Euthanasia and organ donation in the Netherlands

 

Earlier this year Jan Bollen, a Dutch researcher, “advocated for ‘heart-beating organ donation euthanasia’. This would involve an operation in which organs would be taken from still-living patients who have given permission.”

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Now, the lower house of the Netherlands parliament has narrowly approved a bill that creates a “yes unless” organ donation system.  The bill will now be considered by the upper house.

If the draft bill goes on to become law, everyone in the Netherlands will be considered a donor unless they specifically request to be taken off the list.

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