SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Sixteen and 17-year-olds would be able to sign up for the state’s organ donor registry under legislation supported by state Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis.
“There are thousands of residents here in Illinois that are waiting for a donation,” Greenwood said. “Every day, too many people die while waiting for that life-saving call. I encourage the governor to sign this bipartisan bill so that we can expand the number of people who can give and help to prevent further tragedies.”
Greenwood backed House Bill 1805, which would allow for 16-and 17-year-olds to sign up for the state’s organ and tissue donor registry when they are issued or renew a driver’s license or state identification card. Presently, an individual in Illinois must be at least 18 years old to register for the organ donation list. A provision in House Bill 1805 allows the minor’s parent or guardian to retain the ability to revoke organ donation in the event of death.
The measure passed with bipartisan support, and was recently sent to the governor. If an individual wishes to register as an organ donor, they can visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.ilsos.gov/organdonorregister/ to sign up.
“One donor can have an impact on multiple lives and multiple families,” Greenwood said. “I encourage residents to take the time, if they have not done so already, to sign up to be an organ donor here in Illinois. It’s quick, easy and can have an incredible effect on so many.”