Organ Donation: Morally, Ethically, or Politically Correct?

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Organ transplantation is the surgical removal of an organ or tissues from one person (the donor) and placing it in another person (the recipient).

According to the National Kidney Foundation, there are currently 121,678 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the United States.

Organ procurement is one of the most sensitive issues in American society and for great cause. For those of us who have been fortunate with overall good health, we find this topic to be quite incomprehensible and maybe even inapplicable. However, if you happen to be one of those who are in need of such treatment or happen to be closely associated with such a person, you would feel more compelled to understand the issues at hand.

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The study of medicine and medical treatment has reached extraordinary advancements since prehistoric times. Nowadays physicians have the luxury of performing a myriad of services and procedures that not only our parents or grandparents find mindblowing, but also those of us known as Generation Y. With every technological advancement or service seemingly we never think to question ourselves what should be the most pertinent and logical questions.

Does this particular medicine or medical treatment demonstate strong moral character?

Is it morally correct?

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If so, does it meet or reflect a certain set of moral principles created by specified group such as American Medical Association or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?

What behavior should be considered acceptable when considering the practice of organ transplantation?

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Hollywood has made attempts at reaching the public’s attention but what have our government officials, particularly those who sit in the White House, done to better educate the public regarding this delicate yet tough subject?

How many of us have turned a blind eye, a deaf ear,…..to the issue facing organ transplatation?

We ask that you take this moment to reflect upon your individual morals & beliefs system  while keeping an open heart and open mind to address your view on the morality, ethics, and political correctness of organ donation.

Let’s S.I.P!

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3 thoughts on “Organ Donation: Morally, Ethically, or Politically Correct?”

  1. This is a touchy subject! Morally I do and I don’t feel it’s know one’s personal responsible to revive another person’s organs. In my opinion, no one has to feel obligated to donate any of their organs to another, God never intended for us to have the knowledge that we have today that’s why Adam and Eve were not to eat from the tree of knowledge. I also feel that there is a possibility that each party could suffer even more than they were before the transfusion. If an organ is removed from a perfectly fit healthy human being that person could risk dying or just becoming extremely sick. It is not unethical to choose not to donate your organs, God created you in the image he wanted you to be, it’s just like plastic surgery, so many people want to look different and not only to they look like someone else but they become sick and even die from the change. People are being killed for their organs daily and I don’t want to be on the surgical table and the doctors not do all they can to revive me just because there is a substantial amount of money they could gain from my death and my organs. And in my records its says I am, an organ donor. I trust that all doctors practice with ethics/integrity but there several who don’t. So in the case I have a WILL, that I have exampled in detail in case of my unexpected death, for my love ones to carry out my wish’s. People can medically recover (be brought back to life) for up to about 5 minutes after cardiac arrest. (While it is not medically impossible for recovery even after 5 minutes of cardiac arrest, the chances are very remote and not normally in a hospital. If organs are collected between 90 seconds and 2 minutes following cardiac arrest, final death cannot be fully determined, increasing the risk of collecting organs while the patient is not dead. As a result, death would not occur naturally but it would occur because of the removal of vital organs. Waiting the proper 5 minutes to ensure final death for the patient means the vital organs are damaged and cannot be donated. Since there are cases where a person’s heart stopped for longer than 90 seconds to 2 minutes and then restarted as long as 5 minutes after cardiac arrest, the assumption that the person is dead before then suggests that expediency to preserve the organs for one person wins out over certainty about death for another person. This is a dangerous notion as every life is deserving of love and respect and no life should be treated with more worth than another. Politically it is based on money if you really look at it. Senators are trying to put bills in place so this can happen. Like the National Organ Transplant Act, it merely clarifies that the movement may lawfully provide non-cash incentives to honor and reward organ donation, Bills may look good but please read the fine print. Someone’s pocket will benefit from it and not the ones who donate. Get more knowledge…S.I. P

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    1. Is this practice morally correct? Depends. Each person has their own views as to what is considered fair or just. If a person is comfortable with giving another person a piece of them (dead or alive) the decision should be left to them, right? My body, my organ? Some can say this is the ultimate form of SELFLESS LOVE, while another may find it to be morally incorrect if they can not DICTATE the administering of their organs. Would you feel comfortable giving your organs to 40yr old 3x felon over a high school graduate whose adult life is just beginning? Each situtation or circumstance should be well thought out prior to becoming a donor or participating as a recipient.

      Ethically speaking, we should pay more attention to how the organs are being harvested, whose is receiving, and what terms to which they are receiving them. Not everyone is receiving the same level of care or opportunities as it pertains to this topic. Is there even a nationwide CODE OF ETHICS for such practice other than that which is created for general medicine allocation or practice? In addition, does animal cloning demonstrate proper ethical practice and if so how many are aware of the risk prior to receiving such an organ?

      Furthermore, politically we should take a closer look into how government educates the public regarding ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION. The more educated we are in the subject the more we can educate others. Everything is everything! We are all connected in some fashion or form and should be able to connect the innate awareness to the overall acquired knowledge and awareness of our world.

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  2. I think this topic is a very controversial one but a necessary one due to its importance. I think that organ donations and transplant is ethically and morally right for its purpose. Preservation of one’s life, with the tissues and/or organs from another human being, is a very personal act of kindness. Whether you’re a religious person or not it all goes deep in your heart and what you feel is right. Its giving yourself the chance to practice free will, and we are born with this right. I am an organ
    I don’t agree how the laws and the government intervention in this topic. I consider it not handled with the proper ethical standards.

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