2- Robbing the Dead: Is Organ Conscription Ethical?

Assessment 4 Instructions: Robbing the Dead: Is OrganConscription Ethical?Write a 2-3 page paper that examines the moral and ethical considerations of organ conscription policies andtheories.Scarcity of Medical ResourcesFor this assessment, you will continue your survey of ethical principles in health care. Especially in our contemporaryworld, where needs for health care outstrip available resources, we regularly face decisions about who should getwhich resources.There is a serious shortage of donor organs. Need vastly outstrips supply, due not only to medical advances relatedto organ transplantation, but also because not enough people consent to be cadaveric donors (an organ donor whohas already died). Munson (2014) points out that in the United States, approximately 10,000 patients die each yearbecause an organ donor was not available, which is three times the number of people killed in the terrorist attackson 9/11.But what is an efficient and morally sound solution to this problem? The policy of presumed consent, where enacted,has scarcely increased supply, and other alternatives, such as allowing donors to sell their organs, raise strong moralobjections. In light of this, some have advocated for a policy of conscription of cadaveric organs (Spital & Erin,2002). This involves removing organs from the recently deceased without first obtaining consent of the donor or hisor her family. Proponents of this policy argue that conscription would not only vastly increase the number ofavailable organs, and hence save many lives, but that it is also more efficient and less costly than policies requiringprior consent. Finally, because with a conscription policy all people would share the burden of providing organs afterdeath and all would stand to benefit should the need arise, the policy is fair and just.Demonstration of ProficiencyBy successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following coursecompetencies and scoring guide criteria:Competency 1: Articulate ethical issues in health care.Articulate the moral concerns surrounding a policy of organ conscription.Articulate questions about the fairness and justness of organ conscription policy.Explain the relevance and significance of the concept of consent as it pertains to organ donation.Evaluate alternative policies for increasing available donor organs.Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and respectful of the diversity,dignity, and integrity of others and is consistent with health care professionals.Exhibit proficiency in clear and effective academic writing skills.ReferencesMunson, R. (2014). Intervention and reflection: Basic issues in bioethics (concise ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth.Spital, A., & Erin, C. (2002). Conscription of cadaveric organs for transplantation: Let’s at least talk about it.Course Navigation Tutorials Support Log Out Tyrone Toney American Journal of Kidney Disease, 39(3), 611–615.InstructionsDo you consider the policy of organ conscription to be morally sound?Write a paper that answers this question, defending that answer with cogent moral reasoning and supporting yourview with ethical theories or moral principles you take to be most relevant to the issue. In addition to reviewing thesuggested resources, you are encouraged to locate additional resources in the Capella library, your public library, orauthoritative online sites to provide additional support for your viewpoint. Be sure to weave and cite the resourcesthroughout your work.In your paper, address the following:On what grounds could one argue that consent is not ethically required for conscription of cadaveric organs?And on what grounds could one argue that consent is required?Is the policy truly just and fair, as supporters claim? Explain.Do you consider one of the alternative policies for increasing available donor organs that Munson discusses tobe preferable to conscription? Explain why or why not.Submission RequirementsWritten communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formattingguidelines.Length: 2–3 typed, double-spaced pages.Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.SCORING GUIDEUse the scoring guide to understand how your assessment will be evaluated.

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