A severe shortage of organs greatly limits the ability to deliver the miracle of transplantation to people suffering from end-stage organ disease.
Contributing to this shortage is a high rate of refusal among families who are asked for permission to remove organs from a recently deceased relative.
Normally, nothing is done until the person has already died, although if death is inevitable, it is possible to check for consent and to do some simple medical tests shortly beforehand, to help find a matching recipient.
The verification of death is normally done by a neurologist (a physician specializing in brain function) that is not involved in the previous attempts to save the patient's life.
By moving the decision-making process to a relaxed setting and ensuring that a person's wishes would be honored, mandated choice would hopefully take advantage of favorable public attitudes toward donation and thereby facilitate organ procurement.
Donors and their families are not charged for any expenses related to the donation.
However, I do not accept the changes in definition made by my opponent to the term "mandatory". This resolution could not be accepted if the person was still living as it can be considered murder, therefore to keep the debate fair the person must be dead before donating their organs. Firstly, the point that the body is your own body, nobody else. Why waste an organ that you won't need when you can save some body's life?
I will be bringing forth 3 contentions arguing for why organ donation should be made mandatory. Would you rather leave a kidney in an 83 year old man, or save the life of a 7 year old boy?
Organ donation is when a person allows to be removed, legally, either by consent while the donor is alive or after death with the assent of the next of kin.
Donation may be for research, or, more commonly healthy transplantable organs and tissues may be donated to be transplanted into another person. While views of organ donation are positive there is a large gap between the numbers of registered donors compared to those awaiting organ donations on a global level.