To Donate or Not to Donate
An ethical issue that many people face today is the donation of organs. Many people have a difficult time deciding on whether they should donate their internal organs after they have passed away. The image of their heart, liver, or kidney being removed from their deceased body is sometimes a frightening thought. The idea of lying in their casket without a complete set of organs tends to make people hesitant of donating their organs. However, within a few days, the body will disintegrate and decompose, including those organs. Those same organs could have saved the life of another human being if only the deceased had been registered as an organ donor.
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there are 103,325 candidates on the waiting list as of August 30, 2009. They are waiting for an organ transplant—waiting for a second chance at life. But, every year, over 6,000 of those candidates on the waiting list die before they could get a chance for an organ transplant. However, as of August 21, 2009, the number of donated organs is merely 6,009. Results of a recent survey showed that most Americans wish to donate their organs, but only around 38% are actually registered organ donors.
It does not take much time or effort to register to be an organ donor. So why are people holding back? Some of the people who responded to the survey mentioned above felt that doctors would not try their best if it were known that the patient was an organ donor. Also, it is possible that the media could have planted some misconceptions of organ transplants in the people’s minds. Television shows that try to portray the process of organ transplants are limited to a specified time frame....