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New Illinois law lowers age for organ donation

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The law was signed on Tuesday. The law was signed on Tuesday.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A new measure signed into law on Tuesday has the potential to save hundreds of lives.

The "Drive for Life Act" will allow teens in Illinois as young as 16 to register to donate their organs and tissue.

Former Quincy mayor and liver transplant recipient Chuck Scholz said there are currently 5,000 people in the state of Illinois waiting for a life-saving donation.

"It's unimaginable as a father and a grandfather to think of losing a young adult at that age." Scholz said. But that person could save perhaps 10 or 12 peoples' lives with organ donation."

While those teens are now allowed to sign up for organ donation, parents and guardians have the right to revoke that privilege.

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