Well, color me one of those "libertarian" mind-sets -- how is the burden unfairly distributed? The government currently asks me permission to dismember and use parts of my body once I'm dead... That certainly sounds like a fair distribution of burden there to me. Instead, he'd rather have the government assumed permission to rip someone apart without their consent, unless they specifically are informed and make the time to go and opt out.
Don't get me wrong -- I'm one of the 90% of Delawareans that believe organ donation is a good thing and I even have the heart on my license indicating my donor status; however, this follows too closely in the wake of the UK's similarly proposed program that gives me reason to pause in caution.
Since England is one of the worst offenders of legislating life in the known world, it should, hopefully, give ANYONE pause to see that Delaware is following suit.
As for alternative options, I can think of several... Create a policy, law or ordinance where:
- Each time you renew your license, the DMV agent MUST ask you if you'd like to opt in.
- Each time you go through inspection, the DMV agent MUST ask you if you'd like to join in.
- Each time you register to vote or change your party affiliation, the DMV agent MUST ask you if you'd like to opt in.
- Each time your registration expires and you need to renew it, the DMV agent MUST ask you if you'd like to opt in.
"Under a 2001 state law that upholds the decision of Delaware residents who make a documented gift of donation, the family of a designated donor cannot revoke the donor's consent after death."
I could see this law seriously being challenged if we did see a shift of assumed consent to the state, and rightly so. Perhaps a newly immigrated member of a 'small religious sect' that Caplan seems to unconcerned with is unaware and, upon death, the hospital tells the family they'll be harvesting their dearly departed's organs with no form of recourse. I can only imagine the devastation.
Delaware, even in death, has the legislative mindset of a nanny state.