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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Creighton University School of Law

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Housecleaning, Part I: New Organ Donor Law In Illinois

Going back through some odds and ends that got drafted but never posted, yet days or weeks later seem just as interesting as when I first encountered them. . . .

Let's start with an AP story reporting on a new Illinois law recently signed by Governor Blagojevich makes a person's decision to become an organ donor binding, even if family members object (Public Act 94-0075).  Before this law, a donor's next of kin had to give consent before the organ or tissue was harvested.  Last year 30 families overruled a relative's decision to donate an organ or tissue, according to the Elmhurst-based Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network.   Currently, Illinois has more than 6 million names on the organ donor registry, the largest in the country.  [tm]

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