You’ve seen the ads in the paper, of young mothers and loving fathers, begging for a chance at life. And you’ve heard the testimonials of people who, out of the goodness of their heart, chose to donate a kidney to a perfect stranger. Perhaps you even know an organ donor or organ recipient.
And yet the demand is much greater than the supply. In 2009, over 100,000 people in the U.S. were waiting for an organ transplant. Yet less than a third of them received the much-needed organ.
What are the ethics of organ donation? Are there ways to increase the number of organs available for transplant? Is it ever right to compel people to donate organs?
Join us this week for Lesson Two of Medicine and Morals: Flesh of My Flesh, as we explore this timely issue together.