[LINK] SMH: 'Backlash fear sparks ID card rethink'

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Fri Mar 16 11:37:27 AEDT 2007

On Fri, Mar 16, 2007 at 10:11:46AM +1100, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> >Inmate organ plan shaves time
> >From correspondents in South CArolina
> >10mar07
> >
> >INMATES in South Carolina could soon find that a kidney is worth 180 days.
> <http://www.ntnews.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,21353970%255E401,00.html>

that, and any similar plan, should be banned, for two reasons:

1. prisoners aren't free to make a truly voluntary donation.  it's a form of

2. it creates a conflict of interest in the legal system, an incentive
to give greater sentences than a given crime actually deserves in order
to create an "incentive" for the felon to donate an organ.


ps: IMO, a kidney is worth a LOT more than 180 days.  ONLY half a year
for an organ? not only is the scheme morally reprehensible, it's a

craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

"It is an absurd fiction that the churches are useful. They are
 nothing more than propaganda centers for superstitious faiths and
 doctrines. Church members have a right to believe in and propagate
 their various doctrines. But they should pay every item of the
 cost, of this propaganda, including fair taxation for all church property."
          [E. Haldeman-Julius, "The Church Is a Burden,
                                 Not a Benefit, In Social Life"]

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