LAW TO MAKE DUTCH ADULTS PO­TEN­TIAL OR­GAN DONORS

Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

Se­na­tors in the Nether­lands ap­proved a new law Tues­day that makes all Dutch adults po­ten­tial or­gan donors un­less they opt out. The law nar­rowly passed in the up­per house of the Dutch par­lia­ment. The lower house last year passed the leg­is­la­tion with a one-vote ma­jor­ity. The law’s drafter, Pia Di­jk­stra, said that un­der the new sys­tem — which is sim­i­lar to do­na­tion laws in Bel­gium and Spain — every per­son over 18 who is not yet reg­is­tered as a donor will re­ceive a let­ter ask­ing if they want to do­nate their or­gans af­ter death. Those who do not re­spond to the first let­ter, or to a sec­ond let­ter six weeks later, will be con­sid­ered or­gan donors, although they can amend their sta­tus at any time.

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