15 years ago someone like Newt Gingrich would’ve been giving a speech blaming the Democratic Party for this Headline of the Day:
A Long Island, N.Y., surgeon's bid to seek $1.5 million for the kidney he donated to his estranged wife "not only runs afoul" of public policy, but may expose him to criminal prosecution, a Nassau County, N.Y., court referee ruled Wednesday.
"At its core, the defendant's claim inappropriately equates human organs with commodities," Referee A. Jeffrey Grob wrote in Batista v. Batista, Jr., 201931/05. Grob noted that while the term "marital property" is "elastic and expansive ... its reach, in this Court's view, does not stretch into the ether and embrace, in contravention of this State's public policy, human tissues or organs."
The four-year-old divorce case between vascular surgeon Richard J. Batista Jr. and his wife, Dawnell C. Batista, gained worldwide notoriety in January when Dr. Batista and his attorney, Garden City, N.Y.'s Dominick Barbara, held a press conference announcing their intentions to seek compensation for the organ. Barbara petitioned the court for a stay to produce an expert who could testify as to the value of the organ.
Personally, I blame Gay Marriage for destroying this marriage.