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Friday, January 1, 2010

Colorado & Iowa top states with registered organ donors

Organ_Donor According to Donate Life America, the five states with the highest percentage of people registering as organ donors through their motor vehicle's departments are as follows:

  1. Colorado (64%)
  2. Iowa (64%)
  3. Montana (62%)
  4. Wyoming (59%)
  5. Washington (56%)

See Anne R. Carey & Veronica Salazar, Highest organ donor registration, USA Today, Dec. 29, 2009, at 1A.

I wonder why these states have the highest percentages rather than California and the New England states?


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About 50% of the organs transplanted in America go to people who haven't agreed to donate their own organs when they die. As long as we let non-donors jump to the front of the waiting list if they need a transplant we'll always have an organ shortage.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

Posted by: Dave Undis | Jan 2, 2010 5:51:20 AM

I'll turn the question around: Why would one expect California and the New England states to have the highest percentages?

Posted by: Cobby | Jan 4, 2010 3:26:14 PM

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