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Berlin Senate in favour of opt-out solution for organ donation


The state of Berlin is campaigning for an amendment to the Transplantation Act at federal level to enable more organ donations.

The black-red Senate decided on Tuesday to introduce a corresponding bill in the Bundesrat together with other federal states. According to health senator Ina Czyborra (SPD), the draft provides for the introduction of the so-called objection solution for organ donation.

Organ donation currently requires active consent

In principle, every person should be considered an organ donor after death - unless they have expressly objected during their lifetime or a close relative does so after their death. Currently, only those who actively agree to donate, for example in an organ donor card, can be considered as organ donors. As a result, there are too few people who donate their organs to others in the event of death.

Senator Czyborra: "We can save lives with this law"

The states' draft bill is to be discussed in the Bundesrat on 14 June. According to the Düsseldorf state government, in addition to Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein are also involved. If the legislative initiative finds a majority in the Bundesrat, the Bundestag will have to deal with it. "With the introduction of the opt-out solution, we can herald a real change in organ donation," explained Senator Czyborra. "And we are encouraging citizens to actively engage with the issue. Far too many people are still waiting in vain for a donation. With this law, we can save lives."

Author: dpa/
Publication date: 4 June 2024
Last updated: 4 June 2024

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