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Change In Organ Donor Sign-Up Law

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Californians could already sign up to become organ donors at the D-M-V.  But answering the question was optional - people could simply leave it blank.  Now that's changed:

Stocks: "it forces the issue to mark yes or I don't want to make a decision at this time."

Lisa Stocks is President of Donate Life California.  She says now D-M-V employees are required to make sure the person fills in an answer.  She says it's the same routine online - customers must indicate "Yes" or "Not at this time." Stocks says about seven thousand Californians a day decide to become organ donors through the DMV, but California's rate is still lower than hoped for. Of the 26 million licensed drivers and ID holders, 30 percent have signed up to be an organ donor. 
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