Teens a step closer to organ donation

ILLINOIS -- About 4,700 people in the state are in need of organ transplants. Now, the registry could be expanding.

The Secretary of State's Office wants to include 16- and 17-year olds. In April, the bill passed unanimously in the Senate. Now, it's headed to Governor Bruce Rauner's desk for consideration.

Secretary of State Jess White says the goal is to always save lives. Under current law, a person must be 18 to join the registry.

Joining gives consent to donate organs and tissue at the time of their death with one limitation; they must make a reasonable effort to contact parents or guardians to approve the donation.

A parent can overturn a child's decision, but once the person turns 18, they could not. 


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