Welcome to SEE's Reasoning with Ethics page. The following case and supporting resources (below) are provided to help facilitate class discussions or essay assignments with a focus on ethical reasoning. Ethical reasoning is one factor teachers can encourage for student character formation.
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January 15, 2021
CBS News reported on third-grade teacher Erin Durga’s organ donation of a kidney to help her school’s custodian Pat Merten. Merten’s daughter had highlighted the need to save her father’s life in a Facebook post. Erin knew that with the same blood type, she could meet the need. After some quick reflection, Erin told her husband that she would donate a kidney.
Organdonor.gov notes that on any given day there are over 100,000 people on an organ-donor waitlist with most waiting for a kidney. Healthy people have eight organs they can donate in their passing, while 17 people die each day for the lack of organ-donor supply. To become a donor like Erin Durga, one doesn’t have to die, they just
CBS News-- https://www.cbsnews.com/news/teacher-saves-custodians-live-with-kidney-donation/
need to make the choice. Those choosing to become an organ donor are encouraged to register as a donor, which usually gets identified on a driver’s license.
It clearly takes the core value of compassion to guide a person to become a living organ donor. While organ donning (living or dead) is a noble choice, SEE askes students to consider if there is an ethical obligation to donate? (Why or why not?) In addition, what role might courage play in supporting a choice to make a living donation?