This comment examines the constitutional and practical efficacy of the required response system to increasing the number of organs donated for transplantation each year. The required response system has been proposed by several organizations and authors as an effective method to increasing organ donation in the United States. The author asserts that the proposal for a national required response system has not received the attention it deserves given the potential this system has for relieving the chronic shortage of transplantable organs. This comment discusses the practical problems experienced with the current opt-in system, the constitutional issues associated with the opt-out system, and the ways in which the required response system can alleviate these problems.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
"Don't take your organs to heaven...Heaven knows we need them here: Another Look at the Required Response System,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 26:
2, Article 2.
Abena Richards, Comment, Don't take your organs to heaven…Heaven knows we need them here: Another Look at the Required Response System, 26 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 365 (2006).