New York state legislators propose presumed consent for organ donation

They say making organ donor the default option would improve a donor system that ranks last in the U.S. according to the National Donor Designation Report Card. Full story is here.

Addendum: Discussion over at Room For Debate.

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  • David

    I'm disappointed in the proposal. The article says that the law would take effect immediately after the bill is signed. People would therefore not have a chance to opt-out before becoming subject to the law. This is completely different from making it opt-out when you get a driver's license. Do you now have to carry a card saying you don't want to donate your organs – and hope the people at the hospital check your wallet to comply with your wish? Presumed consent doesn't seem to be tied to a driver's license.

  • David

    I’m disappointed in the proposal. The article says that the law would take effect immediately after the bill is signed. People would therefore not have a chance to opt-out before becoming subject to the law. This is completely different from making it opt-out when you get a driver’s license. Do you now have to carry a card saying you don’t want to donate your organs – and hope the people at the hospital check your wallet to comply with your wish? Presumed consent doesn’t seem to be tied to a driver’s license.

  • David

    I’m disappointed in the proposal. The article says that the law would take effect immediately after the bill is signed. People would therefore not have a chance to opt-out before becoming subject to the law. This is completely different from making it opt-out when you get a driver’s license. Do you now have to carry a card saying you don’t want to donate your organs – and hope the people at the hospital check your wallet to comply with your wish? Presumed consent doesn’t seem to be tied to a driver’s license.

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