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England To Make All Citizens Consent Organ Donors


England To Make All Citizens Consent Organ Donors

A new bill called The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill will make all English citizens organ donors by default. The bill, known less formally as Max and Keira’s law, is inspired by nine-year-old Keira Bell donating her heart to 10-year-old Max Johnson. Doctors say Keira saved a total of four lives through organ donation.

Over 6,000 English people await organ donations, according to recent government stats.

Prime Minister Theresa May supported the law with a public statement.

“I’m delighted Max and Keira’s law has passed today. It marks a momentous step for thousands of people in need of a life-saving transplant and could save as many as 700 lives a year.

With significantly more people willing to consider organ donation than are actually registered as donors, this vital step will presume consent unless people choose to opt out of being a donor.

It’s important that everyone takes the time to discuss their choices on donation with their families and register their wishes, whatever their preference may be.”

The donation consent change means consent defaults to YES, but the person is able to put in a non-consent status. But things are not nearly set in stone.

England Organ Donation Consent Restrictions Not Set

The government may exclude specific organs from the “opt-out” status options. This would mean no citizen would be able to opt-out in regards to government selected organs.

While some are celebrating the move, critics are increasingly concerned that government overreach is playing out from a general perspective. Knife control, hate speech agendas, and U.K. surveillance is all under scrutiny.

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Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.