New Organ Donation Laws in Maryland | WDVM25 and DCW50

MARYLAND (WDVM) – In Maryland, leaders are changing organ donation laws starting in July.

According to Maryland House Bill 301, residents of Maryland who wish to be organ donors when they apply for a driver’s license as of July 1, 2022, can choose whether their organs will be used for research and education or transplantation and therapy.

Drivers should be given information about each option from the motor vehicle administration facilities.

Resident organs of former registered donors who were donated before July 1, 2022, may only be used for transplantation or treatment.

“By donating your organs and tissues after your death, you can save or improve up to 75 lives. Many families say that knowing their loved one has helped save or improve other lives has helped them cope with their loss. It is especially important to consider becoming an organ donor if you are from an ethnic minority, ”read a statement from the Mayo Clinic, a national nonprofit organization.

The Health Resources & Services Administration says residents can donate to donors even with illness. The doctors will decide if the donation is possible.

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