Monday, May 10th, 2010 | Author:

Only in New York could an ignorant assemblyman (Richard Brodsky) introduce a bill that could make killing people – without their consent – into law.   Citing the need for organ donors, Brodsky proposes that everyone is designated an organ donor unless they opt-out.

Disregarding the paperwork nightmare this would create; ignoring the fact that those who harvest organs would have a vested interest in not being able to find that “opt-out” paperwork; and not even considering how a child is supposed to “opt-out” of this nightmare; just the fact that the whole premise of “brain death” or “cardiac death” has been medically refuted by none other than the New England Journal of Medicine makes this bill ridiculous.

What does this mean to you and me?

It means that we someday might wind up like a “dead” man in France who, on the operating table as doctors prepared to remove his organs, suddenly came back to life.

It means that, if Brodsky’s bill becomes law, transplant teams will remove organs from live patients, committing legalized murder in the process.

If you trust those doctor’s a lot more than I do, by all means, sign up as an organ donor.

If you think Obama’s death squads won’t jump on this to decide who is more deserving of a healthy organ – the person to whom it belongs, or the person whose own is failing – by all means, sign up as an organ donor. A member of Obama’s staff, Cass Sunstein, has already written a book proposing this very thing on a national basis, stating that the real problem is getting a family’s consent.

And if you’re like me and you’re having a hard time wrapping your brain around this, take a look at Monty Python’s view of the situation.  I think they’ve got it about right.

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4 Responses
  1. threecollie says:

    When I saw this on the news the other night I was horrified. This is getting beyond scary!

  2. Dave Undis says:

    If we’re going to presume people are organ donors unless they opt out, there needs to be a reward for not opting out. Donated organs should be allocated first to those who haven’t opted out. People who opt out of organ donation should go to the back of the transplant waiting list. The United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the national organ allocation system, has the power to make this simple policy change. No legislative action is required.

    Americans who want to donate their organs to other registered organ donors don’t have to wait for UNOS to act. They can join LifeSharers, a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

    According to a new survey by Donate Life America 43 percent of people are undecided, reluctant or do not wish to have their organs and tissue donated after their deaths. Is this because Americans don’t know there is an organ shortage? No. The survey also reports that 78 percent realize there are more people who need organ transplants in the U.S. than the number of donated organs available.

    Just about every single one of the 43% of Americans who aren’t willing to register as organ donors would accept an organ transplant if they needed one to live. As long as we let non-donors jump to the front of the waiting list when they need transplants we’ll always have an organ shortage.

    David J. Undis
    Executive Director
    LifeSharers

  3. akagaga says:

    According to a new survey by Donate Life America 43 percent of people are undecided, reluctant or do not wish to have their organs and tissue donated after their deaths. Is this because Americans don’t know there is an organ shortage? No.

    That’s true, Dave. And if you had bothered to actually read my post, like I read your comment, you’d know that many of us do not wish to donate because we don’t trust the powers that be to decide if we’re really dead or not. You obviously put more faith in the government than the rest of us.

    And by the way? You can put me at the end of the waiting list. I don’t fear death, and I figure if my organs fail, then God is calling me home. Maranatha.

  4. akagaga says:

    @3C It is scary. And people like my friend Dave here apparently think the ends justify the means.