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Smear: Cass Sunstein Wants To Donate Your Organs

September 17, 2009 10:01 am ET

Conservative news sources have reported that Cass Sunstein would like to force Americans to donate their organs upon death.


Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget, supports forcible donation of citizens' organs.


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Newsweek reported:

Things got a whole lot worse for Sunstein when his writings on organ donation surfaced. Along with University of Chicago scholar Richard Thaler, Sunstein examined the mismatch between the number of people in need of organ donors and the number who die with perfectly healthy organs. Worried that the discrepancy emerged not because people are opposed to organ donation but because they forget to tick a box on their driver's licenses, Sunstein and Thaler suggested that organ donation become the default stance. Individuals would have to deliberately specify that they don't want their organs donated. In the hands of fringe bloggers, this notion turned into a false accusation that Sunstein advocated for granting government the permission to forcibly remove organs. Although this claim has been roundly rejected, by conservatives and liberals alike, it has a "death panel"-type potency and refuses to subside.


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