More teens in New York State will soon have the right to choose organ donation thanks to a new bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The bill authorizes 16- and 17-year olds to state their intent to make posthumous organ donations. Parents or legal guardians are allowed to rescind the authorization should the minor die before the age of 18.
“With thousands of New Yorkers still waiting for the gift of life, we continue to focus on making organ and tissue donations available to all those in need,” Cuomo said. “By authorizing 16- and 17-year-olds to make the selfless decision to become an organ donor, we take another significant step to grow the state’s Donate Life registry and create opportunities to save lives.”
Prior to the new legislation that will take effect in early 2017, the minimum age for organ donation was 18. Other states, like Pennsylvania, allow teens to sign up when they apply for a driver’s license or learner’s permit with the caveat that parents have the final say if their child dies before the age of 18.
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