Organ Donation Controversy

I’ve written a lot of articles for senior citizens’ markets, so when I read about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s heart transplant, it piqued my interest. At 71 years old, Cheney is one of the lucky few older Americans to receive a life-saving organ donation. In a previous post, I wrote about how the United Network for Organ Sharing was considering putting an age limit on potential transplant recipients.

At the other end of the age spectrum, three-year-old Amelia Rivera was denied a transplant due to her mental retardation, her parents claim.

Then today, I saw this article on about a proposed rule that in order to be considered as a transplant recipient, you must be registered to donate your own organs (once you’re done with them, of course) or you will not be considered for a transplant.

Now, I’m all for organ donation, but some people aren’t. It’s still called “donation” and I think until you call it what it is under this proposal, involuntary organ harvesting, it’s going too far. It shouldn’t matter how old you are or whether you plan to donate your organs once you pass on; it should just be a matter of medical necessity. Eminent domain should not apply to our bodies.


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