AMA Calls Organ Snatching Bill “An Outrage”

PICKERINGTON, OH – Calling it “an outrage” that “should offend every American,” the American Motorcyclist Association has slammed a bill under consideration in the Connecticut General Assembly that “would automatically assume any motorcyclist killed on the road is an organ donor if they were riding without a helmet “at the time of their death.

If successful, the bill would allow for organ harvesting without the consent of the helmetless rider who died while riding, and would bring more literal meaning to the flip description of a motorcycle as a “donorcycle.”

In the strongly worded “Action Alert,” the AMA says the bill offers “twisted reasoning” and “callous disregard” for motorcyclists. It continued that it is not only “an insult to motorcyclists, but it also violates the religious liberty of those whose faith prohibits posthumous organ donation, and is clearly an unconstitutional violation of bodily autonomy for any American.”

Bill Introduced By Sen. Looney

Introduced by state Sen. Martin M. Looney (D – 11th District) and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health on Jan. 12, S.B. No. 96 would establish “a rebuttal presumption that persons killed in a motorcycle accident while riding without a helmet wish to donate their organs.”

The bill says that its purpose is “to improve public health.”

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The AMA acknowledged in its Action Alert that “Organ donation is a noble cause that regularly saves lives around the country, but the decision to become a donor is a deeply personal one – a decision (the bill) takes away from motorcyclists.”

The AMA asked, “Why are riders held in such low regard that this decision is made for them. What group of citizens will have this decision taken out of their hands next?”

The Action Alert noted that the AMA had spoken to Looney’s staff and was told that declining rates for organ donation and a desire to discourage riding without a helmet spurred the bill. It quoted a Looney aide as saying, “If a motorcyclist already put their life at risk by riding without a helmet, we can assume they don’t care where their organs end up.”

AMA Urges Riders To Contact Legislators

The AMA is urging riders in Connecticut to protest the the bill to their legislators. “Tell them this bill is an absurd violation of your rights and a despicable way to treat any group of citizens.”

Looney is President Pro Tempore of the General Assembly. His district serves residents of New Haven, Hamden and North Haven. He was elected to the state senate in 1992.

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About Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Vermont Academy, he received a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2008 Ford Ranger pickup.


  1. Seems just a bit evil. There’s more than a half million bucks worth of parts in the average human: I’d rather not give the medical establishment any more excuses than they already have to let us die.

  2. Sent an email to my State Senator. Everyone should do the same.
    What an outrageous and callous proposal.
    If the statement from the aide is true, that person should be fired from his job.

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