While I don’t have a problem with donating my organs after I am done with them, although if anyone would like my prostrate now they are welcome to it, I want to be the one to decide if I will or not, not the state. As those who know me from my political side already can attest, I am not one who likes the government interfering with my life, contrary to what they might believe, they do not know better than I do.
But it seems that the legislature up there in Vermont has decided that they have the right to tell you what you can do with any of the pieces that are left after you die. They are assuming you want to donate them unless you tell them you don’t, unlike the other 49 states who assume you don’t want to donate your organs unless you explicitly say you do. Do we really want to go there?
Again I don’t have a problem with organ donation, but what I am afraid of is this: Who decides on the value of your organs? Is a potential recipient’s life more valuable than the donor’s? This tags on quite nicely with Vermont’s assisted suicide law doesn’t it?
There is a definite morality problem here. Let me give you an example. Recently my sister died. She was 60 years old. As far as we know most of her organs were healthy, but for all intents and purposes she was disabled due to mental illness. We could argue whether or not she was capable of making informed decisions or not, but for this discussion, let’s assume she wasn’t. Let’s say someone found out she had a healthy heart that matched a 15 year old who desperately needed a new one. Whose life is worth more? My sister, who some would say was not contributing to society, in fact, some would say was actually a drain on society, or the 15 year old who hasn’t even begun living their life? Would it have been wrong to trade one life for the other? This isn’t as far fetched as it might sound.
Similar decisions are made every day by those who work for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. How many women do they persuade to abort their babies because there might be a chance the baby might be unproductive due to autism or some other birth defect? How many women do they convince to get rid of their babies because they won’t be able to afford them and therefore their quality of life just won’t be any good?
We can no longer allow people to think they are God and make decisions only God can make. Eugenics is alive in well.