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New Bill Aims to Boost Organ Donations

Monday, March 07, 2011

In a move aimed at increasing the number of organ donors, a new bill, if passed, would add a section to the driver's license application requiring applicants to opt for or against organ donation before the license is processed.

State Senator David Carlucci is introducing the legislation, known as Lauren's Law, and said it will make the enrollment procedures easier and should increase the rolls "tremendously."

"Ninety-seven percent of the people that are enrolled in the organ donation registry do it through the Department of Motor Vehicles," Carlucci said.

Now, it is not mandatory to fill out the organ donation section.

Calucci said he understands some oppose being forced to answer the question, but he said his bill differs from previous ones in that it doesn’t automatically default to opt in if you don’t answer the question.

Lauren's Law is named after 10-year-old Lauren Shields, who received a heart transplant in March 2009.

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wong sue from pelham

i live at 17 fifth ave apt 28 10803 n we dont give a frigg we smoke n sell weed n we suck n sex for $50 a piece

May. 13 2011 04:09 AM
Irene from Rochester, ny

If orgran transplants really worked then the patients would not need to take the drugs to keep them from rejecting. also many people who have orgran transplant still do not the quality of life of a normal healthy person.

Apr. 10 2011 11:11 AM
David J Undis from Nashville TN

Your story about “Lauren’s Law” and Organ Donation and Transplant and where you live highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

There are now over 110,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. Everyone who is willing to receive should be willing to give.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling
1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,500 members as of this writing, including 790 members in New York.

Please contact me - Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers - if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you're interested. My email address is daveundis@lifesharers.org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.

Mar. 08 2011 02:54 PM
Angelina Lanzetta from PELHAM NEW YORK

DMV FORMS ARE NOT CLEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE ASKING NEW DRIVERS WHAE THEY ARE ASKED TO OPT IN OR OUT OF ORGAN DONATING YOU NEED TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE ASKING SO NEW DRIVERS A COMPLETLY UDERSTAND WHAT YOU ASKING THEM TO DONATE ASKING TO OPT FOR OR OUT OF SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE ASKING FOR THAT DRIVERS OPINION NOT THAT DRIVER WOULD BE DONATING THEIR ORGAN YOU NEED TO MORE CLEAR ON THE DMV FORM SO YOUNG DRIVERS KNOW WHAT YOU ARE ASKING I THINK IT IS MISLEADING THE WHY THE DMV FORM IS NOW I DONT FEEL ANYONE SHOULD BE MISLEAD PLEASE RESPOND WITH MORE CLEAR INFORMATION

Mar. 08 2011 02:36 PM

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