first understand why organ donation is important, it is necessary to know how organ donations happen. “Transplantation occurs when organs or tissues are removed from one part of a person’s body and place on or in another part of the same body or another person’s body. When organs or tissues are transplanted to another
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Gypsies and those of the Shinto religion clearly object to members of the religion donating organs after death. While Jehovah’s Witnesses are against blood transfusions, as long as there is no blood present in the organs at the time of the transplant, they are acceptable to donate. Many religions encourage registering as organ donors and believe donating organs after death is an act of love. These religions include, but are not limited to, Amish, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Presbyterian, and Mormons. Many other religions are neither for nor against organ donation and leave the choice up of donating organs to the individual, with some of these religions including: Buddhism, Pentecostal, Quakers, Mennonite, Hinduism, and the Assembly of God (Religion and Organ Donation). The majority of United States citizens is affiliated with a religion that approves of organ donation, making the argument, that organ donation is against a religion, …show more content…
“One clear exception to the dead donor rule is the more traditional situation when a living, related donor offers tissue or solid organs in a way that is not life-threatening” (Veatch, 188). Living donations come with risks and many people are wary when registering as organ donors due to these risks, but registering as an organ donor does not require a person to take place in a living donation. As long as there is consent with a living donation, from both the donor and the recipient, it is morally and ethically acceptable. Living donations also exclude many organs and tissues. The transplanting of a single kidney, a lobe of the liver, lungs, blood, bone marrow, sperm, and pancreatic tissues are usually all that can be donated while living (188). Registering as an organ donor does not requires taking part in a living donation. However, live donors do face some problems. Complications with the surgery could result in infection, blood clots, bleeding, hernia, and post-operative pneumonia; it could also result in death, in rare occasions. The most common negativity of living donations is the lifestyle change that is associated with surgery (Pros and Cons). While there are risks involved, living donations are still a form of organ donation and can ultimately save a life. Live-donor transplants should not dissuade an adult from registering to be an organ

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