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There are generally two options for determining rather a deceased individual's organs can be used from donation. The Opt-in policy says that the organs can not be used unless a person explicitly states that they want to be a donor, while an opt-out policy presumes a person's organs can be used unless they explicitly state they do not want to be a donor.

In the united states we currently use an opt-in policy. This bothers me since a third of all potential organs are allowed to go to waste that belonged to people who did not have strong feelings either way (ie who wouldn't opt in or opt out), and that's allot of lives lost to organ failure that could be saved; though I'm aware of the counter arguments and am not asking which policy is 'correct'

I'm wondering though rather any active attempt has been made to move to an opt-out policy? Has any politician ever campaigned on or made such a desire known as something they wanted to get done? Has any group made a real effort in doing so, and if one did what kind of response were they met with?

  • Where are your sources? As far as I know we don't waste organs. Organs from dead people are worthless. Also organs from sick/dying people are less likely to be useful. – Matthew Liu Feb 14 at 21:24
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    @MatthewLiu I don't have any specific source to cite, but I am very confident that organs from dead people are not "worthless". For example, heart transplants are things that happen, and if the donor could not be dead before the transplant then every one would necessarily involve murder. – Kamil Drakari Feb 15 at 16:23
  • Yes, some localities did this – user4012 Feb 15 at 16:37

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