Center for Bioethics Papers

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Working Paper

Date of this Version

May 1988


Any assessment of the impact of required request legislation on organ and tissue procurement must begin by defining required request laws. Of the forty-one states that have passed such laws during the past three years, approximately, half have enacted strong required request policies. These states have mandated that hospital administrators be responsible for insuring that next-of-kin or legal guardians are asked about their willingness to donate organs and tissues of the deceased when a death has been pronounced in a hospital setting.


© The Hastings Center 1988. Reprinted with permission. This article originally appeared in The Hastings Center Report, Volume 18, Issue 2, May 1988, pages 34-37.
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