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My body, my choice

I can’t sell my organs. But some idiots in NY are proposing that the state gets to divvy up your organs when you kick the bucket.

9 Responses to “My body, my choice”

  1. Mikee Says:

    So the state will have a financial benefit from my death, at the same time it can save costs by limiting the state-insured medical care I am provided? This looks like a classic win-win for the state!

  2. Jake Says:

    Looks like it’s not actually mandatory.

    Brodsky introduced a new bill in Albany that would enroll all New Yorkers as an organ donor, unless they actually opt out of organ donation.

    If it only applies to people 18 and up (you know, legal adults), and opting out is as simple as opting in is now (i.e., check the box on the back of your license), and people are informed about doing so, I don’t know that I would really find it objectionable. It would need some restrictions, of course. For instance, if they go the license route for opting out, people without a license should have to specifically opt in to be issued and organ donor card.

    If the opting out process is anything more difficult than that, the law should be trashed.

  3. Guav Says:

    Your post title raises an interesting question though: Is it really your body once you’re dead? “You” is no longer present, and you’re incapable of making choices or of exerting ownership and rights. I’m pretty sure you will no longer have your 2nd amendment rights at that point either, being dead and stuff hehe

    Personally, I do not give a shit what happens to my body after I’m dead, and I don’t care if I’m sold for spare parts by my spouse, or the state, or whomever. And when dead, I’ll give a shit even less than I do now 🙂

  4. Tom O'B Says:

    Opt out could become interesting. When my cancer started up I tried to change my donor status (Washington state), couldn’t do it. The Dept. Motor Veh. can put you into donor status but you have to track down the states donor organization to get them to tell DMV to take you off the list.

  5. John Smith Says:

    I was a donor in NC when I first got my license. However when I moved away I chose not to put donor on my CDL. I had come across some nasty articles regarding hospital treatment of organ donors when there was a low probability of the victim surviving. The temptation for doctors to throw in the towel to let you die in order to save several other patients crystallized my thinking remarkably.

  6. straightarrow Says:

    I remember way before the abortion debate began in earnest how many people said doctors would never do that unless in critical situations. Uh huh. I am supposed to believe that the millions of unborn children killed every year by doctors for often little money each would somehow not be tempted to arrange premature harvestin of organs which can command enormous sums. And that is only the start of the money stream.

    I was born at night, but not last night.

  7. Bobby Says:

    “Your post title raises an interesting question though: Is it really your body once you’re dead?”

    Is your house your house after you go out?

  8. Jake Says:

    Is your house your house after you go out?

    Are you ever coming back?

  9. Guav Says:

    Bobby, that analogy doesn’t make any sense—if I leave my house, “I” still exist, so of course I still retain my rights (of ownership and otherwise).

    My question is how do you retain rights and ownership when “you” ceases to exist. I’m trying to wrap my head around how it can be “my” body when the body is dead and whatever made it “me” is gone from it.