Law Allows Younger Organ Donors But Racial Disparities Still Prevalent

People fill out forms in which they can register as an organ and tissue donor as they apply for a California drivers license at a DMV in Los Angeles in July 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
People fill out forms in which they can register as an organ and tissue donor as they apply for a California drivers license at a DMV in Los Angeles in July 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
People fill out forms in which they can register as an organ and tissue donor as they apply for a California drivers license at a DMV in Los Angeles in July 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
People fill out forms in which they can register as an organ and tissue donor as they apply for a California drivers license at a DMV in Los Angeles in July 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Law Allows Younger Organ Donors But Racial Disparities Still Prevalent

A law signed by Gov. Rauner on Tuesday lowers the age for Illinoisans to register as organ donors. Organ procurement groups like Gift of Hope say that younger donors are especially important in cities where violence and opioid addiction affects teens. But there are still populations that are hesitant to register. 

We talk with Gift of Hope community affairs manager Marion Shuck about some of the concerns she addresses from the African American community. Also joining us is Dr. John Fung, Director of the Transplantation Institute at University of Chicago Medicine.