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Katie Couric's Notebook: Organ Donor

CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric.
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Pull out your driver's license. In most states, there's a place right there to sign up as an organ donor. But did you? Chances are you left it blank.

Across the nation, only 38 percent of drivers are donors. What happens to our organs once we no longer need them isn't something we like to think about. So, some state lawmakers are considering ways to make us think.

Here in New York, a bill would require anyone applying for a license to decide one way or another - yes, I'll donate - or no, I won't. A bill rejected in Colorado last month went further. Drivers would have automatically become donors unless they specifically refused.

Every day, 77 people receive an organ transplant, while 19 others die waiting for one. The decision to donate is a very personal one. No one should be forced to do it, but rather than ignore that box, stop and think- a simple check mark could save a life.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.