Organ Donation

When you die, it is often possible to donate your organs to other people. Without these organs, the recipients will die. There is a desperate shortage of such organs.

The problem is many Christians object to organ donation for reasons that are not clear. They may imagine they will need the organs in heaven, or perhaps they fear the pain of having organs removed after death. It is not just that they refuse to donate their own organs, they work tirelessly from stopping anyone else from donating. I consider this tantamount to murder.

Imagine a man holding the heart of his recently dead son in a medical container. Standing before him is a man who says Please give me that heart. I need it for my son to live. The man with the heart responds No. I would sooner dash it on the ground and let it rot. I have no reason. I just don’t want to give it to you. That is classic dog-in-a-manger.

You would think Christians would want to curry favour with Yahweh by being generous with their organs, but they seem to think Yahweh would prefer them to waste their organs.

There are a number of different registration schemes. The better ones are near the bottom:

  1. If you want to donate, you must get a form, fill it and take it to the government. This is what Christians have successfully lobbied for in BC Canada. Otherwise, you are presumed to have requested your organs be destroyed.
  2. If you want to donate, you must tick a box on your drivers’ licence.
  3. If you don’t want to donate, you must tick a box on your drivers’ licence.
  4. If you don’t want to donate you must get a form and take it to the government. This is what Spain does. You might think the Spanish system was even better than the two box system. The catch is Christian medical providers subvert it by insisting on additional family approval. They refuse to consider that the default approval is binding.
  5. On your drivers’ licence or non-driver ID, you must tick one of two boxes. This what I consider the best scheme. You want to make sure your wishes are clear so doctors or family will have a harder time overriding them.

I think it is time to start publicly shaming people who order their organs destroyed rather that let others recycle them. Make them justify their dog-in-manger behaviour. I think we should fine the estate $5000 if they destroy organs.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)