The New York Times recently ran an op ed piece by Christian Longo, an Oregon death row inmate. In 2001, Longo murdered his wife, Mary Jane, and their three young children, Zachery, 4, Sadie, 3, and Madison, 2. He was sentenced to death for the murders, and from prison he has founded an organization, Gifts of Anatomical Value for Everyone, advocating that he and his fellow inmates be allowed to donate their organs after they’re executed. The issue of death row organ donation is a controversial … [Read more...] about Death Row Organ Donation
It’s estimated that 20,000 Americans die each year under circumstances that make their organs suitable for transplant. Sadly, each year only about 3,000 people who die with viable organs agree to donate them. That means that 17,000 people die with viable organs that go unused. Meanwhile, there are currently 90,000 Americans on transplant lists. In 1995, about 6,500 people died while waiting for a transplant. What are the laws concerning who controls your body parts, and what things have been … [Read more...] about Opting In: Where Will Your Organs Go When You Die?