Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh is proposing legislation that would change the law on organ donations to adopt the “presumed consent” model. That means that the state would presume individuals wanted to donate their organs after their death unless they opted out.
The number of New Yorkers currently enrolled in the state Organ and Tissue Registry puts the state in last place among all states, according to the national group Donate Life America. About 10,000 New Yorkers are on the national waiting list for organs.
Julianne Willie Brodsky, Brodsky’s daughter, is an organ-donation recipient and is pushing for the legislation. “We need to improve New York’s donation rate and need to push the envelope,” she said in a statement.
Transplants are saving the lives of thousands of people who otherwise wouldn’t survive, Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital said in a statement.
“Presumed Consent offers the opportunity to expand the availability of organs for transplantation. If enacted into law, with all of the appropriate safeguards that must be included, Presumed Consent legislation could put us on a path to an even greater application of this lifesaving medical methodology,” he said.