The Gift of Life and the Common Good: The Need for a Communal Approach to Organ Procurement

Hastings Center Report 31 (1):29-35 (2001)
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Abstract

Its critics to the contrary, the “gift of life” metaphor is not to be blamed for the indebtedness and guilt that organ recipients often experience. It is certainly misused, however, both by post‐transplant caregivers, who exploit it to manipulate recipients' behavior, and by the organ procurement system, which has failed to understand that the decision to give the gift of life must be approached communally.

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