SB 239 - ORGAN DONOR BILL DROPPED!
From the "What Was He Thinking?" file: State Senator Allen "Frankenstein" Hurt (R-Waterflow) introduced SB 239, which would force the harvesting of organs for some bikers declared brain dead as the result of an accident if not wearing a helmet.
We just spoke with his office and was told that Hurt, also a physician, was dropping the bill due to public outcry.
The AMA had expressed its outrage at a proposed law that could make some motorcyclists into forced organ donors.
Hurt's bill specifically states: "a person operating a motorcycle without a helmet and who, as the result of an accident, is pronounced brain dead pursuant to Section 12-2-4 NMSA 1978 by a licensed physician shall become an organ donor regardless of whether the person made an anatomical gift by completing the organ donor statement
The AMA said that Hurt's proposal represents a new low in the relationship between anti-motorcycling government officials and riders.
"Organ donation is a noble cause that truly can represent the gift of life for people faced with some terminal illnesses," noted Sean Maher, AMA director of state affairs. "But making the commitment to become an organ donor must remain a private decision left to each person.
"Classifying an entire group of citizens as nothing more than organs to be harvested isn't just demeaning to motorcyclists, it's offensive to all Americans," he said.