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Do you think donating human organs for transplant should be mandatory - provided

  1. KsenijaZ profile image93
    KsenijaZposted 11 months ago

    Do you think donating human organs for transplant should be mandatory - provided by the law?

    We all know that organ donation is a noble thing and can save lives. But should it be mandatory by the law?


  2. lisavollrath profile image94
    lisavollrathposted 11 months ago

    No. There are some religions and cultures that do not believe in organ donation, and there are some people who just cannot stomach the thought of their loved ones being cut apart after death. Their wishes should be respected.

    I do think it should be easier for people to indicate their wishes, assuming they have no advanced directive on file. I've lived in a lot of different places, and some of them have allowed organ donation simply by checking a box on your driver's license. I have "I am an organ donor" typed into the In Case of Emergency section of my phone, which can be accessed even if the phone is password protected.

    I also think this is a conversation everyone should have with their family. If you wish to be a donor, fill out an advanced directive, and give it to whoever will be the executor of your will, and with your emergency contacts. I have no family left to make these decisions for me, so the last time I had surgery, I had the conversation in the car, on the way to the hospital, with the friend I'd chosen to be my executor. I made my wishes very clear to her, and I trust that she would carry those wishes out if something happened to me.

    1. KsenijaZ profile image93
      KsenijaZposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I so agree with you! Thank you, Lisa, for your thorough answer!
      It is preparing a law in our country - they want to make it mandatory, it feels a bit creepy. Thank you again!

  3. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 11 months ago


    No it shouldn't be mandatory to donate organs.
    Owning your own body is the ultimate freedom.
    However I am in favor paying people a reasonable amount to give their organs. Our current {nothing for something} policy isn't working well. There are shortages of organs and long lines.
    Hospitals earn money, physicians/surgeons/nurses earn money and the person receiving the organ gets an improved quality of extended life!
    Why should the organ donor be left with only "nobility"?
    Offer people $35k or $40k for a kidney and I bet you'll see more volunteers. If we paid people $5 or $10 for a pint of blood our blood reserves would go up too! That's lunch money for some.
    There has to be "something" in it for the donor or their family!

    1. KsenijaZ profile image93
      KsenijaZposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      True. It should be like that - legally. The problem is that people (poor) are paid for organs on the black market - this should be somehow regulated, to avoid illegal organ traffic. Well for blood donor - 'only' the nobility is fine with me (you get

  4. ptosis profile image75
    ptosisposted 11 months ago

    The confusion is that it is not mandatory, all that was changed in certain countries was the driver's license was checked automatically but you have to uncheck to refuse giving donation