Rights and Duties Relating to Cemeteries, Human Bodies and Anatomical Gift

ORS 97.965
Persons authorized to make anatomical gift of body or body part of decedent


Subject to subsections (2) and (3) of this section and unless prohibited by ORS 97.961 (Refusal to make anatomical gift) or 97.963 (Effect of making, amending or revoking anatomical gift), an anatomical gift of a decedent’s body or body part for purpose of transplantation, therapy, research or education may be made by any member of the following classes of persons who is reasonably available, in the following order:


An agent of the decedent at the time of death who could have made an anatomical gift under ORS 97.955 (Purpose of anatomical gift) (2)(b) immediately before the decedent’s death;


The spouse of the decedent;


An adult child of the decedent;


A parent of the decedent;


An adult sibling of the decedent;


An adult grandchild of the decedent;


A grandparent of the decedent;


An adult who exhibited special care and concern for the decedent;


A guardian of the decedent at the time of death; or


Any other person having the authority to dispose of the decedent’s body.


If there is more than one member of a class listed in subsection (1) of this section entitled to make an anatomical gift, an anatomical gift may be made by a member of the class unless that member or a person to which the gift may pass under ORS 97.969 (Authorized recipients of anatomical gifts) knows of an objection by another member of the class. If an objection is known, the gift may be made only by a majority of the members of the class who are reasonably available.


A person may not make an anatomical gift if, at the time of the decedent’s death, a person in a prior class under subsection (1) of this section is reasonably available to make or to object to the making of an anatomical gift. [2007 c.681 §8]
Note: See note under 97.951 (Short title).


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