New bill could automatically make Texans organ donors

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AUSTIN, Texas — A new bill is being proposed that could automatically place Texans on the state organ and tissue registry.

Texas House Bill 1938 seeks to presume consent for drivers by automatically registering them as an organ donor.

Texas driver's license holders will receive two notices allowing them to opt out. If drivers do not respond to the opt-out notices, they will be placed on the donor list. The law would only apply to first-time driver's license holders and renewals over the age of 18.

According to the state's organ and tissue registry Donate Life, 22 people die every day waiting for an organ match. There are also 9.2 million registered donors, with around 120,000 people on the waiting list.

Donate Life is in favor of Texas drivers choosing to donate their organs. However, the agency does not agree drivers should be forced into donating organs.

Officials said Donate Life will repeatedly remind people to opt out after the notices are sent to drivers.

The bill will be the first of its kind in the U.S. if it is passed.