CONTACT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2015
On behalf of the donation community, the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) applauds the Governor and State Legislature for taking decisive steps to achieve full implementation of Lauren's Law that will ensure New Yorkers consider enrollment in the state's organ and tissue donor registry.
In 2012, Lauren's Law, named after a young girl, Lauren Shields, whose life was saved by a heart transplant, was created with the intent to require driver license applicants to actively choose whether they would like to become a registered organ, eye and tissue donor on the New York State Donate Life Registry. However, because the statute did not invalidate an application that left the organ and tissue donation section blank, it has not resulted in as much of a change in the administrative processes at the Department of Motor Vehicles as had been hoped. The legislation Governor Cuomo signed into law yesterday would fulfill the intent of Lauren's Law and prevent any driver license, non-driver identification, or renewal, application from being processed without the organ and tissue donation section being completed—thus ensuring New Yorkers are offered the opportunity to give the gift of life.