Did you include permission in your will for your organs to be harvested? Eventually I will get around to it.
However, if Great Britain's new PM Gordon Brown has his way, our cousins won't have to worry about such niceties.
Brown wants to give National Health Service physicians the power to harvest organs from the dead without the necessity of consent.
The Libertarian Alliance gives you two ways to look at this. The first, is the organization's restrained, official policy statement:
The Libertarian Alliance believes that no organ or bodily part should be taken from any person for any purpose without the explicit prior consent of that person, or, if dead, without the explicit consent of the next of kin.
But frankly what I like better is the personal reaction of LA Director Sean Gabb:
When the law allows organs to be harvested from the bodies of the dead without the explicit prior consent of the dead, or the explicit consent of the next of kin, the State becomes effectively a cannibal.
I can't wait to hear from someone in America who either (a) supports such a ghoulish practice, or (b) doesn't think the lessons currently coming out of Great Britain, Canada, and Australia regarding the perils of single-payer health care aren't applicable.