Organ Donation VS Death Penalty
Since 1976, 1469 people in the USA have been executed. These penalties have not stopped treason kidnapping, or murders with aggravating circumstances. Apparently, we can’t consider this kind of punishment as an effective. So what measures might be comparable with the gravity of the offenses against human life? Let’s figure it out.
What are the common fears? Serious injuries, ostracism, personal loss, and, of course, death. Personal loss can be even more terrible than death, but moral law and common sense don’t allow the punishment of innocent people for the sins of their relatives or loved ones. Thus, the death penalty seems to be the preferred option as a punishment for grievous crimes. However, let’s take into consideration one inference: if the criminals don’t recognize the value of human life, what is the guarantee that they recognize the value of their own life? In that case, the death penalty won’t be an actual punishment for them.
I suggest that enforced organ donation and life-long payments to the families of the victims would be a much more pragmatic option than the death penalty. The donation may save one or more human life, and the payments will serve as some kind of compensation. Someone may claim this approach to be inhumane. And what about massive killings or terror attacks? Are they humane?
Life without certain organs implies permanent discomfort and a wide range of restrictions. The life-long payments won’t give the criminal an opportunity to forget about his or her guilt and probably will cause a crisis of conscience. The combination of these two factors can, finally, result in repentance.
Let’s assume for a minute that death is the end. The end of the suffering, feeling guilty, and condemnation. That is why, for mentally unstable persons, it doesn’t seem to be a punishment, but more like redemption. So, the procedure of the death penalty loses its sense.
One more thing: death is an irreversible act. What if after execution the condemned person will turn out to be innocent? Expressing condolences to the family won’t be enough to bring him or her back to life! Organ donation is not the end. The state will have an opportunity to make amends for its mistake: to pay compensation, to sponsor organ transplantation, etc.
I think that these arguments will be enough to make everyone reconsider, at least, their attitude towards the death penalty and to think over the possibility of its replacement with organ donation. I appeal to your logical reasoning and cold head because there is no place for humane emotions when it comes to capital crimes.