December 24, 2009

The Case of Organ Donation and The Right to Choose

I will keep the dialogue brief, for now, which is to be expanded upon with links added, later.

There were two instances highlighted over the past week that really underlined how appropriate the right to choose is. 

The first became apparent when a free daily local paper outlined the sad disparity between kidney recipients and living kidney donors.  The numbers of the former far outstripped the numbers of the flatter, which means some individuals do die on the transplant list.  The crucial point in all this:  The donor's fundamental right to determine who uses one's body and how and when it is used, still outweighs the recipient's right to life.

The second reared it's head on a segment of a newscast where two children that needed heart transplants were showcased.  One had already received a heart transplant while the other was still waiting.  The news reporters discussed the fact that while supply numbers had gone up, the number of children needing heart transplants had increased even more dramatically.  The lesson for this?  Deceased organ donors retain their right to self-ownership according to the last "will" and "testament" preceding their death.

If PLers really thought the right to life were supreme, wouldn't they ensure that the organs of a deceased child are just as readily available for donation as they are ready to ensure a woman's uterus is?

Just some food for thought.....


Although not part of what I had originally been discussing, it is fair to note this, since abortion opponents may claim that Planned Parenthood is racist or that abortion is the new "Black Genocide".  However, it is rare for me to hear them say the same thing about other instances of the right to self-ownership superceding someone else's right to life.

Nor is this one, here, but it also brings up the question of why PLers would allow corpses to have more rights than a woman.

This, however, is.

I don't have the other link I was looking for but, if I find it, I may decide to post it, later, here or in another blog.


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