Were an oppressive tax burden not enough, at least one legislator in New York has come up with yet another reason for New Yorkers to relocate to another state. His goal is completely laudable, but his methods are not. Here is Assemblyman Richard Brodsky’s attempt to demonstrate that the end, does indeed, justify the means.
Mr. Brodsky has proposed legislation in Albany that would “presume” that all residents of New York want to donate their organs upon death unless they “opt out” of the program. Forgetting the fact that it is a bit difficult to opt out when you are dead, here is how the program would work.
When you apply for a driver’s license,
drivers would check a box saying they don’t want to donate organs. If the box is not checked, it is presumed the driver wants to donate.
I hate “opt out” programs, particularly when it comes to something administered by the DMV. After hours of waiting in line, people will sign anything, without fully reading it, just to escape. And, what if you don’t have a driver’s license, or, you don’t have it with you when you die?
Organ donation is vital. It saves countless lives each year. But, it should be encouraged, not “presumed”.