Leftists regularly whine that women shouldn’t be told what to do with their bodies by the government in regard to abortion — completely ignoring the fact that a child in the womb is not, in fact, part of her body — yet now a Kennedy in Connecticut wants to opt everyone into organ donation whether they want to or not. If they don’t, they have to go through the process of opting out.
Connecticut State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. (D-Branford) — son of former U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) — wants to give state government control over what happens to citizens’ organs after they die.
Kennedy recently introduced SB 750, which would automatically enroll Connecticut’s citizens in the organ donation program.
As is the case in most states, citizens currently must choose to opt into the organ donor program. Were SB 750 to pass, however, the state would automatically assume a citizen’s consent and could harvest his organs after death, unless he went through the proactive process of opting out of the program beforehand.
State Sen. Len Suzio (R-Meriden) told local Connecticut newspaper the Record-Journal that the state shouldn’t be “coercing” people into organ donation: “If people want to donate their organs after death, I have no problem with that at all, but it should not be coercive in any way.”
“It’s a bill that would seem to indicate that the state owns your body unless you say otherwise,” state Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington) pointed out.
Conservative New England radio host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr asked LifeZette this question in regard to the bill and the Kennedy family’s disturbing history: “Would this apply to drowning victims on Long Island Sound?”
“I’m talking of course about Mary Jo Kopechne, the woman Ted Kennedy let drown after he drunkenly drove off a bridge,” explained Carr, author of a book set for publication titled “Kennedy Babylon,” which goes through the scandalous Kennedy family history.
“I hope we’re not counting on the Kennedy family to supply organs, especially livers,” Carr added.
This bill carries some serious implications, as pointed out by Branford, Connecticut resident Chris Kelly in the New Hampshire Register.
“This proposal opens doors that our government should not be walking through,” Kelly wrote. “SB 750 forces all Connecticut residents to become organ donors upon their deaths unless, per the synopsis of the bill, ‘they join an official registry to opt out of organ donation.’”
The “proposal presents three entirely unacceptable conditions for Connecticut residents,” Kelly asserted. “It insinuates that after our death, our bodies are by default the property of the state unless we have previously ‘opted out.’”
He added that “it forces us to trust a state bureaucracy to manage this opt-out registry accurately and safely.” He also explained that “it flies in the face of our nation’s founding principles and the civil liberties that protect all of us.”
Kelly claimed the law was specifically designed to prey on unsuspecting citizens who might be unaware of the automatic opt-in.
The system “should continue to be … one that respects the intimate choice and right of the individual to volunteer their organs to others,” wrote Kelly. “Senator Kennedy’s bill, however, is a cynical attempt to increase the number of organs available by exploiting those Connecticut residents who may not be informed or aware enough to formally opt out.”
“It is not acceptable to legislate based on the assumption that you’ll get what you want because your constituents won’t be paying attention to the laws you pass.”