Magnarelli Urges Governor to Sign Bills to Increase Organ Donation, Participation and Awareness
August 11, 2006
To support the life-saving practice of organ donation and make it easier for New Yorkers to become organ donors, I supported several measures that currently await the governorís signature to become law. This legislation is designed to increase the number of organ donors and to expand the donation program throughout the state. Out of the more than 90,000 people waiting for organs throughout the nation, over 8,000 are in New York State. A single individual can help as many as 50 people by becoming an organ donor. Someoneís son, daughter, mother, father, sister, brother or friend are waiting for the compatible organ they urgently need. By simply becoming an organ donor Ė somebodyís loved one can be saved. Increasing awareness and opening more doors for organ donation To increase the number of registered organ and tissue donors in New York and help patients who are waiting for life-saving transplants, the legislatureís package contains several measures to enhance the stateís donation program, these important measures are awaiting the governorís signature including:
- Requiring the stateís transplant council to study the current donation process and determine whether we should move toward a system of ďpresumed consent,Ē where it will be assumed that all individuals are donors unless they specify otherwise (A.11842), which is awaiting the governorís signature. This is the standard in many European countries and has resulted in a greatly increased number of donors.
- Requiring the state Health Department to provide information to the public regarding organ and tissue donation, including how to register to become a donor (A.9902-B); which is awaiting the governorís signature.
- Printing organ donorsí wishes prominently on the front of their driverís license to make sure these requests are evidently visible (A.3995) which is awaiting the governorís signature.
- ďLife - Pass it OnĒ trust fund, which is used solely for organ donation outreach and research (A.4294) which is awaiting the governorís signature.