Bills Promoting Organ Donation Introduced
1, 2014- Hanson Quickel
Senator Don White recently introduced two pieces of legislation intended to
promote organ donation efforts and donor designations on Pennsylvania driver’s
licenses and identification cards.
bills are aimed at increasing organ donor designation by altering driver’s
license and identification card application forms,” Senator White said. “My
hope is that these bills will lead to a thoughtful discussion on how
Pennsylvania can provide more options that will help save lives.”
Bill 1305 would redesign driver’s license and identification card applications
to include the question “Do you wish to have organ donor designation printed on
your driver’s license?”
question, although it is required to be asked, is not printed on all driver’s
license/identification forms,” Senator White said. “My bill would also require
a phrase to be added to all forms stating that Pennsylvania strongly supports
organ and tissue donation because of its life-saving and life-enhancing
Bill 1306 would create a “presumed consent” or “opt-out” system which is in
contrast to Pennsylvania’s current “opt-in” process.
applications for a driver’s license or identification card would state that
“You are automatically deemed to have consented to being an organ and tissue
donor. If you do not want to be considered an organ and tissue donor, you must
elect to not be included on the organ donor registry by inserting your initials
on the line below.” This bill also includes the phrase stating Pennsylvania
strongly supports organ donation.
to the Donate Life America website, more than 117,000 men, women and children
currently need organ transplants. Every
10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list
and an average of 18 people die each day due to the lack of available organs
90 percent of Americans say they support donation, only about half of eligible
Pennsylvanians have organ donation designated on their driver’s license.