On February 13, newly-elected congressman Daniel Silveira put forward two bills to propose that casualties in police shootouts would automatically have their bodies harvested for organs. “The line of people waiting for donors is long, slow-moving, and often good people, fighting for their lives, die,” Mr. Silveira wrote in the caption of an Instagram post introducing the bills to voters. “Now, when a police officer neutralizes a criminal, he can say with propriety: I saved a life.”
His bills seek to frame the donations of organs, bodily tissue, and cells as reparations for the moral and financial damage inflicted on society by crime. But, in addition to being medically impractical, critics argue that Mr. Silveira’s bills are unconstitutional and could signal a radical departure from the universal law of the presumption of innocence.