16-year-olds can now be organ donors in NY

  • 16-year-olds can now be organ donors in NY

16-year-olds can now be organ donors in NY

What often happens, then, is that many of those drivers don't end up registering as organ and tissue donors until they renew their license - often well into their 20s.

I have proposed a bill, SB 750, An Act Concerning Organ Donation, that would change our state's policy on organ donation so that all citizens can become donors upon their death unless they join an official registry to "opt-out". The registration rates vary wildly around the state, and hospitals, physicians and others have been pressing for new ways to get more New Yorkers to sign up to donate. It's part of a new law expanding the eligibility age.

Senator Kemp Hannon said, "Increasing the number of registered organ donors is of critical importance".

In August, Cuomo signed a law to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to register their consent to donate. "Enrollment in the Registry should improve and lives will be saved".

Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz said, "An estimated 600 New Yorkers die every year while waiting for an organ transplant". The sign-up process takes all of 60 seconds. The greatest need both state and nationwide is for kidneys.