Becoming an Organ Donor

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Kellsie Boumont
General Purpose: to persuade
Specific Purpose: to persuade audience to become organ donors Thesis Statement: Are you, or have you considered being an organ donor? Becoming an Organ Donor
Introduction
Enough people to populate a small city, over 100,000, are waiting for an organ donation in the United States right now. Unfortunately, thousands will die waiting for that call saying a suitable donor organ, and a second chance at life, has been found. Are you, or have you considered being an organ donor? For some of us, it is as simple as checking the “yes” box on our drivers license forms. But for others, this isn’t as simple of a decision. The shortage of organ donors in the United States is a national crisis, but it as a cure. Problem

First I’ll start off by addressing a couple of the many reasons why people aren’t quite as on board with organ donation as others. According to the article “Organ Donation,” from Mayo Clinic’s Foundation for Medical Education and Research as found on Mayo Clinic’s official website, updated in 2013, a leading cause as to why people don’t agree to become an organ donor after they die is because they think it is against their religion. But what most people don’t know is that organ donation in consistent with the beliefs of most religions. This includes Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, and most branches of Judaism. If you’re unsure of or uncomfortable with your faiths position on donation, ask a member of your clergy and get the facts.

Another common reason as why people aren’t becoming organ donors is because they are under the age of 18, and believe they are too young to make this decision. This is actually true, in a legal sense. But your parents can authorize this decision. You can express to your parents your wish to donate and your parents can give their consent knowing that it’s what you wanted. Children, too, are in need of organ transplants, and they usually need smaller organs than those that an...
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