Colorado

Jan 22, 2011 11:00 AM by AP

Organ donation change appears unlikely in Colo.

DENVER (AP) - An idea to boost organ donations in Colorado by classifying all applicants for driver's licenses as donors unless they opt out appears unlikely to become law this year.

Democratic Sen. Lucia Guzman tells Denver's KUSA-TV that she's dropping her suggestion that Colorado change to a "presumed consent" system in which applicants for driver's licenses and state ID cards would be automatically classified as organ and tissue donors unless they disagreed.

"Presumed consent" donations are used in several European countries but have raised ethical concerns here. The Colorado proposal, introduced last week, sparked fears and opposition from many. Supporters say they'll drop the proposal for now.

Online:
Senate Bill 42: http://goo.gl/MlKSw

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