LIFESHARERS UNFAIR — UNWISE
This is my shortest blog ever.
Being as April is National Donate Life Month, I decided to re-visit my views on LifeSharers (www.LifeSharers.org). Upon doing so I determined that I can neither support nor be a member of a group that is exclusive rather than inclusive.
Yesterday I sent an email to LifeSharers Founder Dave Undis informing him of my decision and withdrawing my membership. ,While I do not approve of the UNOS/OPTN approach, the LifeSharers concept is worse. It is discriminatory and will punish innocent people on the waiting list whose only crime is that they did not take the time to become organ donors. Frankly, I believe LifeSharers could cause the unnecessary death of a non-donor if it ever affects a transplant from a donor to a donor. The end simply does not justify the means.
One of the keys to my decision was this one question and answer from the FAQ section (http://www.lifesharers.com/faq.asp) on the LifeSharers Website:
Q. Shouldn’t organs go first to the people who need them most and have been waiting longest?
A. No. Organs should go first to the people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. This increases the number of organ donors, and that saves lives. As LifeSharers increases the supply of organs everyone benefits, even non-members. Besides, it’s a myth that organs are now given first to the people who need them most or have been waiting longest. Some of the people who need organs most can’t even get on the waiting list because they can’t afford to pay for a transplant. Many who have been on the waiting list a long time are removed from the list because they’re considered too sick to get a transplant.
(Since writing this blog, LifeSharers has removed the “No” from their response.)
I cannot imagine being so uncaring as to say the neediest person should not be offered the organ first. How cold! How utterly inhumane. That hard and immediate NO answer sent shudders up and down my spine. That, NO is, to me, the height of arrogance and will result in a death sentence for some poor, end stage sufferer who neither cares about nor is involved in the politics of organ donation. Worse yet, Dave Undis wrote the question and the answer. I only reprinted it.
UNOS has some serious questions about the ethics of the LifeSharers concept and I cannot believe that just because a few donor-to-donor transplants might take place that UNOS will suddenly find the practice not only ethical but also desirable and adopt it as the nation’s organ donation and transplantation policy as LifeSharers suggests it will. That will happen about the same time the Shia and Sunni quit fighting, embrace Israel as their dearest friend and get together for a group hug. In short, it’s a pipedream.
Life — Pass It On. If you are not an organ donor, become one today. Don’t take your organs to the grave, they could save or improve many lives. And — you will get a bit of immortality.
PEACE; from a grateful, no strings attached, heart recipient