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US News New Dutch law makes every adult an organ donor

04:21  15 february  2018
04:21  15 february  2018 Source:   dw.com

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Under the new law , every Dutch adult who has not yet registered as an organ donor will receive two letters asking them to indicate whether or not they want to The drafter of the legislation, D66 MP Pia Dijkstra, said she made a number of changes in a bid to ease its passage through the lower house.

The Netherlands has passed a controversial new law making everyone a potential organ donor unless they Read more: Tinder: the perfect match for organ donation ? Under the new law , every Dutch adult who has not yet registered as an organ donor will receive two letters asking them to indicate

  New Dutch law makes every adult an organ donor © picture alliance/dpa/epa/Lightchaser Photography/Brigham and Womens Hospital The Netherlands has passed a controversial new law making everyone a potential organ donor unless they specifically opt out. Similar donation laws already exist in Spain, Belgium and France.

The Netherlands has passed a controversial new law making everyone a potential organ donor unless they specifically opt out. Similar donation laws already exist in Spain, Belgium and France.

The Netherlands narrowly passed new legislation on Tuesday that will register every citizen aged 18 and over as a potential organ donor, unless they explicitly choose to opt out.

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The Netherlands has passed a controversial new law making everyone a potential organ donor unless they specifically opt out. Under the new law , every Dutch adult who has not yet registered as an organ donor will receive two letters asking them to indicate whether or not they want to become

Under the new law , every Dutch adult who has not yet registered as an organ donor will receive two letters asking them to indicate whether or not they want to The drafter of the legislation, D66 MP Pia Dijkstra, said she made a number of changes in a bid to ease its passage through the lower house.

Senators in the Dutch upper house of parliament voted 38 to 36 to pass the draft bill put forward by the progressive D66 party.

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Under the new law, every Dutch adult who has not yet registered as an organ donor will receive two letters asking them to indicate whether or not they want to become donors. If they don't respond after the second mail they will automatically be added to the list, but are free to amend their status at any time.

The bill was already approved by the Netherlands' upper House of Representatives in September 2016, albeit by a narrow vote of 75 to 74. Critics of the bill complained that it put too much authority in the hands of the government over what happens to a citizen after their death.

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New Dutch law to make all adults organ donors unless they opt out. Every person over 18 who is not registered will receive a letter asking whether they wish to donate their organs . Failure to respond to this letter -- or another six weeks later -- will result in that person being considered a donor by

Netherlands narrowly passed new legislation on that will register every citizen aged 18 and over as a potential organ donor Seems like a logical choice to me. There is also an option to go to your local town hall and sign a form that makes you overrule your family if they choose to opt out when you die.

The drafter of the legislation, D66 MP Pia Dijkstra, said she made a number of changes in a bid to ease its passage through the lower house. As part of the changes, authorities must consult with the deceased's relatives. The family will also have the final say over whether the procedure goes ahead, according to Dijkstra.

Organ donation © Catalyst Organ donation Organ donor shortages have long been a problem in the Netherlands. According to Dutch public broadcaster NOS, some 57 people died waiting for a new organ during the first half of 2016.

"Hopefully that number will decline under the new system," it said.

The Netherlands follows the likes of Spain, which has had its own opt-out organ donor system since 1979, and France, which introduced similar legislation in January 2017.

In Spain, which is widely viewed as a world leader in organ donations, there were an average of 43.4 individual donors per million people in 2016, markedly more than that year's EU average (19.6) and US average (26.6).

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The Dutch government has passed a new law which makes everyone in the Netherlands a potential organ donor unless they specifically opt out. Every citizen who are aged 18 and above will register as a organ donor under the new law .

According to the new law approved by the Dutch senators, every adult citizen of Netherlands becomes a potential organ donor unless they decide to opt out. The new policy is meant to help fix the shortage in organ donations in the Netherlands.

Organ donation © Catalyst Organ donation Germany, which has an opt-in registration system, continues to lag behind, partly thanks to a 2012 organ donor scandal.

A Göttingen doctor was accused of attempted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm after he allegedly falsified medical documents to speed up the process for receiving organs transplants for his patients. Prosecutors argued his actions cost the lives of others who needed the transplants more urgently.

Organ donation © Catalyst Organ donation The doctor was acquitted in 2015 after the judge ruled it could not be proven exactly who had died as a result. It subsequently became apparent that the practice was far more widespread than initially thought.

German Health Minister Hermann Gröhe said then the number of organ donations had dropped in the aftermath of the scandal, as people have felt increasingly discouraged to participate in the program.

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