Should organ donation be mandatory?

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  • Alec
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    Yes.  This is to save lives.  If we take the organs from those who have good organs that would save lives, I'm pro innocent life.  The rights of the living outweigh the rights of dead bodies.
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    no, however it should be an opt-out vs opt-in kind of system.  currently you are assumed to not be an organ donor unless you take the steps to show/affirm that you are one.  I'd like to see it the other way around for simplicity.
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    Why would people opt out?
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    So basically it's your stance no organ is your own. Got it. 
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    At death, your correct.  At death, you own nothing.
  • TheDredPriateRoberts
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    most wouldn't, most wouldn't take the time to opt in, but I guess there could be some religious reasons as to why someone would be against that.  Anyway it's easier to do it my way lol
    people don't like to be told what to do or not given choices, you have to find the path of least resistance.
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    Why not? I can will my stuff or not why do you get my organs when I'm dead? You have a really warped sense of personal freedom. If the unborn have rights the dead should too.
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    At death, your correct.  At death, you own nothing.
    actually that's a great argument, you no longer have any rights......interesting.

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    I guess there could be some religious reasons as to why someone would be against that.
    I don't think there's a single religion out there that prohibits organ donation.
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    If the unborn have rights the dead should too.
    If women don't have bodily autonomy when another's life is at stake, neither should a dead person.
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    actually that's a great argument, you no longer have any rights......interesting.
    If I were dead, you'd be correct.  But I'm not dead yet.  It's good enough to be a monty python skit.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdf5EXo6I68).
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    Wrong. 
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    Comparing the living and the dead. Wrong. Comparing the unborn and the dead. Get it right and quit trying to change the rules of the discussion. 
  • TheDredPriateRoberts
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    one of the very basic elements to have rights is to not be dead.
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    Comparing the living and the dead. Wrong. Comparing the unborn and the dead.

    The unborn are living.
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    Not if they need life support to continue to exist. They are not a person even. 
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    I would keep people on life support alive for as long as the person who is on life support priorly wanted to be.  Insurance pays for it.
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    Why would people opt out?
    Maybe religious reasons, or because they don't want doctors to look at them like a bag of fresh meat

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    Maybe religious reasons
    What religion prohibits the practice?

    because they don't want doctors to look at them like a bag of fresh meat
    When they're dead, why would they care?  I know I won't care when I'm dead because I'll be dead.
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    I was thinking when they are still alive, but yeah, there's the thought of your body that you've had respected your whole life being ransacked.

    Also, what we will in life is something that shouldn't be simply dismissed.
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    What religion prohibits the practice?

    I don't know. I've heard in passing that the body is relevant to the afterlife according to some ways
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    Doctors would be a little hypocritical since they too by their own logic would be bags of meat.  They wouldn't see half of the already organ donor population as bags of meat.  When your dead, so what?  You don't have feelings when your dead.  Plus, one organ donor saves up to 8 lives.

    Also, what we will in life is something that shouldn't be simply dismissed.
    Fiscally, you have a point.  However, there are 3 options for dead bodies:

    1) Their organs are donated.
    2) Chemicals that you would never put into your body are put into dead people that dries the body out.
    3) Cremation.

    #1 isn't good for your body, but neither are the other 2 options.  At least #1 benefits other people.
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    I don't know. I've heard in passing that the body is relevant to the afterlife according to some ways
    It's not.  If there is a religion that is against organ donating, then members of that religion may be given an exemption, but only members of said religion would get the exemption.  It would be pretty rare.
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    Your freedom hating bigotry is showing. 
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    I believe in freedom/small government on:

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