Assemblyman introduces bill that would automatically register all NY adults for organ donor registry

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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.

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