Mercer: Organ Harvesters can't be in line ahead of spouse

In the pecking order over my future carcass, pursuant to SB 197, it looks like Bob Mercer came to a similar conclusion as I did, according to this morning's Pierre Capitol Journal.

In an interview with Representative David Lust, Lust notes that the key phrase in the pecking order is "Individual," which isn't defined in the statute. Lust contends that "the common definition of an individual is a human being."

Which means that organizations are not ahead of my wife in determining organ donation if I don't make a decision.

Now if she'd only agree not to sell me to the circus.


Dave Undis said…
Over half of the 95,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. LifeSharers has 7,909 members, including 7 members in South Dakota. Over 700 of our members are minor children enrolled by their parents.

David J. Undis
Executive Director
Dirty Dawg said…
Does this explain where one might find Marion Rounds' spine and brain? Was it body snatchers that got him? Haven't seen him during the session. Just wonderin'.
Anonymous said…
David J. Undis

You are a hate fill person. For a professional, you could have made a more respectable comment.

Getting past your tone it sound that you may have a good program, and by far it is better than the bill we are talking about.
Anonymous said…
anon 4:27,

You are an idiot.

I sincerely hope this helps.
Anonymous said…
Talk to a funeral director about organ donation. They get a mutilated body to deal with based on the conversation I had with a funeral director recently, regarding the deceased whose organs have been harvested.

Another aspect of organ donating is that a severely injured person, such as an accident victium, may be kept alive artificially until they hound the family into "unplugging" and donating. (a guilt trip) Well guess what, if you weren't dead before they cut your heart and liver out, you surely will be afterwards.

No one else has a right to my organs, before or after I'm dead. Over my dead body will they take my organs! (ha, ha!) Really. This is mutilation and unchristian. Bury me whole, please. My family knows this.... double triple, right kids?
Anonymous said…
Wow, this post is really bringing the idiots out of the woodwork. I thought anon 4:27 was dumb ... and then I read anon 9:52's post. Hopefully they are the same person, because I shudder to think there's two people that certifiably stupid (and selfish) in this world.
Anonymous said…
Organ donation is unchristian? That's probably the most idiotic comment I've ever read here, and there is some strong competition. Congrats, 9:52. You are the king.
Anonymous said…
After spending 19 years on an ambulance squad, I have some insight as to the reactions of family members regarding organ harvest.

Some families are totally against it, and some are wholeheartedly in favor of it. Nearly all are very happy to respect the wishes of the deceased.

But---in a time of sorrow, nearly every family member is so distraught and grief-stricken that they are not able to make rational decisions. Putting the added stress of whether to allow organ harvest upon the shoulders of family members at this time is just adding to their already overwhelming burden.

And---if organ harvesting entities are allowed to take organs over the objections of family members, the grief and stress may become overwhelming to some. Indeed, if I were against the practice, and some organization was allowed to overrule my wishes, I would likely become quite agitated.

The answer is for EVERYONE to make their wishes plainly evident to family members, and to sign and carry the appropriate documents in their wallet/purse at all times. This will eliminate the stress of making such a decision for the surviving family members at such a sad time.

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