Clinical Reviews and Opinions

  • Abbreviation: Clin. Rev. Opinions
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2553
  • DOI: 10.5897/CRO
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 42

Article in Press

Death Row Inmates: Donation Proposal

  •  Received: 28 May 2019
  •  Accepted: 28 May 2019
The one thing that is known is that there is a shortage on organs. With these shortages people are prone to suffer and ultimately die. What seems to be an agreement is the fact that more needs to be done to increase the public’s awareness of this issue. Unfortunately, as Gandhi said, “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would and could solve the world’s problems” (Bowden, J. 2013, p.495). What this means is talk is a wonderful thing but without taking action nothing is actually being done to actually start these proceedings. The time has come for the government to look into other means that have been ruled out previously. Although the government feels that it is improbable for prisoners on death row to donate, polls and statistics disagree. This is both coming from the people not receiving the organs but those that receive them as well. What seems to not be taken into account is how the people that are receiving the organs feel about the situation of receiving an organ from a death row inmate. With this a poll was done of 16 patients asking them if they would accept the organ of a death row inmate. The poll concluded, “that 12 of them said yes and the other four said no. One of them said however that if their condition was more severe or unstable they would have said yes” (Lin & Rich 2012, p. 7). Looking into death row inmates and organ donations needs to be further discussed. Recently, Utah governor Gary R. Herbert signed the first state law that, “explicitly permits general prisoners to sign up for organ donation-which opens the door a crack for death row inmates as well” (NBC NEWS, 2013, para 3). Death row inmates are in fact a suitable choice for organ donation.