Early October, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo signed “Lauren’s Law”. The new law is expected to boost the number of those who sign up to be organ donors. Unyts President & CEO Mark Simon joined Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, ECMC Transplant Center Director, John Henry, Senator Tim Kennedy and NY Assembly members Sean Ryan, Robin Schimminger and Ray Walter at the Buffalo Department of Motor Vehicles.
When you sign up to get a driver’s license at the DMV, you are currently asked if you would like to be an organ donor? You don’t have the answer the question. With “Lauren’s Law” you’ll have to answer ”Yes” or “skip the question” when you apply for your driver’s license. Lawmakers believe that just asking that question and letting people think about it will dramatically increase the number of people enrolled in the organ donor program.
The law is named in honor of 12 year old Lauren Shields, a Rockland County girl who survived a heart transplant in 2009. “Lauren’s Law” will go into effect October 2013.