Christian Longo, an inmate on death row for killing his wife and and three children in 2001, is fighting for his organs . Not to keep them, but to give them away.
He is campaigning to be allowed to donate his organs after he is executed because of his desire to take more responsibility for his terrible crime.
Despite pleading not guilty during his trial, he admitted his guilt last month in a letter to the New York Times, writing:
"I don't expect to leave this prison alive. I am seeking nothing but the right to determine what happens to my body once the state has carried out its sentence.
If I donated all of my organs today, I could clear nearly 1 percent of my state's organ waiting list. I am 37 years old and healthy; throwing my organs away after I am executed is nothing but a waste."
He's got a good point, but we wouldn't want this to end up like some sci-fi movie where the killer lives on through his organs.
Apparently, the the Oregon Department of corrections shares our sentiment. Although there is no law against prisoners donating their organs, prison officials don't want inmates to think that they might be able to sell their body parts for cash.
Plus, organ donation officials and medical ethicists have already denounced the inmate's promise to stop appealing his conviction if he is allowed to donate his organs as "morally reprehensible".
Honestly, we don't know if we'd want a mans organs who massacred his family in our body, so we can't blame the officials for not wanting to let him donate them.
Would U want this man's organs transplanted into your body?
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