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Organ Donation is Simple Math: Your Agony = Their Joy

You stand around the ICU bed of your beloved brother, holding his hand. You're in a circle around him, holding him and each other, singing and sobbing and refusing to say goodbye while doing just that. They tell you it's time, the teams are ready across the country, families of organ donation recipients in ICU waiting rooms, celebrating. Your agony = their joy. Or is it? Read More

Organ donation is something

Organ donation is something I'm leery of, despite having the little logo on my driver's license. The story you relate here is heartwarming, but what about the utter kick in the teeth of having convicted criminals in jail on organ waiting lists? What if that organ goes to a murderer? I'm seriously considering opting out.

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Pamela Cytrynbaum teaches at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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