Uniform Anatomical Gift Act

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The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA), adopted in whole or part by all 50 states of the United States, gives persons control over what happens to their body after they die. Specifically, the UAGA authorizes a living person to donate organs upon his death.

An improved version known as the "1968 UAGA" gives "legal effect to the right of the individual to dispose of his own body without subsequent veto by others."[1]


  • Radhika Rao, "Property, Privacy, and the Human Body," 80 B.U.L. Rev. 359 (Apr. 2000).


  1. See UAGA 2 cmts. (1968), 8 U.L.A. 100 (1993).