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April 17, 2019 - 6:44am

Today's Poll: Should an organ donation agreement be opt-out at the time of driver's license renewal or application?

posted by Howard B. Owens in polls.
Rich Richmond
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Organ donation is a very personal issue. It must be voluntary, transparent, and well thought out choice and not opt-out liberal social engineering legislation bordering on deceit and trickery. For the record, I have chosen to donate, and the current laws are fine.

Tim Miller
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Rich - I agreed with you up to the point you went right-wing batscat insane. I'm going to plagiarize the accurate parts of your post to express my thoughts on opt-out organ donations.

Organ donation is a very personal issue. It must be a voluntary, transparent, and well thought out choice and not opt-out. For the record, I have chosen to donate, and the current laws are fine.

Rich Richmond
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Tim, I cast the bait and you bit. Batscat insane? You did not plagiarize. Although we often disagree I do not believe you would do that.

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I'd like to see a separate form that you would have to sign each time before you could renew a license or get the first one. It would require you to pick in or out, with a notice you can change your mind at any time.

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Rich, Right On! Do we get a choice to pay or not, when we get off the thruway?

Tim Miller
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Rich... hook, line, sinker. ;-)

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"liberal social engineering legislation bordering on deceit and trickery." Nonsense. Utterly ridiculous.

Opt-out is good common sense. Illinois has more than doubled organ donation over the national average with opt-out.

In Illinois, 68 percent of drivers are now potential organ donors. This number tells us two things. First, that opt-out is good for society; second, that it isn't trickery, that clearly enough people are informed and paying attention and still making the decision not to become a donor.

Conservatives concern themselves with fostering a good, stable society and promoting life and protecting families. Opt-out helps achieve these goals.

Opposing it is just another way of saying you want more people to live unhealthy lives or die needlessly.

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I don't understand why anyone would not want to be a donor, it's not like you are going to need any of those parts once you are dead.

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Eric, it's not that don't want to be a donor. It just that most don't bother to really look at the form. They just want to get the license and get going. That's why I don't like the almost automatic opt in. I see nothing wrong with a separate form that clearly has a person say yes or no.

Thomas Callan
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John, That SAYS IT ALL!!! DMV is not the place to consider such a sensitive issue!

John Roach
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DMV is just one more place to do it, if done right. A health care proxy is another good place to state your wishes.

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