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Would Gladly Donate My Body to Science

Would Gladly Donate My Body to Science
In the United States, many people agree to be organ donors for others who may have a need. Most organ donations or transplants occur after death but in some instances, the transplant operation could be performed while the donor and the organ recipient are both alive.

However, instead of being an organ donor, some people choose to donate their entire bodies for scientific study. This is also a common practice in the United States.

Pros
  • The donor is happy to further the progress of medical science.
  • The donor believes it is much better than putting their corpse in a grave or cremating their body
  • The donor would like to believe it's their last good deed for humanity

Cons
  • The donor may have loved ones who object and who will not honor their wishes after their death.
  • The donor can't do anything about people who won't listen to them after they're dead!

Supporters

treecko142

Donate

When you die, you don't really have much use to your body, and I prefer if my last act on earth is to help in the improvement of science and research to help find potential cures for future diseases, or as study tools for future health professionals, or simply to save one's life as an organ donor. I prefer these options rather than just have a decaying corpse under the ground
Posted by treecko142 on 02-08-2018
foxchannel
Many people agree with you. That's why they came up with the idea.
TheArticulate

Why not?

I look at this kind of like being an organ donor. I didn't hesitate to mark myself as an organ donor is the chance that I should pass away. I won't need my body or anything after I'm gone, and if using my body for science after I've passed away will give us the opportunity to further some facet of our knowledge, I say go ahead!
Posted by TheArticulate on 03-05-2018
JB Fernandez

Yes to some parts!

I might consider donating my eyes, heart and lungs when I died. But not my whole body. I still want my loved ones to cherish my remains as I leave this world.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 02-13-2018
bee.rthooyah

Science for compliance

I would gladly donate my body for the advancement of science only if humanity will be benefited from it. Quality of life will not improve if there are no materials our scientists have to experiment on.
Posted by bee.rthooyah on 09-17-2018
SevenCatsInn

Why wouldn't I?

I like to believe that everything that I try to do in my everyday life is in some minuscule, almost insignificant, way improving the world, at least, I hope, for those around me. I think that should fundamentally be every human being's motive to act the way he does, so once I am gone and my actions can't have any more consequences on this world, why not give one last helping hand to someone trying to study and improve the world, as I have done before and someone before me?
Posted by SevenCatsInn on 10-08-2018

69%

Absolutely Refuse to Donate My Body to Science

Absolutely Refuse to Donate My Body to Science
According to the U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation, one donor can save eight (8) lives. It is sad indeed that the opioid crisis in America bears a direct correlation to the increase in the number of organ donations. Before this epidemic, lots more people were dying while waiting for organ transplants.

Many people who have no qualms about donating one or more of their organs to save another person's life, would never ever think of donating their entire body for scientific research. Now that is just out of the question!

Pros
  • NO! I'm dead! Leave me alone! Even if I can't feel anything, I feel as if it would be desecrating my human remains. God only knows what kind of experiments these amoral or immoral scientists might perform on me! R.I.P. means REST IN PEACE! Not in pieces!

Cons
  • Your loved ones might disregard your objections and donate your remains if the price is right!
  • The donor can't do anything about people who won't listen to them after they're dead!

Supporters

Mahshiemonalisa

not for me

I don't think I'd want to donate my body to science. I know that sounds selfish, but I want to be cremated and returned to my farm. I am listed as an organ donor, however, if I have usable organs that could help someone else. I just don't like the idea of my entire body being poked and prodded and dissected. Even though I know rationally I will not have the ability to care at that point, it just doesn't seem like you get to "rest in peace" if you donate your body to science.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 02-10-2018
JoeMilford

I Would Not Do This

I think that I might be a little suspicious or old-fashioned, maybe even a bit superstitious, but I would not want to donate my body to science under any circumstances. When I die, I plan on being cremated so that my physical being is contained in a small container, and I am not taking up space that could be used for something better by being buried. I would also like to know that my remains were near my loved ones after I had passed and that they could feel some sort of comfort in my passing by "having me around", so to speak. Plus, who knows WHAT the medical field would really use my DNA for? I don't even want to think about it!
Posted by JoeMilford on 02-12-2018
NickJ

No Thanks

I won't be donating my corpse to science. I plan to be cremated instead.
Posted by NickJ on 02-12-2018
Kakashi2020

Never

I will never donate my body to science because It would just end up being dissected and and stuffed like what they do to trophy animals, and later on sold and displayed in a school laboratory or worst being experimented by doctors.

I might agree donating a couple of organs like an eye or my heart, but not my whole body because for me it's sacred and should be properly laid to rest.

Posted by Kakashi2020 on 02-11-2018
foxchannel

I watch too much television

See! My problem is that I watch too much television. I may think I'm doing something noble and honorable by donating my entire body to science. But what does scientist think? How do I know my body won't get donated to some weirdo who has this idea of raising an army from the dead so he or she can rule the world? Even though that is a fiction The whole “army of the dead” thing. It is NOT a fiction that there could be a scientist out there with that idea or those thoughts in his or her head. How do I know my body won't end up in the research lab of one of those crackpots? It could happen! Can anybody alive once I'm gone give me a 100% guarantee it won't happen?

I'm serious! It's not a joke. I do not want to support the scientific efforts of a deranged crackpot ... uuhhh ... who just might accomplish raising up an army from the dead. (O.o)

Posted by foxchannel on 02-22-2018
mitan143

I refuse.

When I die, I don't want to donate my body to science because it means that I respect my body. I really value the importance of our body to be peacefully buried in the grave. That way, I will be definitely rest in peace.
Posted by mitan143 on 11-01-2018
amelia88

I don’t think I’d be comfortable

I know that I’d be dead so there wouldn’t be a pain issue but the whole concept just creeps me out a little. I wouldn’t be okay with it for family members so I don’t think I could do it for myself!
Posted by amelia88 on 10-06-2018
stbrians

Tradition

Our traditions expect a person to have a good burial at home and not in a cemetery. Donating the body to science will deny mourners their right ti mourn. Mourning is usually accompanied wirh celebrations.

Usually the burial place is like a title deed for the family of the deceased. No body parts to be donated here.

Posted by stbrians on 09-22-2018
jeffreyjose48

Absolutely Refuse to Donate My Body to Science

Its my body. My body belongs to me. I have the right to my own body. I don't like that somebody else will do something to my own body. Its my choice and not theirs.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 09-15-2018
davedaot

Any logical person would not do this

I Absolutely Refuse to Donate My Body to Science, because we only got one life to live, people who wants to donate to their body to science are maybe so called "heroes" for me its dumb to do that, I love my family, I love my life and there's no way I would do that.
Posted by davedaot on 12-07-2018
Yumyan

Disrespectful

I prefer maybe being a donor instead of being used for science. It somehow feels rather disrespectful to the human body. I don't know, it just doesn't feel right for me. I would know for a fact that even my family will not agree to such. Maybe it just seems alien to me and we just don't know what happens to us when we die. It is just a scary thought that someone would be poking their scalpels at your face.
Posted by Yumyan on 12-21-2018

Comments

Barida
Don't say that I'm not a supporter of what science brings to us, but the truth remains that I cannot donate my body for any experiment in science for I don't wish to do so. One thing I still don't understand is the reason these experiments ain't done with animals that have our kind of characteristics and can have one issue or the other, if the experiment fails to work out. The failure of some of those scientific examinations is what makes me have fear of donating my body for any reason whatsoever.
Posted by Barida on 02-09-2018
Corzhens
Organ donors here are not as active as in the US who have their organ donor card. But I am willing to donate my organ and even my body for the sake of science. When I’m dead, I’m dead, right? And since I wanted to be cremated then maybe it is better that science get some benefit from my body instead of just burning it like that. Maybe in the near future, organ donation will be a common thing just like cremation where before it was very rare but now there are more cremations than burying.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-09-2018
anahbello1206
I am glad to help others who are in need and if it calls for my body when I die then I would definitely do so. It would be better to help those individuals who are trying to keep themselves alive by donating my body rather than letting it rot with the worms to feast on it. Although I know that some of my love ones might feel bad about it at first but I know in the long run I will be a part of something greater.
Posted by anahbello1206 on 02-09-2018
Denis_P
I'm on the fence about this decision, so I can't really make a definitive choice. It used to be that I thought "Once my consciousness has left my body, you could throw me to the wolves for all I care." However lately I've been feeling a bit more attachment to this shell and really wondering what I want to be done with it after I've left this world. I certainly wouldn't mind donating my organs if it can save someone's life, however I don't think I'd want the rest of my remains to be experimented on or dissected for science.
Posted by Denis_P on 02-11-2018
muaaz.93
Although once you are done woth the earthly matters. It doesn't matter where your body goes but it is genuivenly better to get inside a grave. Because humans are made of sand and sooner or later they would go down into it no matter how much delay is produced.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 02-11-2018
vinaya
I think donating body parts to the people who need these body parts is more important than donating to science. I will love to donate my organs to the people who need them rather than to science. I understand the importance of research and donating the body to science, however, I feel that individuals need help more than the science.
Posted by vinaya on 02-11-2018
kgord
I would rather donate body parts to people who might need them. I honestly want to be cremated rather than donate my body to science. I don't think it is necessary. I will leave that to someone else to do. Our body is a corpse after we die..but I would rather not be cut up.
Posted by kgord on 02-13-2018
hermessantos
will take good care of my body while I live. But then, I just do not care, after all, the spirit is the only eternal thing. So I definitely would not mind donating my body to studies. That would certainly be a greater good for mankind.
Posted by hermessantos on 02-13-2018
chatbox
Unless I die from a rare disease that needs further investigation, I don't think that science has much need for a dead body other than a 'live' subject for medical students to experiment with. And no, I will not allow my body to be cut up for the sake of science. I deserve to be buried solemnly and allowed to rest in a final resting place I've paid for. There's a lot of comfort in knowing that when the time comes, my loved ones will have an easier time remembering me. After all, these post-death ceremonies are more for those who will be left behind.
Posted by chatbox on 02-19-2018
Rmarsh1984
I don't know which side this falls into, but I think I am going to donate my organs when I die. They may be able to save a life. That is science , but not in the research capacity that I'm assuming the question means.
Posted by Rmarsh1984 on 02-20-2018
jaymish
This is a difficult debate. It's absolutely worthy donating your body to science however thinking about it reminds us that we are not here forever. I think it's the thought of death and not really wanting to think about it,that drives people not to sign up as doners. If you ask most people they wouldn't mind. That's why countries that are successful in organ donations are countries that demand you opt out rather than sign up to donate. I don't know how i feel about organ donation. It's just too sad.
Posted by jaymish on 04-12-2018
Kakashi2020
I wouldn't even think about donating any of my parts like eyes, heart etc. Im against donating my whole body because for me it's desecration of the dead.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-16-2018
albino
This is hard to decide but if their intentions is to help of save the future of others through their study on my dead body I think I will agree for that. And talking to become a donor of an organ is also a good idea in my own opinion because my death can give or extend the life of others which is very helpful if I am the one who needs it I think I can say that there is still good and kind people left in this world. So it is the right thing to do that even in your last days or after your death you can still give help to others or extend someones life, can you imagine how good are you? How you make people happy by extending their lives? That is not to become a hero but to become human that cares human because God said we have to love and care about each other. Don't just love someone who loves you, but love your enemies too.
Posted by albino on 04-26-2018
mdayrit
I am willing to donate my organs if this would mean that I could help save somebody's life. I always hear someone who is in need of a transplant being put on the waiting list because he/ she is still waiting for a donor. And by waiting, it doesn't mean a week or a month. Sometimes it can take years before you can have your chance to receive that organ. Wait list is too long and the number of donors is too little. So if in case that my time has come, I would be willing to have my organ be used by another person who is in need. I would not need it anyway so why not give it to someone who needs it and give him or her a chance to live.
Posted by mdayrit on 06-27-2018
ballyhara
Exactly, I'm willing to donate an organ too. But donating it to science, that's another thing. Only God knows what scientists would be doing with it, and honestly I'm not interested about it. Saving lives is completely different, you will be giving a second chance to someone, and I've had the chance to see many people that have been saved by organ donation. So, I say yes to organ donation in case my time has come and someone need it, but I say no to donate it to science, sorry about it.
Posted by ballyhara on 06-28-2018
Corzhens
You are right with the long waiting list for organ donors because there is someone in my circle who needed a kidney transplant but the problem is the waiting time for the donor. He said that it is difficult to undergo dialysis 3 times a week so a kidney transplant will solve that problem. But he is facing a bigger problem in finding a donor. This lack of donor is one issue that the medical science should resolve.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-14-2018
lovely
it good to be good and as such if it really to save life then I see no treasons why I wouldn't donate any of my body part provided it wouldn't affect me so badly or in anyway I will be more than willingly to donate to science or others.
Posted by lovely on 07-08-2018
mcnasci24
Indeed! People don't know, but these donations are what help scientists and doctors discover the cure for a lot of ailments and diseases, as they are able to make experiments.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 11-25-2018
nrnlss
I don't know if I will, I think if I am in my deathbed I would ask the suggestion of my family if they would agree or not.
Posted by nrnlss on 11-01-2018
mitan143
Donating your body or not to science will depend to the body's owner. If the person decides to donate it to science, then that's fine because he somehow contributed in the study of human body to discover other relevant medical discoveries that will help to cure diseases and that will help other people to survive. If the person decides not to donate it, then that's probably a sign that he wants his body just to rest in peace. Either way, I guess it's fine. But I prefer not to donate my body to science because I experienced a lot of challenges in life that gives me a lot of burden that's I want it to just buried underneath the ground to have a peaceful rest for all the things I suffered while living in earth.
Posted by mitan143 on 11-01-2018
mcnasci24
Of course I would prefer to donate organs for science, or even to save another person's life. What good would my organs do to me if I'm dead? However, if I'm able to help science to advance further, then my life would have a meaning even in death.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 11-25-2018
nekonieden
I would choose to refuse to donate for science but when it comes to a person specially love ones, I would be glad to donate it as I want them to live more and at least help my love ones to live for another year of life so for science I will not let it donate it to them but when it comes to love ones, I will let them use my body organs.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-13-2018