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Legal Briefing: Organ Donation
Journal of Clinical Ethics (2010)
  • Thaddeus M Pope, Widener University - Delaware Campus

This issue’s “Legal Briefing” column covers legal developments pertaining to organ donation and allocation. This topic has been the subject of recent articles in this journal. Organ donation and allocation has also recently been the subject of significant public policy attention. Over the past several months, legislatures and regulatory agencies across the United States and across the world have changed, or considered changing, the methods for procuring and distributing human organs for transplantation.

Currently, in the United States, more than 100,000 persons are waiting for organ transplantation. In China more than 1.5 million people are waiting. Given the chronic shortage of available organs (especially kidneys and livers) relative to demand, the primary focus of most legal developments has been on increasing the rate of donation.

These and related developments are usefully divided into the following thirteen topical categories: (1) Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, (2) Presumed Consent and Opt-Out, (3) Mandated Choice, (4) Donation after Cardiac Death, (5) Payment and Compensation, (6) Donation by Prisoners, (7) Donor Registries, (8) Public Education, (9) Other Procurement Initiatives, (10) Lawsuits and Liability, (11) Trafficking and Tourism, and (13) Allocation and Distribution.

  • organ donation,
  • organ transplantation,
  • health law,
  • medical ethics
Publication Date
October, 2010
Citation Information
Thaddeus M Pope. "Legal Briefing: Organ Donation" Journal of Clinical Ethics Vol. 21 Iss. 3 (2010)
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