The waiting list for patients in need of organs is growing daily. It is shocking to find that “As of April 13, 2011, there were 110,758 individuals on the waiting list for an organ transplant in the United States” (Cotter, 2011, para 1). This waiting list can be greatly diminished by changing the way we donate and initiating automatic opt-in laws. Organ donation is not something most people think about, nor is it usually discussed among loved ones. This causes problems for many when put in a situation that lends itself to donation. It is said that “in the United States of America, next of kin withhold consent for organ donation in 47% of eligible cases” (Newton, 2011, para. 1). If automatic opt-in laws are integrated, this problem can easily be significantly reduced. Families would not have to worry about their loved ones wanting to be an organ donor or not, and the loved ones would not have to worry about putting that burden on their families.
Families may not realize that their loved one is likely open to organ donation, in fact the majority Americans
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