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Officials Hail New Law Aiming To Bolster State's Organ Donor List

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City and state officials gathered at City Hall Thursday to hail a new law intended to bolster the state's organ donor list.

Anyone applying for a New York State driver's license or learner's permit is now required to choose whether to opt in or out of the so-called "Donate Life Registry."

Applicants can answer "yes" or pick "skip this question."

Entitled "Lauren's Law," the legislation is named after 13-year-old heart transplant recipient Lauren Shields.

"My name is Lauren Shields and I am an organ transplant survivor," Shields said. "Make no mistake about it, this law may be named after me, but it is for the thousands in New York that are waiting for a transplant right now."

More than 10,000 New Yorkers are currently awaiting an organ transplant.

Meanwhile, only 20 percent of state residents 18 and older have thus far enrolled in Donate Life Registry.

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