Before Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon established a moratorium on his state’s death penalty last year, Christian Longo, a death row inmate, started a campaign to allow the condemned to donate their organs.
Longo argued that a new execution protocol that many states — including Texas — have adopted leaves inmates’ organs viable for transplantation.
“While I can potentially help in saving one life with a kidney donation now, one preplanned execution can additionally save from 6 to 10 more lives,” Longo wrote in a plea that Oregon officials denied.
No state allows death row inmates to donate their organs. Although ...