Christian Longo Organs. Christian Longo, a death row inmate in Oregon is campaigning to be allowed to donate his organs after he is executed. The 37-year-old was convicted of killing his wife and two children in 2001.
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Longo claims his quest to be allowed to donate his organs is motivated by a desire to take more responsibility for his crimes and repay his debt to society. During his trial, Longo denied the charges against him. However, last month he admitted his guilt in a letter to the New York Times.In the letter, Longo said: “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.”
Though there is no law against prisoners donating their organs, the issue at hand is that executions in the state are carried out using a three-drug lethal injection process that destroys organs. Longo wants Oregon to turn to a one-drug solution so his organs can be saved and used for others. The Department of Corrections also told MSNBC they are not going to negotiate with a death row inmate about their appeals because such a proposal has been denounced as “morally reprehensible” by organ donation officials and medical ethicists.
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