Sunday, January 27, 2008

Taking and giving organs

Only 38% of licensed drivers in Delaware are registered organ donors, according to an editorial in the Wilmington News Journal. I bet just about every single one of the other 62% would accept an organ transplant if they needed one to live. Where do you suppose these people think the live-saving organs they may need are going to come from?

It's just not right to be willing to take organs if you're not willing to give them.

About 50% of the organs transplanted in America go to people who haven't agreed to donate their own organs when they die. As long as we let non-donors jump to the front of the waiting list if they need a transplant we'll always have an organ shortage. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. Membership is free at or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

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