Skip to comments.Court Ruling Could Have Chilling Effect On Organ Donations (Govt OWNS you!)
Posted on 05/24/2007 10:50:43 PM PDT by RedQuill
Court Ruling Could Have Chilling Effect On Organ Donations
SEATTLE -- If you marked "organ donation" on your driver's license, you may have given consent for something you can't imagine.
Over the past year, KIRO Team 7 Investigators have repeatedly exposed how the King County Medical Examiners Office traded hundreds of human brains to a research lab, collecting $1.5 million along the way. Dozens of families say King County failed to get proper consent. Four sued.
Now, Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne discovers a resulting court ruling might make everyone's donated body parts up for grabs.
I, along with 2.6 million other drivers in Washington, have a heart stamped in the corner of my license. it signifies organ donation.
A King County judge has just ruled that "heart-mark" allows your organs not just to be transplanted into a living person, but also your corpse donated to science. your family can't do anything to stop it. (see source for full story)
(Excerpt) Read more at kirotv.com ...
That's why I've said no when asked and advised others to say no to the driver's license note. I want the decision made by my family --- yes, even in their time of grief.
I've never believed otherwise. I listened to this issue yesterday on local talk radio and couldn't believe the hysterics.
I would rather my family respect my decision. I really don't give a rat's ass what happens to my body when I'm dead... I'm not using it any more.
However, I will agree that if there is a profit to be made, I'd like my family to partake in that.
I actually agree that in the absence of a clear directive these critical decisions should be made by the family. Of course, many of the 'Terri-bots' disagree. They think most families can't be trusted to not just kill grandma if someone isn't watching.
We are all the beneficiaries of scientific study. I don't get the outrage over the taking of tissues... I can understand the money aspect, but on the other hand, public agencies finding revenue that didn't come from taxpayers isn't a wholly bad thing either.
I think the families should receive a very sizable portion of the money collected, since the government are making money on the deal.
People, please stop directing it at me.
Read my entire posting.
“Donated to Science” is not the same as “Sold for $1.5M profit to King County”. Hell—you live here...you should know the County Exec would carve people’s brains out himself if he could fund a light rail system with them.
Once I’m dead, my body is nothing more than a container of water and some minerals.
If science can make use of said bag of chemicals to further human quality of life down stream, have at it.
Yes, but they were Patty Murray voters, and the scandal here is that somebody paid way too much...
I think people who are outraged are upset on two fronts... Some seem to be upset and surprised to find out that all ‘organ donation’ is not for direct implant... they would give a heart to a person, but not a brain, bone, tissue, or whatever, for research. That’s the part I don’t understand why they have a problem.
As to why and how much money changes hands and for whom, Well, I guess that needs to be up for debate. But most of the talk I heard on the radio seemed to be shocked at the mere thought that tissues would be taken for anything other than live organ transplant, like it was a horrid misuse. I don’t think it is.
When my mom was dying from cancer, she was REALLY disappointed that her body was of no value to research. She thought they’d want to study her organs and learn something toward a cure, but I guess they didn’t need or want them, and as a cancer patient, they didn’t even want to take things like corneas or skin. She said “Can’t I even make a good skeleton for a classroom?” “No, most classroom skeletons these days are plastic”. This issue of fair and unfair use does not bother everyone, bless her heart.
Thanks for posting. Very interesting. BTTT!
I am a donor also. However when I think of the term “donor” my impression is they can take what they want but I have no intention of anyone making any money off my “donation”.
I’ll be checking the regs and rules on this in my state before my license comes up for renewal. If there is any chance anyone is going to make money from my organs or tissue, it is going to be my family and no one else.
The real issue here is “informed consent”. We need to have a system in Washington State to make our wishes known. You should be able to donate your body to science if that fits with your beliefs. Someone else should be able to choose either to donate for transplant, research or not at all. But above all, the least we can do for our dying loved ones, is to follow the wishes they have requested and let them rest in peace.
I lost both my kidneys when I was in India and woke up in a bathtub that was REAL cold.
Wow! Have you found them yet? Kidneys are known to wander off and become confused...
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