N.J. might force organ donation decision

June 16, 2008 5:16:45 AM PDT
New Jerseyans getting driver's licenses may soon have to answer whether they want to be an organ donor.

The measure is scheduled for final legislative approval today, when the Assembly will consider the bill approved by the Senate in March.

It would require people applying for licenses or identification cards to state whether they want to be a donor. It also would mandate that high schools teach about organ donation, beginning with the 2009-10 school year.

Officials say New Jersey would be the first state to impose such requirements.

About 105,000 people in the United States await organ donations, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, including about 4,200 in New Jersey.