Senator Carlucci, Assemblyman Ortiz Make an Announcement Regarding the First Day of 'Lauren's Law' in New York State
New Law is Named for 13-Year Old Lauren Shields, Recipient of a Life-Saving Heart Transplant
Starting Thursday, All NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Locations Will Offer New Driver License/Learner Permit Applications -- Persons Must Choose Whether or Not to Become an Organ Donor
Senator David Carlucci and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz will join with organ donor advocates, transplant survivors, and city elected officials to mark the first day that Lauren's Law takes effect in New York State. This new law is designed to dramatically increase the number of individuals registered in the organ donor program. Beginning today, anyone who applies for a New York State drivers license or learner permit is required to answer a new question on the form that asks if they wish to be added to the Donate Life Registry by checking off either "yes" or "skip this question."
New York lags far behind the national average when it comes to the amount of people enrolled in the organ donor program. According to the New York Organ Donor Network, while there are more than 10,000 New Yorkers waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, on average someone dies every 15 hours waiting for one they never will receive. To put this in perspective, only 20% of New Yorkers age 18 and over have enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry, compared to a much higher nationwide average of 45%.
The revised MV-44 form that contains the new language derived from Lauren's Law.
NYS Senator David Carlucci
Assemblyman Felix Ortix
NYC Council Member Dan Garodnick
Lauren Shields, Inspiration for Lauren's Law
David and Jeanne Shields, Parents of Lauren Shields
Roxanne Watson, Transplant Beneficiary and Survivor
Helen Irving, President and CEO, New York Organ Donor Network
Rocco Andriola, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Save Lives New York
Janet Handal, Chief Information Officer, Save Lives New York
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 12:00 PM (noon)
CITY HALL STEPS, New York, NY 10007
For a video description of the emotional roller-coaster ride into Lauren Shields' dramatic story, including the long road to passage of Lauren's Law, click here.