At 1/8/13 07:10 PM, poxpower wrote:
If you were dying, I'd be willing to bet a million dollars you'd take any organ.
Not necessarily. I do have the luxury of living a half quality life while waiting for an organ, but I would still be very reluctant to take a forced organ.
Also, who cares what you are comfortable with?
OK, it's decreed, Poxxy's body will be used for necropheliac games after death. You're dead, fuck you.
It takes away nothing from you except it makes you uncomfortable? That's the exact same issue as gay marriage. It takes away nothing from the people not getting gay married except it makes them uncomfortable.
No it's not. Gay marriage is one person's discomfort effecting those who have nothing to do with them. When someone uses my body in any way after my death, it very much has to do with me. How people's bodies are treated when they are dead isn't just a posthumous issue. People care when they're alive about how their remains will be treated. To many, myself included, a posthumous taking from the body is just as much of an invasion as a pre-mortem taking from the body.
It's not stolen since you are dead and therefore cannot own anything.
Then, even if a person has no rights after death, you are stealing from the estate.
At 1/8/13 07:49 PM, adrshepard wrote:
I doubt it. People understand the concept of organ donation and anyone who's ever looked at a driver's license knows how to become one. Numbers I've just looked at now say less than 40% of driver's license or state ID holders are organ donors. That sounds like active refusal to me.
A few things here. Not that many people know what the heart on the back of the driver's license means anyway. And I wouldn't put it past many Americans to not know a day after it being explained to them, so unless they get the whole shabang upfront at the DMV, they probably wouldn't know how to enter the program from their asshole.
Another thing is people put it off, not out of refusal but out of apathy. As of now it's merely a line to fill in or a box to check at the DMV. The reaction I have when I see another box or line, even when it may be vital, is "pfft, if it matters, I'll do it later." There needs to be a campaign that sets out, just like the register to vote hippies at colleges, that asks folks to register for the organ donor system.
Finally, many people don't have a clue how the donor system works or what it really does. There are many who think their body gets chopped up and resembles nothing more than stew cut beef. That couldn't be further from the truth. The people removing the organs do their best to return the body to as pristine a condition as possible for whatever sort of burial/rites the family wishes to pursue.
The organ campaign I mentioned could confront the problems of ignorance, apathy, and misinformation head on and give people a true picture of what it is and why they should join. I definitely know there would be some outrigt refusal, as should be their right, but I have a very hard time believing 60% of Americans full on refused the donor program outright. 60% of Americans can hardly form a strong opinion outside of facebook or TMZ, let alone one regarding organ donation.