Calling it an important new public service campaign, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, today released the following statement after Facebook announced that users of the popular social network can share their organ donor status:
"Quite simply, this will help to save lives. With nearly 115,000 Americans currently awaiting transplants -- and with that list growing every single day -- Facebook's organ donor feature creates a unique, new opportunity to share critically important information in real time. I also believe this will help to make it easier for Americans, as well as people all around the world, to have an open and frank discussion among family members and friends about the importance of donating organs. To its credit, Facebook is making certain that users have control over who views this information, or they can simply choose not to post any information at all. These are important privacy safeguards. I commend Facebook for undertaking this important new public service campaign and for doing it in such a responsible way."