Under new law, every French citizen automatically presumed an organ donor

Under new law, every French citizen automatically presumed an organ donor
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France has passed a law making every citizen an organ donor, unless they opt out by registering with a national refusal registry.

The presumed consent law, which came into effect on Jan. 1, was passed in hopes of increasing organ and tissue donation.

According to France’s national agency for biomedicine (Agence de la biomédecine), individuals who do not wish to be an organ or tissue donor can either officially register their refusal or express their wishes to family who will be consulted before a donation is made.

U.K.’s The Guardian reported that in a matter of one day, 150,000 citizens signed up for the refusal registry.

In Canada, organ donation registration is managed provincially or territorially. Registration in Saskatchewan is the lowest in the country with less than one per cent of the province’s eligible residents having registered.

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