Kidneys from felons? Prisoner organ donation spurs debate

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  • Juan Figuroa Seattle, WA
    July 11, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    The reason it is, and must remain, illegal, is that there should never be a moment when there is a possibility that the government has a monetary or political interest in killing its citizens.

    If you can imagine a scenario where a despot learns that a particular citizen is a perfect organ match. And that citizen is then framed for a crime he didn't commit.

    At present, there are fewer than a dozen prisoners a year who are executed. Of that dozen, perhaps one, perhaps none, is a match for a particular patient (Firing squad, chemical execution, electrocution pretty much make a guy ineligible). Much good can come of increasing the donor registry. Virtually none can come of extraordinary efforts to add to that registry the 10 or 11 prisoners who will be executed in a given year. Put energy, instead, into getting your facebook friends list to register. You'll more than compensate for the miniscule numbers of "correctly" executed citizens.

  • milicent Mansfield, Qld
    May 2, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    It's a testament to how backwards the crime and punishment system in most of the world is that others should even consider farming the prison population for organs. Is that so much different than farming one's immediate neighborhood for organs? No. Even the secular Chinese State can see that and have decided to leave it behind in history.

    It is widely understood that media advertizing is far more effective at changing habits of life such as smoking or spitting in public than medication or legislation. So why not utilize a small but regular advertizing budget to build live donor numbers instead of proposing to farm specific populations of impaired citizens.

    And while we're at it, lets find better ways of dealing with crime and punishment than dehumanizing people who offend and throwing them on the trash heap of life (often throwing their spouse and kids along with them). Let's find ways to excise the bad while nurturing the good in felons (aka people) rather than treating the whole person contemptuously and considering them to be organ transplant fodder.

    Matthew 25: 31 - 46 tells us what Jesus would do. Let's do it too.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    April 25, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    I feel that as long as the inmates are healthy and there are no issues that way, then they should be able to donate organs just like anyone else. If the inmate's going to die by lethal injection, why not let them donate their organs instead? I think that most organ donation recipients would be indifferent about where their transplant came from, so long as it was a good match and could potentially save their life. I don't know that most of them know who their donors are now anyway... In the case of murderers, wouldn't it be better to let them contribute to saving a person's life (or multiple lives) instead of JUST punishing them for those lives they've taken? This is an issue that should be given more attention.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    April 24, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    As someone who could end up needing an organ in the near to not too distant future, I could give a rip less where it came from. In fact, someone who recognizes that they have made a mess out of their life and wanted to do what ever he/she could to make peace, is fine with me. Why is this wrong?