This Note will examine the failures of uncompensated and voluntary donation and argue that the only way to meet our country's organ needs is to make donation mandatory. Part II of this Note examines the history of voluntary organ donation in the United States. This history describes the evolution of organ donation laws from the first transplant until the present day. Part II also details the consequences and shortcomings of the current system. Part III examines three other proposed solutions to the organ deficit. These possible solutions include routine requests, an organ market, and presumed consent. However, none of these solutions would increase the organ supply as effectively as a mandatory donation system. Part IV discusses how a mandatory donation program is the most effective way to ensure a sufficient organ supply. Part IV also argues that once an individual dies, the organs become the property of the deceased's heirs. Finally, Part IV discusses why a mandatory donation system would be unconstitutional unless donor's families are compensated for the taking of the deceased's organs.
Note, Organ Conscription: How the Dead Can Save the Living , 24 J.L. & Health 323 (2011)