I ran across an article today about a bill introduced in New Jersey’s Senate allowing living organ donors to take a tax deduction of up to $10,000 for living donor related expenses. The article, written by Carly Q. Romalino, contains a quote by John Green, community relations director with Gift of Life Donor program:
“Altruistic donors, they can really help decrease the number of people on the waiting list especially in New Jersey.”
Yep, that’s right. This bill is solely meant to motivate the public to kick out a kidney to a complete stranger.
Did I mention this person is employed by the state’s Organ Procurement Organization, which is NOT ALLOWED BY FEDERAL POLICY to meddle into the affairs of living donation? Yet here we are.
And the Senator who proposed this bill – Fred Madden – he admits: Through his work on the health committee…he’s noticed there is some consistency “that the donor goes through a tougher transition when they donate the organ.”
Let me get this straight: he knows that living donation isn’t a skipping-merrily-into-the-sunset proposition, yet instead of proposing a bill that might ‘ease the transition*’ (whatever that mans), he wants to sideways, backways encourage people to do it anyway by subtly bribing them?
If you’d like to contact Senator Fred Madden and encourage him to use his position to ensure living kidney donors are protected and respected, here’s his contact information:
District Office: 129 Johnson Road, Suite 1, Turnersville, NJ 08012 (856) 232-6700
District Office: 1031 Little Gloucester Rd., Suite 3, Blackwood, NJ 08012 (856) 401-3073
*Support services, aftercare, mental health provisions… Oh, I know a REAL and ACTUAL psychosocial evaluation intended to prevent harm to living donors instead of the current “You know this is major surgery, right? You know it’s illegal to take payment, right?” pathetic excuse we have now.