New Jersey to require organ donation decision
Full story: El Paso Times
#1 Jul 23, 2008
If people in New Jersey are going to opt out of donating their organs when they die, they should also opt out of receiving an organ should they ever need one to live.
Our transplant system lets people take without giving. It’s no wonder there’s such a large organ shortage. Over 8,000 Americans die every year because there aren't enough organs for everyone who needs one. And every year Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs.
There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – allocate donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.
Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.
David J. Undis
#2 Dec 25, 2013
Unless you affirmative designate to opt-out you are automatically a donor! Second, in order for someone to donate an organ they have to be alive!! Not dead. Dead people cannot donate dead organs!! So that being said you are wrong to say "when they die" because you have to be in great medical standing in order to withstand the hours required in surgery to remove the organ. Again, you are alive and because of this anyone who recieves an organ got one from someone who was killed!!
#3 Dec 25, 2013
1. a. The Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission shall provide with every new license, renewal license, identification card or renewal identification card the opportunity for each person pursuant to the provisions of the "Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act," P.L.2008, c.50 (C.26:6-77 et seq.), to designate that the person shall not donate all or any organs or tissues for the purposes of transplantation or therapy. The default designation on every license or identification card issued shall be that a person is an organ donor. A person wishing to opt out of organ donation shall make an affirmative designation to that effect. This provision shall not apply to persons under the age of 18 years.
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