21 January 2008

Organ Registry Has Grown in Illinois

This, of course, will be touted as good news in the secular media. However, the moral problems with most kinds of organ donation (as currently done) have been covered in this space here and here and here and here. I think we have a responsibility to our friends and families who might unknowingly be signing up to be killed and have their organs harvested to make them aware of the realities of organ "donation".

Organ registry sees big jump in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Organ and tissue donation has increased by 20 percent in Illinois since the state's first-person donor registry became law in 2006.

The Secretary of State's office says that makes Illinois' donor registry the largest in the country.

Illinois first-person consent law means a person s decision to donate organs is legally binding. Donation decisions previously had been up to a deceased person's next-of-kin.

Officials say almost 6 million people have registered in either the first-person consent donor registry or its predecessor.

Gift of Hope, which coordinates the organ- and tissue-recovery process, says 59 out of 268 organ donors came from the first-person consent registry last year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We moved back to IL in 2006. [Well, I moved back; huz is from PA.] I urged my huz NOT to indicate on his license that his organs could be donated. That took power from him or our family in the event of some horrible situation in the future. There'd be no turning back. I'm glad I'm not the only one worried about organ donation and its moral implications you describe.