New Yorkers May Soon Be Automatically Registered Organ Donors
A New York State Assemblyman has introduced a bill that automatically selects people over 18 as organ donors. This means adults in New York would need to opt out of the registry as opposed to opt-in, as things currently stand.
Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) said via wivb that “I’m introducing this legislation because I want to start a conversation about how we can get more people on the organ donation registry, and ultimately save more lives.”
If the bill passes, people over 18-years of age will need to opt out of donor registry on their drivers license applications. New York has the highest need for organ donations in the country, according to a press release by Burke. Burke also says that the intention of the bill is not “harvesting organs.”
It feels as though clearing up misinformation on the internet has become a large part of my job. I did not submit a proposal to harvest people’s organs after they die and I did not submit a proposal to have an automatic organ donor program for every New Yorker.
This proposal is meant to spark the conversation about the importance of organ donation. If this proposal became law, it would change the question on a New York State driver’s license application from an opt-in question to an opt-out question. Under this proposal, driver’s license applicants over the age of eighteen would have to opt-out by saying “no” to being an organ donor. The application would not be complete until this question was answered.
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There are thousands of New Yorkers currently on the waitlist for a life saving organ. I believe this minor alteration on a NYS driver’s license application would increase the amount of people registered as organ donors in our state and could potentially save the lives of people waiting for a donor.
I do not intend to move forward with this proposal until it has earned significant public support, but it is my hope that it draws attention to the need for everyone to register as an organ donor. People can choose to donate the gift of life at https://donatelife.ny.gov/register/.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.