A convicted killer scheduled to be executed Thursday with an untested drug cocktail tried to delay his date with death by offering to become an organ donor after another condemned prisoner won a temporary reprieve with the same request.
But Ohio Gov. John Kasich turned down two requests from Dennis McGuire because the inmate could not identify a family member that would benefit from his organs, according to documents originally obtained by the Associated Press.
I have long thought that organ donation should be a natural use of organs otherwise wasted in death row executions. The thought that someone has a debt to society due to some heinous (child molestation, multiple murder, etc) crime and might in some way pay back by preserving another life just seems to make sense to me. When you read this story however in which a soon to be executed man tries to delay his execution with the stunt that is another story altogether.
What do you all think?
John Di Saia MD