Registry brings slight increase to organ donor numbers

CLEVELAND (AP) - The state's new organ donor registry has resulted in only a slight increase in the number of Ohioans willing to donate organs.
The Legislature created the registry to record those who sign up at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to be a donor.
Enrolling in the registry also gives organ procurement organizations the right to take a registered donor's organs at death, even if family members object.
Statistics available for the registry's first 11 months dating back to July 2002 show that of 2.9 million licenses and state identification cards issued, 1.4 million, or 47.5 percent, enrolled in the organ donor registry.
In 2001, before the registry's formation, 45.6 percent of those with the licenses and cards signed up as donors.
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