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April 28, 2010 Poll Results

A state assemblyman is pushing for a law that would presume people want to donate organs upon their death unless they specifically say otherwise. Are you in favor?

Yes. There is a severe shortage of healthy donor organs 23% 83 votes
No. It raises too many emotional, medical and ethical concerns 76% 272 votes
Total: 355 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


April 28, 2010
5:36 p.m.

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It's none of the state's business if I want to donate my organs. Sheesh! Let that be a condition of holding public office instead. That and a pay cut.

April 29, 2010
12:04 p.m.

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This should be an opt-in issue, not an opt-out issue! Just like the state to confuse the issue so people don't know if they're donating or not donating and have to do a lot of work to figure out how to opt-out! Stupid idea!!

April 29, 2010
6:15 p.m.

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It IS an opt in issue right now and there aren't enough organs being donated. When someone dies it's too emotional of a time for many people to make that decision. If they have to think ahead to say they do NOT want to donate, I think there will be more donations - and the decision won't have to be made by loved ones in pain.

April 30, 2010
6:52 a.m.

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I'll tell what is to be done with my body when I pass. The state "big brother" has no business telling what should be to my body upon my death. my loved ones have already been told my wishes. End of debate. Message to the State and the other bleeding hearts take care of your own business and get out of mine.

April 30, 2010
7:43 a.m.

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First off, the State obviously doesn't do enough for us to begin with. Where's my health care and why the tarnation am I still working for a living!! I should be living off the State.

Since they're going to take care of me cradle to grave, not only do I not have to be responsible for any of my own actions (which is pretty much how our society wants us to work anyway now), they can have my corpsicle.

It's not like I'm saving my organs for some kind of after-life event, right? As of right now, and barring any unforeseen zombie apocalypse (of which I will gladly partake), I have no intention of using my body parts after I'm dead.

Take 'em State!

April 30, 2010
9:12 a.m.

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Our Legislature needs to get it's priorities straight. The budget and the state's economy are a priority right now. Debate this issue afterwards---PS. doesn't this assemblyman realize that this measure is sure to increase our health care costs?

April 30, 2010
3:03 p.m.

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Why not just have a law that says your estate goes to the State upon your death unless you sign a will stating otherwise. That would fill the coffers after all those young folks who don't have a will die for one reason or the other.

The lawmaker who thought this up is taking his queue from those credit card companies who call you up, offer you free insurance on your credit cards for a month and unless you call them up prior to the end of the 30 days and opt out, they charge your card a buck two forty for every dollar you owe on your credit card.

Frankly, if this law passed, no one would know anything about it until a loved one died and they were told that there is no body to bury because he/she didn't opt out of the donation program before they died. Just like the insurance on your credit card. The opt out option is a winner for the donor program because of the natural tendency to procrastinate until it is too late to opt out.

May 2, 2010
1:40 a.m.

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It won't work, so stop trying to distract us from the real issues that are going on, just so you can get some face time in the press, rather than pay for your own political advertising.

From what I've been told, very rarely will they harvest an organ for transplant, from anybody over the age of 40.
What good is an 89 year old heart do for a 14 year old?

Another consideration, is that many people have a laundry list of various diseases that don't even show symptoms until it's too late.
HIV, and hepatitis come to mind, and unless you get tested, you won't know you have it, until you pretty much collapse.

Think also, of certain religions, that don't even allow autopsies, no less organ removal before burial.

The thinking behind this, reminds me of that of a 10 year old kid that thinks planting a seed in his yard is going to save the planet.

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