Thursday, September 16, 2004

Avoiding "chaos" vs. saving lives

In an article in today's Houston Chronicle, medicial ethicist Arthur Caplan calls for Congress or the United Network for Organ Sharing to disallow directed organ donations except among family members.

Professor Caplan wants to disallow directed organ donations because if they take off they'll cause "chaos". But he also acknowledges that appeals for directed donation may ease the organ shortage.

Easing the organ shortage means saving lives. How can avoiding "chaos" be more important than saving lives? That's an argument only an expert can love.

LifeSharers uses directed donation to reduce the organ shortage. As practiced by LifeSharers, directed donation is legal under federal law and under the laws of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. If Dr. Caplan has his way, you won't be able to direct your organ donation gift to fellow organ donors, friends, or neighbors. That may avoid "chaos", but it will kill people.

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