Should a death arrow inmate be allowed to donate his organs?
by elizabethpetel on January 30, 2014 - 4:56pm
In the article of Paul C Mclean, Should a death row inmate be allowed to donate his organs?, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/15/ohio-death-row-inma..., he talks about an inmate that raped and murdered a child, which is why he was sentenced to death and is currently on death row. While Phillips is on death row, he's contemplating the idea of donating some of his organs to his mother and his sister. His sister is in need of a heart and his mother, a kidney. Speculation began arising whether morally, he should be allowed to donate his organs and his life would be taken. I chose this topic because I find it's a very controversial subject because there are many different perspectives about this subject. This topic also caught my eye because I'm interested in the consequences of the death row inmates. Should a death arrow inmate be allowed to donate his organs? In my opinion, I don't think ethics have anything to do with saving a life. If the inmate's organs are healthy enough to save somebody's life, then it would be unfair to not help someone in need, it would be punishing them for someone else's mistake. On the other hand, it is true that if we take Phillips organs, he would automatically die. I think the people that are against this, don't want Phillips to die in a noble way, such as donating his organs; they want him to die in a cruel manner. What do you think about this? Should we allow Phillips, or any other death row inmate, to give his organs even if it is ethically wrong?