I’m constantly confronted with the illogical argument that we should be able to kill prenatal children because we don’t make organ donation mandatory. This is tied to the incredibly selfish concept of bodily autonomy as applied to pregnancy.
This argument is illogical because we do not take our mother’s organs with us when we are born. We leave them right where they started, doing just what they were doing before our conception. Donating organs or blood or any number of other biological material is completely different from gestation because it’s not a natural process. Blood does not simply flow through open air into a person who needs it. It must be drawn and processed and then transfused. This is in contrast to the natural process of sharing these biological resources during gestation.
I do, however, strongly support making post mortem organ donation mandatory. There is absolutely no point in letting viable organs decompose when they could be used to continue to support life. Not donating organs after death is almost as selfish as aborting a child. In fact, I believe not donating blood and other regenerative bio-matter is also incredibly selfish. Changes in attitudes about these life-saving donations is yet another benefit of shifting toward a culture of life.
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