Johnny - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )
Here in Canada, we have an abysmal organ donation rate. 90% of our citizens state that they support organ donation, and yet less than 50% (far lower in certain provinces) are registered organ donors. Doctors and researchers say that virtually no on would die waiting for an organ if the 90% rate who supports it were all organ donors.
One suggestion being made is to move to a model often used in Europe that requires citizens to explicitly choose NOT to become an organ donor, rather than the current system that requires people to choose to sign up. In our jurisdiction, it used to be a question that was asked every time you got your driver's license, but due to legal issues, they have now changed it to a separate online/mail-in registration form that must be completed.
So, what do you think about organ donation? Do you think individuals should have to explicitly express their desire to become a donor? Or should it be assumed unless they clearly state that they do not wish to have their organs harvested? Would you want to be an organ donor? Are you registered to be one? Was it an easy process or did you need to fill out a form to be mailed in?