Here I am steaming and stewing again. I just watched the premiere of Revelations
on NBC. And wouldn't you know it? Organ donation came up again! Hooray for National Donate Life month! But, wait...What's this? You mean, the transplant people are the bad guys
? You mean, they're fighting the Catholic Church? And, somehow, organ donation is being presented as antithetical to the Right to Life movement? And that's when my head exploded.*
This one was even worse, much worse actually, than the Grey's Anatomy episode
. For one thing, in a nod to the new vocabulary we have all acquired post-Terri Schiavo, the child was described as being in a persistent vegetative state. People in persistent vegetative states are nowhere near being qualified as organ donors. This child, miraculous or not, was speaking and writing. That’s a pretty good indicator that she’s not brain dead. But yet, there was some team of ominous (and arrogant and stubborn, of course) doctors pushing for her to be an organ donor, while a nun and a priest fought to stop them. I don’t doubt that the Catholic Church would be against using that child as an organ donor. So would all Organ Procurement Organizations and any doctor associated with any transplant program in this country.
What’s going on? Does it really need to be said that the Catholic Church supports organ donation as a compassionate and loving choice? As do all major religions
in this country? Did they need to conflate the issue of Right to Life with organ donation? Did they need to create characters pushing for organ donation to be the bad guys? What’s going on here?
*edited to add: I missed the first 15 minutes of this show, which was probably a good thing, as Cecily pointed out that the parents were evidently being paid by the recipients of their child's kidneys. OK. There's nothing to say to that except maybe...Holy Crap. Oh. So. Illegal.