Brady cheers move to allow younger teens to be organ donors
Rep. Dan Brady (R-Normal) said Illinois has increased organ donation opportunities by turning a bill he cosponsored into law, according to a press release.
House Bill 1805 will allow 16- and 17-year-old drivers to join the state’s organ donor registry when they get a driver's license or state identification card.
“This legislation will give new drivers a voice to express their wishes regarding organ and tissue donations, providing guidance to their parents who will continue to have the final decision until they are 18 years of age,” Brady said in a statement.
Medical facilities will still be expected to make good-faith efforts to contact parents and guardians of minor donors, who will have the ultimate say over donations.
“As a former McLean County Coroner, I understand how important organ and tissue donation is in our community and throughout the state,” Brady said in his statement. “And as the father of a 16 year-old who recently got his license, this is a conversation that has taken place in my own home as well.”