Marketplace Radio Feb 4th, 1993
Los Angeles CA 90089
To The Editor (Producer?):
Your commentary by Jeff Striker on donation of body parts was 180 degrees away from being DEAD on the mark.
Allowing the "default" to be that body parts from recently dead people will be used if possible will decrease the chances of a "body snatchers" scenario he tries to scare us with.
By making more body parts available more quickly, the urgent need could be reduced. The body parts are already in GRAVE demand, so, by the laws of supply and demand, their value would be reduced if they are easier to obtain. This would also be the civilized thing to do.
Furthermore, he dismisses the rights of the community and the sick individuals within that community completely for the so-called "rights" of the religious fanatics who don't have the common decency and good sense to want their body parts reused if possible. Their body parts still wouldn't be used! Isn't that good enough--do we have to hurt everyone else in order to treat them with kid gloves?
Besides, this is a relatively small proportion of the population as compared to the potential population that could use the parts--namely all of us.
And on top of that, shame on MARKETPLACE for giving this medical insurance man with a partisan interest a soapbox on your show. People are dying, today, because of people like him.
P.S. Love your show 99 times out of 100!
The Animated Software Company
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