Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Presumptive Organ Donation in New York?

As reported in today's Times Herald-Record, proposed New York State legislation would automatically enroll people as organ donors when they apply for driver's licenses unless they specifically "opt out" on the application form. Presently, a person must specifically "opt in" to include the organ donation preference when applying for a driver's license.

I'm certainly in favor of increasing the pool of organ donors; however, I expect that this proposal will face opposition from those who contend that organ donation is too significant a decision to be left to an automatic "opt in" on a driver's license application. It will be interesting to see whether this proposal is in fact adopted.

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