The Importance Of Organ Donation

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Organ Donation: A Gift Not a Requirement The topic of organ donation has become a hot topic over the last few years. As the number of those requiring organ transplants steadily grows, the number of those registered to donate organs remains insufficient. Although according to HealthCorps (2016), 95 percent of Americans would agree to organ donation, only 52 percent registered as organ donors. With the continued high demand for organ donations and the limited supply, it is not surprising that there were judgments made about those who decline to register to become organ donors. Some have even been labeled selfish for refusing to register as organ donors. Stacy Solomon, a TV personality, and previous X-Factor contestant was criticized and shamed online after she admitted that she was not registered as an organ donor but would accept a transplant if needed on the television show, Loose Women, (“Loose Women,” 2018). A person who refuses to register as an organ donor should not be classified as selfish because a donation, by definition, is a gift, it is a person’s right to choose whether or not to become an organ donor, and there are several valid reasons a person may refuse to become an organ donor. First, donations are gifts given of a person’s own free will. According to the Department of the Treasury within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a donation is a voluntary gift made to a qualified organization without expecting or receiving anything in return (IRS, 2018). People

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