Because you may save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance many others through tissue donation.
Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss.
Unfortunately, thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes. You have the power to change that.
Organ donation saves lives. It is the ultimate gift. Many organs can be donated and harvested: bone, skin, cornea's of the eye, muscles, and organs. In the U.S., there is a vast discrepancy between the number of donations needed and the number received.
I agree that we have to respect the desicion of the family and the deceased. Many religions do not agree with organ donation. We have to be respectful of others choices. Of course, this is an important decision to consider. Those who are willing and able to donate should discuss their wishes with their family. It is helpful for a family to know what a person's wishes are before they die. We also have to understand that there will probably always be more people waiting on organs than the number of organs available for transplant. Even those who are willing to donate are not always able to. There are very specific conditions for organs to be considered viable. Until we are able to produce organs synthetically, we will struggle to find enough organs for those in need.
In my state, you can simply have a little heart put on your drivers' license that identifies you as an organ donor in case you were to pass away in a car accident. I agree, it is a sensitive issue (though not for me) and the wishes of the individual and their family must be balanced with the obvious public interest in having more organ donors.
I agree with #4 - the important thing is to let your family know what your wishes are in this matter. When someone dies unexpectedly, things are difficult enough for the family, without having to secon-guess the deceased. It is a wise and kind thing to let someone close to you know what you'd like done if something happens to you. This should include decisions on life support and heroic measures, organ donation, and one's general wishes on funeral arangements.
Organ donation is a wonderful gift to others, but it can be a very difficult decision in a very difficult time for the family of the person who has died. If the wishes of the deceased are known by the family, then the emotional side of the donation process is usually easier because the family is carrying out the wishes of the deceased. It is important to inform family members of your wishes if you want to donate your organs upon your death.
You're right in what you say, Post 1, but you have to remember that people who want to donate will, and those who don't want to donate shouldn't be pressured by the public to do so as the organs are theirs and their beliefs of whether they want them in another body should be respected.