I think people who are outraged are upset on two fronts... Some seem to be upset and surprised to find out that all ‘organ donation’ is not for direct implant... they would give a heart to a person, but not a brain, bone, tissue, or whatever, for research. That’s the part I don’t understand why they have a problem.
As to why and how much money changes hands and for whom, Well, I guess that needs to be up for debate. But most of the talk I heard on the radio seemed to be shocked at the mere thought that tissues would be taken for anything other than live organ transplant, like it was a horrid misuse. I don’t think it is.
When my mom was dying from cancer, she was REALLY disappointed that her body was of no value to research. She thought they’d want to study her organs and learn something toward a cure, but I guess they didn’t need or want them, and as a cancer patient, they didn’t even want to take things like corneas or skin. She said “Can’t I even make a good skeleton for a classroom?” “No, most classroom skeletons these days are plastic”. This issue of fair and unfair use does not bother everyone, bless her heart.
The real issue here is “informed consent”. We need to have a system in Washington State to make our wishes known. You should be able to donate your body to science if that fits with your beliefs. Someone else should be able to choose either to donate for transplant, research or not at all. But above all, the least we can do for our dying loved ones, is to follow the wishes they have requested and let them rest in peace.