Sunday, June 11, 2006

What if abortion opponents weren't sexist?

The Michigan GOP unanimously approved an anti-abortion position recently, which opposes abortion in cases where the woman was raped, as well as cases where her life would be in danger from pregnancy or childbirth.

The underlying presumptions are that:

1. The government has a compelling interest in mandating the use of our bodies to preserve the life of another.

2. Hardship or inconvenience, to include losing a job because of unapproved time off from work, future lost wages, or failing a semester at school do not release us from this basic responsibility.

3. Health risks, up to and including death, do not release us from this obligation.

4. Our obligation to society to save another life through use of our donor-bodies is not negated by disowning responsibility for creating the situation.

5. The financial burden of doing what’s necessary to sustain that life falls upon the donor-body, even if they do not have an interest in preserving the recipient’s life.

By focusing only on the exploitation of women's bodies in their legislation, the MI GOP has overlooked many opportunities for live-saving legislation. In the spirit of cooperation, I am suggesting the following additions to their platform:

1. All citizens over the age of 16 are required to donate blood as often as eligible, i.e. every 56 days.

a. Citizens will be responsible for the cost of donating blood, as well as for the cost of supplying that blood to the recipient.

b. Those persons who fail to report on the 56th day after their previous donation will be charged with a felony offense.

2. All citizens between the ages of 18 and 60 are required to enter the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry.

a. Citizens will be required to pay a fee ranging from $50 to $100 for tissue matching.

b. Those citizens who are a match will be required to undergo surgery, at a doctor’s convenience, with little or no warning. Surgery will last approximately 45-90 minutes, will be done under general or regional anesthesia, and will entail insertion of a needle from the back of the pelvic bone to extract the marrow.

c. The donor-body (or their insurance) will be responsible for the total cost of this operation (for the donor and the recipient), which runs approximately $250,000.

d. Failure to participate in this important life-saving program is a felony.

3. Citizens are required to provide organ donations when requested by the government. Organs required may include: kidneys, lungs, hearts, pancreas, intestines, and liver.

a. The government recognizes that in some cases these operations may prove life-threatening to the donor (particularly the heart transplant), and sympathizes with this hardship; however a threat to the life of the donor is not an acceptable reason to avoid saving another innocent life.

b. Those citizens who are a match for a recipient will undergo surgery at the surgeons convenience, and should expect a recovery time ranging from weeks to months.

c. The donor-body, or their insurance, will be required to pick up the full medical cost for both the removal of the organ as well as the surgery to transplant it into the recipient. Costs may range anywhere from $25,000 to $367,000 depending on region, and type of transplant.

d. Failure to participate in this program is a felony.

4. Cadaver Harvesting

a. All deceased persons will be inspected for possible organ donation. Those candidates found usable will have organs donated. The immediate family will be responsible for the cost of organ removal, as well as the procedure to transplant the organs into the recipients.


Blogger Peggy said...

Um, so I pretty much love this post and use these arguments when arguing with stupi- I mean, people who disagree with me on this issue.

But you knew that already...

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Alyssa said...

as for our damn government is concerned... it is my damn body!!! If they think that they can tell me not to have an abortion if I get pregnant because It's illegal, and I may die from the birth they can go fuck themselves!!! It is my body, they have no right what I do and do not do with it. (not including suicide bomb...that they can be concerned over.)

as for the other situations that you propose they look at I absolutely don't think they are apropriate. No way is it ok for them to consider it a felony if I don't get my blood taken ever 56 days... If I want to donate my organs and blood (which I will), however, it is not there place to tell me it is a felony for not paying 50-$500 and possibly putting myself in harm because someone needs a liver and I can't give mine because I'd get terribly sick. I may be selfish, but I don't want to get terribly sick possibly die because the government by law says that it is my duty to give said person a body part. It's almost like saying all boys and girls from 18-22 will be inlisted in the army...

Perhaps our government should pay attention to the actual problems instead of worrying about their own damn salery or reputation.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Brent said...

That's a very clever uncovering of hypocrisy. Well done!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

i concur with miss peggy, i adore this post and am putting it on my favorites list this second.

i am appalled by the government's lack of consideration and humility (though unfortunately, not surprised). glad to hear someone else is outraged as well...

(and i apologize for your sake anytime someone comments thinking you are completely serious about the blood/organ donor thing...)

8:28 PM  
Blogger ideamouth said...

Alyssa, I like where you're headed with that last line. It's an interesting jump from forced birth/forced use of your body to forced conscription, isn't it?

It's hard to make an argument that there's any difference at all, when it comes down to it.

That could almost be another section of my original post - people are required to drop whatever they are doing and fight in (insert random war) if the government determines it will ultimately save lives.

10:19 PM  

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