Organ donation is when someone donates their organs to someoneelse who needs a healthy and working organ. It could be because therecipient was never born with one, theirs stopped functioning properly orthey lost theirs. There are some rules for organ donation. Only vital organscan be donated. The donor must be dead and their removal of the organ(s)can not be the cause of death. This is a widespread ethical dilemma formany reasons. One reason that makes this an ethical dilemma is decidingwho gets an organ from a donor when there is an available organ. Peoplewho need healthy and working organs are put on a list so when there is anorgan they can receive it.
The catch however, is that someone is put on thewaiting list for (an) organ(s) every ten minutes. There are around 90,000people on the list waiting for an available organ and about 21 people dieeach day who wouldn’t have passed away had they had an organ transplantfrom a donor in time. Once signed up on the list, the recipient can get movedup or down on the list according to how much they need the organ. This ismeasured by how sick you are, how urgent the need for the organ is, or if therecipient is in critical condition and is not expected to live much longer.
Asmentioned before, there are a lot of people on the list and this has caused anethical dilemma because deciding who is more “worthy” is very controversialand difficult to do. While the waiting list method of organ donation may givethe illusion of a simple and justifiable system and solution to such a salientissue; it has instead created a very controversial ethical dilemma. Thisethical dilemma raises questions like the following: what should occur whenthere is an alcoholic in prison with cirrhosis caused by heavy drinking who ison the list for an organ replacement while there is a nurse who also hascirrhosis that wasn’t caused by alcoholism? Let us suppose that bothrecipients have the same deteriorating health and need the organ in theirbody as soon as possible equally as much. This brings forward the veryquestion that makes organ donation an ethical dilemma: who would receivethe organ? This is a very difficult dilemma and the people who decide whatthe answer is use their ethics.
This is why this issue is an ethical dilemma.Another reason why this is an ethical dilemma is because some peoplebelieve that people who damaged their own organs (drug abuse oralcoholism), don’t deserve their healthy organs. It raises the question dothey really deserve a second chance?People who are for and support in organ donations have many reasonsto feel the way that they do. The most highlighted reason that people are fororgan donations is that it can literally save lives.
For example, 95% recipientsof eyes are able to see again with their new eye. A single donor can save upto 8 lives. For most people, this is enough reason to be for organ donation.Another reason people are for organ donation is that it is very easy tobecome an organ donor. Contrary to popular belief, it is very simple todonate your organs. You sign up on your state website (which is very simpleand only takes a maximum of a few minutes), there shouldn’t be any morecomplications or forms to fill out. Some people have even been able to applysimply by marking off a box on a DMV form.
While this might sound like asilly reason to be for organ donation, it is actually justifiable because intoday’s world most people don’t do something because it requires too muchor just any effort.Some reasons that people are against organ donation are for religion.Jehovah’s witnesses because they have a belief against blood diffusion.Others don’t want to donate their organs to preserve their body for theafterlife. Another reason that people are against organ donations is becausethey believe that their family will have to pay for the organ removal process.This is a common myth that is false. The recipient will pay for the procedure.
Another common myth that has persuaded people into going against organdonations is that if you donate your organs you won’t be able to have anopen casket funeral due to the bodily mutilations. When you donate organs,no one can tell if you have by looking at your body. After your organs areremoved, you are sewn back up. Finally, one last reason why people don’tbelieve in donating their organs is because they don’t want their healthy andproperly functioning organs to go to someone who damaged their own. Somepeople believe that people who damage their own organs don’t deserveanother chance.
While it is a personal opinion it has helped make organdonation an ethical dilemma.I personally have a very strong opinion on this subject matter. I am fororgan donation. I believe it as act of love and sacrificing your organs forsomeone else seems in an odd way, very beautiful. Organ donations save somany lives and I believe that if something can save someone’s life, thenpeople should do it.
Especially if it is as easy as organ donation is. I don’tbelieve there are any reasons to be against organ donation.