Organ Donor – Brent Adkins

Jeanette Walker claims that God has a plan for all of us and that He gave her a second chance through a liver transplant.  She attributes this reason as to why she believes in assumed organ donation upon death.  Rebuttals to her claim are that God would not want to give people organ donations to extend their lives or that God does not exist.  Both are valid objections as this topic is highly opinionated, however, the idea that organ donation should be assumed and not requested is forward thinking.  Compulsory organ donation should be done through the same system of organ donation currently employed, except that the check box would be to opt out of, rather than into, the organ donor pool on a drivers license application.  This simple flip would still allow a choice, but would generate larger amounts of organ donors due to guilt rather than pride, each representing the feeling of opting out or in respectively.  Never, however, should organ donation be mandatory, because even in death, we should retain our right to determine what we do with our bodies.  If we strip everyone of that simple right, we lose a little bit of our humanity.



Jeanette claims that organ donation is done in a tasteful way, leaving no physical scar on the donor that would indicate a donation.


Jeanette establishes that: she is a Christian (before or after the transplant though?), she had a liver transplant (most likely saved her life), and that she “firmly believes” that God supports and approves of organ donation.

  • Is Jeanette a born-again? Possibly due to her second chance at life?
  • Does she believe Christians are all-knowing?
  • Why did she need the transplant? Was she an alcoholic that brought it upon herself?
  • Does she believe she is a prophet like Muhammad or Jesus since she believes she knows what her God’s beliefs are?  


Her liver was dying, killing her other organs, and there was no medical help available to save her life.

  • Is a transplant not medical help? Or is she referring to medication?


She was given 2 weeks to live, a very grim realization, and that the only chance of survival was a transplant.

  • How long did she wait before seeking medical help? Could that have prevented this, with early detection? Did she have the money to pay for the procedure?

She claims that without a transplant, she would die within 2 weeks.


She had no faith that she would survive the transplant that she got (without explanation), making it clear with her goodbyes and prayer before she “moved on to the next world.”


Jeanette claims that God, a male in her eyes, was there with her in the hospital, in the surgery room, in the surgeon’s hands.

  • Does she believe she deserved this attention and second chance?
  • Why can’t God be a woman?

She claims that God knew her “work on Earth wasn’t finished.”

  • What does she do that is so important that God would save her?
  • Was the donor’s time on Earth finished?
  • Why did the donor deserve to die when she deserved to live?
  • Does her God only work for those who believe in him?

“And I think that’s why he allows transplants.”

  • Wasn’t man the one who invented transplants?
  • Why didn’t God allow transplants in the 1400s?
  • Who does God allow transplants for?
  • Are gays allowed to have transplants under God’s permission?
  • Why do some people never receive the organs they need?


Jeanette claims that everyone in the country should be presumed a donor.

  • Should everyone have to donate?
  • Can you opt out of being a donor?
  • Don’t organs belong to their original owners?
  • Why doesn’t the current system work if it saved your life?
  • Shouldn’t everyone want to be donors anyways?


She claims that not enough organs are available and that people are dying and waiting for organs.

  • Should we kill people to save others? One life lost for 12 lives saved?
  • Are the people dying because they cannot get organs?
  • What if the recipient is a murderer? Should they get an organ?
  • Why does anyone deserve someone else’s organs?
  • Is prolonging life a way of defying God’s will and plan for us all?



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3 Responses to Organ Donor – Brent Adkins

  1. davidbdale says:

    Thank you, Brent, this is an excellent start. You’ve done a good job of identifying the themes in this short piece. Your response is more of a response and rebuttal essay than a critical reading of Jeanette Walker’s argument. If you have one hour to do a second draft (I’ve given everyone a time limit in the assignment details), pull apart Walker’s claims a bit and see if you can find more claims hidden in them, many unstated.

    Where possible, produce a transcript of Walker’s statements as I did in the Model: Kidney Season on Death Row. For example:

    “God was in the surgeon’s hands with me. He knew my work on earth wasn’t finished, and I think that’s why he allows transplants.”

    The subtle shift between God knows my work isn’t finished to God has a plan for all of us is pretty significant.

    The term being used throughout this series is “presumed consent.” Your own claim that “compulsory organ donation should be done” is not completely compatible with an “opt-out” system, right?

    As always, Brent, I appreciate that you’ve given me the opportunity to respond to a draft while the deadline is pending and the assignment is still active. Thank you.

    Be sure to title your post “Critical Reading—Author Name” and post it to “A06: Critical Reading.”

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  3. davidbdale says:

    It’s 4:47 and I am laughing out loud, Brent. This is hilarious. I wouldn’t recommend a reading this snarky for everyone, but your stuff here is priceless. The one that made me spit was: Was the donor’s time on earth finished?

    You kill me. Thanks. Apparently this woman appalled you as much as she did me.

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