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Death Row Inmate Organ Donations

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Natasha Oraha

on 2 March 2013

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Death Row Inmates Should Be Allowed to Donate Their Organs Natasha Oraha " " Pentobarbital: ultra-short action barbiturate, an anesthetic
prisoner unconscious in a few seconds
Does not destroy organs 1 injection 3 injections Sodium thiopental: an anesthetic, THEN
Pancuronium bromide: causes complete, fast and sustained paralysis of all organs; would eventually cause death by asphyxiation, THEN
Potassium chloride: stops the heart, and thus causes death by cardiac arrest
Does destroy organs http://www.deathpenalty.org/article.php?id=52 http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/state-lethal-injection For Against Dr. Marrick Kukin Professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director of the Heart Failure Program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Organ donation clearly serves the public good
Many inmates are willing to donate
Facilitates better screening for infections in donors
Encourages better donor matching
*More recipients die waiting than recieving in the U.S.* Graeme Wood Writes for The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The American Scholar The "Mayan Protocol" Removal of organs can be the execution itself
removal of heart, lungs and kidneys under anesthesia would kill every time without pain
Could allow nearly a dozen people to live
Inmates won't be around to enjoy their bodies anyway
If it sounds inhumane, consider current practices in the execution room
botched hangings
long gassings (painful)
messy electrocutions Encourage Organ Donation Up To The Individual Against Organ Donation Religious Opinion AME & AME Zion (African Methodist Episcopal)
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Greek Orthodox
Lutheran Church
Seventh-Day Adventist
Unitarian Universalist
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Amish
Assembly of God
The Church of Christ, Scientist
Jehovah's Witness (anti blood transfusion)
Southern Baptist Convention
Quakers Gypsies
Shinto http://www.organdonor.gov/about/religiousviews.html Kenneth Prager Professor of clinical medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Clinical Ethics Chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center Violates dead-donor rule
Could end up like the Chinese
Ethical issue Popular Culture/Media/Entertainment What if we inherit inmates' traits? This is not possible. heart donation from a man who could teleport In conclusion... after signing a release on their own will and getting tested for infections, death row inmates should be allowed to donate their organs in order to save lives. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3388804/ LEGAL-- Jay D. Pal, MD, PhD
"The...legal question to arise in the use of organs from death row inmates is the ability to consent. The concept of informed consent requires the ability to understand the procedure, as well as the autonomy to make a decision without coercion. [...] Prisoners are subject to physically and psychologically stressful conditions which undoubtedly affect the decisions they make." MEDICAL -- Jay D. Pal, MD, PhD
"The average age of executed prisoners is over 50, and many suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension." MEDICAL -- Shu S. Lin, MD, PhD and Lauren Rich, RN, BSN
"For those who actually have experience selecting donors and matching available organs to potential recipients, it is well known that what many consider as “marginal” donors have yielded perfectly useable organs for transplantation and that donor variables, based on what is published in the literature, rarely have significant adverse effects on the outcome of transplants. Therefore, to immediately exclude the eligibility of prisoners as donors might mean a few missed opportunities to transplant acceptable organs." LEGAL -- Shu S. Lin, MD, PhD and Lauren Rich, RN, BSN
"...it is a matter of organizing the appropriate resources and personnel leading to each of the two distinct processes—the declaration of death and the procurement operation.
[...] There is already precedence allowing donation by non-death row inmates (although the arguments for and against this practice are just as heated, so why not permit it in condemned prisoners who are to be executed, in whom coercion is less of an issue?" ...not to mention psychological evaluations.
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