PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined Apple Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs and Senator Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara) at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto to announce the introduction of SB 1395, legislation that will make it easier for Californians to affirm their preferred organ donor status. Authored by Senator Alquist, the bill will also create the nation’s first living donor registry for kidney transplants –the California Living Donor Registry – to better connect those who want to donate with those in need of a transplant.
“Organ donation is one of the kindest, most generous and powerful actions that each and every one of us can take. With thousands of people in California and throughout the nation currently waiting for a transplant, this legislation represents a new and important resource to increase donor rates,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I am excited to partner with the legislature to implement this life-saving legislation and make California a leader in organ donations.”
There are more than 100,000 individuals currently waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S., including more than 21,000 Californians. California residents are already a strong donor force, with over 6 million individuals currently registered, and this legislation will improve their ability to give. SB 1395 will implement a system in which Californians will have the opportunity to choose between registering to be an organ donor or considering registration at another time. This choice would be made by answering a mandated question through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver license application/renewal or state ID card application process.
The California Living Donor Registry will help facilitate connecting those who want to donate a kidney with those in need of a transplant. There would be three types of donation:
Governor Schwarzenegger has signed significant legislation related to organ donation since he came into office:
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