Stephen hawking made a pretty good income with virtually no use of his body other than it being a vessel to sustain his brain.
Brian, if you want to change the laws, petition the government to do so. Until such time they change the law, we live within the laws as currently written. Many people argue a given law is unfair for whatever reason the believe it is. While there may be validity in their argument, it really doesn’t matter since the laws are what they are until they are changed.