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28 June 2005 @ 05:57 pm
You know the 'donor' dot that you can put on your driver's license? And how they used to say that you needed to discuss it with your family or it wouldn't mean anything?

Now it turns out that you can sign up with an online registry to donate your organs postmortem. Not only does it mean that you don't have to worry about the little pink dot so much, it also means that you can do it without necessarily needing the permission of any other human being. My family was fine with it, but I figure it was worth pointing out in any case, since not everybody may have known that.

Anyway, yeah, I approve. This is the kind of thing that ubiquitous online access should do for us as a civilization - rather like the national "do not call" registry.
The Elf ½elfwreck on June 29th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
I wanna know how to donate my body to science fiction.

I mean, not just donate it to be chopped up by medical students and have some parts shipped out to whoever might be able to use 'em (after all, I won't be needing them), but "feel free to use my body for cloning experiments, training animals to find bodies buried in earthquakes or snowdrifts, ship bits of me into space to find out how human tissue survives in a vacuum, sell me to B-movie producers so they can chop up a real body in the bloody scenes, whatever."

Assuming, of course, that it's still illegal to make soup out of me when I die.

Given my druthers, I'd rather not be cremated. It just seems *wasteful.*
Noahangelbob on June 29th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
I know there was a "yes, even donating your body to science" bit on the first form I filled out (on paper, with the older driver's license). I didn't see anything like that online, so I'm hoping the "no, no exceptions or exemptions" means that they can use me for science.

As for "use me for anything you like" stuff - sadly, they have laws against a lot of this stuff. You're not allowed to use bits of body for most things because people bits are normally assumed to be severely biohazardous. Why this doesn't make it illegal to be near other people and their various disgusting bodily components while it's all still in motion, I'm never sure :-P
(Anonymous) on June 29th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC)
Personally I believe that the best thing to do is to tell your relatives your intention, but *not* register as an organ donor.

That way, some rich dude who needs a liver transplant won't buy the list of organ donors, and pay some guy to have you whacked.

This is, of course, assuming you *want* to be an organ donor.
Noahangelbob on June 29th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
Sadly, the rich guy would probably need to do the waiting list thing too. So he'd have to have a fair number of people whacked.

In that case, it'd be cheaper for him to whack somebody in a smaller, poorer, less-secure country and either cart the fellow off for immediate transplantation (note: whacking is not strictly necessary for this to work) or make arrangements with the local authorities to cart him off.

So I'm still not making it cost-effective to whack me for my liver.
r_transpose_pr_transpose_p on June 29th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC)
Alas, my liver is surgically connected to a nice Chianti and a can of fava beans.
lauraxeyda on June 29th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know about this. I've been a card-carrier for a while now, but this can be helpful in addition to that.