- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2011
And I was under the impression that all the major religions were ok with organ donation. I could be wrong though.
So was I! I suspect this is going to be one of these media things where “religious groups” get blamed for something which they don’t really stand for. I read some of the articles on Wales, and the “religious group” who objected were actually a Christian medical ethics group who objected on medical, and not religious, grounds.
Anything to sell more newspapers, I guess…
the reason why people get paid for plasma but not blood at certain donation clinics is because plasma is used in the manufacture of certain pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. so it’s those companies forking over the $$ for it.
if you donate plasma at an actual blood bank, you will not get money for it, and you can be sure it will go to patients who need it.
I’m not against donating plasma for money – I used to do it in college. it basically paid for my groceries.
my husband and I have an agreement that if he gets in an accident, I will defend his choice of being a donor (we mean to put it in our wills but haven’t gotten around to it yet). I’m actually part of an official registry which (I think) is legally binding. nobody in my family can overrule my choice, and one can specify which organs they do and do not want donated. I’m also in the bone marrow registry.
Considering a lot of people are money hungry, we wouldn’t have as many donations if it weren’t for the option to pay. I will always donate free of charge but I do think the option of paying is reasonable as well to get as many donations as possible
Our new gay marriage law, coincidentally, now makes it illegal for C of E ministers to marry those couples. Nobody talked about that in the press either.
The older I get, the more I hate the press… they simplify everything and the masses just lap it up! Anyway… I’ll stop threadjacking now…
@AB Bride: I don’t think so. In Australia, you don’t get paid to donate blood – which I have done. It’s just something I’ve done because I want to help others. Also, after reading a story in a magazine about a young mum who died waiting for a bone marrow transplant, it broke my heart and I joined up to be a bone marrow donor. You don’t get paid for that, although your medical expenses are covered. The way I figure, it’s something small I can do to change somebody’s life. I haven’t heard anything from the bone marrow donor registry, but they did say the chances of being a match are extremely small. I think it’s much better for people to give without receiving anything in return – it means that the gift is that much more special. However, maybe payment would encourage more people to give. I might go and donate blood during my Christmas holidays.
If it something that can be “re-generated,” not necessary to continue living a healthy life and can be given safely, I see no problem in compensation.
Therefore, plasma, eggs and sperm would fall in that category. Technically blood could, but since it is needed at a higher quantity and so many people already donate it, I don’t think compensation is needed for it.
As far as I know, you already get paid for donating eggs and plasma. I don’t know how it is with eggs, but I know that you’re not technically being paid for your plasma, just your time.
ETA: When it comes to donating blood, I’m cool with a free t shirt.
I think donating blood and plasma should be out of the kindness of your heart. I think that donating eggs and sperm should warrant compensation.
It would probably encourage more people to do it but that means it is no longer a donation. It sounds more like trafficking to me! Well, except hair. That isn’t too painful to lose 😛
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