Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/7/2010
A member of the New York Assembly has introduced a "Presumed Consent" organ harvesting bill.
Under Assemblyman Richard Brodsky's proposal, everyone would become automatically enrolled as candidates for organ harvesting, and those who object would have to formally opt out. Jason McGuire, legislative director for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), comments that there is a privacy concern -- but more importantly, a moral one as well.
"One of the concerns is how soon organs would be harvested from an individual," he points out. "So it puts a doctor in a difficult position of having to decide between the life that looks like it is ending and how soon his organs can be harvested to potentially save another life that is awaiting an organ."
That issue has increasingly alarmed the pro-life community and the families of supposedly "brain dead" patients who are still alive. Under Brodsky's bill, families would lose their right to make major decisions concerning those patients. Read more.