The Pros And Cons Of Advocating Organ Donation

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ADVOCATING ORGAN DONATION 2 A Paper Advocating Organ Donation as an Ethically Acceptable Method of Treatment Is there any moral dilemma in making it mandatory to provide a means of life to those in need? In the world at any given time there are countless individuals whose organs are failing them to the point of threatening their lives. In the world at any given time there are also countless healthy individuals and individuals taking their last breath, who possess what those aforementioned individuals need to survive. Given this truth, we would argue that no opposition to organ donation outweighs the benefits. We propose that…show more content…
Munjal et. al. assert that: as we debate whether uDCDD (uncontrolled donation after circulatory donation of death) donors are still alive, living donors and patients in need of transplants are dying, and yet no patient whose heart has stopped unexpectedly, as opposed to under controlled circumstances, may become a donor. We find this counterintuitive state of affairs incomprehensible and the result to be a serious disservice to the public understanding of donation and transplantation (2013). We must consider what making a brain-dead patient a donor might mean. Possibly, it could mean taking from a person with a very low quality of life to make life for someone else possible. Also, if it were mandatory that organs from the deceased be made viable for transplant and nurses/ physicians were able to encourage the removal of life support of brain-dead patients for this reason, then there would be less need for living donors. Why are people against organ donation? Even though we support the perspective that…show more content…
Organ donation, after all, often comes in lieu of the probability of death. Review of Literature: Addressing the Pros Unfortunately, some people must resort to research places known as ‘black markets’ to find their essential organ. Glenn Cohen (2013) refers to the issue of traveling for medical purposes as “medical tourism” and defines it as “the travel of residents of one country to another country for treatment” (p. 269). Among the negatives of “medical tourism” cited by Cohen are: “risk for diseases, infections, and/ or other potential illnesses of which the client may not be aware [and] cost, both for travel and for the organ itself” (2013). Moreover, selling organs through the black market is illegal across the globe “with the exception of Iran” (Cohen 2013). Is it fair that an individual must subject himself to an unlawful position in society just for want of health? Promoting organ donation (for people such as patients who are brain-dead and can no longer function to their full capacity) would push less people to the black markets by increasing the number of available organs in

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