A New York State assemblyman from Buffalo has introduced a bill that would automatically register residents 18 and older as organ and tissue donors unless they choose to opt out of the registry.
Assemblyman Pat Burke (D-Buffalo) said in a statement Saturday 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.”
The proposed legislation would make a space on driver’s license applications for applicants to opt out of the donor registry if they wish.
The bill would still allow 16- and 17-year-olds to register to donate their organs, but they would have to opt-in.
According to the press release, New York State currently has the third highest need for organ donors in the U.S., with the second lowest enrollment percentage.