28 August 2008
Just What We Need
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, the noted proponent of state funding for human cloning and and the destruction of unborn babies in the name of scientific progress now makes another foray into world of science. True to form, he botches this one, too.
Taking effect today is a law supported and signed by Blunt that makes it easier for doctors to harvest organs from living patients without the ability of the patient's relatives to create a bothersome delay.
New Missouri laws take effect today
Drivers renewing their licenses will be able to add an organ donor symbol to their licenses. Part of the "Organ Donor First-Person Consent" law pushed by Gov. Matt Blunt, the law establishes an organ donor registry. The registry will allow speedier harvesting of organs by no longer requiring additional consent from a donor's relatives.
Under the old system, family members had the final say, even if the patient had signed up for the organ donor registry.
By preventing family vetoes, advocates of the law have said, several hundred more people each year could get transplants.
Missourians will now be able to include an organ donor symbol — a red heart wrapped in a green ribbon — on their drivers licenses or other state-issued identification cards...