Friday, December 30, 2005

Dear Senator Frist...Let's Boost Organ Donations

Folks - I've just sent an email to Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the Senate Majority Leader, urging him to introduce legislation to create an ''opt-out''policy for organ donation in the U.S.
As you may know, Senator Frist is a transplant surgeon by trade. He seems to be the perfect person to champion this vital cause.
An ''opt-out'' policy is used in many European countries and, most recently, was accepted by a vote of the people of Argentina. It assumes that everyone is an organ donor on their death unless they specifically refuse to be, or ''opt-out.'' In countries where this policy has been implemented, the waiting list for donations has been reduced considerably - in other words many lives have been saved.
When was the last time Congress had the ability to do something that has the direct ability to save so many lives?
Right now, more than 90,000 people in the U.S. are on the transplant waiting list and many will die before organs become available.

I urge you to join me and send an email to Senator Frist to call upon him to introduce ''opt-out'' legislation. Click on the link and then go to About Sen. Frist - Contact Sen. Frist - scroll to bottom and send email.

It can literally save lives. No time to waste - the clock is ticking. Urge everyone you know to send a similar email.


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