Organ donor registration now open to Illinois teens

HOI | Tim Shelley

CHICAGO (HOI) -- A bill signed Tuesday will allow 16 and 17-year-olds to join the organ and tissue donor registries. 

The Drive for Life Act will allow Illinoisans 16 or older to join the donor registry when they receive a driver's license or state ID card. The teens can join the registry, but a parent or guardian will still have the right to give or revoke consent until their child turns 18. 

“So many people are waiting for life-saving organ transplants,” Gov. Bruch Rauner said. “In Illinois alone, more than 4,700 people are on the waiting list, and every year, around 300 people die waiting for a transplant. It’s tragic. We need to give everyone who wants to become an organ donor the opportunity to do so, and that’s exactly what this bill does.” Continue reading

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