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More than 30 states, including Massachusetts and Maine, have instituted such a funding mechanism to pay for public awareness campaigns.
The legislature's public health committee did not move the bill forward. Terry Gerratana, D-New Britain, the co-chairwoman of the committee, said she continues to engage in discussions with Kennedy about the issue.
But at a public hearing last month, several groups, including the Connecticut Nurses Association and the Connecticut Hospital Association, spoke out against the measure, saying it raises complex legal issues.
This approach faces obvious and enormous obstacles, challenging as it does widely and deeply held beliefs about the sanctity of the body, even in death. Roughly half a million people around the world suffer from kidney failure and many are willing to pay any price for a donor organ.
The Scottish government has launched a public consultation on automatic organ donation, which would allow organs and tissues to be transplanted after someone dies unless they have opted out of the system.
Under the scheme, hospital patients would have to register their objection to donating or tell their family they do not want their organs to be transplanted.
Now some leading ethicists and doctors are re-examining the principle of informed consent in government organ-donor programs, arguing that harvesting from cadavers should be a routine procedure just like autopsies in murder investigations.
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