Tuesday is the first-ever Organ Donor Enrollment Day in New York, the state that ranks 50th in percentage of residents who are registered donors.
According to LiveOnNY, the nonprofit organization sponsoring the sign-up campaign, 10,000 New Yorkers are waiting for transplants, and while 90 percent of New Yorkers support organ donation, only 24 percent of state residents have given consent for their organs to be used.
It's great that the state will have this campaign to enroll organ donors Tuesday, but a lot more needs to be done.
The State Legislature should follow the lead of many states and pass a bill that presumes a person is an organ donor unless he or she expressly opts out on his or her driver's license. The current system demands that people opt in to be donors. Check out Tuesday's campaign at longliveny.org.