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April 17th, 2013

Ortiz commends efforts of organ donation campaign



Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz

A statement from Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz:

As we kick off April, National Donate Life month, I am proud to commend the Department of Motor Vehicles and Dr. Mehmet Oz for launching a campaign to increase awareness and encourage enrollments in the New York State Donate Life Registry.

Organ donation has always been an issue close to my heart; I have championed Lauren’s Law, a legislation that asks driver’s license applicants to complete the section of the application that pertains to the organ donor registry. With a success rate of 80-90%, organ donations are considered the ultimate humanitarian deed; I encourage every fellow New Yorker to join the movement.

Only 11% of the population of New York is registered as an organ donor. This is an extremely low number compared to the national average of 43%. This should be a motivation to us all and a reminder that we are all connected, regardless of color, race or sexual orientation.


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