NY lawmaker wants presumed organ donation consent

A New York state lawmaker wants his state to be the first in the nation to adopt laws that would presume peoplewant to become organ donors when they die unless they sayotherwise.

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says his bills would shorten lengthywaits for patients needing potentially lifesaving organtransplants.

One would prevent distraught relatives from reversing a deceasedorgan donor's wishes. The second bill would presume everyone is anorgan donor unless they specifically opt out.

Brodsky says he wants to bring to America the notion of"presumed consent," in which hospitals would assume that peoplewho die want their organs harvested unless they have formally saidotherwise.

Brodsky says 24 European countries already have "presumedconsent" laws in place.

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